QB Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks
|5-11, 204||Born: 11-29-1988||College: Wisconsin||Drafted: Round 3|
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 17 vs ARI (18 / 29 / 221 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 36 / 0 rush)
Wilson's routine of starting slow and ending with a flourish continued, though a missed field goal at the end meant the comeback ultimately fell short. After one of the Seahawks worst first half performances, Wilson found another gear as the game wore on. He made downfield blocks for his running backs, gained 31 yards himself on a designed QB keeper play, and found favourite target Doug Baldwin not once but twice in the end zone. At times, there was far too much pressure, which forced him into mistakes like a botched handoff; on the other side of the coin, he came through in the clutch, as with a great 4th and 6 laser beam throw to Jimmy Graham to get them in scoring position. Wilson's double-TD fourth quarter not only extended his NFL-record 19 4th quarter touchdowns in a season, but also made him the overall passing TD leader, with 34 scores through the air.
2017 Week 16 vs DAL (14 / 21 / 93 / 2 / 0 pass, 9 / 29 / 0 rush)
Wilson ran the ball often, and while that's not unusual in itself, he seemed to start much earlier in this game. Last week was a game filled with mistakes and this week seemed to be a reactionary safer approach to the offense. Wilson did not take chances downfield. Instead, he used RB Mike Davis and TE Luke Willson frequently as checkdown options, or ran the ball himself. Wilson was effective in the red zone, finding Jimmy Graham (like clockwork) and Doug Baldwin for scores. Some might say Wilson played a bad game, based on the numbers, but it can be characterized as conservative. He usually takes more risks, and is successful more often than not; but in this game, with the Seahawks leading in the second half, and the running game showing some promise, the play calling was firmly focused on the safe and short variety.
2017 Week 15 vs LAR (14 / 30 / 142 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 39 / 0 rush)
Wilson was pressured by the Rams in a way that we haven't quite seen yet this season. They got to him hard and fast, and there was little he could do about it because they broke through so quickly, making it impossible for Wilson to get into any sort of rhythm. When he scrambled, the Rams were for the most part able to keep up with him. Wilson's rushing yards came mostly in garbage time. The game got away from him by halftime, but for the first quarter at least, Wilson still had a chance to make a contest of it. The overall effect of the pocket pressure was a rash of mistakes by Wilson: several overthrown passes, multiple fumbles that seemed almost careless (they weren't, if you know how Wilson doesn't quit until he's out of options). Every time he gave the Seahawks a step forward, he'd blow it by taking three steps back. It didn't help that multiple catches were reversed and called incompletions, as well as an early receiver fumble; but that's just it - everything went wrong, and not for one moment did it look like it was going to get better.
2017 Week 14 vs JAX (17 / 31 / 271 / 3 / 3 pass, 5 / 50 / 0 rush)
Wilson nearly carried the Seahawks to a comeback, falling just short in the end. His near-heroics were a sight - with two long touchdown passes in the final ten minutes of the game - but he also dug his own hole, starting with three interceptions on the day to go along with his three offensive scores. Early on, Wilson looked his usual self: calm under pressure, as he waited for a receiver to get open. He wasn't afraid to run the ball early, which led to his 50 yard total on the ground, but made some poor decisions that led to turnovers, and they would be costly. One in particular mistake was a throw to Jimmy Graham, who was overtaken at the last second for the pick. But the defender passed Graham with such ease, that he seemed to be baiting Wilson to throw and as soon as he did, turned on the jets and snagged the ball easily. Wilson's trust in his receivers is everything. He throws to them in coverage and (obviously) when he finds them wide open. Against the Jags, he tried to get the ball to Baldwin a couple of times in tight situations. In each case, the throw was just off and that was enough for the the turnover to happen. On the good side, he did finally find Baldwin in a seam over the middle for a score, which sparked the attempted comeback. Going into the 4th quarter his confidence has never been higher, as evidenced by his gutsy deep TD throws to Richardson and Lockett. Also worth noting is that Jimmy Graham was invisible and it really hurt Wilson's red zone game.
2017 Week 13 vs PHI (20 / 31 / 227 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 31 / 0 rush)
It was the Russell Wilson show ... again. He outshone fellow MVP candidate Carson Wentz, in a potential playoff matchup preview. As usual, he withstood constant pressure throughout the game, leaving the pocket frequently, and just often enough, getting out of that jam enough to complete a pass or gain a few positive yards on the ground. He also added a new dimension to his game: a rapport with lead back Mike Davis. Aside from several option plays, he also relied on Davis on a few key short passing plays, and memorably tossed a lateral his way - which was clearly something they had been working on in practice - in order to get first down yardage. He continued to expertly utilize his receiving corps efficiently, relying on short passes to move the chains, while still taking downfield risks when the opportunity was there. In the red zone, Jimmy Graham was still the first look, but because Wilson doesn't rely on him exclusively, the defense had trouble defending against short TD throws to Lockett and McKissic. The Seahawks have some tough opponents coming up, but it's noteworthy that Wilson defied the matchup Gods here, besting the league's top pass rush. Next week he gets the Jaguars, who boast the top rated overall pass defense.
2017 Week 12 vs SF (20 / 34 / 228 / 2 / 1 pass, 7 / 25 / 1 rush)
Wilson was the hero in the end, but as we've seen a few times this season, he had an equally terrible start. His first play from scrimmage was an interception, and a horrible one at that. It was simply underthrown, right to the defender. Later, he would get lucky with a couple of passes that really should have been picked off. In the first half, Wilson had a lot of trouble finding open receivers, and for maybe the first time this season, really forced the ball into coverage. This would be fine if he showed his usual pinpoint accuracy; instead, several of his passes were way off. He did put up a rushing score, in part because of a turnover that gave the Seahawks the ball in the red zone. The play itself was a thing of beauty: a short yardage QB option, that fooled everyone and allowed Wilson to walk in untouched. He made a couple of good plays in the first half, but wasn't able to engineer even one sustained drive. In the second half, however, he came alive and drove the Seahawks down the field quickly on two subsequent drives. Wilson probably did about 80% scrambling and 20% pocket passing on the whole, which led to longer completions as the receivers extended their routes. One TD pass was a Jimmy Graham special, on a short slant pattern. The other was to Nick Vannett, normally the 3rd TE, who did an excellent job finding a seam on a long red zone play, while Wilson made an excellent read and then throw to get the TD. One concern for Wilson, is that he uncharacteristically took a few hard hits while running the ball, rather than slide or head out of bounds. This happened at least three times.
2017 Week 11 vs ATL (26 / 42 / 258 / 2 / 1 pass, 7 / 86 / 1 rush)
Wilson was his own worst enemy in the first quarter, as he gave up an interception and a fumble that led to an easy 14 points for the Falcons. After the first quarter, he picked up the pieces and got to work on a hopeful comeback. It began with a touchdown strike to Jimmy Graham, a frequent red zone target, both today and in recent weeks. Wilson continued to find Graham on short to medium routes, as well as favoring him in the red zone. Though the running game predictably was unimpressive, Wilson had some success on screen passes and swing passes to his running backs, as well as short hitch to Graham when the defense was playing deeper. As usual, Wilson scrambled often, and in catch up mode, he seemed to take off more than usual, resulting in a team leading 86 yards on the ground, which included a short yardage option call that led to his rushing TD. Unsurprisingly, he also leads the team in rushing yards for the season. With four minutes to go in the game, the Seahawks got the ball, down by 11. Wilson drove the team in for a score - a deep strike over the middle to a wide open Doug Baldwin -- with plenty of time left on the clock. He threw a 2 point conversion to (who else?) Jimmy Graham, and the defense got him the ball with over a minute to go. Wilson promptly marched the team into field goal position, but the 52-yard attempt was a couple of yards too long for the kicker, and the game ended before the comeback could come to fruition.
2017 Week 10 vs ARI (22 / 32 / 238 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 19 / 0 rush)
Wilson made the most of three or four big plays on the day. Two were short TD throws to Jimmy Graham: on each play, he got the mismatch he wanted, with Graham towering over a DB and easily outmaneuvering him in the end zone to make the catch. One other was to Paul Richardson, taking advantage of his speed; and finally, the highlight of the game, after quite possibly his longest scramble of the season, Wilson tossed one toward the sideline and found Doug Baldwin - who actually drew a blocking assignment on the initial play - who leapt for it and subsequently turned it into a 54 yard gain. For most of the game, he had a hard time finding an open receiver in the face of a formidable Cardinals secondary. In the end, Wilson's patience won the day. Rather than make risky throws, he kept it simple and did just enough for the victory. The Cardinals also did a good job of containing him as a runner.
2017 Week 9 vs WAS (24 / 45 / 297 / 2 / 2 pass, 10 / 77 / 0 rush)
Wilson had a tough day all around, though he nearly salvaged it with a fantastic fourth quarter performance. It's not new that teams pressure him, nor is it that he is more than capable when running out of the pocket. But the Redskins did a formidable job of coverage at the same time, which resulted in two things: More rushing yards for Wilson, and ... two interceptions, both of which were terrible reads on Wilson's part. He was definitely flustered. Among his misplays were several underthrown balls, and there easily could have been 2-3 additional turnovers. Wilson was much quicker to rush the ball than he normally is, and he was more reliant than ever on his top receiver, Doug Baldwin. He did find the others but not as frequently. The good news is that even in one of the poorer games Wilson has played this season, he still redeemed himself in the end - and on the fantasy scoreboard, he may have done even more than that, given the addition of 77 rushing yards on the day.
2017 Week 8 vs HOU (26 / 41 / 452 / 4 / 1 pass, 4 / 30 / 0 rush)
Wilson was in the zone. When he discovered early on that the Texans were bottling up the short passing game, he started to look deeper and had all kinds of success. Wilson plays to the individual strengths of his receivers, which helped him beat the Texans through the air again and again. His receivers also know how to get open while Wilson scrambles, which was the case on both of Paul Richardson's early TD receptions. On the other side of that coin, a couple of quick and well timed end zone calls to Jimmy Graham paid off with two scores to him as well. Wilson clearly has legs, but when scrambling he almost always had a pass first mentality, and only in the waning minutes of the game did he take off for yards on the ground. In the 4th quarter, Wilson almost let the game slip away with an untimely interception, but fortunately was bailed out by the defense to get one last shot, which he did in spectacular form: Three plays, 80 yards, culminating in the winning TD to Graham.
2017 Week 7 vs NYG (27 / 39 / 334 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
If you can just get past the fact that Wilson is seemingly incapable of putting points on the board before the two minute warning of the second half, you might say he is otherwise unstoppable. Wilson played like an all star in both halves, but in the first, he just couldn't finish. Early on, the Seahawks had seven (yes, 7!!) straight chances from inside the 5 yard line, and came up short each and every time. Later, he stalled a great looking drive by getting called for intentional grounding. His calm and cool demeanor was rewarded in the second half, however, as he aired it out and hit three different receivers for scores. Especially riveting was the long ball clinic he put on. First, he found a wide open Baldwin over the middle and behind the defense. Next, was Richardson, who made a spectacular grab in the end zone. And finally, Jimmy Graham - himself guilty of a couple of bad drops already -- in the end zone to put the game away. Wilson was a threat on the ground, as always. Though he scrambled all day, as if it were simply a part of his routine, Wilson did not run very often at all. Instead, he put his faith in his receivers, and that was rewarded with the two big scores in the second half.
2017 Week 5 vs LAR (24 / 37 / 198 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 16 / 0 rush)
Wilson disappointed in almost every way, against the Rams. He had just come off of a couple of very good games, so perhaps the expectations were high. But even so, no one expected this. No receiver had more than 37 yards total, and the complete lack of ground game put the focus of the Rams defense squarely on the passing game. Wilson did a fair job of avoiding pressure, with "only" three sacks, but did not gain enough on the ground to make a difference - a trait that has saved the day a time or three for the Seahawks. Wilson will bounce back, of course. But the loss of RB Chris Carson is really hurting him, since no other back seems capable on the ground, and though Wilson is a bit of a Miracle Man at times, he simply cannot be expected to do it all himself.
2017 Week 4 vs IND (21 / 26 / 295 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 38 / 1 rush)
Despite a first half to forget, Wilson's performance was a revelation for a team that badly needed it. The Colts controlled the ball for most of the first half -- partly because of a 'just short' pass attempt from Wilson to Jimmy Graham that was picked off; and partly due to two overturned (and rightly so) calls in which Wilson did not get rid of the ball quite before his knee touched the ground. But (yes, as he has been known to do...) near the very end of the 2nd quarter, Wilson showed signs of life. With only 25 seconds on the clock, Wilson drove the Seahawks downfield in three plays and into field goal position before halftime. The field goal try actually went wide, but a spark had been ignited and carried over to the second half. The Seahawks running game was clicking and Wilson took full advantage with play action calls, scrambling when needed, and also rushing the ball himself, notably on a 23 yard scamper that ended in a great effort to get across the goal line. His deep ball accuracy was as good as it's ever been, as he zipped the ball to his receivers in stride, a couple of times hitting perfect over the shoulder targets for big gains. Overall, Wilson showed a great deal of confidence in ALL of his receivers, which it seemed, made everyone a little better.
2017 Week 3 vs TEN (29 / 49 / 373 / 4 / 0 pass, 7 / 26 / 0 rush)
Statistically speaking, Wilson had a fantastic game. But on the field, he took a loss that is going to sting, since victory was clearly within reach. Much has been said about the poor O-line. Which is certainly true, since he was under a great deal of pressure all day long -- But... as Wilson demonstrated against the Titans, that often plays to his strengths. He was as elusive as ever: whether scrambling in the pocket, leaving the pocket, rolling out, or on a designed rushing play. His repeated escape act was nothing short of remarkable. On top of that, he spread the ball out well in the passing game, and despite a few near misses, ended up hitting more targets than he missed. Doug Baldwin was his favourite receiver (as usual), but not far behind was Jimmy Graham. In addition, Wilson found Tyler Lockett a few times while scrambling, which gave the Seahawks exciting and improbable first downs each time. And he had no trouble airing it out to his running backs, either. First to C.J. Prosise, a deep ball that was caught inside the 5 yard line, and later to rookie Chris Carson, a short pass over the middle that Carson ran in for the score. As he tends to do, Wilson picked up the pace a little near the end of each half. In this match, it was too little, too late. Wilson's Achilles heel is the constant slow starts. In this game, as in the others this season, he had little success before the final minutes of the first half.
2017 Week 2 vs SF (23 / 39 / 198 / 1 / 0 pass, 12 / 34 / 0 rush)
The game plan has Wilson intentionally leaving the pocket often. On the first play the call was a QB bootleg, for positive yardage - barely. Wilson had some success running the option play later in the same drive, and it became a more frequent part of the repertoire when playing behind in Q4. He should have had an easy TD on a perfect short pass to C.J. Prosise but the ball was dropped. Later, another perfect throw was wasted, off the fingertips of MceEvoy. And so, instead of 14-0 after the opening quarter, it's 6-0, which the Niners tied up by halftime. Wilson played a smart game overall, and despite the result, dealt with the pressure well and seemed in control of the offense--if not entirely in synch with his receivers. As painful as it may be for his fantasy owners to live with his underwhelming numbers these first two weeks, it seems riding it out is the best option here.
2017 Week 1 vs GB (14 / 27 / 158 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 40 / 0 rush)
On the first play from scrimmage, Wilson had to scramble and threw incomplete. Second play was a complete pass for negative yardage, and third was a repeat of the first. And so it went. There was barely a drive in the entire game in which Wilson was not running for his life on passing plays. On the plus side, Wilson's mobility is not in question, as he looked fast and nimble scrambling on the majority of passing plays - and on his two rushes. Wilson had a few chances at TD throws but was just off on each of them, and in most cases the throw seemed rushed. He spread the ball around, which will be one of the keys to a successful offense, but too often missed on the big throws. Despite the trouble with offensive line, the Seahawks first half schedule is relatively weak; expect a bounce back of some sort. The biggest blemish was his turnover at the Seahawks 5 yard line, which turned out to be a game changer.
Latest NewsSeahawks | Russell Wilson in line for guaranteed money (Thu Feb 8, 07:03 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson will have $4.9 million of his $15.5 million base salary for 2018 guaranteed if he is on the roster Friday, Feb. 8. Our View: Wilson has certainly earned it over the last few years behind his turnstile offensive line and this year didn't even ave a run game to take pressure off. We expect him to get his money, and expect him to be one of the top fantasy quarterbacks again in 2018.
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