It's Russell Wilson's turn as Seahawks QB competition rolls on
Rookie quarterback gets his chance Thursday as Seattle's three-day minicamp concludes with lots of questions about the position.
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON — Russell Wilson was in the closer's role Thursday.
The rookie quarterback worked with the Seahawks' first-unit offense on the final day of a mandatory minicamp. He was also the last player off the field after that final practice.
"I always try to stay after practice," Wilson said. "Twenty-five more throws, 30 more throws, just to really focus on the throws that I think I either missed that day or things that I can always work on."
That's just one way the rookie is readying himself for his first season in the NFL, and a glimpse of how he has played himself into the competition to become Seattle's starting quarterback in 2012.
This week's mandatory minicamp provided a glimpse of what that competition will be like, the players alternating days with the first-unit offense. Tarvaris Jackson was first up, getting the bulk of those snaps Tuesday. Then came free-agent addition Matt Flynn on Wednesday. And it was Wilson's turn Thursday.
"It's worked out OK to give them an even shot," coach Pete Carroll said. "That's the point ... to really make it as evenly competitive as they possibly can."
Carroll wasn't dropping any hints or clues about who's ahead in the competition. He certainly wasn't interested in the suggestion that the team provide a leaderboard to show just where Flynn, Wilson and Jackson stood.
"You're just going to have to suck it up and wait," Carroll said.
How long? Carroll won't put a timetable on it, and as the Seahawks concluded their offseason workouts Thursday, the question at quarterback is no clearer now than it was a month ago.
"It's going to take us until we start playing games to where we'll see something happen," Carroll said. "At this point they're doing everything they can do with the opportunities, and they look good."
So how are the players themselves handling the uncertainty?
"I've been there, and the first thing you learn is you can't control what they do," Flynn said, referring to the coaches. "You can only control what you do. You've got to try to compete against yourself the day before. I've got to be better today than I was yesterday."
Fixating on the performance of the other guys certainly isn't going to help.
"There's a lot of traps you can fall into when you do a competition for anybody at any position," Flynn said.
"One trap is you go out there and you see someone complete a deep pass and you go, 'All right, next play I've got to throw deep,' " Flynn said. "You've got to come back, if it's not open, take the check down and keep rolling."
Jackson's not new to this game, either.
"I've been around long enough to know how things go," Jackson said. "I'm just coming out, competing every day and just trying to do my best and let the coaches make a decision on what they feel is best for the team."
Then there's Wilson, the rookie from Wisconsin. The Seahawks chose him in the third round of the draft, No. 75 overall, which is their highest pick used on a quarterback since 1999.
On Thursday, he was the last of the three candidates to take a turn with the first-unit offense, setting the stage for the most compelling competition of Seattle's training camp.
"We'll stay with the same format going into camp," Carroll said. "I don't think that will change. T-Jack will go first and away we go. But other than that, let the games begin. We'll be really excited to see what happens."
• LB Brian Banks concluded his tryout with the Seahawks, and he'll head next to San Francisco to work out with the 49ers. Carroll said Banks exceeded expectations for the tryout.
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