Keeping Russell Wilson contained is Jaguars' No. 1 priority on defense

From ESPN - December 7, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to try to do the same thing that every other team tries to do when they play the Seattle Seahawks: keep Russell Wilson from escaping the pocket and making big plays.

Its almost an impossible task, as the Philadelphia Eagles found out last Sunday night.

Wilson escaped the Eagles pass rush and hit big throws down the field all night long. Or he kept the ball and scrambled for positive yardage (31 yards on six carries). The Jaguars (8-4) have to limit those kinds of things on Sunday at EverBank Field to beat the Seahawks (8-4).

Hes doing a really nice job of extending plays and staying alive in the pocket, defensive coordinator Todd Wash said. Its maybe not so much the scrambling of gaining yards. Its the scrambling of staying alive, letting his receivers really outwork DBs on the back end and making explosive plays happen because of the extension of plays.

Wilson is second in the NFL in pass attempts of 20 or more yards (64), per NFL Stats & Information, and thats related to his ability to escape pressure. When he scrambles hes keeping his eyes downfield and thinking pass first.

Wilson is an effective runner when he has kept the ball, though. He leads the Seahawks in carries (71), rushing yards (432), yards per carry (6.1), and rushing TDs (three).

Rush discipline is imperative, defensive tackle Malik Jackson said.


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