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OK, Seattle, let’s see what Russell Wilson can do against a varsity defense

Andy Behrens
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Russell Wilson, leading another scoring drive against the JV (US Presswire)

Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has appeared in both of Seattle's preseason games, but he hasn't yet thrown a first-half pass. Thus, we can't say what he might do against a first-string NFL defense, even in an exhibition environment.

Here's what we do know: Wilson has shredded the junior varsity Ds from Tennessee and Denver.

He went 12-for-16 for 124 yards against the Titans in his team's preseason opener, throwing for one TD and rushing for another. On Saturday, he went 10-for-17 for 155 yards and two more scores against the Broncos. Here's the tape of Wilson's touchdown run, a designed keeper, and here's a clip of a perfect throw over the middle, away from coverage. Not too shabby -- almost starting-quality, in fact.


If they're having a legit position battle at QB in Seattle, then Wilson needs to get snaps with the starters on Friday at Kansas City. Matt Flynn still hasn't led a touchdown drive during the preseason (although, to be fair, Terrell Owens dropped a beautifully thrown 46-yarder. Hit him in the hands, in stride). Wilson has shown an ability to make plays from the pocket and on the move, at least against second- and third-string competition. This kid was a terror at Wisconsin last season, passing for 33 scores, running for six, completing 72.8 percent of his throws, and tossing just four interceptions. Along the way, Wilson set the single-season FBS record for passing efficiency (191.8).

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The primary knock on Wilson is that he's undersized, just 5-foot-11. That's a detail that A) he can't really fix, except with horrible surgery, and B) likely prevented him from being an early first-round pick back in April. There's really no doubting his talent, however. The numbers here are ridiculous.

So will he get a look  with the starters anytime soon?

"We'll see," said Pete Carroll on Saturday. "We have to evaluate all that."

OK, then. Keep evaluating, coach. I'll keep grabbing Wilson in dynasty drafts. I'm in no hurry. Flynn still looks like the favorite to open the season as Seattle's starter, but Wilson has a shot to finish with the gig. Tarvaris Jackson, thanks for playing.

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