Wilson was on fire during the first half of 2020. He had 14 passing touchdowns in the first three games and at least three passing touchdowns in six of his first seven games. If Seattle goes back to letting Russ cook, he can return Seattle to a high-powered passing offense. He still has D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett and now adds TE Gerald Everett to the mix. He can still sling the ball. Seattle just has to let him.
The downside to Wilson is what we saw in the second half of 2020. In seven of his last eight games, Wilson had two or fewer touchdowns and in five of those games, he threw either one or zero touchdown passes. Seattle became more of a run-based offense and the passing offense lost some of its luster as a result, making Wilson a volatile QB1. And while things seem to be fine now, there was also that little matter of Wilson supposedly not happy in Seattle and the trade rumors that began to swirl around him. Wilson and Pete Carroll have seemingly patched things up now, but it will be really interesting to watch their connection as the season progresses, especially if things go south.
2021 Bottom Line
Wilson should still be viewed as a QB1 and a mid-round pick. The Seahawks brought in OG Gabe Jackson to help beef up the line and Shane Waldron, who was the Rams' passing-game coordinator, is now the offensive coordinator for Seattle. He also still adds some rushing value which has gained more importance in today's game.