The quarterback derby in Seattle was initially pitched as a competition between Tarvaris Jackson -- the Seattle Seahawks' starter last season -- and free-agent addition Matt Flynn. Here in May, a third name has entered the fray.
Russell Wilson, the rookie out of Wisconsin, is being given every chance to show he belongs.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald observed Thursday's OTA session and tweeted the following:
Granted it's May, but this three-way QB competition is more than Pete Carroll hyperbole. All three splitting reps evenly in this week's OTAs
- John Boyle (@johnpboyle) February 14, 2012
Former NFL quarterback Hugh Millen told KJR-FM in Seattle on Thursday that Carroll has rotated his starter with each day of practice. Jackson opened all drills Tuesday, Flynn did the same on Wednesday and Thursday was all about Wilson.
"They are holding to their word that each one of the quarterbacks is getting a third of the reps. I think even down to the rep," Millen said, adding that he believes Flynn will ultimately win this race.
KJR's Dick Fain attended practice with Millen on Thursday and tweeted that Wilson "had some rough throws. Two overthrows and a (safety) Kam Chancellor pick 6."
Carroll has not backed down on his plans for a genuine quarterback battle. It might not be what Flynn, in particular, had anticipated, but this is how the Seahawks operate under their spirited head coach.