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.

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas 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 safety Earl Thomas came on the screen.

Thomas was locked in at #66 on the list and really impacted on defense last season.

After a loss to the Carolina Panthers in the divisional round, head coach Pete Caroll talked about how he wants to coach quarterback Russell Wilson and safety Earl Thomas to help them better understand the opposite side of the football.

“Earl also wants to learn even more in-depth about what’s going on up front,” Carroll said. “These guys have been around long enough now that it’s time to take them to all of the avenues that they can to understand the game. It’ll just broaden their horizons, it’ll allow them to understand more so, they’ll make declarations and decisions more quickly because they’ll understand schematically even more so.

“I want them to understand the other side in greater depth,” Carroll added. “Those guys in particular—other guys will go along with that—those guys in particular are guys that love to study the game and they want to know more and they want to know everything. You can only take in so much. We wouldn’t want to water down the process by trying to do too much early, but I think it’s time now. … It’s time to really dig in.”

This is quite deserving for a hard working individual like Thomas. He rarely gets off the field and has a knack for the football. Congrats Earl!

Teammate Doug Baldwin (WR) was revealed at #72 last week.

(Quote from Seahawks.com)

 

Seahawks WR Kearse States He’s Ready to Leave Seattle and Play Elsewhere

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It looks like Seahawks wide out Jermaine Kearse won’t be back in Seattle in 2016, as he once again stated on Thursday that he plans on going out in the open market, and playing elsewhere.

He had already said that he loved playing in Seattle, but wasn’t ready to give the team a hometown discount.

“I love my hometown, but I’ve put in too much hard work to give a discount,” Kearse said a few weeks back. “My number one priority is to take care of my family’s future, so I will consider all opportunities.”

Look for the Hawks to let him walk, and look in free agency or even the draft to fill the void that Kearse will leave once he’s gone.

Seattle WR Kearse Says No Hometown Discount for Seahawks

While Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin said this week that he’d give a hometown discount to remain with the team, the same can’t be said of receiver Jermaine Kearse, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Kearse, who will be a free agent, had career highs this season in receptions (49), receiving yards (685) and touchdowns (5).

“I love my hometown, but I’ve put in too much hard work to give a discount,” Kearse said via text message. “My number one priority is to take care of my family’s future, so I will consider all opportunities.”

The 25-year-old Kearse was born in Lakewood, Washington, and played college football at the University of Washington. In four seasons with the Seahawks, he has caught 112 passes for 1,599 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The contributions of Kearse can’t be overlooked, as he was a key player for Russell Wilson and the Seattle offense late in the season and their two playoff games.

The team has a solid WR core with Doug Baldwin as well as Kearse, and while they can always look in the NFL Draft as well as free agency for another wide out, they should do what they can to hang on to Kearse.

It’ll be tough for Seahawks fans to watch the Super Bowl between the Panthers and Broncos, but at least there’s the super bowl commercial 2016 to look forward to, which may be the only thing to enjoy in what could have been a third straight Super Bowl outing for the Seahawks.

Pete Carroll Not as Optimistic About Lynch’s Return as Seahawks Are

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll doesn’t seem as optimistic about running back Marshawn Lynch returning from abdominal surgery as quickly as the team initially anticipated, Brady Henderson of 710 ESPN Seatle reports.

Lynch had surgery on Nov. 25 in Philadelphia. Carroll indicated at the time that Lynch could be back within 3 or 4 weeks, but he said Monday that the early end of that initial timetable may have been unrealistic in retrospect even though Lynch appears to be progressing nicely.

“The reports are that he’s doing really well. He’s left Philadelphia now, so we’ll see how it goes the next few weeks, see how he comes around,” Carroll said. “It’s so much to ask him to jump back after three weeks. I don’t even know how we could think that way, but this is week three starting up, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Questions about Lynch’s whereabouts also led to some interesting responses from Carroll. Lynch was initially expected to remain in Philadelphia for several days following his surgery. He has since left and was reportedly spotted over the weekend attending a Cal women’s basketball game at his alma mater in Berkeley, which is near his hometown of Oakland.

Asked if Lynch will be returning to the Seahawks’ training facility, where he could continue his rehab under the guidance of the team’s medical staff, Carroll said he didn’t know.

“I haven’t talked to him yet so I’m not sure where we are with that right now,” he said. “Right now it’s still rehab.”

Cardinals vs Seahawks Wednesday NFL Injury Report

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  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR John Brown (hamstring), WR Brittan Golden (groin), CB Jerraud Powers (hamstring), C Lyle Sendlein (shoulder)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday TE Darren Fells (shoulder), WR Larry Fitzgerald (ankle), LB Alex Okafor (calf)
 
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Injured Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette Hands Out Cheesburgers to the Homeless

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From TMZ.com

Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette did an AMAZING thing on the way home from his neck surgery — handing out 100 cheeseburgers to homeless people … TMZ Sports has learned.

The story is incredible … Lockette and his parents were leaving the Dallas hospital where the NFL star underwent surgery for a hit he took against the Cowboys when they passed through an area with a large homeless population … and Ricardo decided he needed to do something.

We reached out to Lockette’s dad who confirmed the whole thing — telling us his son was adamant about helping out on Nov. 5th, so he told the driver to head to McDonald’s and bought 100 CHEESEBURGERS!

“He had a neck brace on while he was passing out the burgers,” Earl Lockette tells us … “So some people were like, ‘What happened to you?’ But Ricardo didn’t try and bring attention to who he was.”

“Some people knew who he was. But this was more about Ricardo seeing people who were in worse shape than him, and wanting to help them however he could.”

In the end, Earl says, “It was a beautiful thing. Through helping other people, he helped heal himself. It was therapeutic for everyone.”

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