Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks
Quarterback #3
Seattle Seahawks
Quarterback #3
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Wants to explore options

Wilson hasn't demanded a trade from the Seahawks, but sources close to the quarterback indicate that he wants to explore other possible options to see if another team can put him in a better position to win another championship, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Though Wilson said in one of his final press conferences of the season that he hopes to remain with Seattle in 2022, the quarterback sounds as though he's open to the possibility of being dealt if he can go to a team that has a more promising outlook than the Seahawks, who are coming off a 7-10 season. With that in mind, Wilson looks like he'll be following a script similar to last offseason, when he never formally requested a trade yet still had his agent provide the Seahawks' front office with a list of four teams he would be willing to wive his no-trade clause for. Mike Garofolo of NFL Network reported last weekend that at this stage, the Seahawks have no plans to trade Wilson, who has two years remaining on his contract.

Jan 16, 2022 6:36 AM EST


Still wanted by Seattle

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday he expects Wilson to remain the Seahawks' starting quarterback in the 2022 campaign, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Carroll responded "[Wilson's] our quarterback" when asked about the standout veteran's future in Seattle. Of course, the Seahawks will have ample time to mull over any personnel decisions during the upcoming offseason, and there's plenty of precedence that says coach's comments in early January shouldn't exactly be considered a guarantee. A serious finger injury caused Wilson to miss three contests during the 2021 campaign, and upon returning he logged a seven-game slump with only a 8:4 TD:INT ratio. However, Wilson looked more like himself during the final two games of the season, when he posted eight total touchdowns and just one interception.

Jan 10, 2022 9:55 AM EST



Scores four touchdowns

Wilson completed 15 of 26 pass attempts for 238 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while running for five yards and one touchdown against Arizona on Sunday.

Analysis: It was a classic Russell Wilson box score: scoring often, including as a dual threat, all while dealing with low usage volume. To produce four touchdowns on 30 snaps isn't a common feat for most players, but with Wilson it's an old story by now. It's not clear whether that story will continue in Seattle, nor whether Seattle will keep the same coaching either way. Wilson's situation is one to monitor in the offseason.

Jan 9, 2022 5:07 PM EST


Throws four touchdowns

Wilson completed 20 of 29 pass attempts for 236 yards and four touchdowns while running for 24 yards on six carries against Detroit on Sunday.

Analysis: The Detroit defense has some of the weakest personnel in the league, and this game proved to be a good setting for Wilson to (hopefully) reestablish some rapport with DK Metcalf (six catches for 63 yards and three touchdowns on nine targets). Wilson will need Metcalf to keep producing alongside Tyler Lockett (three catches for 24 yards and one touchdown on three targets Sunday) if the Seahawks offense is to maintain its momentum against a tough Arizona defense in Week 18.

Jan 2, 2022 5:15 PM EST


Tosses two TDs in loss

Wilson completed 16 of 27 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 25-24 loss to the Bears. He added 13 yards on two carries.

Analysis: On a snowy day in Seattle, Wilson mostly took a back seat to Rashaad Penny, but he was able to cap a couple drives with TD passes to DK Metcalf and Gerald Everett, the latter of which gave the Seahawks a 24-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the defense couldn't make it hold up. Wilson has thrown multiple touchdowns in four of the last five games, but with Seattle now officially eliminated from postseason contention, he has little to play for but personal milestones heading into a Week 17 clash with the Lions.

Dec 26, 2021 4:46 PM EST



Poor showing in defeat

Wilson completed 17 of 31 pass attempts for 156 yards, no touchdowns and one interception while failing to record a rushing attempt in Tuesday's 20-10 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Wilson had been looking like his pre-injury self over the last few weeks -- averages of 246 passing yards and two touchdowns over his last three games -- after rushing back too quickly from a broken finger in Week 10. The 32-year-old reverted to his poor passing form against a tough Rams defense, as evidenced by his third sub-60 percent completion rate game this season (zero total touchdowns in those contests). Fantasy managers should probably throw this performance out the window when evaluating Wilson for Week 16, as the tough matchup and lack of playmaker Tyler Lockett (illness) were factors in this dud. A bounce-back showing against the Bears on Sunday would not be surprising.

Dec 21, 2021 8:29 PM EST


Seahawks-Rams moved to Tuesday

Wilson and the Seahawks will no longer play the Rams on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related concerns within the Rams organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, Los Angeles will be able to restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. After Tuesday's game, the Seahawks will face a quick turnaround for Week 16 with a Sunday matchup versus the Bears on Dec. 26.

Dec 17, 2021 12:43 PM EST


Seahawks-Rams moved to Tuesday

Wilson and the Seahawks aren't in line to play the Rams on Sunday, with the NFL expected to reschedule the game for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET, pending official confirmation, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related concerns within the Rams organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, Los Angeles will be able to restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. After Tuesday's game, the Seahawks will face a quick turnaround for Week 16 with a Sunday matchup versus the Bears on Dec. 26.

Dec 17, 2021 12:12 PM EST


Tosses two scores in win

Wilson completed 17 of 28 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 33-13 win over the Texans. He also ran twice for eight yards.

Analysis: Wilson put together his best game since returning from finger surgery in Week 10, tossing a 55-yard touchdown to Tyler Lockett and a one-yard score to Gerald Everett. We haven't seen many deep shots from Wilson since his injury, so his connection with Lockett demonstrated that the 33-year-old quarterback is as close to 100 percent as he can get. Nevertheless, he'll have a tough matchup against the Rams -- who are fourth in the league with 32 sacks -- in Week 15.

Dec 12, 2021 1:38 PM EST


Sharp in Sunday's win

Wilson completed 30 of 37 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in Sunday's 30-23 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: For the first time in four games since returning from finger surgery, Wilson looked more like himself, and his line would have been even better had Gerald Everett not bobbled a pass at the goal line, turning a sure TD into an INT on Seattle's first drive of the second half. The Seahawks are all but out of the NFC playoff picture at 4-8, but Wilson will likely go down slinging, beginning with a Week 14 tilt against the Texans.

Dec 5, 2021 8:55 PM EST


Comeback falls short

Wilson completed 20 of 31 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 17-15 loss to Washington. He also rushed twice for 16 yards.

Analysis: Wilson and Seattle's offense once again struggled to move the ball and produce points. In fact, he led the team in rushing and 94 of his passing yards came on two plays to Tyler Lockett. Besides that, his two leaders in receptions, Gerald Everett and DeeJay Dallas, totaled 64 yards on their 10 combined grabs. Meanwhile, star wideout DK Metcalf's lone, 13-yard catch didn't come until there was just over a minute left. Although Wilson salvaged some value with a touchdown to Everett early and Freddie Swain late, his two-point conversion attempt with 15 seconds remaining was intercepted, capping a frustrating showing from the signal-caller.

Nov 29, 2021 9:05 PM EST


Struggles continue

Wilson completed 14 of 26 pass attempts for 207 yards against Arizona on Sunday.

Analysis: Wilson was arguably better than he was against Green Bay in Week 10, but other than a few big throws to Tyler Lockett there just wasn't anything good going on for the Seattle passing game Sunday. The Arizona defense may well go down as one of the best in the NFL this year, so Wilson has that excuse at least, but it still seems like he's not fully himself as he works his way back from his finger injury, which he first returned from last week. His Week 12 matchup at Washington is a favorable one, so hopefully the finger cooperates and allows Wilson to really get back on track.

Nov 21, 2021 6:12 PM EST


Major struggles

Wilson completed 20 of 40 pass attempts for 161 yards and two interceptions against Green Bay on Sunday.

Analysis: Wilson was almost certainly limited by the finger injury he returned from -- a return that occurred quicker than the initial injury prognosis considered possible. When healthy it would be almost inconceivable for Wilson to play like this, especially against a Green Bay secondary without its best corner (Jaire Alexander). Wilson missed throws he usually doesn't, and almost every rep was ugly in some way or another. The Arizona defense is more dangerous than Green Bay's, so hopefully Wilson can get back into game shape before Week 11.

Nov 14, 2021 4:43 PM EST


Activated from IR

Wilson (finger) was activated from injured reserve Friday evening, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: The team didn't bother waiting until Saturday, with coach Pete Carroll having already named Wilson as the starter for Sunday's game in Green Bay. Rookie WR Dee Eskridge (concussion) is also coming off IR for the Week 10 game, while RB Chris Carson (IR/neck) has been ruled out again.

Nov 12, 2021 3:59 PM EST


Confirmed as Sunday's starter

Coach Pete Carroll confirmed Wilson (finger) will start Sunday's game against the Packers,Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: It's not a surprise given Wilson was labeled a full practice participant earlier this week, but it's a good sign to hear confirmation from Carroll regardless. The veteran signal-caller still needs to be officially reinstated from the injured list, but the team can make that roster move at any point ahead of the roster deadline Saturday afternoon.

Nov 12, 2021 8:35 AM EST


Practices without limitations

Coach Pete Carroll said Wilson (finger) would be considered a full practice participant Wednesday if the Seahawks had to list him on their injury report, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The team doesn't have to list him on the injury report this week because Wilson technically is still on injured reserve, with his 21-day window to return opened Monday. It sounds like he's gearing up for Sunday's game in Green Bay, after Carroll said earlier this week that Wilson will get the start if he's medically cleared. His activity level Wednesday suggests the quarterback has made good progress with his surgically repaired finger.

Nov 10, 2021 12:33 PM EST


Gets on practice field Monday

Wilson (finger) participated in Monday's practice, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. "He threw the ball all over the place, so he did really well for the first time out in a limited amount of plays," coach Pete Carroll said.

Analysis: The Seahawks designated Wilson for return from injured reserve Monday, and because they're coming off a Week 9 bye, he and his teammates were allowed to hold practice. He's attempting to make a recovery from Oct. 7 surgery to repair a fracture-dislocation and extensor tendon rupture on the front end of his 4-to-8-week timeline, and one week removed from having the pin removed from his right middle finger he was back out there, albeit in a "limited" capacity. Carroll also noted the team intends to clear him to start Sunday in Green Bay if he meets the requirements to play. The Seahawks will have until 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday to make such a decision, but if Wilson is unable to suit up, Geno Smith will continue to operate as the starting quarterback.

Nov 8, 2021 4:39 PM EST


Officially cleared to practice

Seattle designated Wilson (finger) for a return from injured reserve Monday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: The team released a statement earlier Monday from Wilson's surgeon, Dr. Steven Shin, who wrote that he has cleared the quarterback for a "full return to play without reservation," given the tremendous progress he's made since undergoing surgery Oct. 7 to repair a fracture-dislocation and extensor tendon rupture of his right middle finger. The Seahawks will likely wait until later in the week to officially reinstate Wilson after getting a chance to observe him in practice, but the 32-year-old signal-caller is on track to make his return to the starting lineup Sunday in Green Bay. Geno Smith presided over the Seattle offense while Wilson was recovering from surgery over the past four weeks, guiding the Seahawks to a 1-2 record while completing 70.5 percent of his passes for 7.3 yards per attempt and a 4:0 TD:INT.

Nov 8, 2021 12:28 PM EST


Cleared to return vs. Packers

Wilson (finger) has received medical clearance to return to action Week 10 versus the Packers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Wilson hasn't played since Week 5 due to a ruptured tendon in his right finger, for which he was forced to undergo surgery, but the stage appears set for him to retake the field for Sunday's road matchup in Green Bay. However, the Seahawks haven't yet officially activated the star quarterback from IR. During Seattle's bye, Wilson had the pin in his finger removed and resumed handling throwing reps. Meanwhile, the Packers could also have Aaron Rodgers (illness) back from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Nov 8, 2021 9:50 AM EST


Throwing again after pin removal

Wilson was spotted throwing a football Tuesday, one day after having the pin removed from his injured right middle finger, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: Wilson likely isn't yet throwing at full velocity, but his ability to toss the pigskin at all a day following the pin removal suggests he's progressing faster than expected after initially undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in the finger Oct. 8. The Seahawks are on bye this week, but assuming Wilson gradually increases the intensity of his workouts while experiencing no renewed discomfort while throwing, he should be on track to put an end to his three-game absence Nov. 14 at Green Bay in Week 10. While Wilson has been sidelined, Geno Smith has led the Seahawks to a 1-2 record as a replacement starter while completing 70.5 percent of his passes for 7.3 yards per attempt and a 4:0 TD:INT.

Nov 3, 2021 6:41 AM EST


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