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Seahawks Falter at Home, Lose to the Saints 33-27 to Drop to 2-1

Many didn’t give the Saints much of a chance without Drew Brees, but it was the New Orleans defense and special teams coming up big, as they handed the Seahawks their first loss of 2019 with a 33-27 home setback.

Here’s the highlights video from Sunday’s setback in Seattle.

Seahawks vs Steelers NFL Week Two Inactives

Here are your week two inactives for the Seahawks and Steelers at Heinz Field.

Seahawks

DE Ezekiel Ansah
DT Poona Ford
C Joey Hunt
WR Gary Jennings
WR David Moore
S Tedric Thompson
CB Neiko Thorpe

Steelers

DE Isaiah Buggs
LB Jayrone Elliott
TE Zach Gentry
OG Fredrick Johnson
CB Justin Layne
FB Roosevelt Nix
OT Chukwuma Okorafor

Seahawks Re-Sign Wide Out Jaron Brown

The Seahawks have re-signed wide receiver Jaron Brown according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

The Seahawks surprisingly released Brown Saturday after he was expected to work alongside Tyler Lockett in 2-WR sets. It is tough to pin down just how many snaps any of the Seahawks wide receivers and tight ends will have other than Lockett, who is locked in as Russell Wilson’s No. 1 pass-game option. The 29-year-old Brown, originally an undrafted free agent out of Clemson, spent five years with the Arizona Cardinals before joining the Seahawks in 2018, In his first year in Seattle he posted a pedestrian 14 receptions for 166 yards but a surprising five touchdowns in 16 games.

To create a spot on the roster for Brown, the Seahawks placed veteran tight end Ed Dickson on injured reserve.

Seahawks Bring Back Veteran Backup QB Geno Smith

The Seahawks released Geno Smith on Saturday as part of their transactions to get the roster down to 53 players, but it turned out that was only a temporary move, John Boyle of Seahawks.com reports.

Smith’s free agency was short-lived because on Sunday the Seahawks re-signed Smith, who emerged as the victor in the backup quarterback competition with Paxton Lynch.

Smith, who initially signed with the Seahawks in May, was a 2013 second-round pick out of West Virginia by the New York Jets. He was the Jets’ starter during his first two seasons, then served as a backup for the Jets, Giants and Chargers over the past four seasons. He gives the Seahawks their most experienced backup behind Russell Wilson since Tarvaris Jackson.

In three preseason games—he missed one after having a cyst removed from his knee—Smith completed 52.9 percent of his pass attempts, throwing for 282 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, giving him a 100.4 passer rating. Smith’s best performance came in Thursday’s preseason finale in which he completed four of seven attempts for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

Report Claims New Seahawks DE Jadeveon Clowney Was Paid $7 Million By Texans Before Trade

One day before the Texans traded away franchise player Jadeveon Clowney, coach Bill O’Brien said that there was a difference of opinion on the value of the former top overall pick contractually.

As the Texans traded the three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher to the Seahawks on Saturday in exchange for a third-round draft pick and Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin, the defending AFC South champions paid Clowney extra to finalize and sweeten the trade for the cap-strapped Seahawks, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans, when the trade is completed after physicals are passed, will pay Clowney a $7 million signing bonus, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly. The Seahawks will pay Clowney’s base salary, the remainder of his total $15.967 million franchise tender that he signed on Saturday after the trade was completed.

This financial concession shows how determined the Texans were to pay Clowney after his relationship with O’Brien, who has been operating as a de facto general manager with Brian Gaine fired, and the team deteriorated after he was openly shopped throughout the NFL and then refused to play for the Miami Dolphins after visiting with coach Brian Flores and talking with general manager Chris Grier.

The Seahawks are essentially renting Clowney and agreed not to make him their franchise player in 2020. They can’t sign him to a long-term deal until after the season because the July 15 deadline to sign franchise players to long-term deals has expired.

Seahawks WR David Moore Suffers Shoulder Injury in Practice

The Seahawks wide out core took another hit on Friday as wide out David Moore suffered a shoulder injury in practice.

The team already is without rookie D.K. Metcalf, who is trying to come back from a knee injury.

On Friday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Moore would be out for a while and is not expected to return by the start of the regular season.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, per a source, reported that Moore is getting a second opinion on the injury, which is not expected to require surgery.

Carroll added he is hopeful pass rusher Ziggy Ansah (shoulder/groin) will begin practicing for the first time with the team in the upcoming week.

As for Metcalf, Carroll said he’s on track for “a great recovery.”

Carroll also said guard Mike Iupati is expected to return in time for the opener.

Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Seahawks Fall?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the NFC West.

To the surprise of no one they have the Rams winning the division with a mark of 11-5, and then the Hawks and 49ers both at 8-8.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

Report: Chris Carson Still Ahead of Rashaad Penny for the Seahawks Lead Back Job

Third-year player Chris Carson “continues to look like the best running back” on the Seattle Seahawks roster according to Michael Shawn-Dugar of The Athletic.
Originally a seventh-round pick out of Oklahoma State in 2017, Carson’s rookie season was derailed by injury but he broke out in a big way in 2018 with 1,151 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games.

2018 first-round pick Rashaad Penny has also looked good this summer though in Shawn-Dugar estimation, “he’s just not at the same level as Carson right now.”

Penny has time to make up ground with the regular season still over a month away, but at present, Carson seems to have a fairly comfortable lead in Seattle’s backfield race.

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