The Atlanta Falcons have faced Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks a number of times over the years. Every game the two teams play against each other tends to go down to the wire, often being decided in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Many elements factor into these close contests, but one thing has consistently plagued the Falcons: Russell Wilson's mobility.
NFL.com reports that the Falcons are very concerned about Wilson’s ability to escape pressure and recognize the blitz. There is no argument that when it comes to extending plays, Wilson is one of the best in the league. The Falcons know this, and want to avoid allowing Wilson to frustrate their defense in such a high-stakes contest. To prepare, the Falcons have turned to an unlikely resource: wide receiver B.J. Daniels.
Daniels was originally drafted as a quarterback by the 49ers in 2013, and spent time on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad in 2015 before making the switch to wide receiver. The Falcons signed Daniels to their own practice squad just a few weeks ago. They have been using him extensively in practice this week in order to prepare the defense for Wilson’s unpredictability. Daniels told NFL.com that he and Wilson have “very similar styles of play.” He then added, “Russell’s a student of the game. Scramble plays may seem chaotic, but there are rules to it that people practice. It’s not all as chaotic as it seems.” Daniels might just be the Ace in the Hole Atlanta needs to advance to the NFC Championship game for the first time since 2012.
Be sure to tune in to the game this Saturday, January 14th at 4:35 p.m. on FOX.