All season long, the entire NFL has been buzzing about quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck as the leading candidates for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. One candidate, however, has been flying under the radar and deserves serious consideration for the coveted honor: Russell Wilson.
In 2012, the Seattle Seahawks’ rookie gunslinger has been nothing short of spectacular. On top of leading his team to blowout wins in their last three outings, Wilson has put up impressive numbers and done it with the charisma and cool that simply isn’t natural from a first-year passer.
Some of his biggest outings have come against top contenders, including his dominant performance against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16. Wilson completed 71.4 percent of his passes for 171 yards and four touchdowns, helping the Seahawks to a 42-13 victory. The rookie passer has amassed a season-high 293 passing yards twice, against the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears. During both games, he threw at least two touchdowns and made a significant impact with his feet while avoiding a single interception.
Throughout the entire 2012 campaign, Wilson has compiled 2,868 passing yards and 28 touchdowns (25 passing, three rushing) while limiting his interception total to 10. He has completed 63.4 percent of his passes on his way to a 98.0 passer rating through 15 games. On top of his exceptional passing, Wilson has also amassed 431 rushing yards on 84 attempts.
Wilson has yet to prove that he can be the dynamic passer that teams lust for in today’s NFL, but he’s the type of game manager and decision maker that the Seahawks needed. His presence in the offense has allowed Marshawn Lynch to excel while injecting some life into the careers of some of Seattle’s young wide receivers like Golden Tate. Put simply, he’s exactly what the doctor ordered.
While he might not be the iconic franchise passer that most imagined back in August, Wilson has done more than enough to enter his name into the race for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Whether or not the voters agree, though, is still to be determined.