Monday cyber surfing: Wilson makes his mark

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 14:

The Seahawks wrapped up their three-day rookie minicamp on Sunday and coach Pete Carroll said that Russell Wilson had played himself into the competition for the starting quarterback job with Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn.

Former Seahawks QB Brock Huard, now a host on 710 ESPN, offers his take on Wilson at mynorthwest.com: “Flynn and Jackson will soon learn that a 5-foot-11 Rose Bowl quarterback is a lot closer in this race than (Brock) Osweiler, Nick Foles, Kirk Cousins and (Brandon) Weeden would be if they were in Seattle. The kid oozes with the ‘it factor,’ and has an arm and command that clearly puts him smack dab in this quarterback competition. Seahawks fans will sit on the berm in August and I am sure will ‘ooh and ah’ the same way many in the media did over the weekend. Carroll and his staff will have to figure out a way to dish out enough quality reps and work to fully evaluate the quarterback move that lies ahead. Sitting in the pole is Flynn; this is his job to lose. Jackson has the starts and experience under his belt, and Josh Portis has raw athleticism and talent. Yet lurking is Wilson, the constant over-achiever, the want-to-be quarterback anomaly at 5-feet-11 that is out to prove the NFL wrong. Carroll wants competition. Well, he’s got it now at the most critical position in sports. Get ready, Seahawks fans, the quarterback conversation is just beginning.”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at what Carroll’s decision means as the team moves deeper into its offseason program: “Carroll offered no specifics on how the competition would be structured and no estimate on a timetable for a decision, but suggested some patience. ‘It’s going to take us a long time to do this,’ Carroll said. ‘It’s going to be frustrating for you guys. You’re going to keep asking and want to know. I’m just going to be more patient than you can imagine as we go through this process, and we’ll just figure it out when we do.’ ”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune has the word on Wilson, and also profiles two of the campers from the South Sound area – Karvario Middleton and Renard Williams: “Seahawks coach Pete Carroll recognized the long odds for players such as Middleton and Williams making a Week 1 roster. ‘This is a first step for a lot of those guys, and for some of these guys it’ll be their only step,’ he said. ‘So we try and treat these days with them with a lot of respect for where their hearts are and all that.’ ”

 
Here at Seahawks.com, we’ve also got the word on Carroll’s assessment of Wilson that shouldn’t have come as a surprise: “Carroll did not step to the podium after practice and declare that Wilson was going to compete with Jackson and Flynn. In fact, his comments came in response to a question about whether Wilson was a developmental player. ‘Here’s what I’m going to say about it, he’s going to be in the competition,’ Carroll offered before the question had even been completed. ‘He’s showed us enough, he’s in the competition.’ And that is saying a lot. Wilson played one season at Wisconsin after transferring from North Carolina State. Jackson has been in the league for six seasons and started 34 games, including 14 for the Seahawks last season after he was signed in free agency. Flynn was the most sought after QB in this year’s free-agent class, despite having started only two games for the Green Bay Packers the past four seasons. But Wilson showed enough in three minicamp practices that “we need to see where he fits in with these guys,” as Carroll put it.”

We’ve also got a recap of the three-day rookie camp in Hawkville: “ ‘For these guys to have that chance to get out here and be in the NFL for a weekend and show what they can do, they’ll never forget it,’ coach Pete Carroll said. ‘And I think it means a ton to them.’ You could tell it meant just that, as the players sought out coaches at the conclusion of practice to shake hands and say thanks. The team’s 10 draft choices and seven of the 10 free agents signed after the draft will join the veterans in the offseason program on Monday, and it was those players who drew most of the attention in the minicamp practices – from first-round draft choice Bruce Irvin; to third-rounder Russell Wilson, who used the minicamp to throw himself into the competition for the starting job; to seventh-rounder J.R. Sweezy, a defensive tackle in college who spent the weekend learning to play offensive guard; to wide receiver Phil Bates, one of those free-agent additions who caught pass after pass after pass.”

If you’d rather watch than read, there’s Tony Ventrella’s video recap, as well as Carroll’s post-practice Q&A session.

For a look around the league, there’s Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com, but he also includes his take on the Wilson situation: “Is it dumb? No, it’s not dumb. As GM John Schneider told me after the draft, Wilson was the third-best player he studied in all of college football last year, and Schneider doesn’t care what anybody on any other team or on TV thinks of his draft-weekend decisions. Against a big-time schedule with Wisconsin last year, Wilson put up some phenomenal numbers – 73 percent passing, 10.3 yards per attempt, 33 touchdowns and four interceptions – and his leadership is similar to Drew Brees’.”


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