QB Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks
|5-11, 204||Born: 11-29-1988||College: Wisconsin||Drafted: Round 3|
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2016 Week 19 vs ATL (17 / 30 / 225 / 2 / 2 pass, 6 / 49 / 0 rush)
Wilson started off on fire, distributing the ball well on the opening scoring drive, and rushing the ball himself early on, leading up to a short TD pass to his huge target, Jimmy Graham. On the second drive, he threw an excellent deep ball to Paul Richardson to get the Seahawks close to red zone territory, but after taking a sack he then overthrew Doug Baldwin in the end zone and settled for the field goal. He conceded a Safety on the next drive as his right guard stepped on his foot while he took the snap at the 2 yard line, causing Wilson to fall into the end zone while holding the ball. In the second half, he was forced out of the pocket far too quickly on almost every play. Even though Wilson is an adept scrambler and made something of the play often, it clearly hurt the effectiveness of the passing game overall. Twice he overthrew Baldwin on plays that easily would have been scores, and another in the end zone was tipped by Baldwin, who was in front of big Jimmy Graham, who was likely Wilson's intended target. He fought hard to bring the Seahawks back from what became 16 point deficit by the 4th quarter, but these early mishaps and a defense that did not live up to their top billing, made the gap too wide to overcome. Late in the game, Wilson played hard, running for a couple of first downs, but also throwing a poor pass out of desperation, which the Falcons intercepted (and then padded their lead on the ensuing possession). Wilson was able to make it interesting with a quick touchdown strike to favorite target Doug Baldwin, and then nearly brought the Seahawks back from the bring with an apparent 58 yard catch by Paul Richardson that was overturned and ruled incomplete. In the end it was too little too late. Wilson was still moving the chains in hopes of a 16 point comeback when a fluky fumble put the ball back in the Falcons hands to effectively end the game.
2016 Week 18 vs DET (23 / 30 / 224 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
At a certain point, it's just about whether Wilson had a good day or a bad day, since he's alternated very good with very poor performances all season long. Today was clearly on the good side of that equation. The first half was all about the running game, which finally found it's groove. That took some of the pressure off of Wilson to carry the team through the air, but he still faced a lot of pressure in the guise of the Lion's blitz. Wilson often had to get rid of the ball quickly as the blitz advanced, which meant he generally threw short patterns, including a large number to the flat or on swing patterns. He was quietly very efficient, finding eight different receivers, while also relying on favored receiver Doug Baldwin, who with 11 catches, accounted for nearly half of the overall receptions. Wilson's two touchdown passes were a matter of trust. Paul Richardson pulled in an acrobatic (to say the least) one handed catch, and Baldwin innocently 'stole' one as he trailed Jermaine Kearse (who appeared to be the target) on a pattern and extended to snag the ball in the end zone. The only thing missing for Wilson was rushing yards ñ but when the running back does his job as well as Rawls did, Wilson doesn't need to take those risks.
2016 Week 17 vs SF (19 / 32 / 258 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
With the Seahawks down 14-3 in the early going, Wilson played a safe, smart, and patient game, throwing the ball away rather than risk an interception on 3rd down, even (or especially) in the red zone. While this may have been frustrating for Seahawks fans, it paid off as he had staked his team to a lead at the half, capitalizing on two turnovers. Part of the problem was the flat running game. Wilson finally saw some success when the team went pass first. His touchdown was a great read and a great throw, as he fired a bullet to TE Luke Willson in the end zone as the defense shifted over to Jimmy Graham's side. Although Wilson did not have great success running the ball, he did make some good throws while scrambling. Wilson spread the ball out well but seemed to back off on the longer passes that he would typically throw to the injured Tyler Lockett. Wilson was rested in the 4th quarter with a 9 point lead.
2016 Week 16 vs ARI (29 / 45 / 350 / 4 / 0 pass, 10 / 36 / 0 rush)
We know by now that we are getting either a very good Russell Wilson or a very, very bad version. In this game, we saw both. Considering that Wilson put together his finest fantasy score of the season, it's tough to explain just how awful his first half was. He was sacked five times and faced constant pressure. He and the Seahawks got stood up at the goal line - twice - over seven consecutive attempts. Playing from behind in the second half, and clearly making some much needed adjustments, his bag of tricks included several accurate deep passes - though on one, he lost one of his best weapons, Tyler Lockett, for the season. After the Lockett injury, he leaned heavily on Doug Baldwin, who caught nearly everything Wilson could throw at him, including a great pass with three defenders rushing him, which became a scoring play of 42 yards early in the fourth quarter. And although Baldwin was far and away the go to option, Wilson still mixed it up, with additional TD passes to Jermaine Kearse, Jimmy Graham, and Paul Richardson. He was able to make some excellent throws when he had time in the pocket, which he finally got later in the game. The biggest difference from first half to second, though, was the emergence of a running game. In the first half, the ground game fizzled entirely, whereas in the second, it was healthy enough that Wilson was able to bring back the read option play with much success, finishing as the team's leading rusher. Once he got that play working, everything else opened up for him. Ironically, he was too successful on the final drive: running out of bounds to stop the clock, and getting to the end zone too quickly to tie the game, gave the Cardinals enough time to kick one more field goal.
2016 Week 15 vs LA (19 / 26 / 229 / 3 / 1 pass, 6 / 12 / 0 rush)
Wilson played smartly and efficiently all day long, making a minimum of risky throws. His two starting receivers, Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett, were 12-for-12, collectively, on catches-to-targets. For the most part, Wilson did an excellent job of managing the short passing game, but he did go long on a few occasions, mainly to Lockett. Early in the game he found Lockett on third and long with a perfectly placed ñ high and outside ñ throw down the sideline. Later in the game, he would find him again for a 57 yard score, reading the defense perfectly and aiming for Lockett as soon as he saw him getting open. Wilson also scrambled with success, when necessary. His errors were few but glaring. He dodged a bullet when an end zone throw to Jimmy Graham appeared to be intercepted but was ruled incomplete; and near the end of the game, playing with a 21 point lead, Wilson threw an interception that looked like it was just a ridiculously optimistic toss-it-up-there-and-hope kind of throw. To be fair, he was under some pressure, so it may have been an honest try.
2016 Week 14 vs GB (22 / 39 / 240 / 1 / 5 pass, 4 / 19 / 0 rush)
Wilson did not have his 'A' game today. Or his 'B' game, even. Or his 'C', 'D', 'E', and 'F' game. Yes, it was that bad. He began the game by overthrowing his two most dependable targets, when they were not only wide open but in a position to take one in for a score. He missed Tyler Lockett by a mile on a throw while scrambling - an attempt that is usually money for those two. Let's address the FIVE interceptions. The first was a poor throw to Jimmy Graham, that the defender had the inside track on. To make matters worse, Graham slipped and fell so he couldn't even fight for the ball. INT #2 looked like a sure TD to Doug Baldwin, but the Green Bay defender swooped in at the last second - surprising everyone - with the pick. The third pick was unlucky: the ball bounced off of a helpless Jermaine Kearse, who appeared to be interfered with, but no call was made. #4 was completely not Wilson's fault etiher, as the ball bounced right off of Doug Baldwin's hands. And finally, INT #5 came on a screen play (!) to Troymaine Pope, who couldn't hang on to it either. It was a terrible day for Wilson, even if all the picks were not on him. From the start, he was a bit off, as were a lot of the Seahawks. It appeared that they were just not quite prepared to play in the cold weather on a frozen and slippery Lambeau Field. Overthrew Baldwin near end zone. Missed an open Graham also. INT: Graham fell down? Still a bad pass, since the D was in front of the receiver. Missed Lockett while scrambling, which is usually money, and Baldwin in the flat. He's just a tiny bit off today. The cold? 2nd INT looked like a sure TD to Baldwin but the defender swooped in at the last second to pick it off. A lot of time in the pocket but not finding open receivers. Shovel pass to Rawls for s short gain. Just missed Baldwin again, near end zone. 3rd pick was unlucky, bounce off of Kearse, who was being held up - refs missed the call. INT #4 totally not his fault, bounced off of Baldwin's hands. Another by Lockett, no INT but costs them the drive. Screen pass INT, bounces off Troymaine Pope's hands.
2016 Week 13 vs CAR (26 / 36 / 277 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 29 / 0 rush)
Wilson started the day slowly, as he often seems to. He inherited the ball in the red zone very early in the game but wasn't able to convert for a touchdown. In fact, he threw a shovel pass over the goal line that was nearly intercepted. Soon after, he was sacked on a 4th down gamble, and then on the very next possession's first play. He threw a terrible pass into coverage that was intercepted. And after all that ñ he could do no wrong. Wilson spread the ball out well, showing no favored receiver, except for a clear bias toward Jimmy Graham in the red zone. The Seahawks running game woke up this week, which took some of the heat off of the passing game. Ultimately, when that happens, Wilson becomes a dual threat as well, as he can run the ball with the best of them. He had a few short gains on the ground, but for the most part he would look downfield first for the open receiver. The final score shows how much the Seahawks dominated, but it could have been even worse for the Panthers if Wilson had converted on that early drive, and again to end the half, when they were in close but with no timeouts and the seconds dwindling, were limited in their play selection.
2016 Week 12 vs TB (17 / 33 / 151 / 0 / 2 pass, 8 / 80 / 0 rush)
The good news is that Wilson ran well, to the tune of 80 yards on 8 carries, which likely means his ankle issues are a thing of the past. He even kept the ball on a couple of option plays, something that we haven't seen from him at all this year. Unfortunately, that's about all the good news there was today. From the start, Wilson was under immense pressure, and not just from the blitz, but the Bucs 4-man rush was consistently getting to him as well. The first series was a harbinger of things to come: a short run; a sack; pressured to throw it away; punt. By the time he got the ball again, late in the opening quarter, the Seahawks were down 14-0. Just as second drive looked like it might get somewhere, the pressure came again and Wilson fumbled on third down, leading to another punt. He wasn't able to find his favored targets - Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin - often enough for them to make an impact, and the rest of his receivers were inconsistent. Wilson and the Seahawks clearly made some adjustments in the second half, coming out in the shotgun formation and favoring quick passing routes. But it wasn't enough to sustain long drives, often starting near his own end zone. In the end, he just couldn't take them far enough on his own. Baldwin and Graham made a difference when they had the ball, but the rest of the offense was maddeningly inconsistent. As is Wilson's usual M.O., he looked remarkably good leading the team in the two minute drill. But with his team down by two scores and the clock ticking down, he threw a long pass that - although accurate - was intercepted as the safety swooped in for it.
2016 Week 11 vs PHI (18 / 31 / 272 / 1 / 0 pass, 8 / 19 / 0 rush)
Not particularly effective early on. But on the third play, scrambled with no hesitation, so, clear progress has been made in that department. Great effort scrambling to the line of scrimmage and getting the ball to Jimmy Graham, who then ran it in for the score. Wilson really started to turn it on after the score to Graham. On the next drive, he threw long to Doug Baldwin for 44 yards, who had beaten two men deep for a big catch, and on the very next play, he found Tyler Lockett for another big gain of 30 yards, putting them inside the five yard line. Unfortunately, he failed to convert two short pass plays (and one handoff) and had to settle for a field goal. Next time they were in the red zone, they changed things up entirely, as Wilson handed off to Baldwin, then took off for the end zone and caught a TD pass himself! Into the 4th quarter, he continued to spread the ball out well. He threw to Paul Richardson more than usual, and found Tyler Lockett a few times in a favorable position. But Wilson also failed to convert once more in the red zone, throwing three incomplete passes ñ though not entirely his fault ñ and settling for another field goal.
2016 Week 10 vs NE (25 / 37 / 348 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Wilson looks like his old self again, moving around and out of the pocket with confidence, though he is still not taking off with regularity. He has, out of necessity this year, become a better pocket passer and his skills were on display in this one. Right from the start, Wilson stepped back and made decisive throw after decisive throw. He spread it out to several receivers, which is typically when he and the Seahawks are at their best. Of note were several deep throws, right on the money. He hit forgotten man Tyler Lockett with a couple of perfect over-the-shoulder passes (one turned into a defensive interference call), found Doug Baldwin, seemingly whenever he was open - which was often. It's difficult to pinpoint any one or two things he did right; he did it all. He provided a threat on the ground and in the short and longer passing games, and the Patriots could only stop one at a time. Meanwhile the running game was just solid enough to keep the defense on their toes. Wilson's three TD's all went to Baldwin, and in each case, it really just seemed like he was simply finding the open receiver. It was not a case of locking on to one receiver at all.
2016 Week 9 vs BUF (20 / 26 / 282 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 10 / 1 rush)
On the opening drive, Wilson seemed to be playing it safe, with a short pass and a throwaway ñ but boy, did that change on the second drive, when he threw a long pass to Doug Baldwin, caught just short of the goal line. Wilson followed that up with a play action bootleg for the score, demonstrating that he's getting closer to the mobile Russell Wilson of old (pre-ankle injury). Wilson was really using all of his weapons well, and did his best work when throwing deep, and he took a LOT of chances downfield. He made perfect throws twice to Jimmy Graham in the end zone, both times caught. Wilson did not scramble often, but he did look dangerous when he did take off to run, which kept the defense on their toes. He showed a ton of confidence in all of his receivers, but with the connection with Graham continues to show that he is the team's most consistent scoring threat; which pushes Baldwin ever so slightly into more of a possession role between the 20's.
2016 Week 8 vs NO (22 / 34 / 253 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)
Wilson fought an uphill battle early on, playing only two drives in the whole first quarter. Offensive penalties on each of the first two drives, plus a sack, contributed to consecutive three-and-outs; the Saints controlled the ball well and so that's all the opportunity Wilson had to that point. Before the half would end, Wilson threw a poor interception over the middle to add to his woes; an d ironically, the biggest passing play for the Seahawks was when Wilson threw a lateral pass back to a receiver, who threw for a big gain. It wasn't until mid-4th quarter that Wilson began to find his groove. On his longest drive of the day, he was finally able to spread the ball around to all of his receivers, and looked quite nimble rolling out on a few plays as well. Unfortunately, he was not quite able to get them into the end zone and they had to settle for the field goal instead. He saved his best for last (as usual), and came literally about an inch from winning this one. With under two minutes to go and a TD needed, he led the team downfield, spreading the ball around and making great decisions and throws on each play. With the ball inside the twenty, and time for one last play, he threw to the back of the end zone for Jermaine Kearse, who caught it but came down with his toe on the wrong side of the line.
2016 Week 7 vs ARI (24 / 37 / 225 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Still coming back from a severe ankle injury, Wilson faced a ton of pressure and had to throw into very tough coverage all day long. He keyed on Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham, but so did the Cardinals, and so sustained drives just never materialized. The Seahawks also started with very poor field position numerous times. The most disappointing aspect of his game was that he still was not running the ball like the pre-injury Wilson, which meant the Cardinals could (and did) stack the box against the running backs, and pressured Wilson without fear of him beating them on the ground. The one positive note was that, while Wilson is still wearing a large brace on his leg, he did actually take off with the ball on one read-option play. But until he can make defenses respect his scrambling ability again, we can expect his road to be challenging each week.
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.
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