As states begin to reopen, the NFL and players association are discussing ways to safely bring teams back together and eventually stage games — and, while we doubt there will be minicamps in June, it seems like training camps might be able to begin on time in July.
With teams limited to virtual meetings (see the Seahawks’ tight ends) this offseason, coaches are missing out on key on-field prep time. The lack of physical work is putting everyone behind their usual timelines, and those adding new elements (e.g, coaches, quarterbacks and receivers) will find themselves even further behind once camps begin.
So, teams that have few major changes should have a jump on the rest — which could help in the first few weeks of the season.
Continue reading How will shortened prep time impact Hawks & foes early in season?
When the Seahawks let DeShawn Shead become a free agent last year, rather than tolling his contract as was their right, it seemed like they were just being charitable.
Maybe they were, to some degree, but Pete Carroll also didn’t think Shead was ready to play football.
Shead suffered a torn ACL in the blowout playoff loss in Atlanta to end the 2016 season. Because of that, the Seahawks chose not to tender the restricted free agent in 2017 and instead paid him $1.2 million to rehab almost all season. He got into a couple of games at the end but still apparently was not back to 100 percent in March 2018.
Continue reading Carroll on Shead: ‘I didn’t feel like he was back’ last year
One of the few recent feel-good moves by the Seahawks was the somewhat surprising re-signing of K.J. Wright, the longest-tenured Seahawk at eight years and counting.
The wise old vet disseminated some great wisdom and leadership on the first day of camp, offering some inside optimism about Bobby Wagner’s status, plus some level-headed logic about the Earl Thomas snit and some funny introspection.
Continue reading Camp begins with the Wright stuff
The Seahawks have had a few big injury issues this camp — missing Dion Jordan, Doug Baldwin and Ed Dickson, among others — and now we can add Rashaad Penny to the list.
Along with a handful of guys coming off surgeries and a bunch of short-term ailments (at least seven hip flexor issues), it seems like the Hawks have had a lot of injuries. But the good thing — even in the case of Penny — is that very few of them are big deals. And the roster is getting healthier.
Continue reading Penny aside, roster is getting healthier
As the Seahawks gear up for their second preseason game (at the Chargers on Saturday), the roster already seems to be firming up — with only a handful of spots appearing open at this point.
The position with perhaps the most questions is cornerback. With Byron Maxwell and Neiko Thorpe missing over a week now, it has given others a chance to show what they have. Rookie Tre Flowers has grown daily, coaches say, Trovon Reed was a pick machine until he got nicked up, and Akeem King played very well against the Colts last week. Jeremy Boykins impressed enough that he got reps with the first defense this week, and Dontae Johnson is finally healthy enough to get into the starting mix a bit in practice.
It’s hard to see Maxwell not starting opposite Shaquill Griffin, but there’s enough talent that he or Thorpe could be in peril — especially if their injuries linger late in the month and other guys excel.
Other spots that seem up for grabs are RB4 (can C.J. Prosise get healthy?), WR5/6 (is Amara Darboh in danger?) and the back end of the offensive line.
Here are roster projections based on what we know at this point:
Continue reading Roster projection ahead of second game
So much has changed with the Seahawks this year — stars gone, coaches switched, touted rookies arrived — and we finally get to see how it is all coming together when the Hawks open the preseason against the Colts on Thursday.
One of the biggest overall stories to watch is the development of the offense under Brian Schottenheimer, who has always come across as a very average coordinator but who also has never had a quarterback like Russell Wilson.
Schottenheimer has said the offense is 70 percent carryover from Darrell Bevell and 30 percent tweaks from Schottenheimer and Mike Solari. We won’t see every trick in Schottenheimer’s book, but it will be significant to see how the blocking scheme has improved (hopefully) and also see how Schottenheimer makes better use of running backs and tight ends.
“We’re a little different than we’ve been,” Pete Carroll said. “We have a little more spread in things that we’re trying to do with the running game in particular. It isn’t rocket science, but it has given us a chance to work our guys in some different principles and some man-blocking schemes and all of that, and our guys have really taken to it. Mike is a master of it and he’s doing a great job of transitioning these guys, so I am excited. … It’s probably the part of our team that I’m most looking forward to.”
Here’s what else we’ll be watching, by position:
Continue reading What we’re watching in preseason opener
One week into summer camp — and a week before the first preseason game — the Seahawks have had a few injury concerns pop up but also seem to be making progress in rebuilding their team.
Injuries to Doug Baldwin and Dion Jordan, especially, have some fans fairly concerned about receiver and pass rush.
Here’s a look at developments at each position so far and our concern level (5 being very worried):
Continue reading Top observations after one week
It sounds like Duane Brown will be the Seahawks’ only preseason contract extension this year, with Frank Clark and K.J. Wright having to wait until after the season to see where their futures lie.
A day after we talked about Duane Brown’s possible extension with the Seahawks, they finished it off, adding $36.5 million and three years to this year’s $9.75 million.
As Earl Thomas holds out, some wonder: Why will the Seahawks extend a 33-year-old Pro Bowl left tackle but not a 29-year-old Pro Bowl safety?
We’ve made it clear we’re in favor of paying Thomas, but the Hawks obviously think he is not worth top dollar because speed-based players can fall off the cliff quickly and Thomas has had injury issues in recent seasons.
Good linemen, meanwhile, can play into their mid-30s at a high level, and the Hawks clearly are banking on that with Brown. They figured he’s a good bet at $11 million APY over the next four years, while $14 million APY is too much for Thomas (even if they forgo the injury guarantees and can move on in a couple of years with little cap trouble).
So, if not Thomas, who’s next? Probably no one for now.
Continue reading Hawks keep Brown, but Clark & Wright wait
Duane Brown is in Seattle partly because he was holding out in Houston for a new deal last season.
He hasn’t made the same noise about a new contract in Seattle, probably because he is just happy to be on a team not run by a redneck like Bob McNair.
Brown is being paid $9.75 million this season and, as he gets set to turn 33 on Aug. 30, he’s not going to merit the kind of contracts Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewan were given Friday. Matthews, Atlanta’s 26-year-old left tackle, got $15 million a year. Lewan, Tennessee’s 27-year-old star left tackle, got $16 million a year.
Continue reading Matthews & Lewan got huge deals; what is Brown worth?
After injuries helped derail the past two seasons, Pete Carroll and John Schneider have made a big deal about having a much healthier roster this year. So it’s disappointing to see that Dion Jordan is still having injury issues — and it could mean the Seahawks really have few pass-rush options beyond this year.
Among several injury moves as camp started Thursday, the Seahawks placed Jordan on PUP. Carroll said he would be out “a few weeks,” and the PUP move means the Hawks think this could stretch into the season.
Continue reading Jordan’s injury leaves Hawks looking at other pass-rush options