This has been a busy and much-discussed offseason for Russell Wilson, but once training camp begins at the end of this month, no one is expecting the Seahawks quarterback to be anything but the driven athlete who in his first three years has already established himself as one of the game's top quarterbacks.
Once camp begins, the focus for Wilson will be finding ways to improve upon a career that has already seen him named to two Pro Bowls while helping the Seahawks to two Super Bowls in three seasons. Wilson will be the first to admit that his game, though polished for a player his age, can still improve, and in addition to striving to be better on third down and in the red zone, Wilson is also hoping that a new offseason workout regimen will make an already good runner even better by adding a bit more speed to his game.
So what, aside from Wilson's play, will be worth watching at training camp when it comes to quarterbacks?
|R.J. Archer (free agent)
Initial 53-man roster included two quarterbacks: Wilson and Tarvaris Jackson
What's At Stake In Training Camp:
Tarvaris Jackson waited a while to re-sign with the Seahawks, but getting him back is a big deal for Seattle's offense. Yes, Wilson has been incredibly durable through three seasons, never missing an in-season practice, let alone a game, eventually, almost every team has to count on its backup for at least a game or two at some point, and in Jackson the Seahawks have a very capable backup who helped the Seahawks go 7-7 in games he started in 2011 while playing with a far less talented roster and an injured pectoral muscle.
R.J. Archer, meanwhile, got a lot of reps in offseason workouts because Jackson was late to re-sign, and the Seahawks see talent there, but for Archer to make the team, he's likely going to have to show enough to convince the Seahawks to carry a third quarterback, something they haven't often done under Pete Carroll and John Schneider. Another possibility for a "third quarterback" would be to keep B.J. Daniels as a receiver and special teams player who could play quarterback in an emergency situation. Daniels has been a quarterback in Seattle, both on the practice squad and active roster, but made the switch to receiver this offseason.
A player-by-player look at Seattle's quarterbacks ahead of the Seahawks' 2015 training camp.