After Battling With Post-Surgery Blues, Lean Russell Wilson Abides Teacher Seon Payton’s Crucial Warning

Published 05/28/2023, 6:53 AM EDT

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The 2023 season marks the redemption arc for Russell Wilson. A blockbuster signing for the Denver Broncos in the QB position, Wilson has failed to deliver a $245 million worthy performance in his debut for the new team. Before his trade, fans considered him one of the greatest QBs in the game, leading the Seattle Seahawks to their Super Bowl XLVIII victory in 2014. Now, the 34-year-old QB has to put in a lot of work to recover his former glory in the NFL.

With the offseason continuing, and the new season of the league slowly approaching, Russell Wilson will be looking to put his previous year’s woes to rest. If there is one thing that matters to Wilson at the moment, it is to earn the respect of the Broncos fanbase. And along with it, earning the faith of new HC Sean Payton.

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Last year was Wilson’s worst performance in his career. He had only 16 touchdowns in 15 games, while the Broncos ended the 2022 season with a dismal 5-12 record. Now, with the hopes of a new beginning, the QB is looking like he is locked and loaded for his resurgence. And recently, he also underwent an arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to address an issue that has been bugging him for a few seasons. After the surgery, we can see a noticeable change in Wilson’s physicality.



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In a recent Instagram post by Wilson, we see him practicing with his team during the OTAs prior to the start of training camp. The QB captioned the post, “33+3. Good to be back. All things new.” The numbers reflect his and RB Javonte Williams’ jersey numbers. Because in the post, we also see Williams practicing with Wilson, as he is also slowly recovering from his serious knee injury sustained last year. Not only this, but fans also noticed that Wilson lost some weight, as he looked slimmer and fitter during the OTAs.

While talking to the media on Thursday, the QB said that he is “feeling great”, while not commenting on the amount of weight he has lost post-surgery. 

After finishing at the bottom of the AFC West last season, the team fired Nathaniel Hackett and hired Sean Payton as the new HC. And Russell Wilson will be looking to pay heed to Payton’s advice and warnings ahead of the new season of the league.

Sean Payton’s two cents for Wilson


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The HC has earned notable fame as a grandmaster of the offense during his stint with the New Orleans Saints and working with HOF QB Drew Brees. He even led them to win the Super Bowl in 2010. With a record to back up his skills, Payton will be looking forward to making amends for the dismal run of the team with their $245 million QB from last season. Being the authoritative figure that he is, the HC let everyone know during the first day of the OTA that a spot on the roster will be earned, not given. And the same applies to Wilson as well.

If the QB fails to impress Payton, then he will not hesitate in giving his job to the backup QB Jarrett Stidham and Ben DiNucci, who recently signed with the Broncos. 

With the way things are proceeding, fans will be hopeful of Sean Payton being able to unlock the true potential of Wilson, along with the rest of the team. Do you think it’s the year for the Broncos? Let us know in the comments below.


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Priyam Hazarika


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