May 11, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) passes during a minicamp scrimmage at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
A couple of newsworthy Seahawks' items on a beautiful Sunday evening, the biggest of course being that Pete Carroll will fully include rookie 3rd round pick Russell Wilson in the upcoming quarterback competition that also includes Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson. Statement from Carroll after the camp - "Here's what I'm going to say about it, he's going to be in the competition. He's showed us enough, he's in the competition."
The obvious question to ask is how the Hawks will split the reps in OTAs and Training Camp, and Carroll acknowledged "that is going to tax us. It was already going to be taxing with two." Finding repetitions for three players will be tough and ultimately could be detrimental to the eventual winner, but Carroll also broached this topic.
"It's going to take us a long time to do this. It's going to be frustrating for you guys (reporters), because you're going to keep asking and wanting 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."
Some of the things you're hearing about Wilson coming off this camp (over 400 throws and apparently only screwed up verbiage once) are intriguing to say the least. Doug Farrar was at the VMAC this weekend, and his take on Twitter was pretty interesting.
Farrar: "Wilson impressed right away with command of the offense. When the bullets are flying, how high is his ceiling, literally and otherwise? Wilson is a very unique player in that he has one very obvious physical debit, but he absolutely maxes out in everything else. This isn't one of those gritty underdog stories -- you watch Wilson play and it's perfectly clear that he has everything else to succeed. Saints do all kinds of rollouts with Brees -- designed bails, boot-action half rolls to get clear and open lanes. Wilson would need similar.
I'll say this: Based on tape/minicamp, Wilson already throws receivers open and sells play action as well/better than anyone on the roster. His ability to throw wide receivers open - with anticipation downfield into tight spaces - was immediately evident."
Exciting scouting report from Farrar and it will interesting to see him going forward -- obviously it will mean more when he's not playing against mostly rookies and a lot of guys that won't have jobs come fall, but it sounds like Wilson really wowed pretty much everyone that was in attendance, including the Seahawks' coaching staff.
Pete talked to reporters after the Mini-camp ended, and in addition to the Wilson news, raved about G Rishaw Johnson and G J.R. Sweezy. "The experiment with J.R. it's obvious we're on the right track. He's very aggressive, and carried over the defensive mentality that you'd hope he'd have." Carroll also spoke highly of CB Donnie Lisowski and said that Robert Turbin had a very strong weekend, running well in the pro style offense (not purely shotgun), protected the ball well, and showed great skills in receiving. This has been written pretty much everywhere as well, but Carroll raved about Bruce Irvin and mentioned that he had a great weekend.
-- Robert Turbin signed with the team, which means all ten draft picks are locked up.
-- Central Washington WR Justin Helwege, Montana TE Kevario Middleton, Mississippi DT Justin Smith and Oregon DT Terrell Turner were four players that were added to the Rookie Mini-Camp over the weekend.