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  • Seahawks expected to have one of most experienced offensive lines in NFL in 2019
    by John P. Gilbert on July 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports For years former offensive line coach for the Seattle Seahawks Tom Cable kept the offensive line room filled with highly athletic, young starters. In 2016 and the first half of 2017 the Hawks fielded the youngest, least experienced offensive line in the entire NFL. In fact, the five starting linemen for the Seahawks were so young in and when the team traded a second and third round pick for Duane Brown at the trade deadline in 2017, Brown brought almost as many career games started as the entire rest of the offensive line. To put into perspective how inexperienced the 2016 line for the Hawks was, in the last two seasons the least experienced lines in the league were the Indianapolis Colts in 2017 and the Houston Texans in 2018, with the lines of those teams having a combined 181 and 168 career starts, respectively. In comparison, the 2016 Seattle offensive line finished the season with 121 combined career starts In any case, here is how things are projected for all 32 teams across the league, thanks to the great tracking work that Thomas Emerick does on offensive lines and the projected starters. Below is the great work that @ThomasEmerick does keeping track of Offensive Line continuity. I added total game starts in parentheses so we could also get an idea of how experienced each team is as well. pic.twitter.com/LmD73UbKTR— Justin Edwards (@Justin_Redwards) July 14, 2019 As is seen in the data, most of that experience is on the left side of the line, where both Brown and Mike Iupati are in their 30s. Brown has stayed healthy to this point in his career, however, Iupati has battled injuries in recent years and last played a full sixteen games in 2012. Seahawks fans will have to wait and see how much he has left in the tank, but with both D.J. Fluker and Iupati having injury issues throughout their careers, it could be interesting season on the interior of the offensive line. In addition, three projected backups may start camp on one of the injury lists, as Demetrius Knox was placed on the NFI list and Phil Haynes landed on the PUP list when they reported for rookie camp on Wednesday. In any case, it’s obvious the team has gone away from the strategy of youth on the offensive line that it pursued for so long, and appears to have come to the realization that young offensive linemen are not typically that good early in their careers. […]

  • Identifying training camp darlings in the Pete Carroll era
    by Alistair Corp on July 18, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images Every year, a member of the Seahawks’ 90-man roster surprises during training camp. It begins with gushing tweets from beat writers; Pete Carroll then echoes those sentiments with one of his standard lines; before long, the first week of the preseason comes along and we wait to see a player who, just a few months ago, we were entirely unfamiliar with. The nature of Seattle’s team building, and Carroll’s ethos, is conducive to these type of surprises. Hell, John Schneider is out here sending brochures a decade into the 21st century. Some of these training camp darlings, like Doug Baldwin, go on to become franchise greats. Others, like Kasen Williams, become but a moment in time. So while the careers they go on to have can be wildly different, what characteristics do these players share? The most consistent is that they fit into Seattle’s mold at their position, whether it’s height, weight or athleticism. The Seahawks have a type at nearly every position, and they are aligned in looking for that kind of player whether it’s through the draft, free agency or trades. Beyond that common thread, the training camp starlets of Carroll and Schneider’s reign can largely be split into three categories. Though there’s some overlap between the groupings, here’s how they can be viewed, and who might leave a lasting legacy this year—earned or not—when camp opens next week. Productive college player with red flags As soon as Carroll and Schneider began making transactions to rebuild a team that was adrift in 2010, they took chances on talent, even if it meant ignoring, or managing, red flags. This extended to rookie free agency where it has paid off with varying degrees of success, with players such as Baldwin (the red flag being tension between Baldwin and then-Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh), Thomas Rawls (arrested while at Central Michigan), Rod Smith (dismissed from Ohio State due to a failed drug test) and Michael Brooks (a pair of knee surgeries). Seattle has continued to go down this avenue of talent acquisition following the 2019 NFL Draft, signing a pair of rookie free agents who could leave an impression in August. Jazz Ferguson Perhaps the most obvious choice to make a splash during the preseason is Jazz Ferguson. Not only is he a relatively high profile UDFA, he’ll be competing at a position which could use a shot in the arm. At 6-foot-5 and 227 pounds, Ferguson possesses the size the Seahawks have seemingly never found at the position. Similar to his fellow rookie D.K. Metcalf, what Ferguson lacks in agility and change of direction, he makes up for in explosiveness. His game is predicated on physicality and explosiveness, and he has both. A former four-star recruit, Ferguson transferred to Northwestern State from LSU due to academic issues. After sitting out the 2017 season, Ferguson turned in a 66-catch, 1,117-yard, 13-touchdown campaign in 2018, being named All-American before declaring for the draft. With Tyler Lockett sure to have his workload managed throughout preseason, Ferguson will be sharing time on the outside most notably with Metcalf, David Moore and Amara Darboh. He’s already shed the extra weight he came into rookie minicamp with, and previously drew Carroll’s eye in the spring. Ferguson is in the position to have a flashy preseason, and he has the makeup of a camp darling. Demetrius Knox Knox is the latest offensive lineman in Seattle’s recent trend of targeting pedigree at the position, having started his final two years for the Buckeyes, earning third-team All-Conference in 2018. A leg injury ended Knox’s college career just prior to bowl season, and wiped out his pre-draft process, however he is an intriguing prospect. He was one of the highest rated guards in his recruiting class, earned a starting spot on one of the best teams in the nation, and is now reunited with his former line mate Jamarco Jones. Like Jordan Simmons, Knox’s health and durability will be called into question (he will begin camp on the NFI list), but if there’s growth in his game during the preseason, it could be another shot of youth into a position that needs it. Raw prospect who is a great athlete Breaking: The Seahawks fall in love, often, with ideas of what uber-athletes could become with the right coaching. Tanner McEvoy was a plus athlete without a position who was brought in and tried on both sides of the ball, given a chance because of his great size and agility. Kenneth Boatright could explode off the ball—granted, he could do little else, but Seattle was intrigued enough to give him chances. This is the avenue most often explored by the Seahawks in their search for hidden gems. Derrek Thomas A Temple wide receiver turned Baylor cornerback, Thomas was really one of those prospects who, after seeing their measurables pre-draft, you could make a safe bet they’d end up in Seattle—not unlike Simeon Thomas in 2018. A hair under 6-foot-3, a wiry 189 pounds with 33 ¾” arms, Derrek Thomas is a Seahawks cornerback in physical measurements and explosiveness. Former Seattle scout, and current executive director of the Senior Bowl Jim Nagy, acknowledged Thomas’s intriguing traits. Thomas should see plenty of snaps on the perimeter in August. Still raw—entering his fourth year playing cornerback—the best case scenario for Thomas would be to land on the practice squad. But against lesser competition at both quarterback and wide receiver in preseason, Thomas will have plenty of opportunities to show off the physical traits that make him such a fascinating prospect to the Seahawks. Justin Johnson From Carroll and Schneider’s first season at the helm in Seattle, they’ve had flirtations with athletic move tight ends. Whether it was Jameson Konz, Cooper Helfet or Jimmy Graham, the Seahawks appear to be enamored with the idea of adding a mismatch at the position—even if they then struggle to correctly deploy them. Johnson is the latest in this line, with the former wideout weighing in at a slight 235 pounds. Johnson is more explosive than the type of player Seattle usually looks at for the position. The Seahawks’ threshold for tight ends is around the 20th percentile in the vertical jump and 15th percentile in the broad jump. Johnson tested in the 64th and 80th percentile, respectively. Seattle looked at similar athletes prior to the draft (Jace Sternberger), and landed Johnson soon after the draft concluded. Though his output in his final season at Mississippi State was disappointing (17/238/1), Johnson will bring an element of athleticism missing from the position. Working against future XFL linebackers in preseason, and with plenty of opportunity as Will Dissly returns from injury, Johnson could be in line to make a handful of splash plays and leave an impression. West Coast prospect familiar to Seahawks’ personnel Whether it’s through the local pro day, or local visits, Seattle scouts their region well. The strong grasp on their surrounding area, combined with Carroll’s familiarity with the Pac-12 has meant the Seahawks have found continued success with players along the coast. Baldwin is an obvious one, as is Jermaine Kearse. The aforementioned Kasen Williams made a valiant roster push once upon a time, while former Trojan Dion Bailey was seen as an heir apparent until regular season football began. Even Washington native and former Husky Tani Tupou was tried on both sides of the ball. Keeping with that tradition, Seattle brought in a local product in rookie free agency who should have a legitimate chance at the roster, competing at a position the Seahawks love to keep well stocked. Jay-Tee Tiuli Tiulu, another Washington native, enters the NFL as the reigning Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Year, after stuffing the stat sheet in his final season at Eastern Washington: Four sacks, two pass breakups, 6.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Listed at 340 pounds, Tiuli was far more disruptive in college than his physical makeup would suggest. Though he’s highly unlikely to find himself in the backfield as often as he was in college, Tiuli will have a good shot at the roster if he can play stout and disciplined run defense. Jarran Reed and Poona Ford should be viewed as the only locks for a position group that usually has four or five members—the rest is wide open. An unexpected name will make a strong push for a roster spot when training camp opens on July 25—both history and Carroll’s philosophy tells us that much. Who it will be has yet to be decided, but expect it to be a player who falls under one of these categories. […]

  • Countdown to training camp: Seahawks wallop Raiders in London
    by John P. Gilbert on July 18, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Rookies for the Seattle Seahawks reported to camp on Wednesday, and that means those rookies who were not place on the PUP or NFI list by the team should be taking the field for the start of rookie training camp Thursday. They’ll be at that for a week, while the veterans are set to report next Wednesday and be on the field one week from today. In the meantime, we continue our countdown to when training camp by working through each game of the 2018 season in reverse order. So far I’ve already gone through the Loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round of the playoffs Week 17 win over the Arizona Cardinals, Week 16 upset of the Kansas City Chiefs, Week 15 collapse at the San Francisco 49ers, Week 14 slugfest against the Minnesota Vikings, Week 13 domination of the 49ers at Century Link, Week 12 come from behind victory over the Carolina Panthers, Week 11 comeback against the hated Green Bay Packers, Week 10 final offensive push that came up just short against the Los Angeles Rams, Week 9 pick-6 that effectively sealed the loss to the Los Angeles Chargers and Week 8 shredding of the Detroit Lions secondary by Russell Wilson. Today it’s a very brief look at the destruction Frank Clark leveled on opponents during his Seahawks career, which included 35 sacks of opposing quarterbacks. One of those sacks was taken away on a technicality, leaving Clark with 34 sacks during his time with the Seahawks. I'm posting this again because it's awesome.Looking at all of @TheRealFrankC_'s 35 career sacks.He lines up inside, outside, shows agility on stunts, speed to the edge, speed to power, & plenty of counters...the guys shows it all.And he's coming to Arrowhead this fall. pic.twitter.com/37uHEuz7Qd— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) July 16, 2019 Of those 34 career sacks for the Seahawks, Clark had a career best game in Week 6 against the Oakland Raiders. With the Raiders starting two rookie tackles and with Kelechi Osemele not even making the trip to London for the game due to injury, it wasn’t even a contest. Clark and the Seahawks defensive front lived in the Raiders backfield and harassed and harangued Derek Carr all day. Clark will be missed by Seahawks fans, but opponents likely won’t mind playing the Seahawks without Clark around to crush their quarterback. […]

  • Century Links 7/18: Seahawks Rookies show up for Training Camp
    by Brendan O'Leary on July 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Read! Sign up for the Seaside Joe newsletter!In addition to the great content you'll see on Field Gulls every day, sign up for a daily newsletter to come to your email every morning that will be a short and sweet post, thought, stat, quote, musing by Kenneth or one of his guests that requires little thought or commitment. Just a good way to bring a Seahawks companion to your morning of sippin' joe by the seaside. Top 2019 Seahawks Training Camp Storylines: What Will The Secondary Look Like?The Seahawks head into 2019 with some interesting competition taking place in the secondary, particularly at safety and the nickel corner spot. Wednesday Round-Up: Borussia Dortmund Train At Seahawks HeadquartersThe German football club Borussia Dortmund visited the Virginia Mason Athletic Center to train for the day ahead of their match against Seattle Sounders FC. Seahawks make move, show how important their rookies will be for 2019The Seahawks made an unprecedented move in the Pete Carroll-era of bring in rookies before veterans for training camp. What does this mean? Seahawks place four rookies on PUP but do not panicThe Seahawks announced some injury-related moves on Wednesday. Among them are four rookies that were placed on the PUP list. Seahawks place four rookies — including Marquise Blair and Ben Burr-Kirven — on PUP list | The Seattle TimesThe moves were made as the team's rookies reported for training camp on Wednesday. 30 most important Seahawks in 2019: No. 8, WR DK MetcalfSeattle Seahawks rookie DK Metcalf's ability to learn how to be a complete receiver will be a huge part of Seattle's success this season. 2019 Seahawks team preview: Predictions, analysis, newsOur fantasy football experts preview every team's offense in the league. This time, it's the Seattle Seahawks. Pete Carroll just behind Bill Belichick in NFL head coach rankingsSeattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll came in second behind Bill Belichick of the Patriots in Elliot Harrison's head coach rankings. Seahawks who must step up to overtake the Rams: No. 2, WR Tyler Lockett – The AthleticLockett had the best season of his career in 2018, but he needs to be even better this year. Seattle's season depends on it. Tony Romo: Jason Witten will pick up where he left off - NFL.comFormer Cowboys QB Tony Romo is confident TE Jason Witten will have no problem jumping back into the game after unretiring in the offseason. Romo says Witten will be "the same guy." Elway thinks Flacco, Lock will solve QB struggles - NFL.comThe Broncos opened training camp on Tuesday. General manager John Elway gave his thoughts on the QB situation after trading for Joe Flacco and drafting Drew Lock in the offseason. Broncos agree to terms with Drew Lock on rookie deal - NFL.comWhen the Denver Broncos kick off training camp practices on Thursday, all rookies will be signed and accounted for. Drew Lock agreed to terms with Denver on his rookie deal on Wednesday. Falcons sign Deion Jones to four-year, $57M extension - NFL.comAtlanta signed one Jones to an extension on Wednesday. The Falcons inked linebacker Deion Jones to a four-year, $57 million extension with $34 million guaranteed. Free agent Rashard Robinson suspended for 10 games - NFL.comFormer 49ers and Jets cornerback Rashard Robinson has been suspended 10 games with a substance abuse violation after missing several tests, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. NFL, NFLPA discuss new CBA in 'productive' meeting - NFL.comRepresentatives for the National Football League and the NFL Players' Association met in Chicago on Wednesday to discuss a new collective bargaining agreement. Get excited! Only 50 days until 2019 season starts - NFL.comWe're only 50 days away from the first game of the 2019 NFL season! Celebrate with some mind-spinning 50s NFL stats and trivia, such as Walter Payton and Christian McCaffrey being the only members of the 50-50-50 club. Lindsay, Sanders 'ready to go' for Broncos camp - NFL.comPhillip Lindsay (wrist) and Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) are both avoiding the PUP as Denver Broncos training camp practices are set to begin Thursday, per NFL Network's James Palmer. Lions expected to meet with agent for Darius Slay, Damon Harrison this week – ProFootballTalkAgent Drew Rosenhaus was in Atlanta on Wednesday and his visit ended with a contract extension for linebacker Deion Jones. Rosenhaus is now set to move on to Detroit for discussions about two other clients. Melvin Gordon: My teammates have my back – ProFootballTalkChargers running back Melvin Gordon wants a new contract and has made noise about sitting out into the regular season in order to force the issue with the team. No one needs to look too far into the past for an example of a running back sitting out an entire year. Doug Pederson: This season a “great opportunity” for Carson Wentz – ProFootballTalkDoug Pederson was around the NFL as a player and an assistant before getting the head coaching job in Philadelphia and that left him with no doubt about the importance of having the right relationship with his starting quarterback. Free agent Corey Liuget makes a big donation – ProFootballTalkFormer Chargers defensive lineman Corey Liuget is one of our top-ranked available free agents. A recent donation he made suggests that Liuget isn't desperate to sign a big contract. Chiefs fan fined $500 for shining laser at Tom Brady – ProFootballTalkThe Chiefs fan who shined a laser in the face of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the AFC Championship Game has been fined. Dwyan Morgan was given a $500 fine from a judge after pleading guilty to disturbing the peace, TMZ.com reports. […]

  • Seahawks place four rookies on PUP list
    by John P. Gilbert on July 17, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images The rookies for the Seattle Seahawks reported for training camp Wednesday, however, it appears as though a number of those rookies failed to pass their physical upon arriving. According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, the Hawks have placed four of their rookies on the Physically Unable to Perform List, with a fifth landing on the Non-Football Injury List. Seahawks today placed four rookies on the PUP list --- Marquise Blair, Ben Burr-Kirven, Demarcus Christmas and Phil Haynes. UDFA OL Demetrius Knox was placed on the Non-Football Injury list.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) July 17, 2019 So, for those keeping track at home, that’s second round pick Marquise Blair, fourth round pick Phil Haynes, fifth round pick Ben Burr-Kirven and sixth round pick Demarcus Christmas who will start training camp on PUP. As a refresher on what that means, players on the PUP list cannot participate in practice with the team until they are taken off the PUP list. If the player remains on the PUP list through all of training camp, then at roster cutdowns to 53 the team has the option to place a player on the regular season PUP list. If a player is placed on the regular season PUP list, they are ineligible to play in any of the team’s first six games of the season. We know that Burr-Kirven had surgery on a sports hernia back in May, so this would appear to be an extension of that recovery, and Blair was inactive for the last couple days of minicamp in June due to a hamstring injury. However, I have no knowledge of what injuries are currently sidelining Christmas and Haynes. As for undrafted free agent Demetrius Knox who was placed on the Non-Football Inury list, that is largely due to a technicality. In order for a player to be placed on the PUP list, they must have been injured while partaking in activities related to the NFL. Thus, since Knox suffered a Lisfranc injury in the Ohio State-Michigan game last year and is reportedly still recovering from that, and since college football is not the NFL, he goes on NFI rather than PUP. So, while it’s time to be excited that training camp is here and the rookies for the Seahawks have reported for camp, it may be time to ask if there’s something in the water causing everyone to get hurt. […]

 

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