Russell Wilson is open to having his fun on the run when necessary, taking the ball outside for a pinpoint pass or running with it. But the Seahawks quarterback would rather stay tucked inside his pocket.
“I don’t want to run,” Wilson said. “You got those big bears chasing you out there. I just want to throw the ball to the right guy at the right time and do whatever it takes.”
That’s what he did in a 27-17 win over the Jets on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
It was mostly hard to tell, but Wilson admittedly wasn’t his 100 percent self. He sprained his left MCL the previous Sunday in a win over San Francisco and played with a brace. So he took the safe route a few more times than usual.
The previous time Wilson was here, he did rather well, throwing for 206 yards and two touchdowns and running for 26 yards to help Seattle crush Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII. This time, he did a lot of damage from inside the pocket, passing the Seahawks to a 3-1 start.
“I slid on a couple of plays,” Wilson said. “Normally on a zone read, I would’ve taken off. [Instead it was], ‘Ah, just go down.’ But I’d say 99 percent of those plays out there, I felt like I was moving it really well, seeing it really well, getting the ball out on time, moving my feet really well. So I felt great out there today.”
Though he carried only five times — including three kneel-downs — with a long gain of 2 yards, Wilson dissected the Jets’ defense by hitting 23 of 32 throws for 309 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Tight end Jimmy Graham caught six passes for 113 yards.
“They had a good plan and he was getting rid of the ball quickly,” Jets coach Todd Bowles said. “They went down the field when they were in max protection. We got some hits on him, but he’s a tough player. He made some good plays.”
After suffering a high right ankle sprain in the opener against Miami — Wilson kept going and led the winning drive — he had to deal with the knee in the third quarter against the 49ers. He returned after one play to complete that drive but didn’t finish the game. Seattle, though, was up big. Coach Pete Carroll said Wilson could have come back.
Then came more rehab.
“He’s only had one half when he didn’t have something wrong in the season,” Carroll said. “He has a perfect mentality to endure whatever he needs to endure.”
Wilson burned the Jets for an 8-yard TD pass to C.J. Spiller and a 42-yarder to Tanner McEvoy in the second quarter, then left the pocket to flip to Christine Michael for a 6-yard score in the fourth.
Now Wilson gets a bye week to heal.
“I got two full weeks?” Wilson said. “Oh, man, I can’t wait.”