Both share similarities with Wilson, a big reason the Seahawks were interested in bringing them to Seattle, coach Pete Carroll said after the team’s first of three rookie minicamp practices.

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RENTON — The two quarterbacks in the NFL draft who drew the most comparisons with Russell Wilson — Trevone Boykin and Vernon Adams — took the field at the Seahawks’ facility Friday to begin their attempt at winning the job as his backup.

Both share similarities with Wilson, a big reason the Seahawks were interested in bringing them to Seattle, coach Pete Carroll said after the team’s first of three rookie minicamp practices.

The Seahawks’ backup the past three seasons has been veteran Tarvaris Jackson, who is a free agent. Carroll said again that Jackson could return.

But he also made an interesting admission, that the Seahawks might prefer to have a backup to Wilson who plays with a similar style.

“I thought that the opportunity to have both those guys in the same offense, it gives us a chance — if it works out, and we’ve got a long way to go — if it works out, to maintain continuity with one of the backups,’’ Carroll said. “Tarvaris has been a fantastic kid for us over the years, but they’re not in the same style.

“I love Tarvaris and would love to have him back if that’s the way we go in time. But I think Boykin is really special in that regard because he’s so unique, and he’s unique in how we like to play our quarterback.”

Boykin went first during team drills Friday followed by Adams and then Jake Heaps, the former Skyline High School star signed by the team as a free agent this week.

Those three are the only quarterbacks on the roster other than Wilson.

Boykin, one of the top run-pass threats in college football while playing at TCU the past four years, is listed at 6 feet and 213 pounds. But his size and the fact he played in a spread offense hurt his chances to get drafted, as did his arrest in connection with a bar fight before the Alamo Bowl in December that got him suspended for the game.

“It probably had some effect, but like I said I’ve moved forward, pushed past it and surrounded myself with better people,’’ Boykin said Friday. “I’m doing better things, and I’m excited for Coach Carroll to call me and bless me with this opportunity.”

Boykin said he had offers from the Seahawks and Dallas. Boykin called it “a no-brainer’’ to pick Seattle. That the Seahawks offered a $15,000 bonus surely didn’t hurt, though Boykin also said he preferred Carroll and Seattle’s style.

“Being behind a guy like Russell Wilson and being able to learn from a guy like him, I feel like there is no better place for me in the NFL,’’ he said.

Said Carroll of Boykin: “His versatility and his style of play is so similar to Russell’s. He’s got a big arm. He’s a very creative athlete. He’s got great instincts and great vision. His ability to run and make people miss and get out of trouble is very similar to what Russell does.’’

The 5-11, 200-pound Adams faced many of the same pre-draft criticisms as Boykin — a lack of size and playing in a no-huddle spread offense at Oregon.

Still, it surprised many that Adams went undrafted and was not signed as an undrafted free agent. Adams confirmed after practice Friday that he had no offers to sign, instead accepting a chance to try out with the Seahawks.

“It was tough,’’ Adams said of not being drafted. “It was tough for a lot of people.’’

Adams also has a tryout scheduled with Washington.

But he said if things go well with the Seahawks, that tryout might not happen.

“Whatever happens here, hopefully I get signed,’’ he said. “If not, then I take my opportunity there and whatever happens, happens.’’

Adams said he was glad to get a chance with the Seahawks because he is familiar with the area — in fact, he said he plans to live in Seattle the rest of his life. Also, his girlfriend and son live in Yakima.

“This might be my best shot, playing here,’’ Adams said. “Coach Pete Carroll, he likes the shorter (quarterbacks).’’

Said Carroll of Adams: “He plays much in the same kind of formula that Russell has played — mobile, playmaking, big arm, efficient guy.’’

Both must show they can handle things they weren’t often asked to do in college, such as calling plays in the huddle and working more often under center. Having to work a different way, Carroll said, “really can just slow down the process a little bit, understanding stuff versus not understanding stuff.’’

To no surprise, Boykin and Adams said they’re confident.

Carroll will prove the ultimate judge.

“We’ll just let these guys have at it and see what happens,’’ he said.