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Morning links: Williams says Seattle players may hold minicamp next week

Post by Eric Williams on May 25, 2011 at 8:36 am with 22 Comments »
May 25, 2011 8:37 am
Seattle Seahawks receiver Mike Williams (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson).

Seattle Seahawks receiver Mike Williams talked with Brock Huard and Mike Salk of ESPN 710 Seattle on Tuesday. Williams discussed how he is staying in shape, and also addressed the uncertainty at quarterback for the Seattle.

Williams, who has a weight incentive clause in his contract, said he’s not having any issues keeping the weight off. He’s averaging about 5 ½ to six hours of cardio a day, between field work, working out in the gym and playing basketball every day

But he also says the lockout is hurting players because they are not getting the regular work they need with the coaches.

“For myself, when you’ve been away long enough – for two years – and then you get back into the swing of things, you want to keep the schedule,” Williams said. “You want to keep the time of the year, and how you move and your body and things like that. So this extended break, it’s difficult for me. And it’s difficult for our extended group especially. … Guys are all over the place – Alabama, L.A., Georgia, Seattle – so we haven’t had time to really get together.”

Williams said a fellow teammate is trying to organize a two-day minicamp in Seattle next week, but wouldn’t reveal the player’s name.

On the quarterback front, Williams seemed open to the possibility of Matt Hasselbeck returning to Seattle in free agency.

“I respect the guy, and the body of work and what he means to this city and the organization,” Williams said about Hasselbeck. “And I think if physically he can do it, I think as a teammate and as an organization you help him. You build around him, and you make his job easier.”

But if that does not happen, he believes Charlie Whitehurst could get the job done.

“If Matt’s not the answer, I’m all for Charlie getting a shot,” Williams said. “Charlie deserves a shot. I think when he came in, they gave him a deal to give him a shot. So if Matt’s not going to be the answer, I’m all for Charlie.

“I think Charlie has a big-time arm. He can make all of the throws. And I think people were very critical of him this year, but I don’t think people have taken into considerations what repetitions do in this league, and the looks and the more time you have under center at practice, and how it carries over to the game. And so I still think the judgment on Charlie definitely has to be out until he has a full year under his belt to really assess where he’s at.”

Check out the full interview here.

Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network rates Matt Hasselbeck 22nd on his list of the top 35 quarterbacks in the league, with guys like Sam Bradford (11), Carson Palmer (14), Ryan Fitzpatrick (18), Kyle Orton (19) and Mark Sanchez (20) ranked higher.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a look back at the 1985 season and the team’s 8-8, roller coaster ride.

The Seahawks trade for WR Deion Branch and QB Kelly Stauffer are among the 10 worst NFL trades in history according to Mike Tanier of Football Outsider. You have to be an ESPN Insider to view the article.

Seahawks receiver Golden Tate showed up to a workout with about a dozen Tennessee Titan players in Nashville on Tuesday.

According to Pro Football Focus, John Carlson was among the bottom 10 tight ends in the league in drop percentage.

Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post weighs in on how the four judges who have ruled so far on the NFL labor dispute in the courtroom can interpret the law differently.

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com wonders if there is a groundswell of growing support coming from the players’ side for the NFLPA to get back to the bargaining table and get a deal done.

Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward wins “Dancing With the Stars.”

Denver Broncos safety David Burton is spending time as a substitute high school teacher at his alma mater in Ohio during the lockout.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    The Seahawks have two of the top 10 worst trades in history? Lol! Even if it’s a subjective list, that’s not good.

    The Williams interview is good. He’s really candid and honest and it’s cool he’s taking a leadership roll for this team.

    God damn, I hate Hines Ward…

  2. SeahawkFan12 says:

    “God damn, I hate Hines Ward…” LOL, Duke! I totally agree.

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Mabey Golden Tate needs to be working out with Hines Ward.

  4. I absolutely love Mike Williams, really love his attitude. Great to hear he is working hard to stay in shape, six hours of working/exercise out a day? That’s impressive, I’m beat when I finish my hour and a half – two hours at the gym, but guess that’s why I’m not a professional athlete (the only reason why!)

  5. DFloydd says:

    Why such hate for Ward? seems like a tough, physical hard working great WR and a nice enough guy. Is it because he plays for the Great Satan that is the Steelers?

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I like Ward, he is everything that I hope a Seahawk receiver will become.( Golden Tate, look up Ward and beg him to be your mentor.)

  7. Dukeshire says:

    I didn’t say I didn’t respect his play. But he is a smirking, cheap shot taking, inexplicably cowboy hat wearing punk. In my eyes, he is a modern day John Elway to a degree, to the current Seahawks. I absolutely hate him.

  8. There’s no accounting for Stealers hating around here. It just comes with the territory. Yeah, the Stealers are all good players, and I hate them all too.

    Great interview with BMW. The last I heard, Charlie Whitehurst was practicing with rookie WR Kris Durham down in Georgia. I’d say BMW and Golden Tate should both get their buts down there too and practice with Charlie too.

    I’m glad to hear BMW say the players are organizing a mini camp. They should consider this offseason a competition with other teams to prove who can show the most leadership by conducting their own camps and getting ready for September, NFL or no NFL.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    Stevo – Apparently working out with CW and Durham are Chad Hall (Eagles WR), Ben Hartsock (Jets TE), Shaun Chapas (Cowboys FB), and AJ Green (Bengals WR). Really good and I’m happy about it.

  10. DFloydd says:

    oh no, I totally understand. didn’t think you disrepected his play and i think the Steelers hate is warranted but I will disagree with the cheap shots…i’ve never seen him do anything to a defensive back that wouldn’t have done the same thing to him if he were catching a pass coming across the middle. I don’t get the double standard of a guy getting creamed by 2 d-backs in any given game but when the chance for a little payback arises it is considered cheap. WRs are looking at the ball not seeing 2 d-backs ready to take their head off. and if they are smacked hard when they catch it is considered a great hit but when the d-back has to keep his eyes on the QB or RB during a play and don’t see the WR about to knock their head off with a block it is dirty? not picking on you Duke as i have friends who say similar things about WRs and i just don’t get it. I agree with GeorgiaHawk, Seattle WRs are kinda tough but need to take a few notes from the likes of Ward.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    DFloydd – No worries. But I’m not the only one who thinks he’s a cheap player. His peers do (or did in ’09) as well.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/football/nfl/11/04/dirty/index.html

    And I get going across the middle with safeties and LBs ready to separate receivers from the ball by whatever means necessary, but then again, we do call some of them dirty. Ward isn’t just tough (and he is tough, there is no mistaking that) but takes shots at guys knees, uses his forearm on players necks to get up and launches into guys backs. Hard nosed and tough? Yes. Dirty and cheap too? You better f’ing believe it.

  12. Soggybuc says:

    So in short he a guy Conrad Dobler would absolutely love.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    Lol. Ward is a choir boy compared to Dobler, but yes.

  14. Dukeshire says:

    Palerydr – You Googled Conrad Dobler and came up with a Rick Astley video…? lol. um…

  15. Soggybuc says:

    LOL, duke got rick rolled.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    Seahawks.com has put up a couple old Seahawk NFL Films highlights from ’84 and ’85. If you’re an old enough to remember like me, it awesome to revisit. And if you’re young enough you weren’t around, check ‘em out. Some great history there.

    On a side note; the ’84 Seahawks forced 63 turnovers. 63! By comparison, last year they forced 22. lol.

    http://www.seahawks.com/news/articles/article-1/1984-From-Ground-Chuck-to-Air-Knox/507345db-2a00-4ae2-8f79-65a7f2015eee

    http://www.seahawks.com/videos-photos/videos/1985-Rollercoaster-Ride/d63a5e5f-5de9-40f5-8008-d96fad29a940

  17. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thanks Dukeshire, great highlights!

    Those were by far my favorite Seahawk teams.

    Now if we could just take the best from the 84 team and the best from the 2005 team and replace the 2011 with them, we could go on a five year superbowl run.

  18. Palerydr says:

    Great highlights Duke That was an awesome defense in 84 I am and always will be a huge fan of Kenny Easly as many, many others are.

    So you saying you never been rick rolled before? lol lol lol I just couldn’t help myself nothing wrong with a little fun now and then.

    The Dobler article was a little long but very informative nice little piece of NFL history.

  19. Dukeshire says:

    Palerydr – LOL! When Soggybuc said that, I knew it had to do with Rick Astley but I didn’t realize it was an actual thing until I looked it up just now, after you too said it. No, never been rick-rolled before (that I’m aware of). (I even opened and closed the link twice thinking there was a glitch, or something.) Oh god… pretty good. lol

  20. wabubba67 says:

    The Seahawks have to have three of the worst trades ever if you also include the Tony Dorsett trade (trading of the draft choice because TD claimed that he would never play for Seattle….he later said that was just a lie to force a trade). We got nothing in return.

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