RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Russell Wilson stepped in behind center for the first minicamp of his professional career on Friday and never took a break.
The Seattle Seahawks are making sure they get a long look at Wilson this weekend while the Seahawks' veteran quarterbacks are not around.
"It's important for me to understand the offense and continue to grow. I'm trying to learn all the nuances of the quarterback position here," Wilson said on Friday. "I know the plays enough but I'm trying to learn the ins and outs and whys of football. That's something that I have to do every day I wake up and in the meeting rooms — just try to learn as much as I can."
Most of the attention during the first day of Seattle's rookie minicamp was on Wilson, the talented, but undersized quarterback the Seahawks took in the third round of the NFL draft last month.
And Wilson got plenty of focus as he took all the snaps during the team portions of Friday's session leaving Chris Hart and Josh McGregor — the two other quarterback participating this weekend — just standing around as spectators.
The amount of snaps being given to Wilson is on purpose. When OTAs begin later this month and when Seattle has its only full-squad minicamp next month, most of the QB snaps will be split between Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson as those two battle for the starting job in a competition likely to carry into training camp and possibly into September. It'll be then that Wilson is in a similar spot to Hart and McGregor, standing around and watching.
"You can see the emphasis is to make sure that he gets a ton of plays because he can right now. They're valuable to him and really for us as well to evaluate him," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "When the varsity gets here and steps up a little bit it'll start to be a little bit different, but this is really important for him to get comfortable and understand the terminology and communicate with the coaches, and also as players talking about the routes and the concepts that we're dealing with."
If there was an area of concern with Wilson it had nothing to do with his height, which was the target of criticism by some when Seattle took the 5-foot-11 QB in the third-round. Wilson struggled some throwing deep with consistency, but Carroll still came away impressed with his first look at Wilson up close.