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Somewhere in the rookie quarterback conversation, Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson has gotten lost.The Colts’ Andrew Luck and Washington’s Robert Griffin III are both earning immense recognition for their performances during their rookie season, and rightfully so. Both were highly regarded players entering the league and are proving why.
But Wilson deserves some recognition for what he’s done this season.
He proved it on Sunday in Chicago, when head coach Pete Carroll gave him the keys to the offence late in the game against one of the league’s peskiest defenses.
Wilson completed his final seven passes of the game, including two touchdowns to earn the victory. He threw the go-ahead touchdown to Golden Tate with 24 seconds in regulation to cap a 97-yard drive. And then, on the very first drive of overtime he threw the game-winning touchdown.
It hasn’t been just one game either.
Here’s how Wilson compares to RGIII over the last five games:
Passing: 97/142 (68.3 per cent), 1,114 yards, 11 TDs, 1 INTs
Rushing: 31 carries, 179 yards
Passing: 85/136 (62.5 per cent), 1,059 yards, 10 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing: 41 carries, 246 yards
There’s something to be said for efficiency.
Wilson has completed his passes at a 63.4 per cent clip and has the seventh-best quarterback rating in the league. His 19 touchdown passes beat Luck and Griffin (17 a piece) and are seven shy of Peyton Manning’s rookie touchdown record.
Wilson’s ceiling might not be as high as the other two and he has the benefit of playing with one of the league’s premier defenses, but his progression can’t be denied.
He’s had two-game winning drives against New England and Chicago and another one spoiled by the Seattle’s defence against Detroit. Any other season, Wilson would be at the forefront of the rookie of the year conversation with 2,344 yards passing and the Seahawks in the thick of the playoff race.
Yet, this isn’t an ordinary season.
We knew what Luck and Griffin were capable of having great seasons, but now it’s time some attention is paid to Wilson. Wilson has every right to be in the same conversation as Luck and Griffin.
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