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May 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

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Russell ups the Seahawks' competition at QB

RENTON -- Seattle rookie Russell Wilson will be part of the competition to become Seattle's starting quarterback this fall, coach Pete Carroll said Sunday as the team concluded a three-day minicamp for rookies.

"He showed us enough," Carroll said. "He's in the competition."

Wilson was the team's third-round pick, and he will join a competition that already included free-agent addition Matt Flynn and incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson.

Russell was chosen in the third round by Seattle with the No. 75 overall pick. It was the highest pick the franchise has used on a quarterback since 1993.

Wilson was very impressive on Friday when the Seahawks began the minicamp, taking every repetition during the 11-on-11 drills. He was intercepted on several deep passes during Saturday's practice, but after concluding the workouts on Sunday, Carroll raved about his readiness.

"He did an excellent job of demonstrating that he prepared for this," Carroll said.

The coach estimated Wilson was on the field for 500 snaps all told and threw close to 400 passes. Carroll estimated there was only one time he stumbled on the verbiage of calling a play, demonstrating Wilson's familiarity with a West Coast offense. Wilson ran that system first at North Carolina State and later at Wisconsin.

Carroll did not provide a timeline for making a decision for a starting quarterback nor did he sketch out the framework for structuring the competition. Previously, he has said that Flynn and Jackson would split time with the first-unit offense with Jackson getting the first snap, something he'd earned as last year's starter. Josh Portis -- an undrafetd rookie last year -- is also on the roster, and is also a player the Seahawks hope progresses from the raw promise he showed a year ago.

As for Wilson?

"We need to see where he fits in with these guys," Carroll said. "It won't be because he doesn't understand or that he can't learn it or any of that. It isn't going to be because he can't throw the football. Because he can. He's got a terrific arm. We'll just have to see how he fits as time goes on.

"It's going to take us a long time to do this. It's going to be frustrating for you guys. You're going to keep asking and want to know. I'm just going to be more patient than you can imagine as we go through this process, and we'll just figure it out when we do."

Did Seattle expect Wilson to be ready to compete for the starting job as soon as it drafted him in the third round?

"I'd hoped that, and we confirmed it in these three days," Carroll said. "He left really no question about he needs to be involved in the competition."

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