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Russell Wilson

Quarterback • Seahawks

2018 Projections

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Wilson has not missed a game in his six NFL seasons. In 2017, he tied his career mark and led the NFL in passing touchdowns with 34. His 3,983 passing yards were the third best of his career, and his 586 rushing yards were his most since 2014. He is a dual threat: his 586 rushing yards led the Seahawks. Among quarterbacks, only Cam Newton rushed for more yards last season than Wilson. He threw for at least three touchdowns in a game five times in 2017, and he had four TD passes in two games last year. At Tennessee in Week Three, he threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns. At the Giants in Week Seven, Wilson found the end zone three times and passed for 334 yards. The following week, at home against Houston, he outdueled Deshaun Watson by throwing for 452 yards and four scores. Wilson has been to four Pro Bowls in six seasons. He led Seattle to Super Bowls after the 2013 and 2014 seasons, capturing the title in 2013. He is the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,000 or more yards, record 30 or more touchdown passes and rush for at least 500 yards in the same season (2015).


Wilson fumbled 14 times in 2017, though only three of those resulted in turnovers. He has been sacked 248 times in his career. It often seemed as though he was running for his life in 2017. Wilson threw 10 of his 34 scores to Jimmy Graham. The big tight end now resides in Green Bay. Wilson has never finished higher than ninth in passing yards, and he has been as low as 23rd.

Bottom Line

There is no questioning Wilsonís talent or his durability. Even when he was injured during much of the 2016 season, he found a way to take the field for every game. The concern with Wilson is the team for which he plays. After making the playoffs in each of Wilsonís first five seasons, the Seahawks finished 9-7 and missed the postseason in 2017. They did virtually nothing at receiver/tight end in the offseason, except for signing Jaron Brown and Ed Dickson, respectively. That sounds like a downgrade from the departures of Graham, Paul Richardson and Luke Willson. On the other hand, it might actually help Wilsonís passing numbers if Seattle finds itself playing from behind a good part of the season. Like Rodgers, Wilson is unlikely to be selected in the first round of most drafts, but he will definitely be among the first QBs off the board.

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