Russell Wilson was one of many highlights around the NFL in week 2 of preseason. Here are some takeaways from the action.
Wilson proves San Diego Chargers defense anything but fixed
Though he was aided greatly by the Seattle Seahawks’ always punishing ground game, quarterback Russell Wilson continued his typical brand of efficient football against the San Diego Chargers. In fact he looked MVP-worthy for a stretch as he completed 11-of-13 passes for 121 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns. Many wondered if the Bolts had done enough in the off-season to fix a defense that finished 23rd overall last year. Thus far the signs are not encouraging.
Jimmy Garoppolo offers Patriots several options
The value of having a quality, young backup quarterback is very high. The New England Patriots knew this when they drafted Eastern Illinois product Jimmy Garoppolo, and the rookie hasn’t disappointed. Across two preseason games he has looked every bit the part of what made him the most exciting small school quarterback in the country, throwing for over 220 combined yards and three touchdowns with no turnovers. Not only could he be a valuable backup and eventual replacement to Tom Brady, but if the opportunity arrives, New England could turn him into an extremely lucrative trade chip.
Rob Ryan has New Orleans Saints defense back to 2009 form
Winning the Super Bowl back in 2009 was mostly because of Drew Brees and his record-setting offense, but even he would say it wouldn’t have happened without help from a defense that forced 41 takeaways. Since that season the Saints have been trying to rediscover that defensive magic. It seems second-year coordinator Rob Ryan has them on the threshold. Not only is the unit talented from top to bottom, but they are already coming together as playmakers. That was proven when they secured five takeaways against Tennessee in week 2 of the preseason, including four forced fumbles.