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Report: Jackson enters training camp as Seahawks' starter

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Incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson is No. 1 on the Seahawks' depth chart over high-dollar free agent signee Matt Flynn and third-round draft choice Russell Wilson.

For now, coach Pete Carroll is standing by what he said in minicamp: Jackson will take snaps with the first unit while Flynn and Wilson prove they're ready to run offense.

Carroll said Jackson earned those reps with the first unit by virtue of his role as the team's starter last year.

Carroll said there's no timeline on when he will name a starter for the 2012 season.

Jackson finished 7-7 as the starter in his first year in Seattle, but he also struggled in late-game situations, and understood there would be competition for the starting job in his second season.

Jackson said after seven years in the NFL he knew what to expect entering the offseason.

"I'm not a (general manager), I'm not a head coach, so I can't go and pick exactly who they want, or say, 'Don't get a quarterback.'

"If I could I would, believe me," he said with a laugh. "But that's not how things work, so I'm just here to compete and may the best man win."

Flynn said in May that learning Seattle's new offense has been helped by the fact that Seattle's version of the West Coast offense is very similar to the West Coast offense he was groomed under in Green Bay.

Carroll raved about Wilson after rookie minicamp and said he'd be part of the battle for the position.

Flynn received $10 million guaranteed, but his three-year deal didn't come with a promise from the Seahawks that he'd start after serving as Aaron Rodgers' backup in Green Bay.
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