Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders’ list of offensive players with the most broken tackles always is an interesting read. While I find the act of charting broken tackles rather subjective, I do think Schatz’s list gives you an indication of the best open-field runners in the game.
And once again, it’s no surprise to find Marshawn Lynch among the top open-field runners in the NFL. Lynch was tied for 10th among running backs in the league in broken tackles with 26.
But other Seattle players also made appearances on the list. Russell Wilson was second among quarterbacks 13 broken tackles. New addition Percy Harvin finished first among receivers with 19 broken tackles, while Golden Tate tied for third with 14 broken tackles.
Also, it’s no surprise that Seattle has a couple players on this list, as head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider place a premium on securing players on offense who can create game-changing, explosive plays.
Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle says that Marshawn Lynch has not reported to voluntary off-season workouts. O’Neil and Brock Huard discuss that development in this video link.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a closer look at Texas A&M running back Christine Michael.
Tony Drovetto of Seahawks.com reports Seattle’s rookie draft picks have been assigned jersey numbers. Christine Michael is No. 33. Jordan Hill is No. 47. Chris Harper is No. 17. Jesse Williams is No. 90. Tharold Simon is No. 34. Luke Wilson is No. 82. Spencer Ware is No. 44. Ryan Seymour is No. 62. Ty Powell is No. 58. Jared Smith is No. 66. And Michael Bowe is No. 73.
Seahawks center Max Unger was selected as No. 96 on the NFL Network’s 100 top players of 2012. Check out the video link.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports writes that defensive tackle Jesse Williams’ draft free fall could lead to another low-pick steal for Seattle.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated calls Seattle’s trade for Percy Harvin the best win-now move of the offseason. Banks: “You saw the first round unfold last Thursday night. Did you see any playmakers available at No. 25 who could give the Seahawks what they’re expecting from Harvin this season? When he’s healthy, Harvin is one of the NFL’s premier game-breaking talents, and his addition to Seattle’s receiving and return games adds a new layer of complication for the Seahawks’ opponents. In the Pacific Northwest this season, Seattle’s Best might have nothing to do with coffee.”
Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News reports that Dallas owner Jerry Jones says his team underestimate Seattle in the Cowboys’ Week 2 loss at CenturyLink Field.
Former Seattle first round draft choice Lawrence Jackson signed a veteran minimum deal to join Minnesota in free agency.
It’s never too early for a 2014 mock draft, right? Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com has Seattle selecting Brigham Young outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy in his first mock draft for next year.