The Seattle Seahawks have announced that rookie quarterback Russell Wilson will start both the preseason finale on Thursday against the Raiders and the regular season opener against the Arizona Cardinals. He is scheduled to make his home debut at CenturyLink Field in week two against the Dallas Cowboys.
Many figured Matt Flynn would be the starter after signing a large contract with the team a few months ago, but Wilson has simply outplayed him in training camp. He is one of four other rookie quarterbacks projected to start this season.
Wilson was very impressive in his first preseason start over the weekend, throwing for 185 yards and rushing for 58 more on just two carries. He completed 13 of his 19 passing attempts, connecting for two touchdown strikes.
As for Flynn, the coaching staff will make sure he continues working hard in case Wilson cannot make it as a starter in the early going.