Russell Wilson

Swing and a miss in Russell Wilson's spring training debut

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Swing and a miss in Russell Wilson's spring training debut

TAMPA, Fla. — Russell Wilson struck out in his first spring training at-bat with the New York Yankees.

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback pinch hit for AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge in the fifth inning against Atlanta on Friday and swung past a 2-2 pitch from left-hander Max Fried.

A former minor league infielder, Wilson is spending this week working out with the Yankees, who acquired him from Texas last month and wanted to observe his leadership skills. He wants to soak up the attitude of a franchise with a record 27 World Series titles.

The 29-year-old Wilson led the Seahawks to the 2014 Super Bowl championship.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson traded to... the Yankees

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson traded to... the Yankees

The New York Yankees Wednesday announced that they have acquired infielder Russell Wilson from the Texas Rangers in exchange for future considerations.

Wilson, 29, led the Seattle Seahawks to the 2014 Super Bowl championship, defeating the Denver Broncos, 43-8. At age 25, Wilson became the third-youngest quarterback to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory.

He has played the past six seasons (2012-17) with Seattle. A four-time Pro-Bowler, Wilson has completed 1,815-of-2,834 pass attempts (64.0 percent) for 22,176 yards and 161 touchdowns. He has compiled a career starting record of 65-30-1. In 2017, Wilson led the NFL with 34 touchdown passes.

"We've admired Russell's career from afar for quite some time," Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said. "This is a unique opportunity for us to learn from an extraordinary athlete who has reached the pinnacle of his profession. 

"After talking to a number of our players, there is a genuine excitement in having Russell join us for a short time in camp. We are all looking forward to gaining insight into how he leads teammates toward a common goal, prepares on a daily basis for the rigors of his sport, and navigates the successes and failures of a season."

The Richmond, Va., native was originally selected by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, and was acquired by Texas in the minor league phase of the 2013 Rule 5 Draft. In 2014 and '15, Wilson participated in team workouts at Rangers spring training camp.

In 93 career minor league games between Rookie-level Tri-City (2010) and Single-A Asheville (2011) in Colorado's system, Wilson hit .229/.354/.356 (72-for-315) with 58R, 9 doubles, 8 triples, 5HR, 26RBI and 19SB. In his last 15 games with Asheville in 2011, Wilson hit .302 (16-for-53) with 13R, 5 extra-base hits, 9RBI and 5SB.

A two-sport athlete in college, Wilson graduated from North Carolina State University in 2010. Using his last year of amateur eligibility, Wilson enrolled at the University of Wisconsin and quarterbacked the Badgers to a co-Big Ten Championship and a Rose Bowl appearance following the 2011 season. 

Wilson is expected to be in Major League camp in March. While he is in Tampa, Wilson will participate in pregame workouts with the club and watch games from the Yankees' dugout.

He will be assigned to the Double-A Trenton roster.

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Elvis Dumervil identifies the key to disrupting Russell Wilson

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Elvis Dumervil identifies the key to disrupting Russell Wilson

SANTA CLARA – Elvis Dumervil emphasizes the importance of having a short memory on Sunday when the 49ers face Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.

It is not necessarily a difficult chore for pass rushers, such as Dumervil, to get close to Wilson. But bringing him down is another thing altogether.

“Effort, man,” Dumervil said when asked about the key to corralling Wilson, who was sacked 41 times last season but escaped from sacks innumerable times.

“Sometimes you might get there and all of a sudden, he’s gone. So you have to be able to pick it up and go on to the next play and make sure you keep coming every day. He’s a competitor. He knows how to win. He’s proven that.”

The Seahawks settled for three field goals in their 17-9 opening-week loss to the Green Bay Packers. While the Seahawks might not have as many offensive weapons as they have featured in the past, they still have Wilson.

Wilson was the Seahawks’ leading rusher with 40 yards on two scrambles. He was under constant pressure from the Green Bay pass rush, which limited his effectiveness. He was sacked three times and completed just 14 of 27 attempts for 158 yards.

“He's one of those guys where you just have to go hard on every snap,” Dumervil said. “We know what he’s capable of doing. He’s a great player. He’s athletic. He can throw the ball anywhere. He’s well-coached. And, watching the film, I really think their line is talented. It’s only a matter of time before they fix it and get it done."

The 49ers’ pass rush was lacking in their opening week loss to the Carolina Panthers. Dumervil, who has recorded 99 career sacks, came the closest to throwing Cam Newton for a loss when he hit his arm as he was throwing in the first half. But he pointed out, "Almost doesn't count."

Said Dumervil, “We all need to get better in every aspect. How can I get back there and affect the quarterback more than I did with Cam Newton in the first game? You always have to look in the mirror and say, ‘What can I do to impact the game.’ ”