Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll did not mince words when asked about third round quarterback Russell Wilson and his role in this team’s quarterback competition once training camp begins in July.
Carroll said Wilson will be competing for the starting job with incumbent Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn.
“He’s showed us enough,” Carroll said. “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.”
Carroll said he had an inkling that Wilson was up to the task when Seattle drafted him. And that thought was confirmed after watching Wilson zip the ball all over the field for completion after completion during Seattle’s three-day rookie minicamp.
According to Carroll, Wilson threw over 400 passes and took over 500 snaps this weekend.
“That’s an amazing load that we threw on him, but he handled it like he’s been here,” Carroll said. “And that was a great first sign, just about his willingness to prepare, hold all the information and use it quite well.”
* Carroll said that defensive end Bruce Irvin is just what Seattle thought when the team drafted him – very fast and instinctive with the ability to make plays all over the field.
“He’s going to be able come in and help us immediately,” Carroll said.
* According to Carroll, veteran offensive tackle Alex Barron showed enough to be considered as a possible addition to Seattle’s 90-man roster.
“He did a nice job,” Carroll said. “He’s more experienced. He’s been around the block and you could tell that. He did enough good things that we could see that he could have a chance.”
* Other players that Carroll said stood out during the rookie minicamp include seventh round draft choice J.R. Sweezy, offensive guard Rishaw Johnson, cornerback Donny Lisowski and.
“The experiment with J.R. it’s obvious we’re on the right track,” Carroll said about Sweezy. “He’s very aggressive, and carried over the defensive mentality that you’d hope he’d have.”
* Carroll said that K.J. Wright will continue to make the calls as the SAM linebacker when Bobby Wagner is in at MIKE to take some of the pressure off of the rookie. Carroll also said that Barrett Ruud and Matt McCoy will get an opportunity to compete for the starting middle linebacker job.
Carroll mentioned McCoy as a guy who did some good things as this team’s middle linebacker in third down nickel situations before he suffered the knee injury last season that ended his year.