Russell Wilson gives offense even stronger legs to stand on

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson has given new meaning to the term base offense.

The Seahawks’ second-year quarterback says he has added five pounds this offseason – and it’s all in lower body.

“I’ve worked on my legs a lot,” Wilson said Monday after the team’s first OTA session. “That’s kind of the main thing that I’ve been working on all offseason, in terms of squatting a lot more (weight) and doing a lot more of movement stuff on my feet just to have that strong base.

“I’ve gained a couple of pounds here and there in my legs.”

Wilson played at 210 pounds last season, when he tied the NFL rookie record by throwing 26 touchdown passes and also broke the franchise mark for rushing yards (489) by a quarterback. He said he now weighs about 215.

“I would like to be where I’m at right now when the season starts.”

If Wilson’s on-field performance Monday was any indication the extra work has paid off. He displayed quickness and an impressive initial bust while breaking from the pocket on several runs – not that Wilson wasn’t already proficient in those areas while being productive running the zone-read last season.


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