DENVER, CO - AUGUST 18: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks throws a pass for a completion as defensive end Jeremy Beal #93 of the Denver Broncos applies pressure during the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on August 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Seahawks defeated the Broncos 30-10. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Russell Wilson Named Starting QB For Seahawks; Roster Trimmed To 75

The Seahawks traded Tarvaris Jackson on Sunday hours before naming Russell Wilson the starter.

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NFL Cuts: Seahawks Release CB Coye Francies, Trim Roster To 75

The Seattle Seahawks are down to 75 players on their roster after cutting cornerback Coye Francies Monday.

Francies, who has eight games of NFL experience from 2009 and 2010 and was a former sixth-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns out of San Jose State, finished the 2011 season on the Seattle practice squad. But the Seahawks had to get down to 75 players by Monday.

The Seahawks have six cornerbacks left on the active roster plus PUP-listed Walter Thurmond. That group of six includes veterans Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner and Marcus Trufant.

Seattle had already released linebacker Jameson Konz, defensive end Lazarius Levingston, defensive back Roy Lewis, tight end Cameron Morrah, wide receivers Terrell Owens and Phil Bates, offensive tackles Edawn Coughman and Alex Barron, cornerbacks Donny Lisowski and Ron Parker, running back Tyrell Sutton and offensive guard Deuce Lutui.

The Seahawks wrap up their preseason schedule on Thursday against the Oakland Raiders at 7 p.m., after which they'll make the final round of roster cuts.

For more Seahawks news, head on over to Field Gulls.


Russell Wilson To Be Latest Round QB Pick To Start Week 1 Since Kyle Orton In 2005

When Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson steps on the field in Arizona to take on the Cardinals on the Sep. 9 season opener, he will be the lowest drafted rookie QB to start for his team Week 1 since Kyle Orton for the Chicago Bears in 2005.

Orton, a fourth round selection out of Purdue, was forced into action following a preseason injury to Rex Grossman that coincided with some terrible play from normal second-stringer Chad Hutchinson. Understandably, Orton didn't exactly shine, completing 15-of-28 passes for 141 yards and one interception in the 9-7 loss to the Washington Redskins.

The good news for Seahawks fans is Orton did go 10-5 as a starter that season, even stringing an eight game winning streak together on the way to earning a first round bye as well as NFC North championship. Sadly, the fun did end early with the Bears losing their only playoff game but the 10 wins stand as the third most ever for a rookie signal caller since 1970 behind Ben Roethlisberger (14 in 2004) and Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan (both had 11 in 2008).

While the situations aren't exactly identical, Orton's early success might have Seahawks fans dreaming about a 2012 divisional title.

Take a look at the Seattle Times brief yet intriguing story by Danny O'Neil for more comparisons to fellow rookie QB starters.

For more Seahawks news, pay a visit to Field Gulls.


Seahawks Injury Update: Marshawn Lynch Seems OK, Flynn's Pride Hurt

While the big news up in Seattle is that rookie Russell Wilson won the starting quarterback competition, the Seahawks do have some players they'd like to get back on the field as soon as possible. One is running back Marshawn Lynch, who is dealing with a back problem and was held out of Friday's win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

An arm injury -- a muscle inflammation, the Seattle Times reports -- kept Matt Flynn, the guy the Seahawks brought in to be the starting quarterback in the offseason, from making his case for the job over Wilson Friday. It's a tough break for Flynn, who is expected to be able to play when the regular season starts.

Other players dealing with injuries: CB Walter Thurmond (leg), LB Allen Bradford (hip), LB Matt McCoy (knee), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring), G John Moffitt (elbow), OL James Carpenter (knee), WR Doug Baldwin (hamstring) and DL Jason Jones (knee). Thurmond and Carpenter are on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list.

For more Seahawks news, head on over to Field Gulls.


Seahawks Injury Report: Marshawn Lynch, Doug Baldwin, Jason Jones To Sit

Marshawn Lynch, Doug Baldwin and Jason Jones are among the Seattle Seahawks not participating in Friday's exhibition game against the Chiefs, according to Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune.

The rest of the teams scratches include Walter Thurmond, Roy Lewis, Ron Parker, Allen Bradford, Malcom Smith, John Moffitt, James Carpenter and Pep Levingston.

Lynch has missed two practices with a back injury but there has been no indications the injury is serious and this move just seems precautionary at this juncture. Rookie Robert Turbin will get the start in his place.

Baldin is recovering from a minor hamstring procedure but head coach Pete Carroll expects him to be in practice by next week.

While none of this ailments seem to be that severe, it's still mildly concerning that the Seahawks have still yet to have their entire first string offense on the field at the same time once this preseason.

For more Seahawks news, head on over to Field Gulls.


Seahawks' Russell Wilson To Start At Quarterback Vs. Chiefs

Seattle Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson will start at quarterback in the team's upcoming preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, as ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Wilson is competing for the team's starting quarterback gig, and this seems to confirm that the rookie is firmly in the mix.

During the offseason, the Seahawks acquired a pair of new quarterbacks in Wilson and former Packers signal-caller Matt Flynn. The general expectation was that Flynn would be the starter, but Wilson has emerged during the preseason with some impressive play. Over at Field Gulls, SB Nation's Seahawks blog, they explain the decision:

At the end of the day, this isn't just some capricious and whimsical decision by the coaching staff. It's a calculated move - some say it is risky, yes, but I don't think Pete Carroll sees it that way - and that's all part of this unconventional yet methodical competition.

It's hard to imagine a rookie drafted in the third round being named starter for the season opener, but Wilson has outplayed Flynn so far and he was excellent in his senior year at Wisconsin. If he can get past the height issues (he stands just 5-foot-11) and keep thriving, it may be hard for Pete Carroll to hand the reins over to Flynn.

For more on the Seahawks, check out Field Gulls.

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