Some quick notes out of Russell Wilson’s Thursday afternoon press conference:
On being taken by Texas Rangers in Rule 5 draft:
Funny story, I get up this morning on the way to work 6:15, from Arlington Texas … it’s John Daniels GM for Texas Rangers, pretty cool thing, my third time being drafted. It’s a blessing but my focus is on football. They knew that. They basically got my rights from Colorado. My focus is on this football game.
I’m sure I’ll go down there for spring training and talk to their players.. that’s down the road.
I had no idea (I was eligible).
I’m not gonna lie, I’ve thought about (both sports) before.
LIkes the Cano signing. It’s a big thing for the Mariners
Refocus on the Giants: Make sure the preparation is where it needs to be. NYG’s defense is doing a tremendous job. We expect a battle. We expect a great game.
We’re 11-2 now because we’ve been focused on one game at a time all season.
We love big games, we love the opportunities. We all have a chip on our shoulders every week.
Lack of rushing vs. SF: We had 51 plays. We had a couple opportunities and they did a good job against the run. We trust our game and we trust what we’re doing
Super bowl at MetLife: I can’t let that cross my mind, we need to just play football the way we do no matter where it is. Stay in the moment, stay in the now. One step at a time. We have to focus on playing great football one game at a time.
Read-option game: It’s been a success for us because we don’t do it all the time. It’s a change-up for us. I think coach Bevell does a tremendous job on play calling. It always evolves. It will be here to stay for a while.
Selling play action passes: You have to be good at selling it. The back has to sell it, the offensive line has to fire out hard. Watch Manning, Brees, Rodgers.
Snow? I’m hoping there’s snow, to be honest with you
THE FOLLOWING IS FROM A REPORT BY BOB DUTTON of The News Tribune: Wilson became the Rangers’ property, in baseball terms, when they selected him Thursday in the Class AAA phase of the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings. He played parts of two seasons, 2010-11, at Class A in the Colorado system. Dutton said the Rangers do not expect Wilson to drop football or even be diverted by.
“The makeup, the way he goes about his business,” said A.J. Preller, Rangers assistant general manager of Wilson’s appeal. “To have that kind of talent be part of the organization is something we really, really like.”
“The chance to have an association with such a player, and such a person, is a unique opportunity,” said Josh Boyd, the Rangers’ director of professional scouting.
Dutton reported that the cost of the pick to the Rangers was $12,000. The next step for the Rangers is to reach out to Wilson to see whether he has any interest in playing such a role.
The Mariners discussed taking Wilson in the Class AA phase, for $4,000, but never got the opportunity. The Mariners did not take a player in any phase of the draft, which concluded the Meetings.
Wilson, 25, batted .229 but had a .354 on-base percentage as a second baseman with five homers and 26 RBIs in 93 games for Tri-City (2010) and Asheville (2011) in the Colorado system.
In other notes from WILSON: