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.

Links: Russell Wilson up for an ESPY

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.

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