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By Dan Arkush

We’ll make this short but sweet.

Despite being considered by many to be too short at 5-foot-11 to be able to develop into a top-grade quarterback at the pro level, it appears Seahawks third-round rookie Russell Wilson is going to get an immediate opportunity to compete with free-agent addition Matt Flynn and incumbent Tarvaris Jackson for the starting QB job after dominating the team’s recently completed three-day rookie minicamp.

“He’s showed us enough,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told a rather surprised local media gathering after he was innocently asked if Wilson shaped up as purely a developmental player. “He’s in the competition.”

While the odds remain in Flynn’s favor as far as being Seattle’s starting QB, Wilson all of a sudden seems to have what could be a significant head start over Flynn in adjusting to a new offense after taking more than 500 snaps and throwing in the neighborhood of 400 passes in what sources on the scene tell us was indeed an eye-opening performance in the rookie camp.

"The first thing you can’t help but notice about him is that he is so short,” one source said of Wilson, whose body of work at two major collegiate programs (first North Carolina State and then Wisconsin) is hard to ignore. “But then you start watching him, and he really does have this unbelievable presence. “He makes up for his lack of height with a real natural ability to move around in the pocket and buy time. And he throws a really catchable ball.”

Concerns about how Flynn might feel about the intriguing new wrinkle in the Seahawks’ QB setup don’t appear to be much of an issue — at least not outwardly.

“They’re saying it’s nothing against Flynn or Jackson. They’re just really enamored with Wilson,” the source said. “(GM) John Schneider has been coveting him for a while. So they’re figuring, ‘Why not give the kid a shot, and have him push the other guys?’ ”

The team acknowledges, however, the fine line between spirited competition and disruptive confusion.

“They know they’re going to be taxed trying to get everybody enough snaps,” the source said. “It will be interesting to see how they work that out.”

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