In the 2012 offseason, the Seahawks signed quarterback Matt Flynn to be their starter, and then spent a third-round draft pick on quarterback Russell Wilson, who was supposed to be a backup copy. But Wilson has been impressive during rookie minicamp, organized team activities, training camp and pre-season, Wilson was named the starter. And the rest is history.
If the Seahawks have a rookie on the point of coming out this year, it will not have as many opportunities to prove himself.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has said that he is concerned about the coronavirus pandemic, the closure of the offseason is going to say its the best rookies not to be able to show that they are willing to contribute. And he says that if the NFL ends with the reduction of half of the preseason, it will be even more difficult.
“I think the number one thing that changes this is the opportunity for young people to show themselves, ” Carroll said, via the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “So, if this were to take place [two preseason games] — although I am really impressed with our young people and how they have learned and how they have applied themselves to this point— but still, there just may not be enough time to really give him a chance. So that they could be behind in this area a little bit. . . . Perhaps the free agent, did not get as much possibilities that it should show. The last two [preseason] the games are also important and essential for a young guy trying to make a club, so I don’t think that this would be the area of focus.”
This can prove to be a game of the NFL season with less breakout rookies, and not Russell Wilson to win a surprise from shift.