Wilson a surprising top, young quarterback


Wilson a surprising top, young quarterback

I asked a Bears defensive player today if he was surprised anymore by the number of young quarterbacks in the NFL that are continuing to have success, and before I even finished my question, the response was an emphatic, "No!"
The reason given was good coaching.Sunday the Bears will face another rookie signal caller that may be the surprise of this year's crop: Russell Wilson. The former Wisconsin Badger was selected in the third round but so far has arguably performed like a first rounder.
This is what he has done and done relatively quietly while playing in the great northwest. In his game against Miami on November 25 Wilson tossed 16 consecutive completions, an NFL record for a rookie quarterback.
Wilson also basically stole the job from former Green Bay backup Matt Flynn, who was signed for big money to become the Seahawks starter. Wilson won the job before the regular season even kicked off, which means he proved to Pete Carroll and the coaching staff he could handle the job both physically and mentally.
Wilson stands in a group of first and second year quarterbacks that rank in the top half of NFL passing leaders, a number based on ratings points. Robert Griffin III is fourth behind Rodgers, Brady and Peyton Manning with a 104.1 rating. Wilson is 12th on the list, 13 spots above Jay Cutler, and better than respected veterans Rivers, Flacco, Eli Manning and Tony Romo.
Seattle and Wilson have really only faced one very good defense, the 49ers, back on October 18. The Seahawks lost that game, 13-6. Regardless, Wilson has done his part and is the key to his team's offense.
The Bears will make it tough on him like they do most signal callers, but to this point Wilson has proven he's one of the top young quarterbacks in the league.

Glenbard North's Tyrik Henderson goes 1-on-1 with Edgy Tim

Glenbard North's Tyrik Henderson goes 1-on-1 with Edgy Tim

It's been a good winter for Glenbard North junior three-star ranked defensive back Tyrik Henderson (5-foot-10, 165 pounds). Henderson, who added his latest offer on Saturday from Minnesota, has continued to pile up multiple scholarship offers at an impressive rate heading into the all important spring evaluation period. 

Henderson, who also has been playing travel 7-on-7 this winter for Boom Midwest, is a fierce competitor took time from his busy schedule to take part in the annual Dodgeball Madness charity tournament along with some of his Glenbard North teammates. Henderson fills us in on some of his recent offers along with some recent college visit.

I caught up with Tyrik Henderson at the Fifth Annual Franklin Dodgeball Madness Tournament at Franklink Middle School in Wheaton. Proceeds from the tournament benefited the school, the DuPage Hundred Club, Team Red, White and Blue and The Pat Tillman Foundation.

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2017 NFL Draft Profile: UCLA OLB Takkarist McKinley

2017 NFL Draft Profile: UCLA OLB Takkarist McKinley

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

6'2" | 250 lbs.

2016 stats:

61 tackles, 18 TFL, 10 sacks, 6 PD, 3 FF


First round

Scouting Report:

"Ascending edge prospect who racked up impressive TFL and sack numbers this year despite a relatively raw approach and skill set. He's a little stiff in his lower body, but flashes good athleticism once the ball is snapped. McKinley's motor is a translatable characteristic, but improved hand usage and pass rush mechanics are what could elevate his game to another level as a starting, 3-4 outside linebacker. " — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Video analysis provided by Rotoworld and NBC Sports NFL Draft expert Josh Norris.

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