RENTON Hard to believe for those who remember him arriving here to training camp as a precocious rookie from Wisconsin bent to prove all doubters wrong, but Russell Wilson is entering his fifth season as a Seahawk.
And the winningest quarterback in NFL history to begin a career, the only QB to start two Super Bowls in his first three seasons, thinks this year’s Seahawks team is it’s best yet.
Yes, he was on the Super Bowl 48-champion Seahawks of the 2013 season.
“We’ve had great teams before. I can honestly say this is the most competitive team and talented team, I think, across the board,” Wilson, 27, said Wednesday after the walk-through practice for Thursday’s second preseason game against Minnesota.
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Wilson said that while answering a question about his receiving corps, which may be the deepest position on this still-young, deep, talented team that has made two of the last three Super Bowls and the playoffs in five of the last six seasons.
It has newly minted, $46-million man Doug Baldwin, re-signed Jermaine Kearse and 2015 rookie phenom Tyler Lockett as wide receivers one, two, three. Paul Richardson says he’s as fast as he was before reconstructive knee surgery in January 2015 then a hamstring injury last November. Kasen Williams is back from a hamstring injury this month to play Thursday against the Vikings.
There’s also Luke Willson, the No. 2 tight end who often splits out wide, and the expected, eventual return of tight end Jimmy Graham from knee surgery. He was the most prolific pass-catching tight end, often split out wide for New Orleans from 2011 through ‘14. Then came Graham’s injury-shortened season last year debuting for Seattle.
Plus, rookie third-round pick C.J. Prosise is here to be the new third-down running back to catch passes. He was a wide receiver at Notre Dame until his senior season last year.
It’s may be the deepest lineup of receivers in team history.
“You think of those guys and all the depth that we have and all the ability that we have, all the playmakers. There’s about, I don’t know, nine, ten guys that can play great football; I’m not sure how many more, there’s probably another few after that. They’re all competing for this opportunity to be really special and have the opportunity to make this 53-man roster which is not going to be easy and we’re looking forward to that, we like that."
Here is more of what Wilson said Wednesday. Expect him to play most if not all the first half with the Seahawks’ starters Thursday night: