Seattle Seahawks third round quarterback Russell Wilson showed head coach Pete Carroll enough during this weekend's rookie mini-camp that he will get a chance to compete for the starting job, reports Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune.
"He’s showed us enough," Carroll said as the three-day camp concluded on Sunday. "He’s in the competition. And that is going to tax us, as you know. It was already going to be taxing
with two. But he’s shown us enough that we need to see where he fits in with these guys."
In his one season at the University of Wisconsin, Wilson led the nation in passing efficiency, completing 225-of-309 pass attempts for 3,175 yards with 33 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Wilson has a strong arm, a good release point and his intangibles are off the charts, but a lack of size (A half-inch under 5-foot-11 and 204 pounds) kept him out of the first two rounds of the draft.
Even though the Seahawks signed free agent Matt Flynn to a three-year, $19.5 million contract in March, incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson is expected to get the reps with the No. 1 offense during the OTAs and mini-camp. Jackson played through a partially torn pectoral muscle to start 14 of 15 games, passing for 3,091 yards with 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Jackson was often indecisive with the football, taking 42 sacks and losing five fumbles.