Russell Wilson's career passing accuracy is third in the league since 2006, according to an analysis by Football Outsiders.
As NFL training camps get into full swing, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is getting some recognition for the impressive season he put together last year. Wilson has been named the most accurate quarterback of 2015 by Football Outsiders, an NFL analytics site that often partners with ESPN.
Wilson finished first in a Football Outsiders stat called C%+, which essentially measures how many percentage points above average a quarterback was at completing passes. In 2015, Wilson’s C%+ was 7.3, putting him a half-point ahead of the second-place finisher, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.
Wilson’s high ranking is in large part thanks to a dominant finish to 2015 that saw him throw 24 touchdown passes and just one interception over the final seven games. Wilson’s career C%+ of 6.6 percent is third in the NFL since 2006, behind Kurt Warner and Drew Brees.
The C%+ stat is based off a concept called “passing plus-minus,” which measures how many passes a quarterback completed compared to what an average quarterback would have. Crucially, the stat takes into account the location of passes, so a quarterback like Wilson who often throws downfield isn’t penalized. It also doesn’t penalize quarterbacks when they have to throw the ball away, or when a receiver drops a pass that should have been caught.
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Football Outsiders’ full top 10 is missing a couple of top quarterbacks, notably Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, who are generally considered among the best in the league:
- Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, 7.3%
- Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers, 6.8%
- Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings 6.4%
- Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals, 6.3%
- Kirk Cousins, Washington, 5.8%
- Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals, 5.5%
- Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints, 5.3%
- Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons, 4.0%
- Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers, 3.2%
- Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills, 3.0%
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