2012 Rookie QB Watch
We're going to spend some of this week sizing up quarterback situations atop the NFC West.
San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick and Seattle's Russell Wilson weren't even starters when training camps opened less than five months ago. They'll be sharing the prime-time spotlight at CenturyLink Field in Week 16. Both have gone 4-1 as starters over their teams' last five games, and both figure to play prominent roles for playoff teams in January.
We'll also consider where Wilson stands among the other top rookie quarterbacks this season. To that end, I've put together a chart showing stats for Wilson, Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck through Week 15.
The chart includes a mix of traditional and advanced stats.
The "EPA" notations refer to expected points added, defined as how many points the player added relative to the number a team would typically score when faced with similar game situations.
"PAA" refers to points above what an average quarterback would provide. "PAR" is points above what replacement quarterbacks would provide. Replacement quarterbacks tend to be worse than average ones.