Training camp is just a couple short weeks away. To help get you ready for the 2014 NFL season we’ll be previewing each position battle going into training camp.
Two years ago the Seattle Seahawks stunned everybody by picking diminutive Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson to lead their team over the more highly touted Matt Flynn and the more experienced Tarvaris Jackson. The pundits were skeptical at the time. One prominent sports website had graded the Seahawks draft class that year an F. It was a bold move. How did it work out?
Wilson broke records for a first year NFL quarterback in touchdowns and wins in 2012. In case you need a refresher here’s Mr. Wilson’s rookie highlight reel:
For an encore Wilson led his team to a 35 point Super bowl win over the heavily favorited Denver Broncos and the league’s MVP Peyton Manning. Wilson outplayed Manning on every level.
I think it’s fair to say that it’s worked out so far. He is already playing at an elite level and has barely scratched the surface of his potential. Barring injury Wilson will be the Seahawks starting quarterback Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers and likely for many years to come.
The drama at training camp will come in deciding who will be Wilson’s primary backup. Last week Triston Dacken examined the battle between Terrelle Pryor and Tarvaris Jackson. The smart money is on Jackson who has a several years head start in Darrell Bevell’s offense, but Pryor is so obscenely athletic that he demands consideration as a part of Seattle’s run heavy game. Check out Triston’s piece on the backup battle here.