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Seahawks Add Veteran DL Carlos Dunlap in Deal with Bengals

In a move that could have been considered a shock to many, the Seahawks finally added some beef to their defensive line, grabbing Cincinnati Bengals all-time sack leader Carlos Dunlap.

The Hawks sent back to the Bengals offensive lineman B.J. Finney and a seventh-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft.

The trade won’t be official until after 4pm EST today.

Seattle, who enter this weekend with a mark of 5-1, are still having major issues on defense, having allowed the most yards of any team through six games in NFL history.

Their defense continued to have problems Sunday night as they seemed to have their prime-time game against the Arizona Cardinals in hand, only to allow Cards QB Kyler Murray and the team to do enough to rally to eventually win the game in overtime.

The Hawks were not credited with an official hit on Murray during the three-point loss, reason enough for Seattle to pull the trigger on bringing in Dunlap.

The 31-year-old Dunlap had two more seasons left on the contract extension he inked a few years back. He had been getting more and more frustrated with the coaching staff as well as his role on the team.

In 11 seasons he put up 82.5 sacks, and should be able to add a big piece to the defensive line.

Currently L.J. Collier is listed as the starter at the left defensive end spot that Dunlap will take over once he arrives.

Collier this season has just seven total tackles to go along with one sack in the Hawks 3-4 base defense.

Russell Wilson Gives High Praise to Leading WR D.K. Metcalf

D.K. Metcalf is reaping the benefits of the big season that quarterback Russell Wilson is having, as the receiver is leading the NFL in receiving yards after four weeks.

Thus far Metcalf has 16 catches for 403 yards and three scores, of course he would have had four if not for the incident against the Cowboys, but he still rebounded to catch a TD later in the game.

Metcalf is putting up 25.2 yards per catch, the best in the NFL, and he’s got Wilson to thank for the his quick rise to being a star.

The QB spoke about Metcalf on Thursday, giving him quite a bit of praise for becoming of the best playmakers in the game.

“He’s the best in the world at what he does,” Wilson said to the Seattle Times.

“He’s continued to evolve into one of the best receivers in the game. Not to be shy about it, I think he is one of the top receivers in the game. He can do it all — he can run by you, he can jump over you, he can get physical with you. . . . He just approaches the game the right way.”

We shall see if Wilson and Metcalf can remain maybe the best 1-2 punch in the NFL, and if it means a Super Bowl trip for the Hawks come February.

Seahawks Add DE Damon Harrison to Practice Squad, Will He Impact the Roster?

Right now the Seahawks defense is last in the NFL in total yards allowed per game (476.8).

The team has especially struggled against the pass, allowing 401 yards per game, which also ranks 32nd, and their six total sacks through four games this season shows that this unit can very much use some work.

Wednesday the team added a piece to the team they hope will eventually help their defensive line, as the club added veteran defensive lineman Damon “Snacks” Harrison, who they met with last week.

The team inked the nine-year veteran and former first-team All-Pro to the practice squad, but there’s no doubt he’ll be on the active roster sooner than later.

The Seahawks also made an addition to their 53-man roster, signing defensive end Jonathan Bullard. Cornerback Neiko Thorpe, who has missed the past two games with a hip injury, was placed on injured reserve.

The 31-year-old is best known as a run-stuffing interior lineman, but has also contributed 11 sacks in his career, 9.5 of which have come since 2016.

“He’s been a real force in the league,” Hawks coach Pete Carroll said.

“He’s got a real special style, and he’s so big and so strong and stout in the middle. This opportunity to get him now and to get him on the practice squad is to give him some chance to work and get ready and learn what we’re doing and see where he can fit in as soon as possible.”

Safety Jamal Adams to Miss Sunday’s Game for the Seahawks Against the Vikings

The Seahawks will be short in the secondary on Sunday when they take on the Minnesota Vikings.

It’s already been announced that safety Jamal Adams will miss his second straight game with a groin injury.

Head coach Pete Carroll made the announcement Wednesday that Adams will be sidelined with the injury he suffered against the Cowboys in week three.

This season the safety has 23 tackles, two sacks and three tackles for losses.

Another player who could miss Sunday’s game is linebacker Jordyn Brooks.

He missed week four and his knee injury likely is going to force him to miss Sunday evening’s game for the Hawks.

Seahawks to Meet with Veteran DL Damon “Snacks” Harrison

The Seahawks might be adding more beef to their defensive line, as Adam Schefter on Twitter reports the team is going to meet with Damon “Snacks” Harrison about joining the team.

Seattle isn’t the only team that has interest in Harrison, as the Packers, Bengals and Bears also have shown interest in the 31-year-old.

The meeting between Harrison and the Seahawks is slated to take place next week.

Last season Harrison was talking retirement, this after a career which saw him start with the Jets, then ink a big deal with the cross-town Giants.

Known as a run-stuffer, the Giants moved Harrison to the Detroit Lions. Harrison has the distinction of being the first defensive linemen ever to appear in 17 games in a single regular season.

You have to wonder how much gas or desire Harrison has left in the tank, but if he can be committed, he can add some needed depth to the Hawks defensive line.

Wilson and the Seahawks Don’t Miss a Beat on Offense from the End of 2019

The Seattle Seahawks had a lot of expectations when they took the field in a fan-less Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday against the Falcons, but the team did more then enough to pull away with a 38-25 shootout win to earn win number one.

The game was highlighted by the play of maybe the best player on the Hawks roster, that being Russell Wilson, who threw passes to nine receivers, finishing 31-of-35 for 322 yards.

That wasn’t all out of last season’s team MVP, Wilson carried the ball three times for a team-high 29 yards rushing.

Betting on Wilson and the Seahawks offense right now is like going to an online casino that’s paying out big money.

You can see it the moment you sit down, this offense has weapons and a plan, and Sunday it was executed perfectly as they piled up 21 pass plays on their first 35 plays run.

Wilson didn’t look nervous at all against the Falcons, and why would he? Last season he played at an MVP level for basically the entire season, and while he and the team eventually fell apart and struggled in the NFC Divisional round against the Packers in Lambeau Field, there was an underlying tone that this team was going to be even better in 2020.

That start against the Falcons on the road helped out, as Atlanta had all kinds of trouble themselves on offense moving the ball, and it wasn’t until the Seahawks scored two touchdowns thanks to Wilson touchdown passes in the third quarter that the Falcons finally came to life themselves.

The game for Wilson was typical Russell, throwing for 322 yards and four scores in the win. His touch pass to D.K. Metcalf was a thing of beauty, and you can expect that there’s plenty more of those coming in 2020.

What is the limit for Wilson, and what’s the limit for this offense? Yes the team had struggles rushing the ball, as Chris Carson ran for just 21 yards on six carries, but he also pulled in six passes for 45 yards, with two of the passes going for touchdowns.

The formula will likely stay the same this week when the team hosts an old friend – Cam Newton – who now resides in New England playing with the Patriots.

Newton ran in two scores in the New England opening day win, and with the prime time NBC spotlight of “Sunday night Football” on Seattle, it should be a classic matchup that again can show off just how long and how well this team will keep playing.

What Team is Set to Come Out of the NFC In 2020? There’s Plenty of Debate on it

Last season the Seahawks were one of the best teams in the NFC West, making it to the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs before falling to the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field.

2020 is now upon us, and many think that with Russell Wilson playing at a MVP level there’s no reason that the Hawks can’t be right in the mix for a chance to be playing in the first week of February in the Super Bowl.

The NFC has a number of teams that can challenge for the conference title, as while the 49ers will again be a very good squad, by all means it’s not a given they are going to be shoe-ins as repeat champs.

Of course you have a number of teams that are going nowhere, with the Washington football team, the Detroit Lions (who according to Michigan Gambling Guide should win no more than 3-5 games), and the Carolina Panthers are three teams that are going to have issues challenging anyone in the NFC.

The Seahawks though should be a team that can do some damage, and if they can continue to progress on what they started last season, there’s no reason they can’t win between 9-12 games, which is going to be enough for a postseason spot.

One thing that would very much help the Seahawks is the ability to play a game or two at home, as last season going on the road seemed to be the Hawks undoing.

Playing at home, even with no fans (which still has to be determined), is still going to be a challenge for any team that has to travel to Seattle.

A couple teams come to mind that are going to challenge in the NFC in 2020, starting with the Philadelphia Eagles who won the NFC East with a mark of 9-7 a season ago.

The Dallas Cowboys are stacked on offense, and with Dak Prescott back after a big season in 2019, the Cowboys are the favorite to win the division, and should be a threat.

The Packers will be good again as well, and with Aaron Rodgers you can’t count them out. They are a team that can play with anyone, and the Seahawks and the rest of the NFC will have their work cut out for them.

Then there are the biggest rivals for the Hawks – that being the 49ers. They were up in the Super Bowl a season ago, only to fall late to the Kansas City Chiefs and lose a game many felt they would have won.

No matter how you look at it, the NFC in 2020 will be fun – it just depends on what team can play great down the stretch and play great in January.

Seahawks TE Will Dissly Pumped to Get Back on the Field in 2020

Will Dissly

After the 2020 NFL offseason was swiped by a Grinch known as COVID-19, players are finally putting pads on this week and getting back to some semblance of normalcy as training camps ramp up.

For some players, pulling on pads meant more than to others. Particularly players coming off an injury, like Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly, were giddy to get back to the field, Kevin Patra of NFl.com reports.

“It was like Christmas morning,” Dissly said Tuesday, via the team’s official website. “I was excited to go hit somebody again.”

Dissly was on a star-track last season in Seattle, growing into a go-to target for Russell Wilson, becoming the darling of the Fantasy Football community, and making big catch after big catch. The first five games of the 2019 season, he compiled 262 yards and three TDs, including 81 yards on four catches (20.25 yards per catch) in a big win over the division rival Rams in Week 5.

Then an injury struck, again.

In Week 6, his Achilles tendon ruptured. The injury was reminiscent of the blown patellar tendon he suffered in 2018, that ended his promising rookie campaign after just four games.

“Unfortunately, Will is really good at rehabbing,” coach Pete Carroll said wryly. “He’s had two big challenges back-to-back… We’re in pads and he’s in there in the first couple of plays coming off the football. He’s a remarkable person in the character that drives the guy to overcome those kinds of obstacles. Sometimes it breaks guys down, they can’t find that motivation, but Will has been able to do that. He’s a wonderful player, he can do everything — he blocks, catches the football, runs well after the catch, he’s really smart. He’s a great team guy. He’s a terrific part of our team so it’s great to have him back. I know he’s thrilled that he’s back out here, but he’s got something to prove. He wants to stay out here, so he’s going to do everything to get that done.”

The fourth-round pick out of Washington knows he had a promising year cut short. Now he’s on a mission to prove he can get back to that level once again, and this time stay on the field.

“I had a ton of confidence from rehab, and so there was never this fear of I don’t know if I’m ready to put pads on,” he said. “So, it was more of just the excitement. I’m putting pads on again. I’m playing the sport. I worked my tail off. There was a bit of celebration in my mind that, you know, when you go through rehab, you have to celebrate the little moments, and that was definitely one of them. But there wasn’t this anxiety or fear that I had to get over. It’s exciting to get back to doing the thing that I love.”

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