Matt Flynn to start preseason opener

Seahawks QB Matt Flynn - Adam McFadden/Renton Reporter
Seahawks QB Matt Flynn
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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll announced Matt Flynn will start at quarterback in the team's first preseason game Saturday.

Thus far in offseason camps the team has had all three quarterbacks, Flynn, Tarvaris Jackson and Russell Wilson split reps in practice.

“We have a plan in motion and we’re to a point where we are making a little transition," Carroll said at a press conference. "This week through tomorrow and the game, Matt is the number one quarterback."

Carroll also said that Flynn will play the first half of the preseason game, while Wilson will play the second half.

The announcement doesn’t necessarily mean Flynn will be the team’s starter in the regular season. Jackson has started 34 career games and 14 for Seattle last year. Flynn has started two games as a backup in Green Bay. So the coaching staff likely wants to see more of Flynn in action.

Flynn started in Week 17 last season against the Lions and threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns. His first start came in 2010 against the Patriots, when he 251 yards and three touchdowns.

Seattle takes on the Tennessee Titans Saturday at CenturyLink Field.


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