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Thursday Round-Up: Pro Football Focus Ranks Russell Wilson At No. 2 In Passing Yards Outside The Pocket

Good morning, 12s.

Here’s a look at what’s ‘out there’ for today – Thursday, May 9 – about your Seattle Seahawks:

No Pocket, No Problem

Spins left, spins right, looking for an open receiver downfield—Wilson throws a deep ball into the end zone. “Touchdown Seahawks!” exclaims voice of the Seahawks Steve Raible over the radio.

We’ve all seen those crazy scrambles outside the pocket by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson which often end with the Super Bowl XLVIII champ making a clutch play. For example, check out this all-time top 10 play from the quarterback scrambling left before throwing a 35-yard touchdown pass to former Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham during a home matchup against the Eagles in 2016.

The popular professional and college football stats analysis website, Pro Football Focus, tweeted out a graphic ranking Wilson as the league’s No. 2 (out of all 32 quarterbacks) in passing yards outside the pocket in the 2018 regular season. According to PFF, he recorded 837 passing yards outside the pocket.

After the Seahawks’ Week 12 road win over the Panthers in Charlotte when Wilson recorded a season-high of 339 passing yards, WR Tyler Lockett commented on the quarterback’s ability to move outside the pocket. “Russell was able to keep his head downfield while he was scrambling and [I was] trying to maneuver around the defensive backs, and I just went deep…You just take chances, and we trust that Russell is going to go out there and make the best plays possible as long as he keeps it alive. As long as he keeps it alive, we understand how hard it is for defenders to continue to try and guard somebody over five seconds. So if it’s longer than four or five seconds, it puts us in a better position to be able to get open.”

Social Post Of The Day

Today’s ‘Social Post of the Day’ comes from KING5 morning anchor Amity Addrisi, who tweeted a photo of Seahawks Legend Walter Jones putting a secret prediction inside a time capsule at the Space Needle.

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