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QB Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks

5-11, 204Born: 11-29-1988College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 24): Wilson's lack of running is an issue, and he's not making the kinds of plays that helped him a magical second half last year. He was a dud against the very good Arizona defense, but don't give up hope yet. There is still magic in the Superdome, so if Wilson can't put up a big week against New Orleans in Week 8, it might be time to bench him on your fantasy time.

Week 8: at New Orleans Saints

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at NYJ 60 23 32 309 3 0 5 -5 0 0 26.95
6 vs ATL 66 25 37 270 0 0 6 7 0 0 13.2
7 at ARI 0 24 37 225 0 0 1 -2 0 0 8.95

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs ATL (25 / 37 / 270 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 7 / 0 rush)

Wilson was up to his old tricks again; namely, spreading the ball out to his very talented rotation of backs and receivers. And while he is still recovering from his ankle injury and is clearly not as mobile as we have become accustomed to, he did finally rush for a first down (first time this season). The lack of touchdowns is a bit troubling on the surface, but is more the result of situational play calling than anything. Wilson threw a lot of short passes on sustained drives, but in close, the ground game was clicking, so he didn't need to play the hero. There were a few stalled drives, not his fault. Wilson's passing was near flawless, and if a couple of drops had been catches and a short yardage run had kept a drive moving, the Seahawks could have run away with this one. With the Seahawks down by a TD late in the game, Wilson began to press hard to tie it up, but the Falcons downfield coverage was tight and so he overthrew a couple of passes that were close to and in the end zone.

2016 Week 4 vs NYJ (23 / 32 / 309 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / -5 / 0 rush)

Wilson was still recovering from his ankle injury, but you'd hardly know it from the results. Despite consistent pressure and excellent coverage from the Jets secondary, he was nearly flawless. Part of Wilson's success can be attributed to the fact that he did not tempt fate by scrambling out of the pocket - just didn't - if he was in trouble and had no receiver to throw to, he would go down or throw the ball away. That sounds timid, but the other part of his success was a perfect balance of taking the chance and throwing into coverage and dumping it off to a checkdown option, usually RB Christine Michael. In particular, Jimmy Graham came up with a number of spectacular catches. Partway through the third quarter, Wilson was 17-for-19 in passing attempts, at which point he became a little more cautious when under pressure, throwing the ball away more often. Not only that, but with the extra pressure, he took advantage and threw a dump off pass to Michael for a score.

2016 Week 3 vs SF (15 / 23 / 243 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Wilson wasted no time finding favorite target Doug Baldwin downfield on a 34-yard pass play. On the second drive, he found him again for a diving sideline catch, before locking on to Jimmy Graham for basically the rest of the drive. Wilson's two completions to Graham helped get the Seahawks down to the 4-yard line, which set up a rushing TD. Wilson, playing on a still-injured ankle, was surprisingly nimble in the pocket, though he always threw the ball before the need to scramble. The first time he actually had to scramble out of the pocket, Wilson found Jimmy Graham open in the end zone, for his only passing TD of the game. Early in the second half, Wilson was hurt while being tackled. He initially sat out just one play and came back to finish the series. But but then was replaced by backup Trevone Boykin. The game was well in hand by that point, so taking Wilson out was partly precautionary.

2016 Week 2 vs LA (22 / 35 / 254 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 14 / 0 rush)

There was debate all week as to how much Wilson's sprained ankle would limit him or even if he would play in this game. Wilson got hit hard on his first dropback and got right back up, so there's your answer to whether or not he can play on the hurt ankle. Can he find an open receiver? Well, that's another question entirely. The answer of course, is that yes, he can. Despite the box score, and the bum ankle, Wilson did have his moments against a tough Rams defense. It looked like he was going to go 3-and-out on the first two drives, but a penalty on 3rd down gave him a redo and he found Doug Baldwin for the short first down. Next, he lofted a perfect pass downfield to Tyler Lockett for 35 yards and all seemed to going right for the Seahawks. Wilson started the game 5-for-5, spreading the ball around well, and in particular, he looked to be developing good chemistry with Lockett. He nearly hit Jermaine Kearse for the TD, but the receiver couldn't hold on in tight coverage, and - who knew? - they would camp the drive with the lone Seahawks score, a field goal. Wilson had another 40 yard catch by Lockett negated on a questionable offensive pass interference call. Wilson's deep accuracy was definitely on display, but it's really a game of inches, and that play, plus another miss (but great throw) to Paul Richardson stalled Wilson and the Seahawks, even though they seemed poised to march down the field. The main thing that hurt Wilson's game was the lack of the Read-option, which often is his money play. That, and the fact that Rawls, Lockett, and Baldwin all left the game with injuries at some point. Late in the game, Wilson looked like he might engineer a comeback similar to last week's against the Dolphins. He threw deep out of his own zone to hit Lockett for 53 yards, but the drive was halted when Christine Michael fumbled a reception at the Rams 29 yard line.

2016 Week 1 vs MIA (27 / 43 / 258 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 16 / 0 rush)

Wilson basically had two good drives: one to end each half. On this day, that was enough to win the game, but it was clearly a struggle for him to accomplish the feat. In the early going, the Seahawks were in full passing mode. As if to take some heat off of the running game, Wilson threw a number of short passes. It would be a bit of a wait before he took a chance throwing further downfield. On his interception play, he made a poor decision to throw deep in desperation as he was getting hauled down. His fumble, however, was simply unlucky as he was tripped by his own lineman, who was getting pushed back by the defender. Wilson spreads the ball around well but his favorite receiver is still Doug Baldwin. He leaned on him especially in the final drive, relying on Baldwin for three key catches leading up to his touchdown catch at the edge of the end zone, which was perfectly thrown by Wilson. The often-scrambling QB hurt his ankle, which clearly slowed him down, but Wilson showed once again that he does his best work under pressure.


Latest News

Seahawks | Full practice for Russell Wilson (Fri Oct 21, 10:53 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (ankle, knee) was a full participant in practice Friday, Oct. 21, and is not listed on the injury report for Week 7.

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Seahawks | Russell Wilson takes part in practice (Wed Oct 19, 08:49 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (ankle, knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 19.

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Seahawks | Russell Wilson effective in win (Mon Oct 17, 02:50 AM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was 25-for-37 for 270 yards and no touchdowns in a 26-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Oct. 16.

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Seahawks | Russell Wilson ready for Week 6 (Fri Oct 14, 09:57 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (ankle, knee) was a full participant in practice Friday, Oct. 14, and is not listed on the Week 6 injury report.

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Seahawks | Russell Wilson a full go (Thu Oct 13, 11:21 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (ankle, knee) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 13.

Our View: Given that less than 100 percent Wilson was still productive, this could scare some folks. We see him as a QB1 this week in a game that could be a shootout.
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