QB Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks
|5-11, 204||Born: 11-29-1988||College: Wisconsin||Drafted: Round 3|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Oct 6): Wilson's offensive line play is subpar, but he is making things happen with his elusiveness, field vision, and ability to throw on the run. He should be an excellent start in what might be a shootout at Cincinnati.
General News (Fri Oct 9): has gained 135 of his 177 rushing yards this year on scrambles. He's been sacked 18 times through four games, which is tied for the most in the league. Seattle continues to look for ways to better protect their quarterback, but Wilson said he is physically fine. "I try to take care of my body," Wilson said. "I feel great today. I feel 100%. That's what you work out for all offseason, get ready for. I should have played tennis then otherwise. I'm expected to get hit every once in awhile. You go in there, and mentally you have to be ready for a physical game, and that's how we play football."
General News (Tue Oct 6): was under plenty of duress in the win over the Detroit Lions in Week 4 Monday, Oct. 5, and he was sacked six times in the game for the second time this season. Wilson has already been sacked 18 times this year, which is tied for the most in the NFL. He also lost two fumbles as a result Monday, and Wilson has turned the ball over nine times in his last six games. Head coach Pete Carroll said the offensive line is a "work in progress."
Week 5: at Cincinnati Bengals
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Russell Wilson won the game vs. Detroit in, well, Russell Wilson style, throwing 20/26 for 287 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions, while rushing 10 times for 40 yards. He extended plays often with his scrambling ability and found Doug Baldwin (four targets for 3/36/1 receiving) for the lone passing TD. Jermaine Kearse showed up with two targets for 2/84/0 receiving, while Tyler Lockett (five for 4/58/0) and Jimmy Graham (five for 4/29/0) also got their chances during the contest. All is well on this unit entering Week Five. The Bengals gave up a ton of yards to Alex Smith and crew last week (31/45 for 348 net passing yards, zero TDs or interceptions), but only allowed seven field goals during the contest. Two weeks ago Joe Flacco threw for 32/49 for 362 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception vs. the Bengals - this is the weak link in their defense, friends. To date, the Bengals average 279.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with six passing scores given out vs. three interceptions (tied for 13th in the NFL) and an impressive 11 sacks (tied for sixth) generated this year. This looks like a good matchup for Wilson and company despite being on the road in Week Five. Also, the rushing matchup is tough so Wilson may need to throw more often than usual to win this game.
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Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 4 vs DET (20 / 26 / 287 / 1 / 0 pass, 10 / 40 / 0 rush)
Russell Wilson was effective both on the ground and through the air on Monday Night Football where he accumulated 287 passing yards and 40 rushing yards along with one touchdown and no interceptions. He is now 5-0 on Monday Night Football and was the difference in this game extending plays behind this putrid Seahawks offensive line. He finished with a passer rating of 125.0 and completed 20-of-26 pass attempts against the Detroit Lions. Wilson continues to be one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the NFL as he was sacked six times in this game, narrowly escaping multiple more. Wilson lost two fumbles in this game battling behind the struggles of this offensive line, one of which was returned for a touchdown in the forth quarter to bring the Lions within three points. On the 1st drive of the game Wilson threw a short pass right to veteran running back Fred Jackson who took the pass into Detroit territory for a 26-yard gain. Later in the half he continued his consistency with wide receiver Doug Baldwin where they connected for 34 yards out of the shotgun. This would help set up Wilson's lone touchdown of the night from the 24-yard line where he stuck in the pocket just long enough to hit Doug Baldwin over the top of the defense deep through the middle of the end zone. The anticipation and touch on this pass was a great example of the chemistry these two have shown this year. On the other side of that spectrum Wilson is actively looking for him in the red zone, but is still having trouble finding tight end Jimmy Graham on a consistent level, even when he is wide open. Under constant duress, Wilson was able to get rookie Tyler Lockett going in the passing game as the two hooked up multiple times on short passes in the 2nd half. Wilson's talent working the pocket is evident even with a less than stellar performance from the running game and offensive line in this contest.
2015 Week 3 vs CHI (20 / 30 / 235 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 28 / 0 rush)
In a game where the Seattle Seahawks were the heavy favorite against the Chicago Bears, quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seattle offensive line got off to a poor start. In the first half Wilson was sacked two straight plays by a Bears defense that had failed to sack the quarterback once in the first two weeks. Seattle was 0-6 on third down in the first half and was forced to punt three times. In the red zone late in the first half Wilson looked towards a huge size advantage in one-on-one coverage against defensive back Alan Ball who stood up with great coverage on both Jimmy Graham and Chris Matthews. The drive would end in a field goal and Seattle would end the first half with a 6-0 lead. Things would improve for the Seattle offense in the 3rd quarter after an electric kickoff return from Tyler Lockett. Wilson would start the second half 5/5 although he would continue to deal with repeated pressure in the pocket. Wilson finally hit a receiver for the first time when he connected with Doug Baldwin for 22-yards on the first drive of the 3rd quarter. This was also the first converted 3rd down of the game. Russell Wilson looked to his top target Jimmy Graham across the middle for a 30-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Wilson gained good protection, which doesn't happen often, and was able to find Graham coming across the middle against Brock Vereen. Wilson and Graham have had success so far in this game in the middle of the field where they seem to find repeated mismatches. There were two things of note in this game that were vastly different than in Week 2 against Green Bay. The first is that Russell Wilson did not seem to be looking to run near as much as he ended the night with just 28 yards on the ground on 6 attempts. In the third quarter he was able to step up through a collapsed pocket off a play-action fake for a 13-yard gain but that was his longest run of the night. The second thing of note was without running back Marshawn Lynch for most of the game Seattle all but abandoned the read-option that was a staple for them in Week 2. Wilson is so effective off of bootlegs as well last week and the lack of those play calls was intriguing. On one of the few times Wilson rolled right to extend the play he went deep to Tyler Lockett in the end zone who was covered well downfield. Wilson was elusive on multiple plays in the backfield as he escaped a few sure sacks for positive yardage on passes to both Fred Jackson and Jimmy Graham to keep drives alive on 3rd down. Wilson would finish the game 20/30 with 235 yards passing and 1 touchdown.
2015 Week 2 vs GB (19 / 30 / 206 / 2 / 1 pass, 10 / 78 / 0 rush)
It was a tale of two completely different halves of football for Russell Wilson against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. Just 104 total yards in the first half. Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks struggled to get anything going early. Wilson completed just 6 of 10 passing attempts in the first half for a total of 62 yards. The offensive line actually protected Wilson well early in this game as opposed to Week 1 when he was under siege. On the second drive of the game Wilson connects with Doug Baldwin for a nice 32-yard gain that came after a blown coverage by Green Bay. Getting tight end Jimmy Graham involved does not seem to be a priority for Wilson as he had just one target in the first half and finished the game with just 1 catch for 11-yards. The read option game from Wilson and Lynch was not having a lot of success but in true Seahawks form they remained committed to trying to get the ground game going. In the first half Wilson had just 13 yards with his legs on two carries, both out of the read option, where as in the second half he totaled 65 yards on 8 carries. The only deep shot he took in the entire first half was to Jermaine Kearse down the sideline that fell incomplete. Wilson came out throwing in the second half with a couple nice throws to Luke Wilson and Tyler Lockett for 24-yard and 17-yard gains respectively on the first two plays. Wilson seemed much more engaged in the second half as he was making things happen with his legs. It is clear that when he sees that he can get one-on-one situations in the open field he is not afraid to run, both off of the read option and bootlegs both directions. To cap off the first drive Wilson hits 34-year old running back Fred Jackson for a 5-yard reception touchdown where he does a great job of getting open off of a short route through the middle. On the very next drive Russell Wilson puts together a 5 play, 54-yard drive that starts with some nice work from Wilson again on the ground and is capped with a touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin. It was a 13-yard passing touchdown off a nice route by Baldwin where he sticks the defender in the end zone to the outside and cuts back to the middle where he is wide open in the backside of the end zone. Wilson was a force using the read-option all game and outside of a high handoff to Lynch causing a fumble overturned by a penalty. There are times where Wilson gets into the open field and in one-on-one situations and defenders barely even get a hand on him he is so elusive. In the fourth quarter Wilson does throw an interception when attempting a screen pass to Marshawn Lynch after some heavy pressure. On the last drive of the game Wilson does most of his damage in three wide receiver sets hitting both Doug Baldwin and Marshawn Lynch for some short gains only to see Fred Jackson come in the game in relief to fumble on the very next play, effectively ending the game.
2015 Week 1 vs STL (32 / 41 / 251 / 1 / 1 pass, 8 / 31 / 0 rush)
The combination between Seattle's offensive line issues and the Ram's 5 first round picks up front caused Russell Wilson to yet again face heavy pressure most of this game. He was sacked 6 times, including two each from Donald and Robert Quinn. Because he is Russell Wilson he was able to scramble on multiple other occasions and pick up positive yards with his legs as he finished the game with 8 rush attempts for 31 yards. A great example of this was on the second series of the game where Wilson escaped a sure sack out of the shotgun for a positive 6-yard gain on the ground. Unfortunately, Wilson threw an interception on the very next play. With an empty backfield, the Rams brought a ton of pressure off the blitz where Wilson tries a hurried throw to Lynch on the sideline. Jermaine Johnson makes a great break on the ball diving right in front of Lynch's outstretched hands. Wilson spend the majority of his time in this game out of the shotgun where he consistently made good short passes to Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin towards the sideline with pressure coming. After taking a sack with 24 seconds remaining, Wilson scrambles to the right on the next play and makes it to the sideline to stop the clock. Seattle would settle for a FG to end the first half tied 10-10. Wilson catches heavy pressure and has to throw a ball away which causes a three and out early in the second half. Tavon Austin takes back that punt for a 75-yard touchdown. Wilson steps into a couple nice throws to Jimmy Graham in the middle of the field in this half, gaining two crucial first downs. Graham is clearly Wilson's first read in the red zone in this offense. Wilson was able to scramble for a crucial 3rd down but for three straight plays Wilson looks to Graham in the red zone on this drive. The first Graham is triple-covered; Wilson then misses him high on a poorly thrown ball. The two finally hook up in the end zone on the very next play as Wilson throws his only touchdown pass of the night. He shows great touch and anticipation throwing to Graham before he makes his break to the front corner of the end zone. The next drive for the Seahawks came off of a fumble recovery by the defense. The pocket collapses around Wilson twice on this drive where he is able to escape and gain positive yardage. Kearse is unable to stay in bounds in the end zone and Seattle settles for a field goal. Wilson takes a sack to end regulation where the game then heads to overtime. In overtime Wilson attempts to scramble for a first down and is stopped one yard short forcing a fourth down attempt with the game on the line.
Latest NewsSeahawks | Russell Wilson running for his life (Fri Oct 9, 01:38 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has gained 135 of his 177 rushing yards this year on scrambles. He's been sacked 18 times through four games, which is tied for the most in the league. Seattle continues to look for ways to better protect their quarterback, but Wilson said he is physically fine. 'I try to take care of my body,' Wilson said. 'I feel great today. I feel 100%. That's what you work out for all offseason, get ready for. I should have played tennis then otherwise. I'm expected to get hit every once in awhile. You go in there, and mentally you have to be ready for a physical game, and thatís how we play football.' Our View: Wilson faces a tough test on Sunday as the Seahawks travel to play the Bengals in Week 5. The young quarterback will have to resort to playground football as the offensive line has done a poor job of protecting him.
link to story Seahawks | Russell Wilson under a lot of duress (Tue Oct 6, 04:22 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was under plenty of duress in the win over the Detroit Lions in Week 4 Monday, Oct. 5, and he was sacked six times in the game for the second time this season. Wilson has already been sacked 18 times this year, which is tied for the most in the NFL. He also lost two fumbles as a result Monday, and Wilson has turned the ball over nine times in his last six games. Our View: Head coach Pete Carroll said the offensive line is a 'work in progress' and that may be an understatement. Those 18 sacks have come on 59 dropbacks where Wilson has been under pressure. He's only completed 56.3 percent of his passes under pressure, and Wilson has no touchdowns and one interception when the pressure is on. The team needs to protect him better if they want better production from their franchise quarterback.
link to story Seahawks | Russell Wilson has so-so night (Tue Oct 6, 01:20 AM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 20 of his 26 pass attempts for 287 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the Week 4 game against the Detroit Lions Monday, Oct. 5. He also ran 10 times for 40 yards and lost a pair of fumbles. link to story Seahawks | Russell Wilson more accurate (Mon Oct 5, 05:35 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has the eighth-highest completion percentage among qualified quarterbacks at 70% entering the Week 4 game against the Detroit Lions Monday, Oct. 5, which is seven percentage points above his career average. Wilson has been throwing shorter on average than ever before, and his average pass distance has dropped from 9.1 yards in his rookie season in 2012 to just 6.4 this year. That ranks him 30th in the NFL. He has just eight off-target passes this year in 101 pass attempts, too, which is lowest in the league. Wilson's completion percentage on passes 10 yards or fewer from the line of scrimmage is up from 69% to 71% this year, but he is showing the most improvement on intermediate passes; he's tied with New England Patriots QB Tom Brady for the highest completion percentage on passes 11-20 yards in the air at 81%. Wilson has only tried six passes 20 yards or more downfield this year, which is tied for 30th in the league. Our View: The Seahawks are keeping things close to the line of scrimmage in the passing game, and that is altering the numbers for Wilson. Going forward, we're not expecting the team to open things up vertically if they can control a game with defense and a strong rushing attack.
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