The San Francisco 49ers will have their hands full this week when they take on Seattle and versatile quarterback Russell Wilson.
Much like their own budding young star behind center, Colin Kaepernick, Wilson has the ability to beat you with his legs or arm, and creates quite the quandary for opposing defenses.
So, how does a team prepare for such unique abilities? Obviously the 49ers aren’t going to throw Kaepernick out there in practice to go against the first-team defense, but they do have their own version – of sorts – to imitate Wilson.
49ers rookie quarterback B.J. Daniels played the role of Russell Wilson this week in practice. They are similar in size and skill set, and Daniels provided the defense with a look into what they will see this Sunday.
“I got a lot more reps than I usually get this week,” Daniels told CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco. “It was an opportunity for me to practice against one of the great defenses. I feel like the defense did a great job of preparing for this game.”
49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio praised Daniels’ effort in practice this week, and believes it helped his defense prepare for the elusiveness of Wilson.
“Yeah, B.J.’s got some quickness like he does,” Fangio said. “(They) got the similar size. B.J.’s not as fast as he is, but it is a good look for us.”
Seeing Colin Kaepernick elude defenses every week can’t hurt the preparedness either, one would think. Time will tell come Sunday if B.J. Daniels’ performance as Russell Wilson truly helped.