Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is starting under center for the Seattle Seahawks against the Kansas City Chiefs in Friday's preseason tilt. The Chiefs will be the first team to face Wilson as a starter.
Wilson has played well enough in two preseason games to at least give the Chiefs' coaches something to consider when deciding who should be the Week 1 starter between the rookie from Wisconsin and free agent acquisition Matt Flynn. The decision to start Wilson is a bit unconventional, coach Pete Carroll admitted, but it will give the coaching staff a chance to see what the QB can do against a first-team defense.
It was expected to be a three-man race between Wilson, Flynn and last year's starter, Tavaris Jackson, who has been held out of preseason action so far. It now appears to be a two-man race with Jackson on the outside and a possible trade target for other teams seeking an experienced QB.
The Chiefs at least have the luxury of knowing their starter, barring injury, will be Matt Cassel, but behind him it's still an open competition between Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi. Cassel commented recently on Stanzi's preseason struggles to date.