Russell Wilson’s minicamp play draws rave reviews from Pete Carroll
By Jason Rowan
The way Pete Carroll sees it after watching Russell Wilson’s performance during Seattle Seahawks minicamp this week, the best is yet to come for the 27-year-old quarterback.
And that should be viewed as a terrifying prospect for the rest of the NFL.
The Seahawks head coach had nothing but praise for how Wilson came in ready to compete and then showcased his dedication to improvement on play after play.
“He’s made a clear step ahead, and his command is like all time,’’ Carroll said, via The Seattle Times. “His ability to move defenders with his eyes to set up some things — he’s consistently doing that, almost (subconsciously), he’s so clued in. We saw him throw the ball all over the field throughout the offseason, and he’s been strong and accurate and really precise about stuff.’’
Wilson was particularly effective during Thursday’s drills, but Carroll indicated that’s been the norm throughout the Seahawks offseason activities. But perhaps most interesting about what Carroll had to say is that Wilson’s steady improvement year after year is exactly how he envisioned it.
“You guys have asked me, ‘When is he going to arrive?’ or, ‘How long is it going to take?’ and all that,” Carroll said. “And I kept telling you it’s going to be down the road. It takes 4-5-6 years for these guys to develop.’’
Wilson went on an absolutely torrid stretch of football during the latter stages of last season. And not only did he ride that momentum throughout the entirety of the Seahawks’ offseason program — which ended Thursday — but Carroll believes he’ll carry it into training camp and the 2016 NFL season as well.
Wilson’s impressive NFL pedigree earns him inclusion among the elite-level quarterbacks in the league. And Wilson says he’s putting in the work to continue that success for years to come.
“I want to play 15-plus more years, and a big part of that is taking care of my legs and getting stronger, but also getting more flexible, more mobile,’’ he said.
Again, that’s something that should be viewed as a terrifying prospect for the rest of the NFL.