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Russell Wilson was the subject of some very unfounded trade rumors over the summer. But now, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback says he couldn’t be happier.
“I’ve been training like crazy. I’ve been working my tail off. My mind’s more clear than ever” Wilson told reporters. “I’ve been working my tail off all offseason on the plays and the concepts and everything. I feel in command of everything I want to do.”
Wilson, 32, has spent his entire career with the Seahawks. He led them to a 12-4 record last season, and they are again considered a Super Bowl contender in 2021. Just ask Wilson.
“The guys have looked great, they look tremendous, ready to play,” he said. “And so we feel very confident in what we can do. And I feel more confident in myself, more than ever.”
This year, it appears Wilson will have even more on his plate. Offensive coordinator Shane Waldron is giving Wilson the freedom to call out of plays at the line of scrimmage.
Along with that, Wilson and Waldron intend to institute more changes in tempo, getting the offense to the line of scrimmage quicker and keeping rival defenses on their tippy toes.
“Hand me the ball and let’s go to work,” Wilson said. “Let’s play ball.”
Wilson went 384-of-558 passing last season, throwing for 4,212 yards, finishing just seven yards shy of tying his career-high in 2016. He also tossed a career-best 40 touchdowns, compared to just 13 interceptions, last season.
Wilson has yet to play in the preseason, but he is expected to start Saturday vs. the Los Angeles Chargers.