Former Seahawks WR Lockette Felt He May Die on the Field in Dallas

Ricardo Lockette

Former Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette writes in an article for the Players Tribune that he feared he was going to die on the field in Dallas after suffering a severe neck injury November 1 against the Cowboys.

Lockette writes that he couldn’t hear, couldn’t move and couldn’t feel anything after the hit, which left him wondering: “Am I deaf? Am I paralyzed? What is going on? Am I about to die?” He added that he lay there thinking about his family. “Now, all of a sudden, I can’t move. And the only thing that mattered to me in the entire world was being able to see my family again, to hold my kids in my arms,” Lockette writes. “Then I remembered something that broke my heart. My daughter was in the crowd. It was her 10th birthday. She wanted to come down to Dallas to see me play. Now she was watching her daddy lying on the field, surrounded by teammates and trainers.”

Fortunately for Lockette and his family, an injury that could have left him paralyzed for his life was not as serious as first feared. Within weeks of surgery to repair his damaged vertebra, he was healthy enough to play in a pick-up basketball game with his friends. But Lockette was smart enough and realistic enough to know that his body could never absorb another NFL hit and he announced his retirement on May 1.

Marshawn Lynch Confirms to Showtime That He’s Retired from the NFL

Marshawn Lynch

As if there was any question about the matter, it appears that Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has ‘officially’ said so long to the NFL, as according to tweets from Seattle Times Seahawks beat guy Bob Condotta, Lynch has told Showtime in an interview that he’s done playing.

Seattle Seahawks Cornerback Richard Sherman Optimistic about the Secondary

The once ferocious defense that held the No. 1 rated Denver Broncos offense to 8 points in Super Bowl XLVIII, has slowly struggled after that sensational season.

In 2014, the Seahawks went back to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row. The result didn’t end up like the team and fans wanted, but it showed that they still have a top rated defense.

It wasn’t until this season that the highly rated and once terrifying defense struggled in all games they played in.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman talked about the energy that has been showing up at team practices and how everyone is healthy and ready to contribute to have a successful 2016 season. (All quotes are from Seahawks.com’s Writer John Boyle)

We had two years of going to the wire, and you just beat your body up to a certain degree playing that long, Sherman said Wednesday. This year we got, what, two, three extra weeks off. That does a lot for the mentality and the body, just let your body rest. You always want to make it to the Super Bowl and win it, but there was a silver lining of sorts for us not making last year—letting guys rest their bodies and their minds, because that’s a lot of football on your body. Guys got to heal, guys got to sit back and enjoy their families for a second and come back renewed.

Sherman is excited about the extension of veteran cornerback Jeremy Lane and the development of cornerback DeShawn Shead.

We’re going to be incredibly versatile, we’re going to be incredibly experienced, Sherman said. There aren’t going to be a lot of people we can’t match up with individually or collectively as a group. It’s going to be a fun challenge to put out there.

Being No. 2 in any category is “an off year” for the Seattle Seahawks.

An off year for us is being, what, No. 2 in pass defense, No. 2 in total yards? Sherman said. That’s a bad year for us. Most people would give their left arm to have our defense, but for our standard and what we do, being the No. 2 pass defense, being the No. 1 scoring defense, being No. 2 in total yards, that’s an off year.

We will just have to wait and see but if the players continue to stay healthy and the rookies step up their game, then the Seattle Seahawks will become the No. 1 rated defense in 2016.

Seven Seattle Seahawks Make Pete Prisco’s Top 100 Players for 2016

The Seattle Seahawks have a talented group of athletes. Back to back Super Bowl appearances and a victory never stopped this organization from winning what they all wanted most; another Lombardi Trophy.

Pete Prisco over at CBSSports.com wrote an article listing his Top 100 Players for 2016. In the article seven Seattle Seahawk players made the list.

Here is what Prisco had to say about all seven of the athletes.

Earl Thomas: [No. 18]

He’s the ball-hawking safety that all teams crave in the middle of the field. He was bothered some by injury last season, but he remains the standard in the middle of the field in the NFL.

Richard Sherman: [No. 28]

Here’s another corner with a swagger who continues to play at a high level. There will be some who say he is a product of their scheme, but I think he’d succeed in any scheme. He is long and smart and can run with receivers.

Michael Bennett: [No. 39]

His numbers don’t do him justice. He had 10 sacks last season, but he’s far more disruptive than that. He can rush from the outside and the inside, which is where he really can cause problems for an offense.

Russell Wilson: [No. 45]

He came on strong as a passer last season, improving from the pocket. His ability to create with his legs outside of it remains a big part of his game. He threw 34 touchdown passes and only eight picks playing behind a bad line that saw him get sacked 45 times.

Bobby Wagner: [No. 56]

His ability to run and chase is huge for the Seattle defense. He is fast and athletic, and that shows up on tape. He wasn’t as good in 2015 as he was the year before, but he was still really good.

K.J. Wright: [No. 79]

A lot of the attention on the Seattle defense goes to the front, the back end and Bobby Wagner. But Wright’s ability to cover and also be good against the run is key to that defense as well. He closes fast to the football.

Jimmy Graham: [No. 89]

He had 48 catches in 11 games last season before tearing the patella tendon in his right knee. He started slowly after coming to Seattle in a trade last spring, but he did have an eight-catch, 140-yard game against Carolina. He’s still an elite pass-catching tight end when healthy.

All of these players deserved to be on Prisco’s list. If everyone of these athletes are healthy in 2016, then the Seahawks have a great opportunity to head back to the Super Bowl.

We will just have to wait and see but the talent within the organization is tremendous.

Seattle Seahawks DE Michael Bennett Makes NFL Top 100 Players of 2016

If you are interested in the NFL’s Top 100 Players show, then you might have been excited when Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett came on the screen.

Bennett was locked in at #59 on the list and really impacted on defense last season.

His stats from last season: 10 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

Teammates Doug Baldwin (WR) was revealed at #72, and Earl Thomas (safety) at #66.

Congrats Bennett!

Seattle Seahawks Ranked No. 1 on NFL’s Top 10 Most Talented Teams

The Seattle Seahawks have a very talented group of athletes. The organization topped the NFL.com’s list of the top 10 most talented teams.

Bucky Brooks of NFL Network, put this list together and placed the Seahawks at No. 1.

This is what Brooks had to say about Seattle’s roster:

The Seahawks’ dominant run has been fueled by their superb draft-and-development model. John Schneider and Pete Carroll routinely have identified impact players at every stage of the draft and unearthed a few quality players on the undrafted free-agent market. With a coaching staff committed to putting young players on the field, the Seahawks have been a viable Super Bowl contender for each of the past four seasons. The trend will continue with the defense leading the way behind the collective efforts of Sherman, Thomas and Chancellor in the back end. The “Legion of Boom” deservedly garners headlines due to the presence of three All-Pro-caliber players, but the overshadowed work of Bennett, Wagner and Wright certainly sets up the secondary for playmaking opportunities. Wilson grew from game manager to pivotal playmaker in 2015. The improvisational wizard developed a connection with Baldwin that could help Graham reclaim his status as a premier tight end this year, as he faces more one-on-one coverage.

It’s really hard to argue how talented this team is when fully healthy. The defense is still young and powerful and the offense is stacked.

The addition of Jimmy Graham last offseason was considered awesome until his early struggles and an injury that stopped him from becoming the tight end he used to be when he was with Drew Brees in New Orleans. He hopes to “reclaim his status as a premier tight end” as Brooks said.

The future continues to stay bright for an organization giving all of its heart to bring home a 2nd Lombardi Trophy.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson Gives Evaluation on Rookie Players

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson gave his early evaluation on the rookie class of 2016. This is according to Tony Drovetto on Seahawks.com.

The Seahawks selected ten players in this year’s NFL draft. Eight of those players were offensive athletes. The leader of the offense, quarterback Russell Wilson, evaluated the players that he will be around.

Wilson started with newly acquired offensive lineman Germain Ifedi:  “Ifedi looks really talented. He’s huge. He’s as big as you can get.”

Tight End Nick Vannett: “He’s got unbelievable hands, smooth hands. His timing, he gets his head around right on time, understands the route concepts. Just a worker. Keeps his head down and works. That’s what you love about him. He made a lot of great plays today and he’s made great plays the past three OTAs. He’s going to be a talented star for us I think. You guys are going to look forward to him and the plays that he makes.”

Running Back’s C.J. Prosise and Alex Collins: “Well Collins and Prosise look really good. Prosise wasn’t out there today, but Collins is just a physical runner who’s run the ball a lot. He played at Arkansas, ran the ball, physical, has been in that type of offense running the ball downhill. He’s never really caught the ball before, in terms of college and all that, but he’s got great hands. And C.J., he’s got all the talent in the world. They did a really good job of picking him and finding him. So we’re looking forward to it.”

Wide Receiver Kenny Lawler: “I couldn’t be here for rookie minicamp, but I watched him making those catches. Just crazy hands. I YouTube’d a couple of his highlights, too, just to see him make plays, and he’s got great hands. He made some great plays in OTA number two the other day, made a nice seam catch. He’s got great hands.”

These are just some offensive athletes that Wilson evaluated. He seems excited to work with his new teammates and get back and earn a 2nd Lombardi Trophy.

Seattle Seahawk Brandon Browner excited to rejoin team

The Seattle Seahawks have one of their “Legion of Boom” members back; cornerback Brandon Browner is truly excited about his return to the team after having stints with the Patriots and Saints.

Browner had an offer from the Washington Redskins but turned it down when the Seahawks called him. He talked about his return and how excited he is to play in a Seahawks uniform again.

“I’m happy to have a job,’’ said Browner. “Happy to be playing with my friends again.’’

While the cornerback was a part of the New England Patriots team that beat the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, his jam at the line to help undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler intercept the pass to win the game will always hurt the fans in Seattle.

He continued to talk about his second opportunity with the organization and how he will be dropping back more into the safety role.

“I love it,’’ Browner said. “It’s kind of similar to some of the things I did in New England. I’ll be matched up on guys that fit my size, be in there on the run a little bit. It’ll show my skill set a little bit. Playing corner, it’s more of a one-on-one thing — we’re playing basketball out there on that island. When you’re in that box, that’s football, I think.”

I really enjoy when a player is focused on the team he currently is on and not messing around remembering what a previous organization did to him or didn’t do.

Browner said, “I’m here in Seattle, and I don’t even want to talk about New Orleans,’’

(All Quotes are from seattletimes.com

We will just have to wait and see but a new and healthy Brandon Browner and his new
“position” should help the Seahawks get to the promise land once again.

Are you excited about his move? or will Browner be one of the worst cornerbacks in the league again even without an injury plagued season.

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