Seahawks Insider

Category: Personnel Review

July
13th

Jimmy Graham’s versatility, rookie Tyler Lockett’s polish may affect crowded race for wide-receiver jobs

Conventional wisdom — plus anyone who saw the Seahawks’ offense try to throw the ball inside the opponent’s 20-yard line last season — said wide receiver would be the position Seattle upgraded first and most this offseason.

The Seahawks appear to have indeed upgraded. Starting with a tight end.

That’s what Jimmy Graham is by title. By actuality, he’s been split out wide the majority of his snaps the last few seasons with the New Orleans Saints. Now that the Seahawks have his unique size and versatility after trading center Max Unger and their first-round draft choice this year, they are

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July
10th

Cliff Avril glad docs kept him out of Super Bowl’s final quarter: “Concussions aren’t anything to play with”

The Seahawks were on their way to enjoying a double-digit lead in Super Bowl 49. They were getting to quarterback Tom Brady enough to keep him and New England stuck on 14 points late into the third quarter of the Feb. 1 championship game.

Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn moved Michael Bennett inside from end to a tackle position for much of the game, and Bennett sped past New England’s rookie center Bryan Stork all night. Bennett had four hits on Brady. And the speed of fellow defensive end Cliff Avril coming off the other edge kept New England from totally

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July
8th

Who is Marshawn Lynch’s heir? It’s not apparent

When Marshawn Lynch signed his two-year contract extension in March, it not only gave him $5 million more in guaranteed cash this year. It made it more conceivable the 29-year-old star running back could retire before his three-year, $31 million deal’s expires with a $12.5 million hit against the Seahawks’ salary cap in 2017.

His ongoing back pain that caused him to miss the start of the key NFC West showdown at Arizona last December and his unpredictability make anything possible in regards to Lynch’s future beyond this season.

That all makes it more necessary than ever for Seattle

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July
6th

Who is going to block for Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, et al this season?

Lost amid all — and I do mean ALL — the noise over when or if Russell Wilson signs a contract extension this year is a more fundamental concern: Who will be blocking for him this season?

Finding the five starters on the offensive line remains the Seahawks’ most important task in training camp this summer, at least on the field. Line coach Tom Cable said last month he thinks that’s going to happen sooner rather than later once camp begins July 31 in Renton.

I came across this advanced statistic from Pro Football Focus a couple weeks ago, and

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June
30th

One month until Seahawks training camp–and, no, nothing new on Russell Wilson contract talks

This last day of June means it’s exactly one month before the Seahawks begin their 2015 preseason with the beginning of training camp at team headquarters in Renton.

One month for Seattle and its negotiators led by general manager John Schneider to make progress toward — or, hey, actually get — an agreement on a contract extension for quarterback Russell Wilson.

Then again, coach Pete Carroll said this month the Seahawks don’t consider the start of training camp July 31 to be a deadline because they are willing to negotiate well into and through the season, if necessary; this deal is that

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June
20th

Pete Carroll on Marshawn Lynch’s fitness, the center competition, Kasen Williams and much more

Coach Pete Carroll thinks Marshawn Lynch is in great shape. (Here was the running back on Thursday at Seahawks minicamp, making his first appearance on the field since February’s Super Bowl):

 

Carroll’s not worried about settling the starting competition sooner rather than later. He’s excited to see how Kasen Williams may fit into the wide-receiver mix.

All that and more here below, the transcript of all Carroll said Thursday at the end of the Seahawks’ mandatory minicamp, their last time on the field as a team until training camp begins July 31:

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June
18th

Seahawks onto field for only mandatory minicamp practice day of offseason

Took a day after from this…

…to be here…

 

…for the Seahawks’ only day on the field of their only mandatory minicamp of this offseason. After today, the next time the team will be on the field is for the start of training camp, scheduled to be July 31.

Defensive end Michael Bennett and outside linebacker Bruce Irvin are here. Each skipped voluntary workouts this spring because they’ve been mad about money. But if they blew this off, they’d each be subject to possible team fines of $70,000 or more.

Marshawn Lynch may be inside team

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June
16th

Michael Bennett, Bruce Irvin present as grounded Seahawks (sort of) begin mandatory minicamp

I’m told defensive end Michael Bennett and outside linebacker Bruce Irvin are present and inside Seahawks headquarters today, the start of the team’s only mandatory minicamp of the offseason.

Bennett and Irvin had skipped voluntary organized team activities and workouts this spring. Bennett wants a raise above the four-year, $28.5 million contract he signed before last season. Irvin isn’t happy Seattle decided to not exercise his $7.8 million contract option for 2016, meaning the $1,663,935 he’ll earn for the coming ’15 season is the final one of his rookie contract.

Coach Pete Carroll has said the team wants Irvin back

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