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DE L.J. Collier the right "fit" for the Seattle Seahawks

DE L.J. Collier the right "fit" for the Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks wasted no time replacing the recently traded Frank Clark by acquiring TCU defensive end L.J. Collier during the first-round of the NFL Draft Thursday night in a move that general manager John Schneider said provided the right "fit."

“He’s a heavy-handed, tough, chip-on-his-shoulder guy," Schneider told reporters. "He lost his mother when he was a freshman in college and he didn’t play well in the last game that she saw and he’s always used that to his advantage. He played in a complicated system down there at TCU. It was important with the trade of Frank [Clark]; Pete (Carroll) and I feel like it’s a bittersweet thing. We love Frank so here we go. We have to move on to the next day and that’s just the way of the National Football League.”

Collier will be the fist man up to replace Clark, who led the team with 13 sacks last season but became too expensive to keep when he became an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Seattle placed the franchise tag on Clark, but he indicated that he wouldn't play without a long-term deal. So, Seattle, which last week signed quarterback Russell Wilson to a four-year, $140-million contract extension, traded Clark to Kansas City for its No. 29 pick this year, a second-round pick in next year's draft, and a swap of third-round picks this season. 

Seattle then traded its own first-round pick (No. 21) to Green Bay for No. 30 and additional picks, then traded No. 30 to the New York Giants for additional picks. With the second and third rounds of the draft going down tonight, Seattle now has the following remaining selections: round 2 (no. 37), round 3 (92), round 4 (114, 118, 124, 132), round 5 (142, 159).

“It’s important. It was very important," Schneider said regarding acquiring additional picks. "You look at where we started out with having four picks going into this thing, it’s not a good feeling. I think everybody understood where we were at in terms of trading back. Our guys know and really did a great job of calling all the teams and letting everyone know that we were in the mix with everything. We were in it probably eight to 10 picks away. We were in it and trying to figure out how we were going to improve the depth of our whole draft.”

But most importantly on Thursday night, the team got its man at defensive end.

“He’s going to play five technique for us," Carroll told reporters. "He’s very flexible and can move around. The guy that I saw pop up on the TV that he’s a lot like is Michael Bennett. He has the versatility and the style and the penetration ability, he’s really slippery. He has terrific pass rush makeup and so we’re going to fit him right in the scheme in that regard and look forward to that. You could see it early on that he had that kind of stuff to him. He’s really long and has good length to him, [he has] a really nice pass rush bag of tricks. He’s got all the stuff. We think we have something really special in him and I fell in love with the fact that he had a big chip on his shoulder and he wanted to prove it and all that too. He really fit in.”

Collier said he is ready right not to get working on making an impact with Seattle. 

“I’m on cloud nine, it’s the craziest feeling," he told reporters from Frisco, Texas surrounded by about 20 or 30 friends and family. "I’m ready to get to work, I know that.”

On many draft sites, Collier was ranked as a second-round or third-round prospect. Not on Seattle's board. 

“I didn’t know where I was going to go," Collier, who had six sacks last season, said. "It’s truly an honor and I’m appreciative of Coach Carroll and those guys up there that took a chance on me. They took a chance on a good one.”

Collier described himself as a hard-nosed, physical guy.

"I play every down, I’m not just a pass rusher, I’m an all around player," he said. "That’s what I bring to the game. I get off the ball and go 110% every time.”

Collier said he visited the team's complex in Renton, Wash., a couple of weeks ago and had a great visit. After Clark had been dealt, Collier said he had a "gut feeling" Seattle might take him. .

“It was a great conversation, they like my film," Collier said if his talks with Seattle prior to the draft. "I like they way they work. I know the guys in the defensive line room are going to push me to be better and we’re going to compete and go for a Super Bowl next year. That’s what I’m looking for and I know that’s what those guys are about. I’ve watched them for years. I’m looking forward to coming to that room and working hard and get to know everybody.”

Collier, who said L.J. stands for Lawrence Junior, talked about his mother, Ruby, who passed away a few years ago and how her memory motivates him. 

“My mother means the world to me," he said.  She’s watched me play every game and she believes in me all the time. I know that she was thinking of me tonight and she was with me here tonight. That’s why I’m going to give it my all because I’m going to give my all for her like I did in college and nothing’s changed. I’m still hungry and I’m still ready to go.”

Report: Tyler Lockett not expected to miss any games with leg injury

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Report: Tyler Lockett not expected to miss any games with leg injury

It's been a fantastic week for the Seattle Seahawks, and it continues to get better.

Seattle came out of its win against the San Francisco 49ers relatively injury free with one major exception. Tyler Lockett suffered a bad leg contusion, so bad that the Seahawks star wide receiver spent two nights at Stanford Hospital before flying back to Seattle on Wednesday.

But what appeared to be a potential "severe situation" (Pete Carroll's words) now seems to be all clear. Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday that Lockett isn't expected to miss any games.

Seattle's bye week couldn't have come at a better time as the Seahawks won't have to worry about rushing Lockett back to health. He's not a guy who would need to practice at any point next week, either, in order to play in the Week 12 road game against the Philadelphia Eagles

Lockett has 62 receptions for 793 yards and six touchdowns on the season as Seattle's clear-cut No. 1 receiver. It's great news that his leg injury shouldn't dampen what has been a career year for Lockett.

Let's call it as it is... Geno Smith said "Hails"

Let's call it as it is... Geno Smith said "Hails"

We have our next great controversy. A true battle between two conflicting sides. The next ‘What do you see: blue dress vs. gold dress?’ or ‘What do you hear: Laurel or Yanny?’

In last night’s epic Seahawks vs. 49ers Monday Night Football overtime thriller, Seattle backup quarterback met Niners corner Richard Sherman at midfield for a coin toss to determine possession in overtime. The head referee asked Smith his call: heads or tails?

And the rest is history. Which do you hear?

Seahawks vs. Eagles flexed out of Sunday Night Football in Week 12

Seahawks vs. Eagles flexed out of Sunday Night Football in Week 12

Still coming down from last night’s overtime thriller in the Bay? Same. But now the Seahawks (8-2) enter into a much needed bye week of recovery with momentum on their side. 

Putting the Seahawks in primetime calls for a special game: Seattle is now 28-5-1 in primetime games under Carroll, including 9-2 on MNF. The formula for a good game is simple: primetime + Seahawks = happy sports fans.

But, the Seahawks who were scheduled for a Sunday Night Football showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles in two weeks, just got the boot.

The game that Seattle got flexed for? The Green Bay Packers (8-2) at San Francisco 49ers (8-1) at Levi’s Stadium, CA.

In a way this makes sense. Two division leaders (NFC North and NFC West) but both teams in tight divisional races. The Minnesota Vikings are one game behind the Packers while the Seahawks, after an epic OT win on Monday Night Football, are on the heels and breathing down the necks of the Niners.

The Eagles are also in a tight race in the NFC East but both Philadelphia and the Dallas Cowboys have the same record and sitting at the top of the division at 5-4.

Here is what the Seahawks’ remaining schedule looks like:

11/24 at Philadelphia

12/02 vs. Minnesota (MNF)

12/08 at Los Angeles (SNF)

12/15 at Carolina

12/22 vs. Arizona

12/29 vs. San Francisco 

Tyler Lockett injury update as Seattle heads into the bye week

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Tyler Lockett injury update as Seattle heads into the bye week

Good news for the Seahawks on Tuesday morning as it appears Tyler Lockett is out of the woods in terms of anything severe resulting from his injury last night and he might not even miss any game time:

Pete Carroll on 710 ESPN Seattle radio this morning also added that Lockett, "should be OK going forward."

Lockett spent the night in a Bay Area hospital while dealing with a leg injury sustained in Monday night's win vs. the 49ers. 

Last night, as Joe Fann reported, there was concern about the extent of the injury:

Carroll said there was a lot of swelling right away in Lockett’s leg, which brings along the fear of compartment syndrome that can lead to blood clots.

“There’s concerns about that,” Carroll said. “We’ve got to make sure that there isn’t a compartment element. We’ve got to take care of him. We’re ahead of it so we should be in good shape.”

Lockett caught three passes for 26 yards against the 49ers. Thankfully for Lockett and the Seahawks, Seattle has a bye in Week 11 before traveling to Philadelphia in Week 12. 

Seahawks culture shines again in Jason Myers' redemption game

Seahawks culture shines again in Jason Myers' redemption game

The Seattle Seahawks have one of, if not the best locker room cultures in the NFL, and it’s been that way since Pete Carroll has been the team’s head coach.

The Seahawks play with unwavering effort no matter the opponent or what the scoreboard says. The same can’t be said for every team. Seattle has an unbreakable confidence and optimism that something good is always about to happen. There’s a level of accountability that must be adopted by everyone – players and coaches included. Most importantly, everyone has each other’s back.

We saw that earlier this season when the team supported Chris Carson after he lost a fumble in three-straight games to open the season. Now we have another example with Seattle’s commitment to Jason Myers.

Pete Carroll said all last week that there was no consideration to making a change at kicker following Myers’ pair of missed field goals in Week 9 against the Buccaneers, including a 40-yarder that would have won the game in the final seconds of regulation. Not a single player badmouthed Myers or threw him under the bus after that performance.

And then a week later, Myers was one of the heroes in Seattle’s 27-24 win on Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers. His 42-yard field goal sailed through the uprights as the final seconds ticked away in overtime. Had Myers missed, the game would have ended in a tie. Myers made both of his field goal attempts and all three of his extra points against the 49ers.

Instead, the kicker was hoisted onto the shoulders of his teammates and carried off the field at Levi’s Stadium. The celebration continued in the locker room.

It was another perfect illustration of what makes Seattle so unique. The Seahawks, while often a heart attack-inducing team, have been able to achieve such sustained success due to their culture.

“It’s important,” Bobby Wagner said of the team’s support of Myers. “If you watch the kickers, and they miss a field goal, everybody in the world gets to see him miss a field goal and everybody in the world gets to get on him. With us, when we miss a tackle, or we miss a block, people might miss that and so it’s important to let them know that we all mess up. Just like you have our back, we have his back. He came through for us.”

Bobby Wagner wins Lakers tickets in bet with Richard Sherman

Bobby Wagner wins Lakers tickets in bet with Richard Sherman

Bobby Wagner posted a game-high 11 tackles in the Seattle Seahawks 27-24 overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers on “Monday Night Football.”

His defense took a massive (and unforeseen) step forward as Seattle forced three turnovers and sacked Jimmy Garoppolo five times. San Francisco’s offense went eight-straight drives without scoring with six of those possessions lasting four plays or less.

But Wagner went home with more than a divisional win. He told reporters postgame that he had a side bet with Richard Sherman. Apparently he missed the beginning of Seattle’s locker room celebrations in order to gloat about his winnings.

“I was too busy talking trash to Sherm,” Wagner said.

So what was the bet?

“Lakers tickets.”

A reporter joked that they probably wouldn’t be sitting in the rafters.

“Nah. Not when you go with Sherm,” Wagner said.

Both the 49ers and the Seahawks seem destined for the playoffs, which means Sherman will have to wait until January or maybe even February in order to make good on the bet. A quick look at the schedule shows the Lakers hosting the Celtics on Feb. 23.

That might be the game you can catch Wagner and Sherman sitting courtside at Staples Center.

Jadeveon Clowney becomes instant fan favorite after dominant performance against 49ers

Jadeveon Clowney becomes instant fan favorite after dominant performance against 49ers

It’s probably a fun time to remind everyone that the Seattle Seahawks acquired Jadeveon Clowney for a third-round pick and a pair of rotational pass rushers. We knew it was a heist then – especially when you consider that the Houston Texans are covering half of Clowney’s salary in 2019 – but it’s even more laughable now.

Let’s be clear, Clowney has been solid for the Seahawks all year long. He wins on a regular basis despite seeing more double teams than any other edge rusher in the NFL. His PFF scores were always well above average despite having just two sacks through nine games.

Heck, he only has three now through 10 games, but if you watched “Monday Night Football” you know that Clowney absolutely dominated the San Francisco 49ers. He was the Seattle Seahawks' MVP in the 27-24 overtime win.

Clowney had five tackles, five quarterback hits, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one touchdown – a 10-yard scoop and score to get Seattle on the board late in the second quarter. He was productive on both sides of the line, victimizing Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey on several occasions.

“I just thought he was so impressive all night long,” Pete Carroll said. “What a fantastic game.”

Pro Football Focus gave Clowney a grade of 90.7, which seems low if we are being honest. He was that dominant. PFF credited him with 11 pressures all by himself as he ignited Seattle’s pass rush that had been dormant  through nine games.

The Seahawks sacked Jimmy Garoppolo five times and hit him 10 times. Clowney accounted for two turnovers, not only recovering a fumble but forcing a sack-fumble as well.

Seattle heard all week long about San Francisco’s defense – and its defensive line in particular – being the best in the NFL. That meant there was pride at stake for everyone on the Seahawks defense.

“It’s a competition,” Clowney said. “If you’re not competing, you need to retire. Point blank. Period. It’s all about competing at the end of the day. I don’t want to be outperformed by anybody, any week. In my head I always make it a competition.”

Added Bobby Wagner: “Their defense was considered the best defense, and we wanted to show otherwise.”

The craziest part of it all was that Seattle’s defensive performance came out of nowhere. It had been shredded by Matt Schaub and Jameis Winston the previous two weeks. There were no indicators that the Seahawks were close to taking a sizeable step forward defensively. But they limited San Francisco to 3.2 yards per carry and kept Garoppolo to 248 passing yards.

And that’s part of the magic of a Pete Carroll-coached team. Seattle always finds a way to perform in high-pressure situations. Seattle is now 28-5-1 in primetime games under Carroll, including 9-2 on MNF.

Several players benefited from Clowney’s consistent pressure. Al Woods, Jarran Reed, Poona Ford and Tre Flowers all had sacks. Garoppolo had several arrant passes with Clowney in his face, two of which could (and should) have been intercepted on San Francisco’s final drive of regulation by K.J. Wright and Wagner.

“When they’re doing the things that they’re doing, it allows us to do a lot of things in the back end. (Garoppolo) started rushing some of his throws,” Wagner said.

Russell Wilson said Clowney played “lights out.” It was the type of performance – especially when you consider the opponent and the stage – that earns players big-time contracts. It was also a game that endeared Clowney to Seahawks fans everywhere.

Knowing that they’ll have to see Nick Bosa and DeForest Buckner twice a year for the foreseeable future, everyone in Seattle wouldn’t mind having a guy like Clowney on their side.

He’s scheduled to be an free agent this offseason. If it were up to the 12s, Clowney would have been re-signed as he came off the field at Levi’s Stadium on Monday night.

Tyler Lockett leaves game with leg injury, taken to hospital to avoid a ‘pretty severe situation’

Tyler Lockett leaves game with leg injury, taken to hospital to avoid a ‘pretty severe situation’

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Seattle Seahawks had plenty to celebrate following its 27-24 overtime victory against the San Francisco 49ers, but one player was missing from the postgame hoopla. Star receiver Tyler Lockett faced a potential serious situation with a leg injury.

Lockett left the game at the end of regulation and was taken to a nearby hospital for examination. Pete Carroll called the injury a “really bad lower leg bruise – a contusion.”

“It caused some issues that we’re working on,” Carroll said. “I can’t tell you much more about it right now, but he’s out of here right now to get looked at. It’ll be OK, but it’s a pretty severe situation for him right now.”

Carroll said there was a lot of swelling right away in Lockett’s leg, which brings along the fear of compartment syndrome that can lead to blood clots.

“There’s concerns about that,” Carroll said. “We’ve got to make sure that there isn’t a compartment element. We’ve got to take care of him. We’re ahead of it so we should be in good shape.”

By the sounds of it, Lockett played through the injury for some time but it’s unsure for how long. He returned the final kickoff of regulation for three yards before leaving the game during the overtime coin toss.

Lockett will be staying behind in Santa Clara on Monday night for further evaluation. The Seahawks will be taking every precaution to make sure that his leg injury is handled to perfection in order to avoid any potentially serious complications.

Lockett caught three passes for 26 yards against the 49ers. Thankfully for Lockett and the Seahawks, Seattle has a bye in Week 11 before traveling to Philadelphia in Week 12. Carroll said he was unsure whether or not his star receiver would miss any time.

It goes without saying that Lockett’s potential absence would be a big hit to Seattle’s offense.

Social media reacts: Undefeated no more.

Social media reacts: Undefeated no more.

An instant classic under the Monday night lights.

In what felt like an “NFC Championship Game” according to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the game did not disappoint: hard-hitting, trash talk, two teams that know one another very well and two teams that are in a tight race in the NFC West.

And it needed overtime to determine a winner.

Seattle (8-2) defeated rival San Francisco (8-1) 27-24 in overtime off a Jason Myers 42-yard field goal with time expiring. 

Here’s how the sports world reacted to this MNF showdown.

Up next: The Seahawks (8-2) head into a bye week.

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