ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Seahawks will in fact give Russell Wilson the start against the Kansas City Chiefs this week.
Typically, NFL teams are using the 3rd preseason game as a barometer for their starters, but Wilson has played well enough to earn this opportunity. He’s looked incredible against opposing third and fourth-string defenses, so this will certainly be a game worth watching.
“After Wilson passed for led three touchdown drives Saturday in Denver — passing for two of those scores himself — Carroll declined to say whether Wilson would get a chance to play with — and against — the starters. He again deferred on naming a starter Monday during his weekly radio appearance on ESPN 710 Seattle,” writes O’Neil. “But after the players concluded meetings on Monday, there were multiple indications Wilson is going to start the third exhibition game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday.”
If Wilson does start for the Seahawks Friday night, it appears that this could just be an opportunity for Pete Carroll and the rest of his coaching staff to evaluate how the rookie quarterback plays with the first team offense against better opposition. Flynn played the entire first half in both of the Seahawks first two preseason games. Unless Wilson’s performance Friday blows away Pete Carroll, it’s safe to assume that Matt Flynn end up getting the week one start.