Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t on the final injury report for Week Four, but he’s still sufficiently injured to raise questions about his mobility. And his mobility is sufficiently reduced to prompt wink-nod speculation regarding the team’s plans at the position for Sunday.
Michael Robinson of NFL Media, appearing on NFL Network’s Gameday First, said he won’t be surprised if the team uses read-option-style packages for backup Trevone Boykin against the Jets on Sunday.
Robinson, who played for the Seahawks and has many connections there still, knows more than most about the organization. So it’s a far cry from someone closing his eyes and throwing a dart.
If it happens, it will amount to a significant concession regarding Wilson’s overall health. When Wildcat packages became the rage in 2008 and 2009, a clear caveat quickly emerged: No team with a true franchise quarterback should ever take the ball out of his hands. If the Seahawks do it, it means that Wilson truly is impaired.
Which means that, when he is playing, he’ll be facing considerably greater risk of getting hit (and maybe getting hurt), especially since the offensive line continues to be a work in progress.