QB Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

HT: 5-11, WT: 204, Born: 11-29-1988, College: Wisconsin, Drafted: Round 3

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2014 Projections

David Dodds16.0287.0430.034368.
Bob Henry16.0291.0455.037008.
Jason Wood16.0295.0450.037508.326.010.085.04505.34.0351
Maurile Tremblay16.0266.0420.033548.

Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]

Overall: J Cutler (92), F Jackson (93), Russell Wilson (94), B Cooks (95), D Sproles (96)
Position: T Romo (85-QB12), J Cutler (92-QB13), Russell Wilson (94 - QB14), P Rivers (99-QB15), A Dalton (104-QB16)
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Russell Wilson has outperformed common expectations from day one in Seattle, beginning with a terrific rookie training camp in 2012 and leading up to a Super Bowl championship in 2013. Wilson has all the characteristics that Pete Carroll covets in a quarterback: he is smart, coachable, accurate, mobile, and creative. He has shown the ability to put up big passing numbers when his team gets behind (as demonstrated, for example, by his 385 passing yards in the 2012 playoff loss to the Falcons), but such situations arise infrequently. Seattle is built to win with defense and a strong running game, and Wilson doesn't air it out enough to be a top-tier fantasy QB. Consider him a low-end QB1 or, preferably, a high-end QB2 with decent upside potential if the Seahawks' defense, for whatever reason, is much less dominant this year than last.

2014 Schedule

1 Green Bay Packers
2at San Diego Chargers
3 Denver Broncos
Bye week
5at Washington Redskins
6 Dallas Cowboys
7at St. Louis Rams
8at Carolina Panthers
9 Oakland Raiders
10 New York Giants
11at Kansas City Chiefs
12 Arizona Cardinals
13at San Francisco 49ers
14at Philadelphia Eagles
15 San Francisco 49ers
16at Arizona Cardinals
17 St. Louis Rams
Bye week
19 Carolina Panthers
20 Green Bay Packers
21at New England Patriots

2013 Game Summaries

Week 1 - Wilson was slow out of the gate in this one, with much of his production coming in the final quarter, including his lone touchdown pass. In the early going, virtually nothing went right. Though he showed much poise in the pocket, Wilson narrowly avoided a safety (then took an intentional grounding penalty on the very next play). He seemed to be warming up a bit near the end of the half, but the Seahawks ultimately went into halftime on the heels of a great drive that ended with a QB fumble in the red zone. On that drive, Wilson mixed short throws to the open man, with longer Ė and very precise Ė passes into coverage. He threw well on the run, and as usual, used the play action to his advantage. On the day, Wilson threw completions to eight different receivers, which tells much of the story: he trusted his receivers, and he trusted his stellar offensive line to give him the protection he needed. The big play of the game, he actually had to throw twice. First, Wilson threw a perfect deep ball to a wide open Stephen Williams, who dropped it. Next play, same pattern, same perfect throw, this time to Jermaine Kearse, only this time the catch was good for the 43 yard score. Wilsonís precision all day was impressive. Whether lobbing the ball over the secondary, or zinging it to his receivers underneath, he almost always was right on the money. Throughout the game, there was a lot of pressure from a formidable Panthers pass rush, but in the end, Wilsonís early-game patience and late-game aggressiveness paid off.

Week 2 - In a game that was suspended briefly due to weather, the passing game definitely underwhelmed. And while Wilson clearly had a sub-par outing, itís difficult to pin it all on him. First, Losing†LT Russell Okung†early in the game with a foot injury added to the struggles on offense.††His replacement definitely†struggled in pass protection. Two of the 49ers four sacks came from that side, and the Seahawks often had to put an extra body on the left side to compensate. It also seemed that the receivers didnít do much to help, as they collectively struggled to get open at times. Wilson was 2-for-10 at the half, and finished 8-for-19 with a touchdown. In the second half, he made enough plays in the air to remind us of what heís capable of. He looked confident and aggressive throwing while scrambling and finding Doug Baldwin deep for a 51 yard gain; and again on a completion over the middle to TE Zach Miller, who was tightly covered; then, finally, even throwing off his back foot, he got the ball to a wide open Marshawn Lynch for a 7-yard TD.

Week 3 - Wilson looked sharp from the get-go, even though the offense wasnít clicking on the first drive. The next time on the field, however, and he went to town on a Jaguars defense that just couldnít take away all of his downfield weapons. Wilson did an amazing job of spreading the ball around, but his favourite target was Golden Tate. He looked for and found Tate all over the field, using him in the sort of role everyone expected Percy Harvin to fill, mainly as a short catch-and-run weapon, and occasionally on deeper routes. Wilson has begun to use his tight ends more effectively than ever, which really put the defense off balance in this game. His bread and butter was the play action that drew the linebackers toward the line, which left the TE wide open for a short reception and a bigger downfield gain. He used this tactic effectively twice on the first scoring drive, and it accounted for the first touchdown of the game. The most impressive thing about Wilsonís game was his confidence and poise in the pocket. Even crowded in his own end zone, he didnít panic. The offensive line Ė even without injured starting LT Russell Okung Ė usually bought him enough time to check out his second and third options. His only blemishes were a fumble while scrambling, and an interception deep in the Seahawks zone, was the result of a tipped pass, off of his own receivers fingers. If this game wasnít a blowout, Wilson may have played into the 4th quarter and posted more than a pedestrian 202 passing yards, but the 4 TDs more than make up for it.

Week 4 - Wilsonís first half was forgettable. And most of his second half. And, well, overtime. In a game dominated by defense, Wilson showed that he can gut it out with the best of them, as the Seahawks overcame a 20-3 first half deficit. He was under a ton of pressure all day long, partly due to three injured offensive linemen, and partly due to a Texans fierce pass rush that is hard to stop on the best of days. So, Wilsonís game went like this: First half. The Texans controlled the clock well and so the Seahawks chances were few. When they did have possession, Wilson was sacked or pressured into making poor throws. In the second half, he tried to adjust by using screen and option plays, but even when successful, they werenít for much yardage. And on quick passing plays, he just wasnít able to connect with his receivers Ė due to tight coverage, he would throw just ahead of the receiver and hope for an acrobatic catch, which rarely happened. In the fourth quarter, Wilson finally engineered a scoring drive, and much had to do with his running/scrambling ability. Once that became a weapon, the Texans had a much harder time keying on any particular part of the offense. While the passing game never truly came around, Wilsonís legs Ė and a timely pick-6 by Richard Sherman Ė got them into overtime and set up the victory. His best play may have been on 4th and 3 in the red zone, on that scoring drive. The Texans D was ready for the Seahawks money play: a play action short pass to the crossing TE, and so Wilson was forced to scramble for the first down Ė which he did, just barely. That play summed up his game: Gutsy, but not pretty.

Week 5 - Wilson ran the ball more than usual this game. It is a trend that started in week 4, because he was being pressured so much. This week, he was much more decisive and once he made his first reads, if he did not see an open man, he took off and ran, usually with positive results. The gameplan, centered around Lynch, called for a lot of play action and option plays. Itís a smart balance that keeps the initial pressure off, while the defense figures out whoís got the ball. Wilson overall played a very smart game. He did not try to force the ball to covered receivers. He would still throw to them, aiming just ahead or above, to a spot where the defender couldnít possibly intercept it. In the end, his running ability and soft touch when passing the ball, gave the Seahawks a chance to come out ahead, but too many Ďclose but no cigarí passes ruined the day.

Week 6 - Wilsonís season just got interesting. The Titans defense was ready for his bag of tricks, and so this game was a true test of his ability to make quick decisions under pressure. And he passed. He was in control of the game tempo for most of the match, and engineered several long drives. He also showed a very accurate touch on the ball, whether in the pocket or on the run. On most plays, the defense had a QB spy, in order to limit Wilsonís rushing total. Often, he was forced to scramble without much room to run or time to throw. Wilsonís response was to outrun the spy on some occasions, still gaining substantial yardage on the ground; and spreading the ball out when going to the air. He hit a total of eight individual receivers on the day. He knows his receivers well, and as the season progresses, he is getting better at using their strengths and getting the ball to them in advantageous situations. With Tate, he threw to him on several short passes, when he had a little room to make something happen; Baldwin is often his clutch guy when the clock is running down, and he knows how to hit him in full stride (as he did on a 28 yard gain over the middle that nearly scored); and even with the underwhelming Sidney Rice, Wilson found him a couple of times up high, one of which was beautiful catch, and a crucial first down in the red zone. Wilsonís biggest asset, of course, was Marshawn Lynch. The threat of the stellar ground game allowed Wilson to successfully mix up play action and option plays all day long. Of course, Lynch was not only a threat on the ground, but also garnered more looks than usual in the passing game; given their success against the Titans, that is a trend that may continue.

Week 7 - The first play often sets the tone for Wilson and the Seahawks, as they like to keep the defense off balance. In this one, they started with an option play, which Wilson ran for a first down. He didnít run for a whole lot of yardage overall, but starting off this way meant that his legs were always a threat. The Cardinals blitzed frequently and Wilson made them pay for it. On his first touchdown pass, the Cards blitzed heavily and Wilson easily found a wide open Sidney Rice streaking to the end zone. Wilson also made a very precise throw on Zach Millerís TD catch, as the tight end slipped between the safeties in the end zone for the diving catch. Wilson did have a few blemishes, and they all seemed to happen in a row: First, he was stuffed on a 4th&1 QB sneak; then lost a fumble on his own 5 yard line, which set up an easy Cardinals score. And then another fumble early in the second half Ė which was recovered by the Seahawks. After that, Wilson got his act together again and Ė with the help of a couple lucky plays - slowly and steadily built a comfortable lead. One highlight was when Wilson got rid of the ball as he was being pulled down for a sack, and Zach Miller dove for it and got them a first down. The third passing TD was a little lucky, as it looked like he was targeting another receiver altogether, when goal line TE Kellen Davis swooped in for the catch. Wilson fumbled once more, which he really couldnít be faulted for as he got blindsided. Overall, Wilson made excellent decisions all day long and always seemed in control of the game tempo. If not for his few mistakes, this one had the look of a potential blowout.

Week 8 - Russell faced a lot of pressure early on, suffering a sack and a couple of hurried throws, while starting off deep in his own territory. He picked up the pace a bit in the 2nd quarter, using his legs to break off a big run, getting his team into the red zone. On the first touchdown drive, he tried twice to run it in. First, a hard-nosed dive got him inside the two, to make it first and goal, but then the Rams keyed on him and made it clear they werenít letting him run it in himself. So he promptly tossed a quick pass to Golden Tate at the goal line for the TD instead. The second half did not start well, as he got sacked a number of times, and almost got pulled down for a Safety. His long TD throw to Tate also showed how much trust he had in his top receiver, as he threw into coverage and let the receiver do all the work, making them both look brilliant in the process. On the whole, Wilson did what was needed for the win, but the truth is that his defense bailed him out in the end.

Week 9 - It was almost a tale of two halves for Wilson, as he didnít have any success in the passing game until the very end of the first half, when he found Jermaine Kearse over the middle for a touchdown. Prior to that, he had only one decent gain, to his tight end. Down 21-0 before an end of half scoring drive, it gave the team a spark that carried into the second half. On that drive, Wilson impressively scrambled for a big gain, stiff arming a linebacker in the open field. Wilson got back to form in the second half, moving the team down the field with a few impressive passes, none more so than his long throw to the sidelines for Doug Baldwin, that was placed perfectly for him on the comeback route. He then ran in the ball untouched from the 10 yard line to close the gap on the scoreboard to 24-14. In the final quarter, he almost blew it, capping a great drive with a 3 yard interception. It was a very poor throw, and frankly, a bad play call, with Marshawn Lynch running so well. Wilson made up for it, evening the score on a quick pass to Doug Baldwin. Aside from the interception, Wilson in the second half did what he has done so well this season: find the open man. He didnít lock on to anyone, and he didnít panic and scramble unless he had to. His poise and patience in this game was huge. In Overtime, he completed one pass, but the rest was all Marshawn Lynch.

Week 10 - Wilson looked very comfortable and controlled the flow of the game with ease. He showcased his arm this game, throwing several long passes on the money; and made the most of his short throws as he tended to hit his receivers perfectly in stride on the underneath routes. His long touchdown passes to Jermaine Kearse and Golden Tate were beautiful, right into their hands. Wilson was dangerous on the ground as usual, but only scrambled when necessary. When he wasnít taking liberties with the Falcons secondary, he handed off to Marshawn Lynch, who was on fire. Lynchís success on the ground kept the defense honest, and so Wilson continued to throw completions at will.

Week 11 - Wilson didnít have to do much to win this one, but he looked great doing it. He had a lot of help in the form of great field position throughout the game, and his offensive line was healthier than it has been for ages. Early on, the Seahawks fed the ball to Marshawn Lynch, so predictably, Wilson had his typical slow start. He wasnít afraid to go long right from the get-go, and on only his fourth pass attempt, found Doug Baldwin for a 44 yard gain. Wilson did a fantastic job of throwing on the run, often coming very close to scrimmage before passing it at the last possible second. This tactic helped him find Ricardo Lockette inside the five, which set up a rushing TD; and later on his first throw to Harvin, which earned the defense a pass interference call. Wilson definitely had an affinity for the long ball. By the mid-point of the second quarter, he had attempted long throws to Baldwin, Kearse, Harvin, Tate, and Miller Ė three of which were complete. The Vikings seemed to catch on to his scramble-then-pass tactic, but that just meant Wilson held on to the ball more often and gained yards that way. On the ground, he didnít gain many, but a couple of them got the Seahawks first downs. On the highlight reel is his late game scramble from inside the 10 yard line: at the last possible second, he shoveled the ball to the nearby Lynch, who took it in easily.

Week 13 - Wilson showed great poise and confidence in a very big game. The key to the offense was how he exploited the Saints tendency to over-commit to RB Marshawn Lynch. He masterfully used the read-option to his advantage, running several medium long gains himself. Wilson was also aggressive through the air, trusting his receivers to make a play in single coverage, while rarely forcing the ball into a bad situation. He made a few notable plays within his overall very impressive game. On one play, he miraculously avoided a sack, as he emerged somehow from the closed in pocket and picked up a big gain (that unfortunately was nullified by penalty). Then in the face of a massive blitz, he hit Baldwin perfectly downfield for a long gain. His last TD throw was pretty lucky Ė tipped by his intended target and caught by the fullback for the score; but that just made up for the one that got away Ė a really nice throw in the end zone to Kearse that the receiver couldnít hold on to. He found Baldwin once more, this time for the score as he scrambled right and threw cross field to find him wide open in the end zone. Even as the Seahawks went ahead by 27, he still managed one late third quarter drive very aggressively through the air. This was not an offense that sat on its lead.

Week 14 - Wilson finally met his match against the 49ers defense. He struggled to find open receivers all day and faced constant pressure in the pocket. His scrambling ability and patience stretched most plays, but the defense contained him well and so he was never a running threat. Despite the tight coverage on his receivers, Wilson wasnít afraid to take a few shots downfield, but with mixed success. He found TE Luke Willson in stride for a big gain that would turn into a touchdown, and that would be the longest play of the day for the Seahawks. What Wilson did best was avoid mistakes against a very thorough defense, and that kept the game close. He was forced to scramble more than usual, and the Niners line got to him with a sack or hurry at least once per series, which was enough to kill most drives. Wilsonís interception was a desperation throw at the end of the game, and his intended receiver slipped and fell.

Week 15 - Wilsonís biggest asset this game was his patience, which helped him to play nearly mistake free football. It was a game of inches that he often fell on the wrong side of Ė one TD called back, another just barely out of bounds, and a number of third & long passes coming up just short. The final score tells a different story of course, and some of that can be chalked up to a defense that consistently gave the Seahawks good field position. Despite the big gap in the final score, the Giants defense was no pushover. They often forced Wilson to run, and contained him well on most occasions. In the first half, up until the two minute drill, the only receivers he would find open were Doug Baldwin and Marshawn Lynch. He looked to Golden Tate a number of times on longer passes, but most were near misses. On the whole, Wilson didnít make any spectacular plays. What he did was make good decisions when throwing the ball, and he also scrambled a lot, which led to a number of short gains. He took a big chance on a jump ball to Ricardo Lockette, which was easily intercepted when the receiver didnít even go up for it. Wilson wasnít afraid to air it out, but most of his success came on short passes - mainly to Baldwin - including the final TD, which was a great pass that hit him in stride at the five yard line. But even that one, took six plays from the 20 (due to a turnover) to convert for the score. Far from an easy day for Wilson.

Week 16 - Wilson relied too often on creating magic outside of the pocket in this game, but the Cardinals were ready for him and basically shut down the strongest part of his game. Wilson spread the ball out well, but that meant some of his best players Ė namely Golden Tate, who was not even targeted in the first half Ė were left out of the picture. Instead, Wilson looked often to Jermaine Kearse, who made some plays, but also was tightly covered and came up just short a few times. Wilson was most successful when he played more aggressively in the pocket, as he did in the two minute drill of the first half. That drive was stopped when he just missed Baldwin on third down. In the second half, the Cardinals sacked Wilson a number of times. On the touchdown drive, everything seemed to go right. A pass on Kearseís fingertips was actually a completion for a change; he finally found Tate for a big gain; and finding Zach Miller in the end zone seemed almost too easy. With two minutes to go and a chance to tie it with a touchdown drive, the first play was an interception. The ball was caught after a freak bounce off of Baldwin, who was diving for it. Overall, Wilson played better when playing a little desperate. Itís almost as if his patience hurt him in this one. Wilson had one big gain while scrambling, but otherwise was not a threat on the ground.

Week 17 - Wilson played an efficient if uninspired game. In a departure from the norm, he didnít look downfield often, and he did not spread the ball out well. Wilson basically locked on to Golden Tate, with a fair amount of success. The two connected for one highlight reel touchdown, as Wilson found the receiver open downfield, with enough room to get by the two nearby defenders for about twenty yards after the catch. Most of the passes to Tate were shorter, however, as were passes to all other receivers. In the big picture, the passing game clearly had more success once the running game got going as well. The irony here is that Wilson often looks like an all star when heís taking bold shots downfield, or confusing the offense with read-option plays; but he didnít do much of either this game.

Week 19 - The weather was bad. Stormy, rainy, windy. And while it no doubt had an impact on the passing game as a whole, Russell Wilsonís individual performance was somehow stood out as particularly bad. Now, Wilson typically starts slowly, but he looked downright sleepy out there, especially in the early part of the game. He seemed confused on a read-option play as he handed off the ball at the last second; several short passes were under or overthrown; and he really lucked out on a lobbed pass when Percy Harvin leapt and came down with the ball. Wilson seemed to be building a rapport with Harvin, actually, but then he lost the receiver to a concussion. Late in the first half, Wilson showed signs of life, with a sharp throw on the run to Kearse, getting the Seahawks into the red zone. On the next play, he made a rare gain on the ground as well. The Saints bottled him up as a runner, to the point where he missed a couple of opportunities to scramble because he was intent on making the pass. In the second half, with a 16-0 lead, the Seahawks predominantly ran the ball. After the Saints TD, Wilson made one really nice throw, finding Baldwin up high for an important first down. It was not until that drive -- near the end of the game -- that he showed any real do-or-die urgency, and that was the main problem. Wilson made no turnovers, but as the playoff competition gets stiffer, thatís not likely to be enough for more wins.

Week 20 - Wilson did not reverse the December/January trend of being out of sync with his receivers and generally unable to consistently move the offense up and down the field. He did, however, make two huge plays as a passer. One he did by extending the play Johnny Manziel-style and finally finding Doug Baldwin downfield for a big gain that led to the Seahawks first points on the day. The second was a fourth-down deep ball on a free play that gave the Seahawks the final lead that they would not relinquish. Wilson got corraled by Aldon Smith on the first offensive play for Seattle, and promptly fumbled. He was not dangerous as a runner, and Wilson was also antsy in the pocket - although the Seattle offensive line gave him good reason to be. Wilson was under pressure all day and only comfortable throwing the ball on rollouts or scrambles. Wilson was too high on a late pass to Golden Tate in the end zone that could have clinched the game. He also held the ball too high on a fumbled exchange at the goal line that could have opened up a two-score lead in the fourth quarter. While his big plays were game-changers, he is searching for the extremely high level of play we saw late in 2012 as he gears up to play in his first Super Bowl.

Week 21 - Perhaps due to nerves, Russell Wilson opened the Super Bowl playing as poorly as he had in recent weeks, struggling with accuracy and pocket presence on the Seahawksí first few drives. On his first attempt of the game, he overthrew a wide-open Zach Miller. Early on his second drive, he was struggling with ball placement and abandoning the pocket too early in the face of pressure. By the midpoint of the drive, Wilson seemed to calm down, and his performance improved dramatically. During the competitive portion of the game, Wilson managed multiple third down conversions against a Broncos defense that shut down the run and frequently left him facing 3rd-and-long. On his first two drives, Wilson completed four of five pass attempts on 3rd down, with each completion netting a first down, and with the lone incompletion coming on a 3rd-and-14. Wilson also nearly converted a 3rd-and-6 with his legs, but replay review ruled him down just short of the marker. Wilson only had one other drive all half, as Denver put together a pair of time-consuming drives sandwiched by a pick-6. In the second half, playing with a 29+ point lead, Wilson managed to add a pair of touchdown passes against a defense whose heart was clearly no longer in the game. All told, given the dominance of his defense and special teams, Wilson didnít have much opportunity to impact the game, but a series of key 3rd down conversions were instrumental in Seattle getting out to such a big early lead. He was also helped immensely by his offensive line, which allowed just two pressures the entire game.