With the 2012 NFL Preseason already underway, the clock is ticking for Pete Carroll and company to decide on the Seattle Seahawks‘ starting signal-caller for the start of September and put an end to the uncertainty.
Matt Flynn has the early edge in the competition, according to Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com. On Tuesday, coach Carroll announced that Flynn will be the starter on Saturday when the team opens its preseason against the Tennessee Titans.
Flynn, 27, will take the first-team reps at practice this week and is expected to play the entire first half on Saturday.
Rookie Russell Wilson, 23, selected in the third round (75th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft, may play the whole second half, as Carroll indicated that the coaching staff doesn’t need to see last year’s starter Tarvaris Jackson, since they know his capabilities.
As PFT’s MDS (Michael David Smith) adds, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Flynn will beat out Jackson and Wilson, win the quarterback competition and start in Week 1 of the regular season at Arizona. It does, however, suggest that he is in the lead.
This shouldn’t comes as a surprise since no team ever hands a relatively unproven young veteran at the position $19 million over the span of three years with $10 million guaranteed to be a backup quarterback.
It may only be preseason, but there are a number of intriguing position battles to follow, like this one in Seattle.
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