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Morning links: Chargers work out LB Banks

Post by Eric Williams on June 9, 2012 at 8:23 am with 22 Comments »
June 9, 2012 8:27 am
Brian Banks works out for the Seattle Seahawks at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on June 7, 2012, in Renton, Wash.

Michael Gelhken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports the San Diego Chargers were the latest team to work out exonerated star high school linebacker Brian Banks on Friday.

Bank reportedly left San Diego without a deal, leaving open the possibility of accepting Seattle’s invitation to compete for a roster spot at next week’s minicamp. Other teams that reportedly remain interested in Banks include San Francisco, Kansas City and Washington

According to the report, San Diego head coach Norv Turner said that Banks showed “outstanding” athleticism, and that he “wouldn’t bet against him” on Banks’ quest to make an NFL roster.

You can watch Banks’ workout with the Seahawks in the video below.

Jason Puckett and Ryan Divish of KJR-AM talk with Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson in this audio link.

ESPN’s Mike Sando points to the signing of defensive lineman Jason Jones, the re-signing of key impact players and the churning of offensive line depth as three underrated moves by the Seahawks this offseason.

Steve Wyche of counts Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch among five running backs in the league that can lead his team to a playoff push in 2012.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports ranks Seattle No. 30 in ranking the team’s talent at the cornerstone positions – quarterback, left tackle, pass-rushing defensive end and cornerback. Richard Sherman was the highest rated Seattle player among his position group at No. 13.

Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. list Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright among his top 10 breakout players for 2012. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.

Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland writes that one of the reasons the Browns did not actively pursue Matt Flynn in free agency is because he has a weak arm. One of the reasons the Seahawks asked Flynn to throw during his visit is they did have concerns about his arm strength. However, Seattle general manager John Schneider knows Flynn’s abilities well from his time spent in Green Bay. While watching Flynn during practice, he does not have overwhelming arm strength, but similar to Matt Hasselbeck, he does have the ability to make all throws on the field. Can he make them consistently in a game under pressure situations will be the question that Flynn has to answer.

Clare Farnsworth of profiles Utah State products running back Robert Turbin and linebacker Bobby Wagner, who are teammates once again in Seattle.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Eric, you noted last week that Banks actually played for a JC after he got out of prison, and before he was required to wear the ankle bracelette. Was he able to get a full season in, there? Or was that cut short? If we’re looking for positives here, it’s somewhat encouraging that he’s played some measure of football since high school.

  2. montanamike2 says:

    Pete Prisco doesn’t know dick.

  3. Hammajamma says:

    More meaningless off season rankings from a sportswriter. Eric, nobody cares. You only whip up morons who use “us” and “we” when referring to the team.

  4. seahawk44 says:

    Prisco is an idiot

  5. Hammajamma says:

    Prisco is an idiot, indeed. But he’d be no less an idiot had he ranked Seattle in the top ten. The great thing about sports is that you prove it on the field, and prognosticators (Vegas excluded) are often proved the fool. Prisco is an idiot because he participates in these contrivances as a substitute for sports writing.

    Nothing to write about? How about constructing something as meaningless as “cornerstone” position groups and ranking them? It’s pablum for the masses and the laziest excuse for interesting content or salient analysis.

    Our demand for more is producing garbage by the providers.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    I think that’s a great point. The NFL public wants more coverage, and are content to accept more regardless of content or quality. Lists are easy to compile and can be pumped out at breakneck pase. Depth and quality take far longer and more effort; NFL fans seem to not care. Just watch an episode of NFL Live for a televised version of the easiest possible “coverage”.

  7. HeinieHunter says:

    Brian Banks. If he does make it as a player in the NFL somebody should hire him into the organization. This guy has the kind of attitude, desire, and character that will make him a great addition to any company or organization. He is a blue chip player in the game of life.

  8. HeinieHunter says:

    That should read “if he does not make it”. Damn spellcheck.

  9. Dukeshire: Banks did not say if he completed a full year of football at Long Beach City College. I believe NCAA rules indicate that once you start the clock on your college career you have five years to complete your eligibility, unless you apply for a medical redshirt year or some extenuating circumstance to gain an extra year.

    Banks indicated that he believed there would be a question about being eligible for college, so why not give the NFL a shot now?

    Fellas, those lists like Pete Prisco’s cornerstone positions groups and power rankings are one of the most clicked on links whenever I post them on Morning Links. So no matter how much you complain, there’s a silent majority voting with their fingertips. And it’s one of the reasons why national web sites continue to create lists — people read them.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    Thanks Eric. I didn’t think he’d have eligibility left. My question was more along the lines of his playing, and if there might be some tape on him somewhere. And, if he did play in games, how he performed. That sort of thing.

  11. jawpeace says:

    Eric what I would like to know is what was his stats from the one year he played at Long Beach City College in 2007?

  12. Soggybuc says:

    LOL, Eric everyone clicks on Prickso’s links just to make sure his anti-Seahawk bias is still in full practice. which it always is

    The lack of college play does make for a big hurdle for Banks but if he has the talent he can still make it. Gates never played a lick of football till the NFL and that big Canadian kid only played to shut the coach up and now collects an team check.
    It’s super rare but very possible and this guy was as good a prospect as other LB Pete was recruiting.

  13. montanamike2 says:

    Eric i said Prisco was a dick, but i never complained about it being there for us to read. It’s OK to see ineptitude in journalism, i still enjoy reading it, i just don’t agree on his opinions but am still grateful that you’re posting something to read in the early AM.

  14. Hammajamma says:

    Eric, people read lists like Prisco’s because they are starved for content. Let’s not mistake the popularity of the NFL with an endorsement of off season list making. Don’t get me wrong, I like power rankings as much as the next guy, but this kind of thing is profligate and overdone. I simply find it a lazy man’s device to draw hits to his website.

  15. TomlPDX says:

    I don’t mind the off-season chatter but the problem I had with Prisco’s piece was that he didn’t prove his theorem with any historical data. To me, that’s the difference between posting an article just to post it and a good article worth reading by a good journalist. Yeah, I read it… and he didn’t back up any of it…so in my mind it is worthless information and I will ignore his stuff in the future.

  16. bbnate420 says:

    Simple solution. You don’t like lists. DON’T READ THEM! I usually don’t. Not saying that anyone here in particular here was trying to censor them but, that is a major problem in this world. People trying to determine for others what is okay/good for them to view. People like Rick Santorum and “citizens groups” that get their panties in a bunch whenever someone in the media says something they don’t like, not looking for a political debate about him! I basically agree with your sentiments Hammajamma but, if you’re surprised that the majority of people out there will eat up simplistic drivel then you need to get out more.

    Plus, one mans’ garbage is another mans’ gold.

  17. Hammajamma says:

    Nate, my friend, I didn’t suggest it was a problem needing a solution. It’s just weak journalism that rarely provides any real information. If I was trying to eradicate weak journalism, you can buy my ticket to the asylum.

    I’ve lived on both coasts, north and south, and I must say how fortunate we are in this area to have top shelf reporters and columnists, perhaps with an exception or two. Guys like EW, Condotta, Thiel, Brewer, Stone, Baker, with a bone for Boling and LaRue et al., are generally more circumspect and collectively superior to many markets of this size or larger. And The TNT, Times and PI have all sent scribes to the national stage. That speaks well for the level of sports journalism in our region, despite the hard changes the industry has dealt with the last several years.

  18. Couple of Saturday night links for those of you that (like me) can’t get enough.

    Baldwin on Flynn/Jackson

    Carroll unsure why team was penalized

    Interview links with Cable, Carroll and Hasselbeck (plus Wilson’s link)

    Regarding Flynn vs. Jackson, imo it does seem that Flynn has the swagger and Tjack has the physical talent. I don’t think Wilson will really contend this year. It’ll be interesting how it all shakes out.

    I’d really like to see more coverage on our WRs. I think it’s imperative that we have some guys that can keep D’s honest. Baldwin looks great, it’s everyone else that I’m worried about. Yeah, Rice has the talent, but I’m not sure that he’s all that w/o a Hall of Famer chucking him the ball. Tate should break through, but his immaturity is a concern. Obamanu is steady, but hardly a go to guy. Lockette is fast and that’s about it.

    Is there any way we can still get Mike Wallace w/o paying a king’s ransom? Our TE’s will help, but this has now become the position I’m most concerned with (outside of QB of course although this system is designed for more of a game manager whoever wins).


  19. I actually find Prisco’s idea is not far fetched just a little confused on some of the rankings

    I find it interesting that Prisco has Sherman as the 13th best CB but that Browner was one of 6 count them 6 CB to play in the pro bowl. Yes he was even a injury replacement but still that means he was one of 7. So just curious how Sherman would be only 13th – since he would have to have been moved ahead of a pro bowler to get that ranking

    Also found it to be interesting that Clemons – was ranked 22nd but the hypothesis was that the DE could knock the other QB down – wasn’t he like 11th in the league in that catagory – I can see you knocking him down a little bit in that category – but 11 spots – again confused.

    As far as QB goes – it is hard to use Flynn since they haven’t named him a started yet but I am okay with the ranking until it is proven wrong

    just sayin :)

  20. Dukeshire says:

    Thanks for the links joreb. Good reading on a slow Saturday night.

  21. Dukeshire says:

    Something I’ve been thinking about is the replacement refs. For a physical secondary like Seattle, we may see an increase in PIs. It’s so difficult to officiate that part of the game, fairly, with the regular referees. I can imagine teams that play man will struggle with this far more than teams that play zone. That is, penalties will increase at a rate that far outpaces the differential between zone and man, now, with inexperienced NFL refs. Something to watch as the season develops.

  22. SharkHawk says:

    No chance in hell we end up with replacement refs.

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