Will Seahawks have a Trevone Boykin package on Sunday?

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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.

6 responses to “Will Seahawks have a Trevone Boykin package on Sunday?

  1. Every time he goes back to pass, Wilson will face a fierce pass rush. The D linemen know that they have a good chance of sending him to the sideline with a hard and legal hit. That is true whether Boykin is going to play or not. One thing they know is that Wilson will not be a threat in the run option even if he runs that kind of plays.

  2. omeimontis says:
    Oct 2, 2016 10:08 AM
    Every time he goes back to pass, Wilson will face a fierce pass rush. The D linemen know that they have a good chance of sending him to the sideline with a hard and legal hit. That is true whether Boykin is going to play or not. One thing they know is that Wilson will not be a threat in the run option even if he runs that kind of plays.

    Sounds like you’re trying to convince yourself of this nonsense. You’re obviously a Jets fan. But more importantly, you obviously haven’t seen Russell Wilson play much. The read option isn’t even a part of their game plan anymore. Hell murder the D from the pocket now. And he’ll do it with short drops, and quick hits to bring the defense up. Then slaughter them with play action as the game progresses. Good luck.

  3. I’ve been saying all along that the Hawks should play Wilson for one series and then put Boykin in to finish the game. Russell is then suited up and ready to go in if he must, but the team doesn’t spend the whole game worrying about protecting Wilson. Jets have prepped for Russell #1 and they get Russell Lite instead. At least I hope that’s what they do!

  4. Don’t expect to see Wilson take any snaps from under center. It will be all pistol and shotgun formations with a quick release before the rush can get home like a Tom Brady style offense (not as good obviosly). Wilson will do just enough to hold off the Jets for a 13-10 victory.

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