Subsequent evidence suggests the team is positioning Flynn to win the starting job.
Flynn, who started the exhibition opener against Tennessee on Saturday night, will remain the starter when the team visits Denver this weekend, Carroll told reporters Tuesday. Wilson, who played the second half against the Titans, will play the same role against the Broncos.
"This is where they sit right now," Carroll said.
I had wondered whether Wilson might get a chance to work with the starters in this second exhibition game. That approach seemingly would have made sense strictly on the merits, given that Wilson has performed well to this point. He has arguably earned a chance with the starters. But there's big-picture logic in giving Flynn the best chance to win the starting job heading into the regular season. Wilson, as a rookie, has time on his side.
Carroll hasn't ruled out Jackson as the starter, but it's tough to win a job without playing. Jackson will need Flynn or Wilson to lose the job for a realistic shot at remaining in this race, it appears.
The early signs on Flynn and Wilson have been encouraging. Flynn was generally efficient working with the first-team offense against the Titans. He got rid of the ball quickly most of the time and appeared comfortable. Wilson played with greater flair, dazzling with a 32-yard touchdown run. He moved with purpose, threw with velocity and also appeared comfortable.