A sprained ankle, sprained MCL and pectoral strain are the ailments Russell Wilson had to endure last season.
Injuries combined with a deficient offensive line proved to be obstacles too big for the Seattle Seahawks quarterback in 2016.
Wilson finished last season with a career-high 11 interceptions, resulting in a career-low 92.6 passer rating. Seattle’s offense ended the year ranked 18th in points per game.
In an attempt to not have a repeat performance, Wilson is training like a mad man in Los Angeles this offseason, according to wide receiver Doug Baldwin. Baldwin is keeping tabs on Wilson from afar.
“I keep tabs on him during the offseason to check in with the guys that are around him to see how he’s doing, and what I’ve heard just recently was that he’s being an animal right now,” Baldwin said, per ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia. “He’s grinding his butt off.”
Baldwin’s 2016 season was an outlier for Seattle. At a time when the rest of his teammates had down years on the offensive end, Baldwin registered career highs in receptions (94) and yards (1,128). Yet he realizes his numbers will only lift his team so far. The Seahawks offense thrives when Wilson is at his best. That’s precisely why he’s keeping abreast of Wilson’s offseason workouts.
“I couldn’t be more excited about it, because when Russell Wilson goes, our whole team goes,” Baldwin said. “And so for him to be where he’s at now after all the injuries that he’s endured during the past season, I’m really excited about our chances for this season.”