When protected, no QB performed better than Russell Wilson last season

Football Outsiders recently took a look at how all of the league's starting quarterbacks performed with and without pressure in 2015. And one takeaway from their findings is that Russell Wilson was virtually unstoppable last season when the Seattle Seahawks' protection held up.

According to the numbers, Wilson was pressured on 31.7 percent of his dropbacks, the fourth-highest mark among quarterbacks. Only Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Colin Kaepernick were pressured more. While much of that is on the offensive line, the fact that Wilson often holds on to the ball and extends plays has to be taken into account as well.

But on the plays where Wilson was adequately protected, he posted the highest DVOA of any quarterback in the NFL. Andy Dalton was second and Carson Palmer was third.

The Seahawks have committed just over $11.7 million to their entire offensive line in 2016, the lowest total in the league. The projected starters from left to right going into training camp are: Garry Gilliam, Mark Glowinski, Justin Britt, Germain Ifedi and J'Marcus Webb. Coach Pete Carroll appears focused on settling on a five-man group sooner than last year, when the offense failed to find consistency in the first half of the season.

The good news for the Seahawks is that Wilson's numbers were good even when he faced pressure last season. He ranked fourth in those situations, behind Jay Cutler, Palmer and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Wilson set career highs across the board in 2015, completing 68.1 percent of his passes, averaging 8.1 yards per attempt, and tossing 34 touchdowns against eight interceptions. He led the NFL in passer rating.

Since he is only 27 years old, Wilson should be in store for another big season if protection holds up.