With his standout performance against Kansas City Friday night, rookie Russell Wilson has probably locked up the starting quarterback spot for the Seattle Seahawks.

I don’t see how he can’t be first on the depth chart now.   Wilson, who started for the first time, was sensational for the visiting Seahawks, who dismantled the Chiefs early and kept pouring it on, winning 44 – 14.

Wilson threw for 185 yards and passed for two TDs in just over two quarters.   Free agent signee and initially the presumed regular season starter, Matt Flynn, did not play, apparently suffering from a sore elbow according to reports.  His ego is probably even more bruised right now.

But just because you spend good money to sign a guy like Flynn, who spent the last four years in Green Bay backing up Aaron Rodgers, doesn’t mean the job should automatically be his.  Performance ought to count for something.

And Russell Wilson has been the one performing.  The Wisconsin standout taken in the third round has been the surprise of the NFL preseason.  But he has been surprising only in the fact that most draft experts and NFL executives don’t put much stock in a quarterback under 6 feet tall.

Wilson, who stands 5’11”, obviously isn’t a prototypical NFL signal caller in stature.   But his credentials are impeccable in all other aspects:  an accurate and strong arm, good decision making, quick feet, and confidence that is combined with the appropriate dose of humility.

If you look at the Internet feedback, Wilson has already won over Seattle fans, who don’t seem to see a little guy, but a potential star who just might lead them to a Super Bowl one day.

It’s starting to look like Wilson’s four standout years at NC State and Wisconsin were no fluke and his skills may perfectly translate to success in the NFL.

 

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  1. […] come Friday, Wilson will be the starter in the Seahawks next preseason game against Kansas City.  The former Wisconsin star who threw more than 30 touchdown passes for the Badgers last season […]