Player News - Seahawks

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Seahawks.com reporter John Boyle expects Kevin Smith, Kasen Williams and Douglas McNeil to compete for the final wide receiver spot at training camp.

Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Jermaine Kearse and Paul Richardson (assuming he's healthy) will all be on the roster, leaving Smith, Williams and McNeil to battle for one or two spots. Smith should enter camp as the favorite. He outsnapped Williams 215 to 39 last season while earning five targets compared to just one for Williams. McNeil never saw the field in 2015 after joining Seattle's practice squad late in the year.
Jun 24 - 4:46 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Mike Morgan would start at strongside linebacker if the season started today.

"Mike Mo brings all the experience and so he would start if we had to start a game today, he’s just ahead of the other guys," Carroll said. "But both Cassius [Marsh] and [Eric Pinkins] have done a great job of battling and those guys are getting a great shot." In addition to the names Carroll mentioned, Kevin Pierre-Louis and Frank Clark could get a shot at Bruce Irvin's old role. The competition is as wide open as competitions can be entering camp.
Jun 24 - 11:00 AM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Russell Wilson has "made a clear step ahead" this offseason.

"His command is all-time," said Carroll. "We saw him throw the ball all over the field throughout the offseason and he's been strong and accurate and really precise about stuff. He has had a great offseason." Wilson let it rip last year, setting new career-highs in attempts (483), completions (329), touchdowns (34) and passing yards (4,024). He's a top-five QB1 pick for 2016.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 22 - 5:03 PM

Coach Pete Carroll confirmed following minicamp that Tyler Lockett is "a starting wide receiver for us."

Despite the re-signing of Jermaine Kearse, Lockett will be elevated to an every-down role after playing behind Doug Baldwin and Kearse as a rookie. Lockett made the All-Pro team as a kick returner but "started" just 8-of-18 games. He scored six of his seven receiving TDs after the Week 9 bye and averaged a robust 14.1 YPR. Lockett has breakout upside at his sixth-/seventh-round ADP.
Jun 21 - 8:12 PM

The Seahawks are emphasizing "pursuit and effort" this offseason.

The Seahawks forced a modest 23 turnovers last season, good for just 15th in the league. They created 39 in 2013, and 24 in 2014. "You can never be good enough in pursuit and chasing the football and effort," coach Pete Carroll said. "There’s not a time when you nail it. Every day you have to come back to it."
Jun 21 - 3:53 PM

Coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks' 2016 offense will resemble its form in the second half of last year.

"Our rhythm throughout camp, we stayed connected to what we did in the second half of the year,’’ Carroll said. "We went in determined to do that, and right from the get-go when we got back here on the field we were at it with tempo and timing." Long a run-foundation team, the Seahawks embraced more spread concepts and a ball-out-quick passing game following their Week 9 bye. Russell Wilson compiled a 24:1 TD-to-INT ratio in the final seven weeks.
Jun 17 - 8:07 PM

Seahawks RB Christine Michael says he's dropped eight pounds to get down to 217, and "feels a lot quicker."

Might Michael finally be getting serious about the game? With his roster spot far from assured, Michael seems to realize he can't cut any corners this season. The Dynasty-league legend is fighting for a role behind Thomas Rawls and rookie C.J. Prosise. Rawls' ankle will play a factor.
Jun 16 - 8:55 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says the team is trying to hammer out a contract extension with walk-year WR Doug Baldwin.

"Hopefully, eventually we'll get something worked out," Carroll said. "The intent is to get him signed and secured for a good while." The sides have talked on and off this offseason, with Baldwin embracing the possibility. Coming off a 14-touchdown season, Baldwin probably understands he should strike while the iron is hot. The Seahawks, meanwhile, are almost certainly leery of overpaying. It could be a while before a deal is finalized.
Jun 16 - 5:22 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll "absolutely" expects Jimmy Graham (patellar tendon) to be ready for Week 1.

Crazily, Carroll said Graham is ahead of Thomas Rawls. Graham was hurt before Rawls, and at least at the time, suffered what was believed to be a far more serious injury. Graham will be babied through camp, undoubtedly sitting out the preseason, but could perhaps end up a discounted TE1 because of the severely diminished expectations.
Jun 16 - 5:20 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll "absolutely" expects Thomas Rawls (ankle) to be ready for Week 1.

However, as he has been all offseason, Carroll was cagey with an official timeline. In a truly eye-opening remark, Carroll said Jimmy Graham was a "little ahead" of Rawls. Graham was injured earlier, and suffered a torn patellar tendon, one of the most serious injuries a football player can endure. Rawls is evidently recovering from about as severe of an ankle fracture as possible. He has big-time upside as the lead runner for a run-heavy offense, but will have all sorts of injury question marks until/if we see him on the preseason field.
Jun 16 - 5:10 PM

Doug Baldwin says teammate Tyler Lockett has taken his craft "to the next level" this offseason.

"He's continuously improving his game, and one of the things that we talked about in the offseason was working on his releases," said Baldwin. "He's so quick and he's so fast that there's no reason for guys to be able to put their hands on him at the line of scrimmage." Lockett finished his rookie season with six touchdowns over his last 10 games and was named to the All-Pro team as a kick returner. The 23-year-old deep threat could be in for a breakout year in 2016.
Jun 14 - 9:58 AM

Seahawks DE Frank Clark has dropped 17 pounds.

Clark was listed at 277 pounds last season, but is down to the 260-range. He’s expected to have an expanded role as a situational pass rusher. Clark should see an increase on his 364 rookie-year snaps.
Jun 11 - 5:21 PM

John Boyle of the Seahawks' website expects fifth-round RB Alex Collins to "compete for carries" right away.

With Thomas Rawls (ankle) sitting out the offseason program and questionable for the start of training camp and maybe even Week 1, carries are up for grabs this summer. Christine Michael has been running with the ones in OTAs, but by no means is he secured atop the depth chart. Collins doesn't bring anything special to the table athletically, but was productive in college.
Jun 7 - 8:25 PM

John Boyle of the Seahawks' website expects rookie C.J. Prosise to have a "significant role" as Seattle's third-down running back.

Boyle has pegged Prosise for the old Fred Jackson role, especially when the Seahawks are in up-tempo offense. Jackson handled 299 snaps and 64 touches last season. Prosise is 13 years younger than Jackson and obviously better suited for a larger workload. In fantasy leagues, Prosise's floor should be an RB4 with low-level flex value. And we wouldn't rule out the possibility he challenges still-injured Thomas Rawls (ankle) for the Seahawks' starting job.
Jun 7 - 8:19 PM

In an interview set to air on Showtime Tuesday night, Marshawn Lynch confirmed he is retired.

"I'm retired," Lynch said. "Is that good enough? Which camera do you want me to look into? This one? I'm done." There had been speculation Lynch was considering a return, but this should finally put the issue to bed. Lynch finished his career with 9,112 rushing yards, the 36th-most in NFL history.
Jun 6 - 12:21 PM


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