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  • Seahawks open up another roster spot, waive Kemah Siverand
    by Alistair Corp on August 11, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports For the third consecutive day, the Seahawks have opened up a roster spot. After John Ursua was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday and Brian Allen and Anthony Jones were waived Monday, Seattle has made another move by waiving CB Kemah Siverand on Tuesday. The @Seahawks made one roster move this afternoon.— Seahawks PR (@seahawksPR) August 11, 2020 Siverand, an Oklahoma State product, was one of three cornerbacks signed by the Seahawks as a UDFA following the 2020 NFL Draft, along with Stony Brook’s Gavin Heslop and Texas A&M’s Debione Renfro. At 6’ and 205 pounds, Siverand saw the majority of his college snaps on special teams. With just 31 5/8” arms and a 76 1/8” wingspan, Siverand didn’t resemble a Seattle cornerback and could have been moved to safety. Instead, he has been waived altogether. Even after parting ways with Siverand and Allen over the last two days, the Seahawks still have 11 cornerbacks on the roster. Seattle now has 76 players on the roster, with four vacant spots. One of those spots is likely to be filled on Tuesday or Wednesday by the return of Ursua.

  • And we are live!
    by SB Nation NFL on August 11, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images Welcome to Coral. Hello, all. Today, we’ve launched our new commenting platform, Coral, on this site. You can try it out below, or on any article here. As the pre-launch article said, we know it’s missing a few key pieces that might be important to you, and we’re continually evolving and improving it. Just like when we launched the previous platform, on day one it wasn’t perfect (in fact, almost everyone told us they hated it), and so we’re asking for a little patience as we grow. We’re launching here first to learn what matters most to you, to help us learn and develop the next set of features. We already have a bunch of improvements in the pipeline, which will be released before the season begins. And do keep tell using what you like and what you want to see more of (respectfully, please) – we’re here and we’re listening. There are a bunch of new things we think you’ll like: you can change the default sort across articles (Newest, Oldest, Most Recs, Most Replies), ignore annoying commenters (just click on their name), you can embed Twitter and YouTube really easily (just drop in the URL, no need to find the embed code), and we even allow you to Rec yourself (be sure to check yourself first.) Also, don’t panic: comments are only temporarily disabled on FanPosts – they’ll be back –and your old comments will return too, we’ve just archived them for now. This is all part of a big investment in SB Nation communities, and we will continue to evolve the platform over the coming months and years to support you, the best fan communities on the internet. We’ve written an FAQ to cover most of the common questions about how the system works, and we know you’ll let us know below what you think. Also, here’s an update on the features and improvements we’re already working on. This site is great because you are. Thank you for being here.

  • John Ursua expected to rejoin team on Tuesday
    by Alistair Corp on August 11, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports On Sunday, John Ursua became the first Seahawk to be placed on the reserve/COVID list. Ursua’s placement on the list meant either he tested positive for COVID-19 or was in close contact with someone who did. In a conversation with KHON News’ Rob DeMello on Monday, Ursua confirmed he had a positive test while adding that he had since tested negative. Under NFL guidelines, a second consecutive negative test would allow for Ursua to come off the reserve/COVID list and rejoin Seattle’s active roster. Hawaii’s John Ursua receives negative COVID-19 test one day after positive, awaits results of third test during isolation from #Seahawks @johnursua5 @HawaiiFootball @c_shimabuku #NFLHawaii //— Rob DeMello (@RobDeMelloKHON) August 10, 2020 Per an update from Rob DeMello, Ursua will be able to do just that on Tuesday, following a second consecutive negative COVID test. John Ursua posts second consecutive negative COVID-19 test, expected to rejoin #Seahawks Tuesday @c_shimabuku— Rob DeMello (@RobDeMelloKHON) August 11, 2020 Ursua’s return to the Seahawks’ roster would mean the team again has no players on the reserve/COVID list, after Ursua became the first and only player there just days ago. Currently at 77 players, Seattle can have Ursua rejoin the active roster without opening up a roster spot. Ursua’s move to the reserve/COVID list, followed by Anthony Jones and Brian Allen being waived Monday, saw the Seahawks open up a trio of roster spots. They are yet to fill those spots, but it appears one will be filled shortly with Ursua’s return to the team.

  • No college football could greatly blunt the NFL salary cap impact of no fans
    by John P. Gilbert on August 11, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images One of the biggest football stories in the country Monday had nothing to do with the Seattle Seahawks or the NFL, but rather were the multiple reports that a decision to postpone or cancel the 2020 college football season is on the brink of being made. According to reports, there is a very real possibility that the college football season is scuttled as a result of the coronavirus, and that at this point, according to multiple athletic directors at Power 5 schools, it’s simply a matter of when, not if, the games will be cancelled. Many fans may find this frustrating, as the incidence of death among young, in shape college students is extremely low, but what universities and conferences across the country are finding is that death is far from the only negative outcome for their student athletes. For example, the Big Ten has already found at least five athletes who are suffering from myocarditis after recovering from COVID-19, which is an inflammation of the heart muscle that sometimes occurs after a viral infection. Myocarditis is what landed Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez on the sideline for the 2020 MLB season after his bout with COVID-19, and it has now been found across multiple sports in multiple NCAA conferences. This is in addition to the reports regarding other issues, such as the breathing issues suffered by Xavier Thomas of Clemson. Thomas, a twenty year old defensive end for the Tigers, will be redshirting this season after battles with COVID and strep throat left him out of shape and unable to get back into shape because of breathing issues. Clemson star Xavier Thomas will miss most of the 2020 season after a battle with COVID-19, strep throat. Dabo Swinney: "He’s just nowhere near where he needs to be to play football."— Matt Connolly (@MattatTheState) August 6, 2020 He’s the second young defensive end in the hard South to publicly report how bad things were. Travez Moore, a redshirt senior at LSU had the following to say after his own illness. Bro coronavirus is real .. i was 256 now I’m 229 because i lost my appetite and it’s hard to eat plus you can barley breath. You can’t smell food you can’t taste food or taste any liquids.. stay y’all ass in the house— vezz (@moore_travez) August 4, 2020 This all combines to creates significant financial risk to the universities, which in turn is expected to many to lead to the cancellation of the 2020 college football season. Lower divisions have already seen the FCS Playoffs for this fall cancelled, following the cancellation of Division II and Division III championships last week. Thus, with it appearing very likely that the college football season may not happen, there are suddenly a whole lot of extra television spots available that could be filled by NFL games. Whether the NFL will go to extremes and fill Friday and Saturday with football is unknown, but it would create the potential for the league to flood the airwaves with non-stop football from primetime on Thursday night through Monday night every week with football, which could help mitigate the financial impacts of no fans in the stands. As a starting point, it’s obviously necessary to understand what the financial impact of no fans in the stands means for the NFL. The Wall Street Journal estimated no fans could cost the league $4B in revenues, while The Ringer put the number somewhere between $2B and $5.5B. Those numbers are in line with the estimates from back in the spring, and mean the league will likely have a several billion dollar revenue shortfall to address. For those wondering exactly how much money the league generates from ticket sales, here’s a table of the average price per ticket and average attendance per team from 2019. Those numbers do not include the revenue generated on beer and hot dogs sold at a 3000% markup, the cost to park or revenue from luxury box sales, so the $1.72B total is also a vast underestimate. However, with the college football season potentially not taking place, the league could potentially make up some of the lost revenues through additional broadcasts, and the question becomes how much? To address that question, a very ballpark approach will be used to get a rough estimate. To get an estimate for the amount of television revenue that could be generated by the league, the simplest method is likely to pull the numbers from the standalone Thursday Night Football broadcasts, and then to apply those to any additional broadcast slots. It’s known that FOX pays $550M per year for the right to broadcast eleven Thursday games each season, putting the primetime value at $50M per game. That means that any new time slot into which the league decides to broadcast games could be in that range. Therefore, if the NFL wanted to fill the primetime Friday spot with an NFL game and three time slots on Saturday each and every week, then it would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $200M each week over the seventeen week season. That would represent just under $3.4B in potential new revenue from adding four games to the television broadcast cycle each week. Those are not the only revenues the league generates from Thursday Night Football, though, as Amazon has also reportedly paid $130M per year for the right to stream 11 Thursday games each season. Applying that amount to each of up to four new game slots could see somewhere in the neighborhood of roughly half a billion dollars in new revenue. Putting that half billion together with the $3.4B from above would land the league in the neighborhood of $4B, which is in line with where many estimates put the expected revenue shortfall. However, if the league were to create four new broadcast slots, two things would likely happen. First, the networks which broadcast on Sunday would likely push back that they would then have fewer games on Sunday, diminishing the value of those broadcasts. Thus, they’d likely push to get lower pricing for the rights to Saturday games or some sort of pricing reduction for the Sunday right. That means it could be unlikely for the league to see the full $50M in pricing for these rights when considering the net effect. In addition, there would likely be push back from DirecTV, which currently pays $1B per season for the rights to the Sunday Ticket. DirecTV pays that $1B because each week they have the exclusive nationwide broadcast rights for anywhere from eight to thirteen games. If those numbers were reduced to four to nine exclusive games each week, it would obviously reduce the value of the Sunday Ticket, and would likely lead to some sort of reduction to the amount of revenue generated by the Sunday Ticket package. That, again, creates a net effect on revenue that would be a little lower for the league, possibly to the tune of a few hundred million over the course of the season. So, putting it all together, the league could likely make up somewhere in the ballpark of half to two thirds of its anticipated revenue shortfall through the creation of new broadcast slots this season. It won’t change the salary cap in 2020, but it could certainly blunt the impact of a decrease in 2021 through 2024 in a material way.

  • 53-man roster projection 2.0
    by Alistair Corp on August 11, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports The first 53-man roster projection for the 2020 season landed just before training camp began. It’s only fitting, then, that the second version lands before training camp really begins. Starting Wednesday, the Seahawks can take to the field for three-and-a-half hours per day in helmets and shells, before padded practices begin on Monday. Once on-field work begins, we should get a better idea of developing storylines across the roster. For now, we’ll continue to fly blind. Without further ado: QB: Russell Wilson, Geno Smith Wilson and Smith remain locked in, with the UDFA Anthony Gordon headed to the 16-man practice squad. As the regular season gets closer and closer, coaches continue to indicate they will handle the QB room in an especially unique manner. Seattle’s own Pete Carroll is included in that group, telling Peter King that Wilson and Smith would not be in the same meeting room this season. It shouldn’t come as a surprise if the Seahawks, along with most teams, keep three quarterbacks this season. For now, however, it remains just Wilson and Smith on the 53. Cut: Anthony Gordon RB: Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde, Travis Homer, DeeJay Dallas Little has changed here since camp began, with the exception of Anthony Jones’ release. Rashaad Penny will head to the PUP list and likely remain there to begin the regular season, emerging late in the year. Cut: Anthony Jones, Nick Bellore WR: Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Phillip Dorsett, David Moore, Penny Hart, John Ursua The obvious question mark at wide receiver is Ursua, who confirmed Monday he tested positive for COVID-19, which led to his placement on the reserve/COVID list. The lasting effects of that positive test are anyone’s best guess at the moment, but he remains on the 53 here as a placeholder of sorts. Should Josh Gordon return to Seattle upon reinstatement, he will claim one of Hart or Ursua’s roster spot. If Ursua is 100 percent healthy in that scenario, Hart will be the odd man out. Cut: Freddie Swain, Cody Thompson, Aaron Fuller TE: Will Dissly, Greg Olsen, Jacob Hollister In the first roster projection, this position group was made up of Dissly, Olsen, Colby Parkinson, and Stephen Sullivan. Why the changes? It seems more likely than not that Parkinson, a fourth-round selection this year, begins the season on the PUP list. Stephen, meanwhile, is raw and still between positions, having made the switch to tight end late in his career at LSU. Without any preseason and only limited practice time, it’s too much of an ask for him to crack the 53 (though he’s another practice squad lock, in this scenario). I’m cheating a bit by including Hollister here because I anticipate he will be cut during the trim from 80 to 53. At a cap hit over $3.2 million, there’s no way the Seahawks can justify paying him that—but neither can the other 31 teams who will get a chance when he’s placed on waivers. After he clears, he’ll return to Seattle as a useful third tight end on a much more palatable deal. Cut: Stephen Sullivan, Luke Willson, Tyler Mabry OT: Duane Brown, Jamarco Jones, Brandon Shell, Cedric Ogbuehi Nothing has changed here, though Jones’ place may have become even more secure following Warmack’s opt out, due to his positional versatility. Cut: Chad Wheeler, Tommy Champion iOL: Mike Iupati, Phil Haynes, B.J. Finney, Ethan Pocic, Damien Lewis, Jordan Simmons The Seahawks’ interior offensive line is fairly easy to sort through, but it’s fair to wonder if they’ll try to add another option with Simmons’ health remaining entirely unconvincing. In the middle, there’s always the potential a trade arises to send Pocic into a more suitable system but for now, he remains the obvious backup center. Cut: Kyle Fuller EDGE: Bruce Irvin, Rasheem Green, Darrell Taylor, Benson Mayowa, L.J. Collier, Alton Robinson, Shaquem Griffin Though Seattle re-signed Branden Jackson after initially releasing him, it’s still difficult to see how he cracks the roster. Their group of EDGEs remains crowded and Jackson does little to push anyone out. Cut: Eli Mencer, Marcus Webb, Branden Jackson DT: Jarran Reed, Poona Ford, Cedrick Lattimore, Bryan Mone The Seahawks continue to sniff around veteran defensive tackles, certain to add one eventually but are yet to do so. Though one of Lattimore or Mone should make the 53, both serve as placeholders as of now and could be on the outs, depending on where the eventual signing fits. Cut: Demarcus Christmas LB: K.J. Wright, Bobby Wagner, Jordyn Brooks, Cody Barton, Ben Burr-Kirven Seattle seems to be in little rush to add to a shallow linebacker corps, and understandably so with such flexibility. Everyone, with the exception of Wagner, can play multiple spots, while Irvin and Griffin—listed at EDGE—can see snaps at SAM, as well. Cut: N/A CB: Shaquill Griffin, Quinton Dunbar, Tre Flowers, Ugo Amadi, Neiko Thorpe Dunbar is off the commissioner's exempt list and thus, listed here. A suspension may yet be handed down to the Seahawks’ new cornerback but for now, he is penciled in for Week 1. With three players capable of starting on the outside in Griffin, Dunbar, and Flowers, Seattle could consider releasing the special teams standout Thorpe in favor of a younger player with upside, such as Gavin Heslop. For now, he retains his place. Cut: Gavin Heslop, Ryan Neal, Debione Renfro, Kemah Siverand, Linden Stephens, Jayson Stanley S: Quandre Diggs, Jamal Adams, Lano Hill, Marquise Blair Since he signed with the club as a UDFA, I’ve had former Baylor Bear Chris Miller projected to backup Diggs. My conviction has lessened. Hill was given a vote of confidence by John Schneider in a conversation with Peter King following the acquisition of Adams, with blame for his poor 2019 seeming to fall on his season-ending hip injury the year prior. Hill and Blair both have versatility on their side as backups, in addition to the special teams contributions Hill has made since he was a rookie. Miller should stick around on the practice squad. Cut: Chris Miller Specialists: Jason Myers, Michael Dickson, Tyler Ott Riveting.


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