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Seahawks send Ware to IR, officially add Robinson, plus practice squad moves

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Oct. 22, 2013 at 11:08 am with 23 Comments »
October 22, 2013 11:08 am

The Seahawks have formally announced that FB Michael Robinson is back with the team and FB Spencer Ware has been moved to injured reserve.

Also, WR Ricardo Lockette and G Zach Allen were added to the practice squad, and wide receiver Josh Lenz was released.

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  1. yankinta says:

    That’s what I call a Win Win,, :)

    I’m so glad we get to keep Ware. He’s definitely our Future FB…

  2. I like Robinson and think he’s a really nice player but I’ve never thought he was as good as some here seem to think he is. He’s a definite upgrade though (and good person to boot). I wonder if he’s gained all of his weight back yet?

  3. Hawkjitsu says:

    What’s the deal with the “Rocket” coming back to PS? Lockette is fast, but that’s about it. Maybe he worked it all out in his time off and can now catch AND run routes along with being fast.

  4. To me practice squad moves are made by who Pete wants to see on the scout teams week to week as they prepare for upcoming opponants. He changes it out at an unbelieveble rate. I wonder what other teams do? I’ve never followed it close enough to see.

  5. montanamike2 says:

    I had no idea Josh Lenz was on the team or who he is.

  6. Actually, I think Pete churns it so often because it ensures they all get paid and can afford to live as full time athletes. I must say I am bummed they placed ware on IR….I thought win forever was the mantra. This is a win now move that isn’t necessary given the upcoming competition.

  7. chuck_easton says:

    This team uses the practice squad in a way that is quite inventive.

    I think Pete brought the idea that is used at the college level where you can have a team roster of over 100 players and be 4 or 5 deep at every position and figured out how to get the benefit given the limited NFL roster size.

    The NFL only allows 8 practice squad players at any one time. So each week you bring two new guys in and let two go that have been on the PS for a few weeks and know the system. Over the course of a 17 week season you can get as many as 30 or more players rotated through the system.

    Seattle pretty much as almost an entire replacement team out there ready to call up at a moment’s notice.

    I have watched and it is always the same. a certain number of players at each position are added while another player of that same position is released. The new guy is here for a few weeks and then he’s gone and somebody else who plays his position comes in.

    It’s brilliant and completely legal under the rules. I’m surprised more teams haven’t caught on. Why keep the same 8 guys for the whole season that may never see the field on game day? Build up the inventory of available bodies that have an idea about the system.

    The only drawback is there are bodies out there that have knowledge of Seattle’s playbook. But you notice the swapouts always come at the beginning of the week before the team installs the next gameplan? The guys on the street might know the basics, but they don’t know the specifics.

  8. chuck_easton says:

    And practice squad players only get paid for the weeks that they are on the roster. But you spend two or so weeks on an NFL practice squad and it’s a quick 20K or so in your pocket. Better than what the guy would make bagging groceries or flipping burgers.

  9. Yeah I believe the days he drops them and the corresponding additions maximizes the payout to players. I am not sure if I discovered that or someone else alerted me. Apologizes if it is the latter. I am not trying to take credit.

  10. Good thing Paul Allen’s good with Pete spending his money like that.

  11. Here’s what we just brought back to our team…a must watch!

    http://www.seahawks.com/videos-photos/videos/NFL-Turning-Point-Beast-Mode–Mike-Rob/e1f6e969-9d76-42e8-8a46-ca17fcadb6f0

    I think he’ll finally start topping the 100 yard mark each week.

  12. The money is going out to a PS player regardless. The only difference is who is getting the money. No one is getting rich off our practice squad. But more people stay in shape and are available because they don’t have to feel pressured to move onto life after football.

  13. doubledink says:

    Kief,
    Don’t start with deference and humility on this blog! You won’t find any of that garbage here. (sarcasm font)

  14. RDPoulsbo says:

    This is a necessary move given Coleman’s hamstring injury could have him out around 4-6 weeks. It’s also a big upgrade in pass blocking given the o-line’s pass protection issues. Stat’s don’t tell you it’s Wilson’s mobility that covers up a huge amount of those problems.

  15. dirtbiker_joey says:

    This is the biggest move of the season! With Mike Rob lead blocking, we’ll see Lynch’s average YPG approach 150-200. He’ll easily top 2,000 yards, and Turbin will probably approach 800 also. We’ll score 40+ points every game from now on!

  16. HawkFromDay1 says:

    Big impact on special teams too – MikeRob always brings it on coverage teams. Hoping he’s all the way healthy.

    Lockette is also a logical Stephen Williams replacement right (he’s on IR right?) Same sorta guy – can run the 9 all day. I recall Lockette being a good special teams guy too.

    Apparently I have a special teams fixation today… there is no known cure.

  17. doubledink says:

    Day1,
    I believe they released Williams.

  18. PDXCOP80 says:

    Correct Williams was released not IR. I thought they might bring Harper back but GB picked him up off waivers.

  19. grizindabox24 says:

    dirtbiker_joey, how about being realistic on your rushing projections

  20. Williams is in Jax.

    Robinson WILL make a big difference in our run game, because even though he isnt Mack Strong at blocking, he’s pretty good, and he’s a damn sight better than Coleman or Ware who suck at it. Also, our O-line is terrible–we need help there, especially in obvious running situations.

    Also, Lynch is playing hurt. You can see it when he runs–he’s not the same guy he was last year, and its getting worse. Hip or whatever it is, its costing him whole drives in the game, and severely affecting the game. Having Robinson–who Lynch calls his eyes–will help Lynch to stay clean at least to the line of scrimmage, something that hasnt been happening as Lynch gained 50 of his first 78 yards after contact last week. Robinson should help Lynch take a few less big licks as well.

    Where we will see Robinson helping us most is in short yardage and goal-line situations, and when trying to run out the clock. Its a big deal, and will help make up for the disaster of an O-line.

    Not to mention he’s a very good special teams player and a leader.

    If Lynch wants him back bad, who the hell are we to question that?! As if we know what Lynch needs to succeed more than he does…I think not!

  21. Well put STTBM.

  22. Doubledink,
    Lol…I know. I am a humble guy. Too funny

  23. raymaines says:

    I love the MikeRob move. The team is certainly no worse and the locker room is better.

    I’m so optimistic I think I might go to the bathroom for a few minutes.

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