NEW YORK (AP) — Comments on the Seattle Seahawks by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (22)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 20) — 4-0 preseason with young, eager team always a good sign.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 19) — If Russell Wilson is as ready as he looks, this team will be better than expected.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 18) — Rookie Russell Wilson talented, but is he ready to be an NFL QB?
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 25) — Russell Wilson doesn't have a ton of juice at WR ... very average group.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 24) — Russell Wilson one of most refreshing stories of season. Now comes hard part for 5-10 QB. Playing games. Will be a work in progress. We suspect Matt Flynn will get chance before long.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 26) — Russell Wilson will become first rookie to start at quarterback for Seahawks since Rick Mirer in 1993.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 20) — I'm nervous about anyone who starts a 5-11 rookie at quarterback.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 20) — Tucked away in upper left corner of NFL map, Pete Carroll quietly building a winner.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 17) — Maybe surprise team of 2012. Russell Wilson sparks offense and receiving group coming together. Defense is physical and secondary is biggest in NFL.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 19) — Team that finished strong in 2011 needs competition to bring best out of QB position. Surprise, surprise, it's Russell Wilson that emerged as starter.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 20) — Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson picked apart Kansas City's defense in preseason to win starting spot. Can he still thrive when games are for real?
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 23) — They are taking gamble on Russell Wilson, but they still can turn to Matt Flynn if Wilson struggles.
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