- Former NFL safety Matt Bowen is a veteran of four teams over seven seasons, and now provides analysis for ESPN Insider.
The Denver Broncos will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Sunday (9:30 a.m. ET on ESPN+) in quarterback Russell Wilson’s seventh start since joining the team in a massive offseason trade. The early results? Not great.
Wilson has just five touchdown passes and a 35.2 Total QBR, which ranks 29th of 32 qualified passers. He is completing 58.6% of his throws, much lower than the rate in any of his previous 10 seasons, and he already has taken 20 sacks and thrown three interceptions. By just about any measure, Wilson isn’t playing up to his normal standard.
His slow start is even more worrisome when you consider that Denver traded five draft picks (including two first-rounders and two second-rounders) to the Seattle Seahawks to land him and then signed him to five-year, $245 million extension before the season that includes $165 in guaranteed money.
So what is actually going wrong for Wilson with the Broncos? Let’s take a deeper look at his play this season — using the tape and the numbers — and address five major concerns that have crept into his game. Can the 33-year-old signal-caller turn it around as he returns under center after missing Week 7 with a hamstring injury?
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