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Archives: March 2013

March
24th

Morning links: Lynch rumbles in Cal spring game

Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News writes that Marshawn Lynch made a surprise appearance in Cal’s spring game, running 22 yards untouched for a touchdown. Cal players were instructed by new head coach Sonny Dykes not to tackle Lynch.

Check out the video of Lynch running at the spring game below.

Beast Quake has advanced to the second round of NFL.com bracketology of the greatest NFL plays of all time. Vote here.

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March
22nd

Morning links: Regional combine a fresh start for Shaw

At 6-foot-10, 265 pounds, former Lincoln High basketball player Maurice Shaw hopes to reinvent himself as a larger-framed, pass-catching tight end in the mold of New England’s Rob Gronkowski at the regional combine in Renton on Saturday. (DEAN J. KOEPFLER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
At 6-foot-10, 265 pounds, former Lincoln High basketball player Maurice Shaw hopes to reinvent himself as a larger-framed, pass-catching tight end in the mold of New England’s Rob Gronkowski at the regional combine in Renton on Saturday. (DEAN J. KOEPFLER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

In my story today, NFL hopefuls looking to get noticed will travel to the Seattle Seahawks headquarters this Saturday to participate in the Seattle Regional Scouting Combine.

Regional combines provide a chance for players to ply their trade before veteran talent evaluators. After meeting application requirements and paying a $225 fee, players who attend these events and perform well may be invited to attend the NFL Super Regional Combine, which will be held at Cowboys Stadium on April 7 and 8. There, players have an opportunity to work out in front of current NFL team scouts and player personnel directors.

Check out the list of positional players here, and kicker and punters here.

Maurice Shaw is one of the more than 300 players who will compete at the event. At 6-10 and 265 pounds, Shaw played basketball professionally in Europe, was an early entry into the NBA draft and entertained crowds while a member of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Now, at 28 years old, the Lincoln High of Tacoma graduate is attempting to make the switch to football.

“Football’s always been my first sport growing up,” Shaw said. “But since I grew so much, everybody always told me to play basketball because there’s less of a chance of getting injured and all of that. But it wasn’t working out. So I just decided why not? I’m older now, and I’m just going to give it a shot.”

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March
21st

Morning links: Heating up Hawks pass rush

Seattle Seahawks DE Cliff Avril poses for a portrait in the NFL Studio in Culver City, Calif., on March 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Liebenberg)
Seattle Seahawks DE Cliff Avril poses for a portrait in the NFL Studio in Culver City, Calif., on March 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Liebenberg)

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated takes a closer look at how the Seattle Seahawks will rush the quarterback with the addition of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, discussing how each edge rusher for Seattle will work into the defensive line rotation.

Burke: “No matter how you slice it, this is an enviable problem that the Seahawks find themselves up against. You’ll never hear an NFL team complain about having too much talent and too few spots to play people. Seattle will come at opposing quarterbacks in waves.”

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March
21st

Report: DT Tony McDaniel visiting Seattle

Tony McDaniel

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Seattle Seahawks are bringing in Miami Dolphins free agent defensive tackle Tony McDaniel in for a visit today, as the team switches focus to the draft and the secondary market in free agency.

The Seahawks have not confirmed the report.

At 6-7 and 305 pounds, McDaniel fits the height and size ratio the Seahawks are looking for in a run-stuffing defensive tackle to possibly replace Alan Branch inside. McDaniel, 28, finished with 11 tackles and half a sack for the Dolphins in 2012 as a rotational guy along the defensive line.

McDaniel played on passing downs and in short-yardage situations for Miami.

McDaniel played in just 11 games last season because of a fractured hand and a nagging knee issue. A University of Tennessee product, McDaniel started his career with Jacksonville, playing three seasons with the Jags before being traded to the Dolphins in 2009.

McDaniel also received the Ed Block courage award from the Dolphins in 2012 for playing through an uncomfortable right knee injury.

Check out this video interview with McDaniel below to learn more about him as a person.

March
20th

Morning links: Hawks No. 1 in ESPN NFL power rankings

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch before an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch before an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

So do you care about offseason power rankings if the team you root for is voted No. 1?

That’s the dilemma Seattle Seahawks fans face this week, as ESPN’s panel of NFL experts voted the Seahawks No. 1 in their latest power rankings.

Unlike ESPN, Eliot Harrison of NFL.com is not ready to anoint the Seahawks the best team in the NFL after an impressive first week of free agency, ranking them at No. 4 overall, with San Francisco taking the top spot.

I never take the power rankings for more than what they are – interesting conversation pieces on where some people who cover the league think teams should be ranked. The Super Bowl winner won’t be decided necessarily by what happens in offices or draft rooms in March or April, but what occurs in between the lines in December and January.

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March
19th

Morning links: Just call him Mr. Versatility

In this Oct. 25, 2013, file photo, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin, right, catches an 18-yard touchdown pass ahead of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright, left, during the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
In this Oct. 25, 2013, file photo, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin, right, catches an 18-yard touchdown pass ahead of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright, left, during the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Bucky Brooks of The NFL Network has a nice break down of the many different ways Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell can get explosive playmaker Percy Harvin the ball in space.

Brooks touches on some of the concepts I wrote about last week, but provides much more detail. It’s definitely worth a read.

Brooks: “In today’s game, the middle of the field is where explosive offenses find ways to pick up chunks of yardage and points, by creating mismatches against linebackers and safeties. Elite units feature a dynamic, play-making tight end or slot receiver who can exploit the less-athletic defenders lurking between the hashes. With Harvin in the lineup, the Seahawks will no longer lack that key component. One of the most dangerous playmakers in the NFL, Harvin primarily does his damage while working from the slot. He excels at running option routes and short crossing routes from that position; this allows him to get the ball quickly in the open field with plenty of room to maneuver.”

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March
18th

Seahawks awarded two, 7th-round compensatory picks

The NFL announced a total of 32 compensatory picks were awarded today to 16 teams for the 2013 draft.

The Seahawks received two, seventh-round compensatory picks. Seattle lost quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, safety Atari Bigby, tight end John Carlson and linebacker David Hawthorne in free agency last year, and signed Matt Flynn and Jason Jones.

According to the league’s collective bargaining agreement, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than acquired in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

Usually, the number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four.

Seattle now has 10 picks in the up coming draft – none in the first, one in the second, one in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and four in the seventh round.

Here’s the full list

First round none.
Second round (1) – 56
Third round (1) – 87
Fourth round (1) – No. 26
Fifth round (2) – No. 5 (from Oakland) and No. 25
Sixth round (1) – No. 26
Seventh round (3) – No. 8 (from Buffalo), No. 14 (from New Orleans) No. 25, and picks 241 and 242.

March
18th

Titans release Matt Hasselbeck

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck warms up before last year's season finale against St. Louis. (Joe Barrentine/TNT)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck warms up before last year’s season finale against St. Louis. (Joe Barrentine/TNT)

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports that the Tennessee Titans have released former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

Hasselbeck, 37, was scheduled to make $5.5 million in base salary in the third and final year of his contract. Including bonus money, he would have counted $7.5 million against the salary cap for the Titans.

According to the report, Hasselbeck and his representatives had been talking with the Titans about restructuring his deal.

“I want to thank Matt for his contributions to our team over the last two years,” Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in a prepared statement. “He was an important part of the transition process — he was a pro at every turn and he provided an example to the rest of the team. I know that we are a better team for his being here and we wish him the best.”

No word yet on if Hasselbeck is looking for an opportunity to start, or if he’s comfortable serving as a backup on a championship-caliber team. However, if the Seahawks decide to move Matt Flynn via trade, Hasselbeck would make some sense as a backup for Russell Wilson in Seattle.

I know Hasselbeck can’t run the read option game, but the Seahawks still run a West Coast-based offense, and Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell could create packages for Hasselbeck to be successful if he had to play.