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RealSport NFL Top 100: Russell Wilson slides in at #15

RealSport's countdown to the number one player from 2015 continues here with Russell Wilson coming in at the fifteenth spot.


With the NFL’s top 100 well under way, we here at Real Sport thought we would give you our own version; The RS 100. Every writer here had the chance to vote for the 100 best players from the 2015 season. This ranking was done regardless of position value or salary cap cost. It was simply based on who had the best 2015 season. As a result you won’t see quality players like Jordy Nelson anywhere on our ranking as he didn’t play a single snap in the 2015 season.

Voting panel: Toby Durant, Remy Cabache, Cameron Tennyson, Rebecca Rennie, Daniel Hernandez, David Pruett, Ryan Tolster

                 

Russell Wilson, Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks

(TD: #32, RC: #17, CT: #13, RR: #40, DH: #8, DP: #14, RT: #16)

Coming off his historic interception to lose Super Bowl XLIX, his second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, the Seahawks seemed to make an effort to make Wilson an even bigger focal point of their offense, and transition away from the ground and pound mentality. They added Jimmy Graham in the offseason in what had to have been an attempt to give Wilson a big redzone target.

Come the regular season, the Seahawks offense struggled, they weren’t lighting it up through the air and Jimmy Graham wasn’t making much of a difference. However, following the loss of Jimmy Graham and Marshawn Lynch and the emergence of Thomas Rawls and Doug Baldwin, Wilson looked like one of the best QB’s in the NFL.

With Baldwin playing at an all-time level – in terms of scoring, at least – Wilson had his best ever season. He had 4024 yards, 34 TD’s to only 8 interceptions – prior to this year, his career highs were 3475 yards (2014) 26 TD’s (2012, 2013). He also added 553 yards and another touchdown on the ground.

The numbers aren’t the whole story though. Whilst Baldwin and Rawls were huge parts of the offense, Wilson won the Seahawks many of their games and showed an ability to make any throw and in any situation. And though his rushing totals weren’t as prolific as they have been, his scrambling-to-pass really sets him apart from the rest of the NFL.

 

Although he didn’t bring the Seahawks to their 3rd consecutive Super Bowl, he still showed a knack of coming up big in the Playoffs. Against the Vikings, in horrendously cold conditions, he made a play that not many other QB’s would even think to make. That play sparked the Seahawks comeback in that game and paved the way for them to come back and win. And that sums up his importance to the team, and is why he belongs this high on this list. 


Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

RealSport NFL Top 100: Russell Wilson slides in at #15

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