Could we have 5 rookie starting quarterbacks week 1? Well, 4 have already been named, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin, Ryan Tannehill, and Brandon Weeden and a 5th, the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, will start in the team’s 3rd preseason game this week. 3rd preseason games are typically teams’ dress rehearsals for the regular season, when teams have their depth chart finalized. However, Wilson starting this week does not mean he will be the week 1 starter.
The Seahawks clearly have an unorthodox way of doing things. Not a lot of teams sign a quarterback to a deal with 10 million dollars guaranteed and then have him compete for the starting job, like they did with Matt Flynn. Because they’re so unorthodox, we should not assume that Wilson starting this week means he’ll start week 1. I mean when’s the last time you saw a team start one quarterback for the 1st two preseason games and then started a different one in the 3rd preseason game. Like I said, unorthodox.
Obviously Wilson has impressed them so far battling other teams’ 2nd and 3rd stringers and they want to see what he can do against 1st stringers. If he plays well, he could definitely get the job. If he doesn’t, Flynn will probably start week 1. Wilson has completed 22 of 33 for 279 yards, 3 touchdowns, and an interception, while rushing for another 82 yards and a score on 8 carries. The Seahawks obviously really like the unorthodox styled quarterback as GM John Schneider compared him to Drew Brees and said that the 3rd round pick was one of the “top three players” he scouted last fall. Matt Flynn’s grip on the starting job has been significantly loosened, but nothing is decided yet.
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