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Archives: May 2013

May
29th

More details on Moffitt’s legal issues

I have more information on Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman John Moffitt’s legal issues this morning that caused him to miss practice on Tuesday.

According to documents obtained from King County District Court, Moffitt is being charged for misdemeanor trespassing and obstruction.

Moffitt’s agent Michael George said the charges stem from an initial incident that took place in January of 2012, when Moffitt was cited for public urination at Bellevue Place.

According to George, the Seattle offensive lineman chose what he thought was a discreet place to go to the bathroom behind the mall. However, a mall security officer spotted Moffitt and cited him for trespassing. Moffitt also was banned from mall property for a year.

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May
29th

Morning links: Winfield makes his mark

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Antoine Winfield (21) covers wide receiver Golden Tate (81) during a drill at NFL football practice Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Antoine Winfield (21) covers wide receiver Golden Tate (81) during a drill at NFL football practice Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

While the appearance of Marshawn Lynch on the practice field was the main storyline on Tuesday, Antoine Winfield’s impressive play during OTAs deserves a closer look.

In my story today, Seattle players and coaches raved about the 35-year-old’s instincts and demeanor on the field this week. Winfield already has shown that he can be a productive player for Seattle in the upcoming season, helping to improve the team’s defense on third down.

“He’s effective because he can stop on a dime,” Seahawks defensive backs coach Kris Richard said. “You can see why he’s been so effective for so many years inside on the slot. He brings an awesome level of humility, and he’s a tough, physical player. You look at him and ask, ‘How can he be effective in there at that size?’ But it’s his tenacity and his heart.”

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May
28th

Marshawn Lynch shows up for OTAs; TE Willson struggles

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) talks with teammates on the sidelines during NFL football practice Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) talks with teammates on the sidelines during NFL football practice Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

A notable absence at the beginning of Seattle’s organized team activities (OTAs) on the field last week, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was in attendance at today’s OTA workout at the VMAC.

Lynch got some work with the team’s first-unit offense during the 1 hour, and 45-minute practice and appeared in shape and explosive. He did not talk with reporters after practice.

“We weren’t too worried about him,” Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said. “You know he’s a great competitor, a great athlete and a great leader on this team. So, you knew wherever he was, he was working hard, and doing whatever he could for this ball club.

“Until September, we’re not too worried about what No. 24 is doing. No. 24 is a great ball player and a great teammate. So we know he’ll be prepared.”

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May
28th

Morning links: Red’s revenge

Carolina Panthers' DeAngelo Williams (34) runs as Seattle Seahawks' Red Bryant (79) defends during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
Carolina Panthers’ DeAngelo Williams (34) runs as Seattle Seahawks’ Red Bryant (79) defends during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

In my story today, coming off the heels of a 2012 season in which he was slowed by a plantar fascia foot injury, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant says he’s healthy and ready to return to being impact player on defense.

Bryant said the return of Dan Quinn to the team as defensive coordinator should help better use his skill set as a run-stuffing defensive end on the edge of Seattle’s defense.

“It’s been great getting DQ (Dan Quinn) back because there’s familiarity there,” Bryant said. “There’s just some subtle changes in terms of how he’s going to play me. He’s basically putting me back to where I’m going to be on the tackle the majority of the time, in a phone booth and just getting back to the basics of playing heavy on a guy and just being disruptive.”

Also, the Seahawks will hold an OTA practice that is open to reporters today, so check back this afternoon for a practice report.

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May
27th

Morning links: Harvin ranks among NFL leaders in percent of targets in 2012

Seattle Seahawks new wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) catches a pass from quarterback Russell Wilson (3), Monday, May 20, 2013, during an NFL football organized team activity workout in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks new wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) catches a pass from quarterback Russell Wilson (3), Monday, May 20, 2013, during an NFL football organized team activity workout in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a closer look at the receivers with the highest percentage of targets of an individual team’s passing plays during the 2012 season.

Chicago’s Brandon Marshall was the clear No. 1 in this category, at 41 percent. But Percy Harvin was No. 2 with a 37.6 percent target rate in nine games with Minnesota last season.

Harvin was targeted 82 times in 218 passing opportunities with the Vikings. Sidney Rice was Seattle’s most targeted receiver last season, with 82 targets in 16 games. Seattle threw the least amount of any team in the league last year, averaging about 25 attempts a contest.

So it will be interesting to see how Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell spreads the wealth in the passing game in 2013. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll already has said that the Seahawks will continue to be a run-based offense. But with quarterback Russell Wilson in his second season, the Seahawks likely will throw the ball more as well.

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May
25th

Morning links: Do Seahawks lack a deep threat?

Seattle Seahawks new wide receiver Percy Harvin, left, stands with teammate Sidney Rice, Monday, May 20, 2013, during an Organized Team Activity workout in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks new wide receiver Percy Harvin, left, stands with teammate Sidney Rice, Monday, May 20, 2013, during an Organized Team Activity workout in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Andy Benoit of Football Outsiders discusses the biggest hole for each team in the NFC West following the completion of the draft and the bulk of free agency.

And while Benoit notes that it’s hard to find a weakness on Seattle’s talented roster, he lands on the lack of a true vertical threat as something the Seahawks could continue to improve on.

Benoit says that Sidney Rice still can find ways to get deep, but lacks the pure deep speed that he had earlier in his career before the injuries.

Benoit: “Yes, newly-acquired Percy Harvin has terrific speed. His acceleration is even better. But Harvin’s build and skill set are those of an underneath, move-oriented playmaker, not a pure nine-route blazer. Harvin probably could lift a safety on vertical patterns, but there’s a reason he was rarely used this way during his four years in Minnesota. The Seahawks brought him in to be a more dangerous version of Antwaan Randle-El, not another version of Randy Moss.”

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May
24th

TE Anthony McCoy has surgery to repair torn Achilles tendon

Seattle Seahawks team personnel attend to Seahawks' Anthony McCoy, left, after he went down with a hurt ankle, Monday, May 20, 2013, during an NFL football Organized Team Activity workout in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks team personnel attend to Seahawks’ Anthony McCoy, left, after he went down with a hurt ankle, Monday, May 20, 2013, during an NFL football Organized Team Activity workout in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

First reported by Mike Garafolo of USA Today, I can confirm that Seattle Seahawks tight end Anthony McCoy had surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon injury on Thursday that he appeared to suffer in practice earlier this week.

If lost for the season, McCoy would be a blow to Seattle’s depth at tight end for the upcoming season. A torn Achilles tendon usually takes six to nine months to fully recover from.

McCoy appeared to suffer the ankle injury making a cut during passing drills at Monday’s organized team activity workout, and had to be carted off the field to the training room.

The fourth-year pro finished with 18 catches for 291 yards and three touchdowns in 2012. With McCoy unavailable, starter Zach Miller is the only tight end on the roster that has a catch in a regular season game.

Fifth round draft choice Luke Willson likely will be called upon to replace the production void created by McCoy’s absence. Second-year pros Sean McGrath and Cooper Helfet, along with rookies Victor Marshall and Darren Fells also remain options.

May
24th

Morning links: A look back at Russell Wilson in high school

Ross Jones of Fox Sports takes a look at Russell Wilson’s humble beginnings at Collegiate High School in Richmond, Va., which include the video highlights below of his high school playing days.

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