Russell Wilson proving the third time really was the charm

Russell Wilson: Week 6 my Seahawks turning point

But the decision to draft Russell Wilson in the third round last year brought a needed end to that trend. Of all the changes coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have made since arriving in January of 2010, no position has undergone a more complete makeover than the most pivotal position on the team. In that first season, Matt Hasselbeck remained the starting quarterback, but Charlie Whitehurst was acquired in a trade with the San Diego Chargers to be the backup. In 2011, Hasselbeck was out and was in as the starter after the former Minnesota Vikings QB was signed in free agency after the 136-day lockout with Whitehurst still the backup. Last year, Matt Flynn was signed in free agency to compete with Jackson, only to have rookie was signed in free agency to be the backup, only to have Jackson return after being released by the Bills to compete with Quinn. CLOSER LOOK AT QBs Quarterbacks on the 90-man roster: 3 Quarterbacks carried on the 53-man roster last season: 2 Incumbent starter: Russell Wilson Free agents signed: Brady Quinn, Tarvaris Jackson Keep an eye on: Wilson, of course.

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The Carolina Panthers starter tallied over 4,700 total yards and 35 touchdowns. He also turned the ball over a whopping 19 Grey Russell Wilson Jersey times in 643 total touches (runs and passes). Over the course of Wilson’s rookie season, he turned the ball over just 13 times. Postseason included, Wilson tallied just five turnovers in his final 13 games. To give you a bit of a historical look, it’s important to compare Wilson’s rookie campaign to other stellar rookie performances of the past (Dan Marino and Peyton Manning come to mind). But given how much the game has changed over the years, the best comparisons likely come from more recent history, most notably the past two seasons. Newton and the Panthers may have improved vastly from the prior season, but they still only won six games in his first year. That pretty much disables our ability to compare him (or any other 2011 rookie QB, since Newton topped them all) to what we saw from Wilson’s draftmates this past season. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Wilson all led their clubs to the postseason in their rookie campaigns. They did so after each of their organizations missed the playoffs the prior season. Let’s take a look at how the three stacked up as rookies this past season. 2012 Rookie Quarterback Comparisons 76.5 Statistically, RGIII had the best season, and it isn’t even that close. By those standards, his rookie performance trumps any in the history of the league. The Baylor product also helped Washington improve a great deal on the offensive side of the ball.

Russell Wilson up for ESPY

Despite all of his recent success in his rookie year, Wilson tries to remain himself. “It’s not any different,” Wilson said. “I try not to change at all. I just try to keep believing in myself.” Wilson won the quarterback competition over current Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn and took advantage of the opportunity. “I was ready to start, my mental state of the game, and just life in general, I was ready to play,” Wilson said. Wilson led the Seahawks to the NFC Divisional Round against NFC’s top-seeded Atlanta Falcons. Matt Bryant of the Falcons made a 49-yard field goal with 8 seconds remaining to advance to the NFC Championship game. “I was lucky enough, I was blessed enough I should say, not lucky, I worked at it too hard to be lucky,” explains Wilson.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson nominated for ESPY Award

He was the NFL’s highest-rated quarterback (120.3) in the second half of the season, on his way to tying Peyton Manning ‘s rookie record with 26 touchdown passes. So what happened in Week 6 to light a fire under Wilson? He orchestrated a furious comeback victory over the New England Patriots after falling behind 23-10 with nine minutes and 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The victory lead coach Pete Carroll to put more responsibility in Wilson’s hands the rest of the season. “I definitely feel like the Patriots game’s when we really started to click ,” Wilson said on KIRO-AM’s “John Clayton Show.” Wilson also expounded on the season’s turning point in a recent interview with the Charlotte Observer. “That was a crazy, crazy game,” Wilson explained. “To come back and win like we did, against a quarterback like Tom Brady — who I have so much respect for — it really started clicking after that.

How Good Can Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson Be in 2013?

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Russell Wilson. (AP Photo) The ESPYS, ESPNs annual sports-award show, is slated for 6 p.m. Pacific time on July 17. Fans can vote on ESPN.com for nominees in 35 award categories. Wilson is one of five youngsters nominated in the best breakthrough athlete category. He is up against San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, L.A.

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San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh has shown a lot of faith in rookie Vance McDonald , who is expected to replace Delanie Walker as the No. 2 tight end on the depth chart, writes CSNBayArea.com’s Matt Maiocco. Harbaugh assigned McDonald the No. 89, the same number worn by Hall of Famer Mike Ditka, whom Harbaugh compared McDonald to after the draft. Lawrence Okoye had never played a snap of American football prior to his first practice in May. Injuries have given him plenty of opportunities for reps — no 49ers defensive linemen played more snaps this spring than Okoye, writes the Sacramento Bee’s Matthew Barrows.

Wilson remains humble despite success

Wilson led the Seahawks to the third-best record (11-5) in club history during the regular season and the franchises first road playoff victory since 1983. Individually, Wilson tied Peyton Mannings 15-year-old NFL rookie record with 26 touchdown passes and then added three more in two playoff games. He also ran for more yards (489) than any QB in franchise history during the regular season and had another 127 rushing yards in the wild-card win over the Redskins and the two-point loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional playoff game. He finished third in voting for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year behind the Redskins Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts, the quarterbacks who were the first two picks overall in last years draft. The best aspect of Wilsons game? He only seemed to get better as the season progressed with the proof being provided by his four-TD pass game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16; the fourth-quarter and overtime drives of 97 and 80 yards that he led in a Week 13 win over the Bears in Chicago; his 92-yard, three-TD rushing effort against the Buffalo Bills in Week 15; and his season-best 136.3 passer rating in the regular-season finale against the St. Louis Rams. In the playoffs, Wilson rallied the Seahawks from a 14-0 deficit to beat the Redskins, 24-14, and then directed three fourth-quarter TD drives running for one score and passing for another against the Falcons to give the Seahawks a 28-27 lead with 31 seconds to play.

Russell Wilson stops by W&M Colonial Pro Camp

1 draft pick and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is scheduled to attend the camp on Monday, and Matt Ryan from the Atlanta Falcons will be at William and Mary on Tuesday. This years trio of NFL quarterbacks will join an elite company of pros that have attended the camp in previous years. Aaron Rodgers , Brett Favre and Tom Brady are among the more recent NFL stars to share some professional instruction with local football players. The football camp is for boys ages 8 through rising seniors in high school, most of which attend the camp for the opportunity to meet and catch passes from NFL players such as Wilson. View/Submit Comments for this story One such camper, Richard DAbreu, 12, said he was excited to have the chance to meet Wilson and was the first one to point Wilson out when he entered the stadium. Thats Russell Wilson, DAbreu repeated over and over again, making sure all of his fellow campers knew exactly who was walking across the field. DAbreu said that meeting Wilson was amazing and described catching a pass from the NFL quarterback as the highlight of his life thus far.

Even with recent additions, Marshawn Lynch continues to lead the way

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And then you have Robert Turbin, who is an unbelievable guy to fill in. Hes a starting-caliber running back for sure who can catch the ball really well, runs the football really well. Very, very smart and great at (pass) protection. You have Christine Michael back there, too. The new guy, so its fun to have him back there. Hes very quick and can make a lot of plays. The Seahawks remain ready to use Lynch and all that he brings, but the club also is preparing to not overuse him. In addition to his career-high 315 carries last season, Lynch also played in all 16 regular-season games for the first time in his six NFL seasons and then had another 36 carries for 178 more yards in two playoff games. Lynchs take?

Marshawn Lynch in attendance at Seahawks OTAs

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As Cal put the finishing touches on its first spring under new head coach Sonny Dykes, the former Bear and current Seattle Seahawks running back made an impromptu appearance at his alma maters spring game. Or, more specifically, in his alma maters spring game. Lynch, following a conversation with a Cal official, entered the game for one play and went untouched for a 22-yard touchdown run, with the schools release stating that [t]he only players to touch the All-Pro running back were members of the Cal offense that mobbed him in the end zone after his score. It wasnt due to ineptness on the defenses part, though, as that unit was under strict orders to not lay a hand on the back. We told the guys if anybody tackled him, it was going to be a $25 million fine , Dykes said according to the Oakland Tribune. I didnt want to be getting a call from Pete (Carroll, Lynchs coach with the Seahawks). Lynch, who remains second on Cals all-time rushing list (3,230) in a collegiate career that ended in 2006, is hopeful Dykes and his staff can turn around a program that won just three games in 2012, its worst showing since 2001. I felt pretty good out there knowing this was home, Lynch said, adding, I hope his regime comes and they turn it back into what it was when I was here. As for the real part of the spring game, the glorified scrimmage got Dykes no closer to naming a true front-runner at the quarterback position, at least publicly. With the abrupt departure of Allan Bridgford to transfer, Cal was left with presumptive favorite and redshirt freshman Zach Kline as well astrue freshman Jared Goff, and junior Austin Hinder as the players vying for the starting job. Through the 14 practice sessions and one spring game in which each tossed a touchdown pass, Dykes stated in quotes distributed by the team that he didnt see anything today that indicated that somebody stepped ahead. While Kline is still expected to eventually stake his claim to the starting job, the official competition will stretch on into at least the first part of summer camp.

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The selection of Michael seemed like an odd one, but Marshawn Lynch, with his extremely violent running style, probably isnt going to last long in this league, ESPNs Matt Williamson wrote Tuesday in his Insider piece . Michael is a first-round caliber talent, but has a lot of questions off the field. Expect Pete Carroll and company to harness Michaels great talent by bringing him along slowly. By 2016, he will be a total stud and a true every-down running back. Ignoring their extenuating circumstances, (Marcus) Lattimore and Michael are the most talented all-around running backs from this latest draft class. Lattimore was taken by San Francisco in the fourth round out of South Carolina, and was ranked fourth on ESPNs top-10 list for 2016. Rounding out the top five were Tampa Bays Doug Martin at No.

Marshawn Lynch scores touchdown in Cal spring game

This is a lot of fun and there is a lot of good stuff happening here. Lynch, who has attended OTAs in previous seasons, is said to be working out in his home state of California as he also deals with an upcoming DUI trial, with his first court Wednesday and reportedly continuing on to June 5. He came in 10 days ago and hes in very good shape, Carroll said of Lynch. Hes working an intense program in his area and he is benefiting from it. Wed love to see everybody here. While Lynch has been arguably the most productive player for the Seahawks over the last two seasons, his absence fits a growing trend of concerns for the All-Pro tailback this offseason. Lynch was absent for the start of the teams voluntary offseason workouts earlier this month, then showed up a week late. Earlier this month, we asked in a poll : Are you worried about Marshawn Lynchs future? More than 7,000 readers answered, and many said yes. Even still, many including ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton say Lynchs absence is nothing to be concerned about. Its probably not a big deal.

Marshawn Lynch makes his presence felt

But hes back, and his teammates let him hear it when Lynch arrived midway through Mondays on-field session. Guys are going to raze him a little bit, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said after todays workout. He then smiled before adding, When you make a grand entrance like that, theyre going to raze you. But today Lynch was back where he belongs, and the team needs him: In the backfield, carrying and catching the ball. In an early drill, Lynch Marshawn Lynch Jersey came out of his stance, juked around a trashcan and took a short pass from backup QB Brady Quinn. Later, Lynch took a handoff from QB Russell Wilson and darted between All-Pro center Max Unger and guard John Moffitt. The All-Pro back punctuated each maneuver with a smile.

Marshawn Lynch a no-show so far at Seahawks OTAs

If sticking to his own workout plan keeps him on the field in the fall, dont expect Carroll to be complaining too much about Lynch missing some offseason work with the team. May 21, 2013 11:06 PM Hes just avoiding the drug test. Now watch the Seahawks fans dance like puppets. themackstrong says: May 21, 2013 11:11 PM Lynch has worked hard the last few years. 2 years ago he showed up lighter than ever in his career and it showed because he had more burst and break away speed. I mean next month he clicks with the o-line which is basically the same as it has been the last 2 years. Turbin/Christine will take the reps which is far better for them than the All Pro. May 21, 2013 11:12 PM NBD. Not like he doesnt know the offence rpiotr01 says: May 21, 2013 11:17 PM Probably cleaning all the Adderall out of his system.

ESPN: Seahawks have a top-10 running back for 2016 – but not Marshawn Lynch

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He is going to show up and play every game. Least of their worries. May 28, 2013 5:36 PM He must be clear of the PEDs now. May 28, 2013 5:49 PM Yay, another opportunity for completely rational people to make smart comments about PEDs. dennisatunity says: May 28, 2013 6:28 PM Actually its pretty impressive that hes there. They are voluntary workouts. He has terrible back spasms that the OTAs aggravate.

Marshawn Lynch scores TD in Cal spring game

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Which is fitting, considering Lynch wears the number 24. I don’t know whether or not Lynch should be higher than this, but once you get into the top-25 you’re really going to be nitpicking about the specific order – and regardless, you can rest assured we’re talking about the elite of the elite. With about 1700 active players on NFL teams during the season, these are the top one-percenters, and I certainly think Lynch belongs in that group. When you hear so much about Beastmode this, Beastmode that, you forget that there is so much more to his game apart from his ability to break tackles and pick up the extra yard. As the video points out, he’s got great explosiveness, great vision, great anticipation, and in my opinion, has elevated his game to elite levels because he’s become so disciplined in the Tom Cable zone-blocking scheme. He’s truly the workhorse for the Seattle offense and without him, they’d look a lot different. Watch the video above.

Marshawn Lynch a no-show at Seahawks OTAs

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According to Lynch, suiting up was partly his idea. “It was a little mix. My boy KP asked me if I’d do it and I told him, ‘I got his back,'” Lynch said, referring to Kevin Parker, Cal’s assistant director of player personnel, who’s in his 12th season with the team. Although Seahawks coach Pete Carroll probably won’t be thrilled to hear the news, he might be happy to hear that the perpetually banged up Lynch is feeling good, “Oh man, I actually kind of felt pretty good out there, knowing that this is home,” Lynch said. Carroll coached against Lynch three times from 2004-06 while Carroll was at USC. Carroll’s Trojans went 3-0 against Lynch’s Golden Bears, including a 23-17 2004 win where USC knocked off a Cal team led by Lynch and Aaron Rodgers.

Breaking Down the Seattle Seahawks’ Dynasty Potential

Pete Carroll: Seahawks will emphasize running game again in 2013

The deal for Harvin is yet to play out, but most believe the Seahawks acquired a difference-making offensive weapon for the 2013 season. There’s no sure-fire formula for constructing a dynasty-worthy roster, especially in the age of free agency. However, Schneider and Carroll have been right far more than wrong in their decision-making, which has resulted in a roster capable of sustaining long-term success. Young Core Dynasties may never again be in the form of the ’60s Packers or ’70s Steelers, where entire teams remain whole for long stretches. The introduction of free agency has effectively shrunk the window for dynasties to form by making it difficult to keep a number of top players under contract. However, the Seahawks have done well in obtaining a young, relatively cheap core. Wilson still has several years on his rookie contract before a mega deal is (likely) needed. Sherman, one of the top cover corners in football, has two years left on a $2.2 million deal. A number of other young players will play the next few seasons under cap-friendly contracts. According to Spotrac.com , the Seahawks will enter the 2013 season with roughly $5 million in total cap room. At some point down the road, Carroll and Schneider will have to make difficult decisions on which young players to keep and which to let go.

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RANK PACKERS 1 Oh, Greg Jennings and Aaron Rodgers — such funny guys . But when Jennings says he’d take Brett Favre over Rodgers — even if it’s all in good fun — this predictably sparks the tired debate over who is the better Green Bay Packers quarterback. My question to Packers fans: Is either the greatest Green Bay QB of all time? Bart Starr went 9-1 in the postseason, people, winning five NFL championship games and two Super Bowl s. RANK RAVENS 3 When we last supplied these rankings, the Baltimore Ravens were devoid Russell Wilson Authentic Jersey of a left tackle. Then the club re-upped Bryant Mckinnie . Considering what a Statue of Liberty Joe Flacco is back there, that’s a big signing. And now John Harbaugh says Elvis Dumervil is emerging as a leader .

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I say Jackson does. Obviously, Jackson has the edge in terms of familiarity with the team as well as the teams offense, as he was the starting quarterback for Seattle during the 2011 season. He is also very familiar with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell even before his time in Seattle when both were with the Minnesota Vikings . During his time in Seattle, Jackson developed somewhat of a nice rapport with current Seattle wide receivers Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin, which could prove very valuable if anything happens to Russell Wilson this season. But aside from his connections, Jackson is a better fit for the job because of his style of play. Brady Quinn isnt really a good fit for the read-option offense that Seattle runs due to his lack of speed. Thats not to say that Jackson is any kind of burner in the speed department, though. Jackson may not have the same speed as Russell Wilson, but he does possess some agility and elusiveness in the pocket, which is a big plus given Seattle offensive lines inability to give its quarterbacks adequate time in passing situations.

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So its a good group. Harvin was asked by Seahawks.com to break down what each of the three top receivers brings to the field. Harvin on Rice, who led the Seahawks in receptions and receiving yards: Having played with Sidney, hes going to make that spectacular catch. Hes known for making that big sideline catch and still getting two feet down. Or on that deep post, Bonuses jumping over two guys to get the ball. Thats what hes known for here, and definitely when he was in Minnesota. Harvin on Tate, who had a breakout season last year: Golden is just that big play waiting to happen. Its not always going to look perfect.

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It adds to the toughness of your football club that you present. “Because you’re always going to play tough defense, hopefully. We’re always going to be tough in special teams. But you can be other than that on offense if you don’t run the football. We want to be a physical, aggressive, tough, get-after-you football team. And that’s where we can send the biggest message about that commitment to that.” Carroll has been committed to the running game ever since being hired by Seattle. In 2010, he traded for Marshawn Lynch , who went on to rush for 1,590 yards last season. He drafted Robert Turbin in the fourth round in 2012 and took yet another running back in 2013, drafting Christine Michael . Field Gulls: The Seahawks’ heavy use of play action and their possibly changing style Even with the addition of Percy Harvin and the expected development of Russell Wilson , Carroll doesn’t intend to change his core offensive philosophy.

Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson Rally, But Lose To Atlanta Falcons 30-28

Russell Wilson proving the third time really was the charm

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(AP Photo/David Goldman) Sidney Rice ,Thomas DeCoud Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice (18) makes the catch as Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud (28) defends during the second half of an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Peter Konz , Brandon Mebane, Matt Ryan CORRECTS SEAHAWKS PLAYER TO BRANDON MEBANE, INSTEAD OF JAYE HOWARD – Atlanta Falcons guard Peter Konz (66) blocks Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (92) as quarterback Matt Ryan (2) drops back to pass during the second half of an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Arthur Blank Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank looks down at the turf after the Seattle Seahawks scored a touchdown late in the second half during the second half of an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Pete Carroll Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll watches play during the first half of an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Jan.

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To a certain extent, it’s also worth looking at recent historical comparisons. The 2012 NFL draft class at this position has to be considered one of the best in the entire history of the league. Among the most surprising players of that dominating group was Wilson. What the former North Carolina State and Wisconsin signal-caller did as a rookie was nothing short of amazing. Chris Graythen/Getty Images Cam Newton’s record-setting rookie performance doesn’t compare to Wilson. Cam Newton was considered the trendsetter for rookie quarterbacks after his display back in 2011. The Carolina Panthers starter tallied over 4,700 total yards and 35 touchdowns. He also turned the ball over a whopping 19 times in 643 total touches (runs and passes). Over the course of Wilson’s rookie season, he turned the ball over just 13 times. Postseason included, Wilson tallied just five turnovers in his final 13 games. To give you a bit of a historical look, it’s important to compare Wilson’s rookie campaign to other stellar rookie performances of the past (Dan Marino and Peyton Manning come to mind).

How Good Can Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson Be in 2013?

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You have to believe that success will come through hard work and I think thats the way were thinking right now. Thats the way we have to believe and thats the way well play. Recent Articles Huy Nguyen – Posted Jun 24, 2013 RENTON, WASH. – High schools from all over the northwest, Idaho and Montana converged on the Seahawks Headquarters at Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash., this past weekend for the NFL High School Player Development? Seahawks Regional 7-on-7 Tournament. The Bearcats of Monroe High School (Monroe, Wash.) outlasted all other teams in the region [] Tony Drovetto – Posted Jun 24, 2013 Danny ONeil and Brock Huard of 710Sports.com discuss just how far the Seahawks offensive line has come over the last few years Good morning, and heres whats out there for today, Monday, June 24, about your Seattle Seahawks: Danny ONeil of 710Sports.com takes a close look at the clubs linebacker position. We have the podcast [] Clare Farnsworth – Posted Jun 23, 2013 A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on June 23: 1997: Metropolitan King County Council votes 9-3 to approve a new stadium for the Seahawks, a move necessary for Paul Allen to complete his purchase of the team from Ken Behring. 2011: The Seahawks?

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McGrath has sticky hands and is a good route runner, but he has to prove he can be effective as a blocker in the pass game, in case something happens to starting tight end Zach Miller. Position battles: Rookie fifth-round draft choice Jesse Williams and veteran free agent Tony McDaniel will compete for the starting defensive tackle job next to Brandon Mebane, replacing the departed Alan Branch. With veteran outside linebacker Leroy Hill not returning to Seattle in free agency, third-year pro Malcolm Smith is battling with Bruce Irvin for the starting outside linebacker job opposite K.J. Wright. FRANCHISE PLAYER: None. UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers) –DE Patrick Chukwurah (not tendered as UFA). –LB Leroy Hill (not tendered as UFA). –K Ryan Longwell (not tendered as UFA).

Russell Wilson faces new pressure

Russell Wilson: Week 6 my Seahawks turning point

It’s one of those things where I’ve never had a break before this past offseason. I like to have a lot of things on my plate.” It will be wise for Wilson to maintain that approach because flying under the radar will never be part of his NFL experience again. The Seahawks will be a trendy Super Bowl pick, and the collective ascension of so many young quarterbacks means there will be more comparisons in the coming years. Instead of being cherished for being a pleasant surprise, Wilson will be judged by how he measures up to the progress of Luck, Griffin, Kaepernick and Newton. Winning alone might not be enough to satisfy his critics anymore. What we can’t see yet is how far his skills might take him.

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But over the final 11 regular-season games, Wilson’s numbers jumped to 209.3 yards per game with 19 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He was the NFL’s highest-rated quarterback (120.3) in the second half of the season, on his way to tying Peyton Manning ‘s rookie record with 26 touchdown passes. So what happened in Week 6 to light a fire under Wilson? He orchestrated a furious comeback victory over the New England Patriots after falling behind 23-10 with nine minutes and 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The victory lead coach Pete Carroll to put more responsibility in Wilson’s hands the rest of the season. “I definitely feel like the Patriots game’s when we really started to click ,” Wilson said on KIRO-AM’s “John Clayton Show.” Wilson also expounded on the season’s turning point in a recent interview with the Charlotte Observer. “That was a crazy, crazy game,” Wilson explained. “To come back and win like we did, against a quarterback like Tom Brady — who I have so much respect for — it really started clicking after that. That game gave me some credibility and it showed me that coach truly believed in me.” NFL Films analyst Greg Cosell is fond of saying NFL coaches tell us what they think about a player by how he’s utilized.

Colin Kaepernick out-duels Russell Wilson with 87mph pitch

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Russell Wilson only hit 75 on the gun when he threw his own first pitch at a recent Mariners game. Photo Credit: Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images On Friday, Kaepernicks fastball was a little low and off the plate, but to his credit, it had been awhile: Picking up a baseball for the first time in 7 yrs tomorrow to throw out the first pitch for the http://t.co/vQiKcekLWQ Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) June 21, 2013 87 on the first pitch. Not too bad next year Im goin to spring training to get ready! #sfgiants http://t.co/LJCqw81dXF Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) June 22, 2013 His baseball talent is undeniable. In high school, his fastball reached the 90s consistently, and he received more accolades playing baseball than he did football. Nevada was the only school to offer him a scholarship. He threw two no-hitters during his prep career and had multiple offers to attend college at Divison-1 programs to play Americas pastime. But it was not his first choice. He wanted to play football all along, and the rest of the remarkable story is still unfolding.

How Good Can Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson Be in 2013?

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Postseason included, Wilson tallied just five turnovers in his final 13 games. To give you a bit of a historical look, it’s important to compare Wilson’s rookie campaign to other stellar rookie performances of the past (Dan Marino and Peyton Manning come to mind). But given how much the game has changed over the years, the best comparisons likely come from more recent history, most notably the past two seasons. Newton and the Panthers may have improved vastly from the prior season, but they still only won six games in his first year. That pretty much disables our ability to compare him (or any other 2011 rookie QB, since Newton topped them all) to what we saw from Wilson’s draftmates this past season. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Wilson all led their clubs to the postseason in their rookie campaigns. They did so after each of their organizations missed the playoffs the prior season. Let’s take a look at how the three stacked up as rookies this past season. 2012 Rookie Quarterback Comparisons 76.5 Statistically, RGIII had the best season, and it isn’t even that close. By those standards, his rookie performance trumps any in the history of the league. The Baylor product also helped Washington improve a great deal on the offensive side of the ball. The Redskins ranked fourth in the NFL in scoring offense (27.3 PPG) a year after finishing 26th in that category (18.0). On the other side of the ledger, Luck struggled with turnovers (23 total) review and completed only 54 percent of his passes. Wilson’s postseason performance, first against Washington and then Atlanta, is what set him apart from the rest of the rookie class. He tallied 699 total yards and four touchdowns compared to just one interception.

For Wilson, still plenty to prove after stellar debut

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But by the same token, the fact Seattle won its final five regular-season games and averaged 38.6 points during that stretch is no guarantee that Wilson is destined for a spot in the upper echelon of the NFL’s quarterbacks. Wilson didn’t shoulder as much an offensive load as Andrew Luck did in Indianapolis or Robert Griffin III in Washington or even Cam Newton has over the past two years in Carolina. But to say he was a placeholder under center whose primary job included a handoff undersells what Wilson did over the second half of last season. Because while Seattle may have remained a run-first team, Wilson was much more than a game manager. He was the player the team turned to down the stretch of close games. The one who led Seattle on a 97-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter at Chicago and followed that up with an 80-yard scoring drive after Seattle’s defense inexplicably allowed the Bears to force overtime. Wilson is the player who put Seattle in position to win at Detroit in Week 8 and the one who had Seattle 32 seconds from playing for the NFC Championship after leading a 21-point fourth-quarter comeback in Atlanta. He passed for 26 touchdowns in the regular season, matching Peyton Manning’s record for NFL rookies. His improvement was systematic over the course of the season, addressing first his third-down passing then his red-zone production and finally becoming a threat to run the ball himself.

Seahawks announce registration info for training camp

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A pre-sale for season ticket holders began Monday and one for Blue Pride members will take place on Wednesday, June 26, at 10 a.m. Registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and fans 15 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Only fans that register through seahawks.com will be allowed to attend practice. A $7 transportation fee will be charged per person, as fans will be required to park at an off-site location and shuttled to VMAC before and after each practice. The VMAC parking lot will be closed to the public. The Seahawks have partnered with The Landing Shopping Center in Renton to serve as the Seahawks Training Camp Parking and Transportation Center.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson reveals his turning point in 2012

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(John Froschauer/AP Photo) That was when Wilson started turning heads around the country. It was seen as a turning point for a Seahawks team that won out the rest of the regular season and came within just 31 seconds of the NFC championship game. But to Wilson, his turning point when he really connected with Seattles receivers and cemented the offense was much earlier than that Week 13 game in the Windy City. Id definitely say the Patriots game, Wilson said on 710 ESPN Seattles John Clayton Show on Saturday. A lot of people mention some of the games after that and everything, but I definitely feel like the Patriots games when we really started to click. We had to come back against a very, very good quarterback in Tom Brady and a great coach in Coach (Bill) Belichick, and we were able to come back against them at home and make some big plays when we needed to. I think thats really when we got in our groove. Indeed, many Seahawks fans also might point to that 24-23 win in Week 6. And theyd probably point to Wilsons beautiful touchdown pass to Rice with 1:27 remaining in the game. It was a 46-yard rainbow, deep up the middle, that stole the victory Oct.

The new deal will keep him in Seattle through the 2016 season. Schneider was hired in 2010 along with head coach Pete Carroll and his original contract was set to expire at the end of the 2013 season. Sando writes that the extension has been in place for over a year, however, without any fanfare. The ESPN expert also believes that Carroll, whose contract is up after the 2014 season, will be in line for an extension over the next year or so as well. More Seahawks coverage at Field Gulls Since taking over a team that went 5-11 in 2009, Schneider and Carroll have built one of the best rosters in the league. The Seahawks are popular favorites to win the Super Bowl this season, too, so keeping Schneider around for four more years seems to be an easy choice after the fine work he has done for the franchise.

Marshawn Lynch only healthy Seahawk missing from first workout

Marshawn Lynch scores touchdown in Cal spring game

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This week, Lynch has joined his teammates for workouts at the Seahawks’ training facility. PREV of NEXT TED S. WARREN / AP Running back Marshawn Lynch, making a catch in his return to Seahawks drills Tuesday, was back working with the No. 1 offensive unit. TED S. WARREN / AP Running back Marshawn Lynch (24) talks with teammates at an OTA Tuesday. Related Hide / Show comments That security guard must be a Steeler’s fan. (May 29, 2013, by Jon May) MORE Moffit’s misdemeanor barely even qualifies as that. I grant you, the smell of stale…

Marshawn Lynch joins Seahawks for workout

Running back Marshawn Lynch (24) talks with teammates at an OTA Tuesday.

30-21 on NFL Networks Top 100 Players of 2013 . Lynch joins cornerback Richard Sherman (No. 50), quarterback Russell Wilson (No. 51), free safety Earl Thomas (No. 66), wide receiver Percy Harvin (No. 90), and center Max Unger (No. 95) as the sixth Seahawk to appear on the player-driven countdown of the Leagues Top 100 players. The Seahawks Beast Mode back had a career-year in 2012, earning his second-straight trip to the Pro Bowl while racking up 1,590 yards (a career-high, good for 3rd in NFL) and 11 touchdowns on the ground. That impressive total went along with 196 yards and a score on 23 catches out of the backfield.

Marshawn Lynch a no-show at Seahawks OTAs

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According to Lynch, suiting up was partly his idea. “It was a little mix. My boy KP asked me if I’d do it and I told him, ‘I got his back,'” Lynch said, referring to Kevin Parker, Cal’s assistant director of player personnel, who’s in his 12th season with the team. Although Seahawks coach Pete Carroll probably won’t Marshawn Lynch Jersey Throwback be thrilled to hear the news, he might be happy to hear that the perpetually banged up Lynch is feeling good, “Oh man, I actually kind of felt pretty good out there, knowing that this is home,” Lynch said. Carroll coached against Lynch three times from 2004-06 while Carroll was at USC. Carroll’s Trojans went 3-0 against Lynch’s Golden Bears, including a 23-17 2004 win where USC knocked off a Cal team led by Lynch and Aaron Rodgers.

Marshawn Lynch lands at No. 24 in NFL’s Top 100 of 2013

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Hes working in a very intense program in his area and hes benefiting from it, Carroll said. That being said, Carroll still wishes his Pro Bowl running back would choose to be in the building working out with the rest of the team. We miss him and wed like him to be here. This is a lot of fun and there is a lot of good stuff happening here, Carroll said. Wed love to see everyone here. Being fresh for the start of the season ultimately will be the biggest desire for Lynch and Carroll. Lynch has carried the ball 600 times over the last two seasons and takes a beating due to his physical running style. Hes dealt with back issues the last two years as well.