The knock on him has been his size. At 5'10, it's been rare for a quarterback to succeed, much less a rookie.
Well, big things can come in small packages. Just ask Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who drafted rookie and current starting quarterback Russell Wilson.
Caroll was already taking a risk starting Wilson over free agent signee Matt Flynn from the Green Bay Packers, especially after paying him a guaranteed $10 million that is now sitting on the bench. But Wilson outperformed Flynn by just enough in the preseason to claim the starting job.
Well so far, Wilson is trying to come into his own, with a flat outing in a loss against Arizona, but came on stronger in Week Two, helping earn a decisive 27-7 victory against the Dallas Cowboys. And thus far, Wilson has both impressed and gained the confidence of the coaches and his teammates.
With a strong rushing atack led by Marshawn Lynch, and a strong yet underrated defense, does Russell Wilson have the capability to lead this team to the playoffs as a rookie?
So far, through two weeks, the San Francisco 49ers are undoubtedly the team to beat in the NFC West, but the Seahawks look like the only team in that division capable of taking them on, or, at the very least, earning a Wild-Card spot.
While he hasn't played on an RG3 level and lit up the stat sheet, he has been steady enough and made good decisions with the football to keep Seattle in both of its games through the first two weeks. But we still have 14 more weeks of regular season games to go. A lot can happen between now and then.
Should Wilson start struggling, does Carroll pull him and take his $10 million dollar backup quarterback off the bench? Or does he let the rookie continue to play through his inevitable growing pains?
The Seahawks will be an interesting team to keep an eye on this year, and not because of another Tavaris Jackson starter experiment.