The Seattle Seahawks‘ offensive struggles in 2016 have been two-fold: An inability to run the ball and a hobbled Russell Wilson for much of the season.

Heading into Saturday night’s playoff tilt versus the Detroit Lions, the quarterback believes his mobility is back to normal.


“I’ve had some bumps and bruises along the way,” Wilson said Wednesday, via The News Tribune. “But I feel really good. I feel like any play I need to make I can make, for sure. So that’s the exciting part. So I still feel really fast and all that.

“If you asked me several weeks ago, you know, I wasn’t moving my fastest. But I feel really good right now.”

Wilson dealt with ankle and knee sprains early in the season but did not miss a game. Wilson said this week he’s considering ditching the knee brace he’s worn since Week 3.

The Seahawks put up Wilson-era lows in points per game (22.1), offensive TDs per game (2.3), and rushing yards per game (99.4). Wilson finished with the lowest passer rating of his career (92.6) and rushed for a career-low 259 yards.

The quarterback’s limited mobility for much of the season behind one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL resulted in 41 sacks, tied for second-most in the league.

While Wilson believes he feels “really fast,” his play caller isn’t so sure.

“I don’t know. I’m not sure,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said when asked if Wilson is still lacking speed due to injuries. “You know, it’s funny, we look back at some earlier cut-ups (of game plays) and we’re like, ‘Man! Look at that guy!’ He looks really fast and really quick and moving. But sometimes you see it each and every day.

“I don’t know if he’s a hundred percent. He’s probably not running 4.4, like he was coming out of the combine. But, obviously, he still runs well enough to be able to do the things that we need him to do.”

Against a Lions defense that has gotten burned by mobile quarterbacks at times this season, Wilson’s escape ability will be a key difference maker in the opening round of the playoffs.

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