For Russell Wilson, passing under pressure has become just a part of the game.
In Seattle, his protection was sub-par for years. The former Seahawks quarterback had to scramble for his life, and make plays on the run more often than he would’ve wanted to, in all likelihood.
Now that he’s in Denver, starting left tackle Garett Bolles assured Wilson, “You won’t get hit here.”
According to Pro Football Focus, the Broncos offensive line was 19th last year, which isn’t great, but the Seahawks were 25th. So, while it was a step up, coming to Denver, there’s a definite possibility Wilson will find himself under pressure again in 2022.
Bolles has become a solid left tackle, but not necessarily elite. Dalton Risner is good, but not great. Lloyd Cushenberry has struggled through his first two years at center and graded the worst of the group. Quinn Meinerz is working to improve and then there’s newcomer Bobby Massie at right tackle. No mention of Graham Glasgow by PFF, but it’s possible Glasgow will take over for Cushenberry, or that Menierz plays center and Glasgow is back at right guard.
Simply, the Broncos line is a continued work in progress. They’re about middle-of-the-pack and have a chance to be a little better than that.
Luckily, though, they will have a quarterback who knows how to not only escape pressure, but create points out of those crazy plays.
Since 2020, Wilson has thrown for 23 touchdowns under pressure per PFF, which is second only to Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills and his 25 scores during the same time.
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Last season, Wilson was pressured 49 times in his 14 games played. Yet, his 103.1 passer rating was fifth-best in the league and his 7.8 yards per attempt were tied for fourth-best.
Simply, as is the truth with all four quarterbacks listed above — Allen, Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes — teams are never out of the game with Russell Wilson at the helm of the offense.
Wilson never gives up on a play, and many times, he turns water into wine, if you will. He’s the kind of quarterback who can rally his troops just by escaping trouble and extending a drive, or even tossing a touchdown. His leadership has already been seen as the best the Broncos have had at the position since Peyton Manning retired in 2016.
Starting in 2022, and going throughout his tenure in the Mile High City, the Broncos will not only be competitive in more games, but they’ll have that “it” factor in Wilson. They know they’ll be in every game with him at quarterback.
It’s going to be a fun ride, Broncos Country. Enjoy it while it lasts.