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Fann Mail: How should you feel about the Seahawks Week 1 win?


Fann Mail: How should you feel about the Seahawks Week 1 win?

The regular season is off and running and we finally have some real football to digest. The Seattle Seahawks squeaked out a Week 1 win against the Cincinnati Bengals, and there’s plenty to unpack following the narrow victory.

This week’s mailbag focuses on what Seattle showed us and how you should feel going into Sunday’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Thanks to all of you who asked questions.

I love this question because it’s easy to get caught up in style points. We all do it, no matter the sport. But all that matters, in Week 1 especially, is that Seattle pulled out the win. Give me an ugly win over a pretty loss all day long. I’m sure the Houston Texans would agree.

The ability to win ugly is important. The Seahawks have shown us for years now that they’re able to make just enough plays to win even when everything seems to go awry. How many times have you seen it? Seattle plays sloppy throughout and then somehow, someway, Russell Wilson has the ball in his hands in a one-score game.

The Seahawks are notoriously slow starters so the fact they are 1-0 after going 0-2 to begin last season is crucial. Tip your cap to the Bengals. Understand that Seattle’s offensive line and secondary need to improve moving forward. But don’t spend too much thought worrying about how last Sunday didn’t “feel” like a win.

Speaking of the o-line, that’s the team’s biggest concern at this point. That group is supposed to be one of the Seahawks biggest strengths. Seattle had six drives that went for negative yardage largely because of the offensive line’s inability to create holes in the run game and succeed in pass protection. Wilson was sacked four times, and Seattle averaged just 2.9 yards per carry. That led to the Seahawks constantly playing behind the chains.

Justin Britt had a Pro Football Focus grade of just 28.4. Germain Ifedi was at 50.4 with Duane Brown at 52.3.

That’s not going to work given Seattle’s run-first identity. Pete Carroll expressed his disappointment in this regard during his press conference on Monday.

“We’ll do quite a bit better,” he told reporters assuredly.

Keep an eye on Britt’s health this week because he wasn’t his normal self against the Bengals. He only missed one play after getting dinged up in the first quarter but appeared to be laboring through something.

I expect the Seahawks to continue to go with their base defense far more frequently than other teams. The rationale is pretty straightforward: Carroll would rather keep all three starting linebackers on the field than take K.J. Wright or Mychal Kendricks out in favor of a nickel corner.

That should help Seattle maintain its stout play against the run but could open things up more for opponents in the pass game. The “rope-a-dope” mentality (bending but not breaking) could stick around until the Seahawks find a rotation that works.

Carroll said on Monday that Lano Hill deserves a chance to play. Should the Seahawks make a change at free safety and remove Tedric Thompson from the starting lineup, my guess is that Hill will get the first nod. Hill played well before getting hurt in 2018, and Carroll trusts him more than Blair within the defensive scheme.

Who knows if Seattle will in fact swap out Thompson. My gut tells me that Thompson will get another chance to rebound from his Week 1 blunder that allowed John Ross to score a preventable 55-yard touchdown.

The Seahawks aren’t going to bring in a veteran like Berry unless both Hill and Blair show they’re incapable. It would be a last resort that I don’t envision ever taking place.

Pittsburgh, like Seattle, didn’t play very well at all in Week 1, but instead of playing the Bengals, they got pummeled by the New England Patriots. My thoughts here are similar to how I responded to the first question: It would be unwise to overreact, positively or negatively, to how the Steelers fared last Sunday. Week 2 will be Pittsburgh’s home opener. They’ll look to get JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Connor going early after the offense’s complete power outage against the Patriots.

I’d go with DK Metcalf. He’s the trendy rookie, and receivers have a longer shelf life than running backs. You won’t be alone, but that shouldn’t dissuade your purchase.

Week 7 preview: 5 Seahawks players to watch vs. Ravens

Week 7 preview: 5 Seahawks players to watch vs. Ravens

The Seattle Seahawks (5-1) look to keep things rolling at home on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens (4-2) in Week 7. There are several intriguing storylines going into this one, most notably Jarran Reed’s return following a six-game suspension, Earl Thomas’ return to Seattle and the challenge of stopping Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Here are five Seahawks players who need big games if Seattle is going to improve to 6-1.

1. Russell Wilson

Wilson, especially following the injury to Patrick Mahomes, is in the driver’s seat to win MVP. He’s thrown for 14 touchdowns without an interception. His interception-less streak is now at 207 pass attempts, which is a new franchise record. He’s also posted a passer rating of more than 100 in all six games this season.

But Thomas is coming to CenturyLink field as a visitor for the first time in his career. Both Thomas and Wilson discussed how their families are still close, but can you imagine how badly Thomas wants a pick against his good friend and former team? You better believe that this matchup means the world to Thomas. Wilson will be in charge of making sure Thomas leaves his revenge game empty handed.

2. Jarran Reed

The horse has long been dead by now, but that doesn’t change the fact that Seattle is desperate for pass rush help. Reed is the final piece to the puzzle, and the Seahawks need him to make an impact immediately. Reed is, by all accounts, in fantastic shape and hopes to see a full workload in his 2019 debut. That should be the expectation as Seattle simply doesn’t have the luxury of putting Reed on a snap count. Jadeveon Clowney has seen more double teams than any other edge defender in the league. He’s hoping that Reed is the remedy to get himself going as well.

3. Marquise Blair

Blair could be in line for his first start unless Bradley McDougald’s back makes a miraculous recovery ahead of Sunday’s game. McDougald didn’t practice on Friday and is listed as questionable. Lano Hill won’t play with an elbow injury. Blair has appeared in four games with just one combined tackle. He only played eight snaps against the Browns in Week 6, so if he is to start on Sunday, it would somewhat of a debut given his limited usage thus far.

4. Luke Willson

This one is pretty straightforward. Willson is locked into a near-every down role with Will Dissly (Achilles) now on injured reserve. Willson isn’t known for his pass-catching prowess as he’s never had more than 22 receptions in a season, but he’ll need to step up in Dissly’s absence nonetheless. It’s crazy how things change. Willson wasn’t even on the roster until Week 4, and now he’s a vital cog in Seattle’s offense.

5. K.J. Wright

Sunday will be a huge test for Wright and the rest of Seattle’s linebackers. Baltimore’s thunder and lightening combo in the running game of Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram is the best in the NFL. The Ravens utilize a ton of pre-snap motion and window dressing which can cause all sorts of confusion for an opposing defense.

“It’s going to be a disciplined game. Everybody has got to do their job,” Wright said. “We’ve got to make sure we stay on the details.”

Wright added that Jackson has a lot of freedom within the offense. If you make a mistake against him or aren’t sound in your gap assignments, Jackson will make you pay every time.

“He’s probably the fastest guy we’ll play this season,” Wright said. “The dude is blazing.”

Seahawks rookie S Marquise Blair in line for first-career start in Week 7 vs. Ravens


Seahawks rookie S Marquise Blair in line for first-career start in Week 7 vs. Ravens

It could be Marquise Blair time in the Seahawks secondary. Lano Hill (elbow) is doubtful to play and Bradley McDougald (back) is listed as questionable, which means Seattle might need someone to start opposite Tedric Thompson. Both players didn’t practice on Friday.

Blair is the logical choice to enter the starting lineup if Hill and McDougald can't go. The Seahawks second-round pick has played in four games this season with one total tackle. He was a healthy scratch in Seattle’s other two contests. Blair most recently played eight snaps against the Browns in Week 6.

The one wrinkle is that Pete Carroll told reporters just last week that the team was keeping Blair at free safety for the time being. But given the injuries, Blair would be inserted at strong safety with Thompson at free safety.

Carroll did say that McDougald might be able to “pop out of this” and play on Sunday. Take that for what it’s worth. Seattle’s head coach said that he has full confidence in Blair if it is indeed the rookie starting against the Ravens.

“I want him to kick butt, man,” Carroll said. “I’m counting on him to play really good. He’s a runner and a hitter. He’s shown that. We don’t have any question about that.”

Staying within his assignments will be Blair’s biggest challenge, especially against a Ravens offense that runs so much misdirection.

Here’s the rest of Seattle’s injury report:

- Duane Brown (bicep) didn’t practice, which means George Fant is looking at his second-straight start at left tackle. D.J. Fluker (hamstring) is listed as questionable, but I’d bet on him not playing and Jamarco Jones playing right guard again.

- Ziggy Ansah (ankle) is listed as questionable. He injured his ankle on the play where he recorded a forced fumble and fumble recovery against Nick Chubb.

- Quinton Jefferson (oblique) is also listed as questionable.

Seahawks LB Shaquem Griffin, injured military veterans exchange personal stories

Seahawks LB Shaquem Griffin, injured military veterans exchange personal stories

Shaquem Griffin, in partnership with USAA, recently shared an afternoon with two injured military veterans at the Space Needle. The Seahawks second-year linebacker was joined by Israel “DT” Del Toro and Jeremy Daniels.

The three bonded over a shared love of video games and each exchanged their personal stories.

Griffin has family ties to the military, which made the meetup even more impactful for him.

“Just to watch them sacrifice everything – I mean everything – about themselves just for the greater good of me,” Griffin said, “you’ve always got to give back; you’ve always got to give appreciation; you’ve always got to be thankful for those who fight for you.”

USAA produced a heartwarming video recap of the afternoon that you can watch here. It was part of USAA’s “Salute to Service” initiative, with the goal of fostering a greater understanding between NFL players and our military.

Here’s more info about Del Toro and Daniels.
Israel “DT” Del Toro
Israel Del Toro is a US. Air Force Master Sgt. In 2005, Del Toro was severely injured when his Humvee hit an IED in Afghanistan. He lost most of his fingers and suffered third degree burns on more than 80% of his body. He spent nearly three months in a coma. Doctors told Del Toro that he had a 15 percent chance of survival and that he’d likely never walk or breathe on his own again. Del Toro used sports as part of his rehabilitation and overcame those odds, becoming the first 100 percent combat disabled Air Force technician to re-enlist in the military. In 2017, Del Toro received the Pat Tillman Award for Courage during the 25th annual ESPY awards. He is currently an Air Force training instructor.
Jeremy Daniels
Jeremy Daniels is a Wounded Warrior Project alum who served in the US Army as a helicopter mechanic and crew member. He served in Kuwait/Mosel from 2003-2004 and in Kuwait/Balad, Iraq from 2005-2006. In 2007 he was diagnosed with MS. Daniels has been a die-hard Seahawks fan since birth. He is also a huge gamer, but has not been able to play video games for two years now due to lack of fine motor control of his hands – his favorite game is Madden.

Seahawks film room: Shaquill Griffin knew what was coming against the Browns

Seahawks film room: Shaquill Griffin knew what was coming against the Browns

Welcome to the first edition of what will become a weekly Seahawks film series. The catch here is that rather than break down the X’s and O’s myself, I’m going to ask players to break down the three biggest plays of every game themselves.

Seattle’s Week 6 win against the Browns provided several quality highlights to choose from. Here are the top three I picked, including how the play impacted the game and the analysis from the players involved.

1. Tedric Thompson’s clutch interception before halftime

The play: Cleveland faced 2nd-and-8 from Seattle’s 10-yard line with 1:36 to play before halftime and a 20-12 lead. Baker Mayfield targeted Jarvis Landry in the right side of the end zone. Shaquill Griffin broke up the pass and Thompson made a diving interception.

The impact: It was at least a 9-point swing as the Seahawks were able to keep the Browns off the scoreboard while also scoring a touchdown themselves prior to halftime. (Seattle missed the 2-point try which is why it was a 9-point swing and not 10.)

The analysis: Griffin has been playing at an extremely high level all season, but this play might have been his finest work through six games.

“I remember the way he lined up – his actual split kind of gave up what he was going to do – or at least I felt he was going to do that,” Griffin said. “He was tight to the numbers. You’ll see prior to the play I was telling Ted(ric) that he was running that route. I was telling Ted, ‘He’s coming this side, he’s coming this side. Right to you, right to you.’”

Following the snap, Griffin opened his hips and gave up some cushion as Landry sprinted towards the goal line.

“I broke as soon as he broke and went inside,” Griffin said. “I told myself to undercut (the pass) and try to go get it myself.”

Both Griffin and Landry both got a piece of the football. Thompson, who was responsible for protecting the post on that particular play, was there to make the opportunistic interception for the second-straight week.

“It popped into the air, and Ted, knowing it was coming to him already, he knew just to be there in the area,” Griffin said.

Griffin’s confidence has gotten to the point where he’s excelling at diagnosing plays pre-snap. His weekly film study proved to be especially worthwhile against Cleveland.

“I’ve been going with my gut feeling this whole year, and my gut’s been right,” Griffin said. “With that team, it was pretty simple. I thought they were going to change it up on us, but they didn’t. I think I was calling out plays really that whole game. Their tendencies were the same.”

2. Russell Wilson’s dime to Jaron Brown to beat the blitz

The play: Wilson hit Brown in the right corner of the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown despite getting blasted by a free rusher up the middle.

The impact: Even though Seattle didn’t get the 2-point conversion, the score still cut Cleveland’s lead to 20-18 as the Seahawks closed the first half on a 12-0 run.

The analysis: Wilson recognized that pressure was coming and made a check to Brown prior to the snap.

“I knew I was going to get hit at some point,” Wilson said. “I just had to hang in there and give Jaron a good ball and see if he could go up and get it, and sure enough he did. He got both feet in (bounds). It was a sweet catch.”

Cleveland only ended up bringing a five-man pressure, but the linebacker was able to get through clean on the blitz. Seattle had trips to the right with Brown on the inside.

The Browns ran Cover 0, meaning there was no safety help over the top, which helped Wilson go through his reads quickly and identify Brown as the open man.

“There are three guys over there, and so I’m processing it quickly as they’re bearing down on me,” Wilson said.

Added Brown: “Once he recognized it was Cover 0, he made a check and adjusted the route.”

To add some extra flare to the play, Brown hurdled a camera man after he touched both feet in the end zone.

“I saw him at the last second. I didn’t want to hurt nobody.”

3. Jaron Brown scores his second touchdown of the game

The Play: Wilson saw Brown late but was able to deliver a 6-yard dart to the end zone for their second touchdown connection of the game.

The Impact: Brown’s second touchdown capped Seattle’s 19-0 run and gave the Seahawks its first lead of the game, 25-20.

The Analysis: Brown motioned from right to left pre-snap. He ran a hook route but then moved inside the Browns zone defense towards the middle of the end zone.

“I always try to see (Wilson’s) eyes,” Brown said. “I knew that he would see me eventually. I was clapping my hands and then he found me.”

Just as Brown came open, Wilson took his eyes away from the receiver in order to survey where the pressure was coming. Wilson was able to reestablish his footing, spot Brown and fire a missile into the end zone. The best part of the pass was that Wilson threw it away from the oncoming defender. Brown did well to make the full-extension grab.

“That’s just IQ by him – to put it somewhere where I can get it and nobody else can,” Brown said.

Added Wilson: “He did a good job of establishing himself and moving again. Sure enough he made a sweet catch. He’s been playing great football for us.”

Wilson said the play reminded him of the 5-yard touchdown he threw to Brown last season against the Raiders in London.

Seahawks players ‘gutted’ for Will Dissly, impressed by his positive outlook


Seahawks players ‘gutted’ for Will Dissly, impressed by his positive outlook

It took Will Dissly just 11 games to become a Seahawks fan favorite and earn the respect of every player in the locker room. That’s what made it so tough to see the tight end suffer a season-ending injury for the second-consecutive season.

Dissly had surgery on Thursday to repair a torn left Achilles.

“I was gutted for him, man, especially knowing about his comeback from last year and the injury that he sustained,” Luke Willson said. “I’m sure that was a long haul. I feel terrible for the guy.”

Unlike Willson, Wagner was there to witness Dissly’s grueling recovery from a torn right patellar tendon suffered in the fourth game of his rookie season

“You definitely feel for him because you watched him get hurt and you watched him grind all offseason,” Wagner said. “To see him bounce back and then come and get off to the amazing start that he did and then get hit again. It was unfortunate, but at the same he too when I saw him afterwards, his spirit was something. His spirits were, ‘Let me do this again.’”

Dissly’s ability to stay positive in the face of continued adversity is admirable. Like his torn patellar tendon, Achilles injuries are also viewed as one of the more challenging injuries to come back from. But that clearly isn’t bogging Dissly down.

“If you think this is going to stop me, you don’t know me very well,” the tight end said as part of a tweet on Thursday, made complete by the hashtag "#Dissly2020."

He told Willson something similar following Sunday’s win against the Browns.

“Even after the game he was so positive,’ Wilson said. “He was like, ‘Yo man I’m going to get this thing right and come back.’ He’s got a great attitude.”

Beyond the personal sentiment, losing Dissly leaves a massive void in Seattle’s offense. The tight end posted four touchdowns in six games as his breakout campaign was one of the team’s biggest early seasons storylines.

“He was performing incredible,” Willson said. “He was a complete tight end for us. It’s a big loss for the squad man. We’re going to, as a group, kind of pick up the slack.”

Willson and Jacob Hollister are the two remaining tight ends on the Seahawks active roster… for now. Pete Carroll indicated that help could be on the way.

“We’re working on some stuff,” Carroll said semi-cryptically on Wednesday.

Regardless of whether or not Seattle makes a move at the position, the loss of Dissly will be felt for the remainder of the season.

Pete Carroll, Bobby Wagner share expectations for Earl Thomas’ revenge game vs. Seahawks

Pete Carroll, Bobby Wagner share expectations for Earl Thomas’ revenge game vs. Seahawks

Nobody knows what to expect on Sunday when Earl Thomas returns to CenturyLink Field. Thomas, now in his first season with the Baltimore Ravens, will be in the visiting locker room in the venue he called home for the first nine seasons of his career.

Thomas told Baltimore reporters on Wednesday that his return hadn’t totally hit him yet. He did add that he’s wondered what kind of reception he’ll receive from Seahawks fans.

"Hopefully they respect what I've done, and I'll get a couple cheers, not too many boos,” Thomas said. “Whatever happens, happens. Hopefully it's love."

As far as Bobby Wagner is concerned, there’s only one way Thomas should be received on Sunday.

“It should be appreciation,” Wagner said. “He did so much for this organization, he did so much for this team. He’s a legend here. I would expect him to be well received. It’s a guy whose jersey will probably be retired and there should be a lot of respect for him.”

Thomas’ nine-year tenure with the Seahawks obviously didn’t end well. There was the incident with Thomas telling Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett to “come get him.” There was the semi holdout while the safety hoped for a new contract to no avail. Thomas decided to play in games anyway before suffering a broken leg four weeks into 2018. Him giving Carroll the bird as he was carted off the field in Arizona is the lasting impression for many Seahawks fans.

Time heals all wounds, but who knows if enough has passed for hatchets to be buried just yet. Carroll said he’d have no problem finding Thomas and shaking his hand before or after the game.

“Whatever happens isn’t going to change what I think about him,” Carroll said. “I don’t care what’s said or what’s done; I don’t care, he can do what he wants, he’s his own man. But I know what the relationship means to me, and I’ll always be there for him. If he needs me, I’ll be there.”

Wagner said he didn’t expect to see Thomas pregame, but he plans to swap jerseys with his former teammate postgame. He referred to Thomas as a brother. And while it would have been incredible to spend his entire career playing alongside Thomas, nine years – including one Super Bowl ring, two Super Bowl appearances, three NFC West championships and six playoff appearances – is still a pretty damn good run.

“I think it’s something we look back on and we’re grateful for,” Wagner said. “It was a time in Seattle history that I don’t think anybody will ever forget, and that’s something that we are proud of.”

Thomas made six Pro Bowls with the Seahawks and was named All-Pro three times. He accumulated 29 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles and three touchdowns in 131 career games in Seattle.

Both Wagner and Carroll recalled their favorite moments from Thomas. For Carroll, it was the two forced fumbles at the goal line against the Rams.

“Those are just the most phenomenal moments because they’re scoring, oh it’s our ball somehow,” Carroll said. “It’s because of the effort, the vision to see, the imagination to understand how you could possibly make a play like that. Just extraordinary.”

Wagner reminisced about a specific tackle for loss against the Cardinals where Thomas “ran 40 yards in two seconds.” Apparently Thomas had identified something on film (as he often did) and read the play pre-snap to where he knew what was coming. He left his assignment in the deep third and fired into the backfield.

“There was a play that wasn’t really amazing – it was amazing to me, because of what it is. But he was a deep third player, so he had no business making a play in the flat, from deep third,” Wagner said. “There’s a bunch of little plays like that that just shows his intellect, and competence and his ability.”

Wagner joked that Thomas would never get in trouble for guessing on plays because he was right 99% of the time.

There will be a revenge game element to Sunday’s contest for sure, but who knows how much bad blood remains or if it will be more of a friendly rivalry. Carroll is going to do his best to have fun with it, regardless of how Thomas chooses to approach the game.

“There’s nothing we like more than beating the guys that we love,” Carroll said.

Seahawks DL Jarran Reed is eager for his return: ‘Trust me, I’m ready’

Seahawks DL Jarran Reed is eager for his return: ‘Trust me, I’m ready’

Jarran Reed received a standing ovation during Monday’s team meeting, his first since returning to the VMAC from his six-game suspension. But that’s the extent of the honeymoon welcome back period for Reed’s return to the Seattle Seahawks active roster. That’s because Seattle desperately needs Reed to jumpstart its struggling pass rush.

Reed spoke to reporters on Wednesday and covered the standard clichés of needing to stay within himself and do his job. But he also made it clear that he expects to be thrown right into the fire on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

“I’m fully game ready,” Reed said confidently. “I worked my tail off. Trust me, I’m ready.”

Reed rejoins a Seahawks team that fared remarkably well in his absence, going 5-1 in the first month-and-a-half of the season. But Seattle’s pass rush ranks among the league’s worst. The Seahawks have just 10 sacks through six games. Only five teams have fewer, two of which have played one less game. Seattle’s last sack came in Week 4, and the Seahawks failed to hit Baker Mayfield once last Sunday.

“It hasn’t been very productive for sacks. I wish we had more. We’d like to have more,” Carroll said. “We’re a work in progress. We’re not a finished product yet.”

Al Woods has never been known as a pass rusher and Poona Ford hasn’t taken a step forward in that regard. Reed’s return gives Seattle a much-needed interior pass rush presence. His impact should have a trickle-down effect throughout the entire defense, but Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah should be the primary benefactors.

Both are stuck on just one sack, but Clowney has been easily the more impressive of the two despite seeing more double teams than any other edge defender in the NFL.

“Jadeveon has been all around the quarterback,” Carroll said. “His pressure numbers are good. He’s been close. He could have had four or five already. I think you’ll see a difference now that J. Reed is back. I think the complement that he brings, not just what he’ll do but how he’ll affect the other guys.”

Ansah, strictly from a pass rushing standpoint, has been underwhelming. Carroll, especially in terms of the coach’s vernacular, was fairly critical of Ansah’s first four games in Seattle.

“He hasn’t gotten free like we would hope,” Carroll said. “He’s still working at it and getting his timing down. I can’t imagine him not continuing to improve and find it.”

Reed hopes he’ll be able to benefit from the presence of Ansah and Clowney as well. It will be critical for the three of them to work in unison if Seattle’s pass rush is going to take a step forward.

“I feel like we all can help each other. We’re going to really work on that and pick it up these next few weeks.”

Reed, who posted 10.5 sacks in 2018, watched the first six games from his home. He wasn’t allowed to contact anyone within the team during his suspension. So he paced around his house while his teammates battled their way to a 5-1 start.

Now that he’s allowed back in the building, Reed hopes he’ll never have to watch another Seahawks game on TV.

“Never again,” Reed said. “I’m ready to get back and play.”

Report confirms Seahawks TE Will Dissly out for season with torn Achilles

Report confirms Seahawks TE Will Dissly out for season with torn Achilles

Everyone expected this news, but it doesn't make it any easier. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed on Wednesday that Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly will miss the remainder of the 2019 NFL season with a torn achilles.

"He's been a fantastic part of our team. He made a big impression early on all of us, and we're going to miss the heck out of him," said Seattle Coach Pete Carroll following Seattle's win in Cleveland last Sunday. "He's prepared to take this on and he'll do a fantastic job and will beat all of the timeframes that he's faced with."

The second-year player from the University of Washington was on his way to a promising 2019 season with the Seahawks with 23 receptions for 262 yards and four touchdowns. Dissly was averaging 11.4 yards per catch and established himself as the No. 2 target in Seattle's passing game behind Tyler Lockett.

Tight ends Luke Wilson and Jacob Hollister will have to carry the load now in Dissly's absence. Carroll also left the door open for Seattle to acquire a tight end via free agency or a trade. Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard would be at the top of most fans' wish list. The Seahawks signed Tyrone Swoopes to the practice squad on Tuesday.


How the Jalen Ramsey, Marcus Peters trades impact the Seahawks

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How the Jalen Ramsey, Marcus Peters trades impact the Seattle Seahawks

How the Jalen Ramsey, Marcus Peters trades impact the Seattle Seahawks

The Los Angeles Rams, a team sitting at 3-3 after three consecutive losses, made a pair of blockbuster trades on Tuesday. The first was to send Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens for linebacker Kenny Young. The second was acquiring Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for two first-round picks.

Each deal directly impacts the Seattle Seahawks. Let’s start with the first as Seattle will host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. John Harbaugh told Seattle reporters Wednesday morning that he expects Peters to start for the Ravens in Week 7.

That means Peters will have made two trips to CenturyLink Field in the last three weeks as the Rams played the Seahawks on “Thursday Night Football” in Week 5. Peters is a two-time Pro Bowler and a one-time All Pro. He was named 2015 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year after being drafted 18th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs.

His an immensely talented corner with 24 career interceptions and four career pick-sixes. The knock on Peters is that he’s overly aggressive and sometimes guessed on plays in order to jump routes and get takeaways. It’s stellar when he’s right, but there can be huge consequences when he guesses wrong.

Peters gave up just one catch against the Seahawks in Week 5, but it was a 10-yard touchdown to David Moore. He missed a tackle on the play and allowed Moore to get by him and into the end zone.

It will be interesting to see what the impetus was for Los Angeles to move on from Peters, who’d previously overstayed his welcome in Kansas City and been traded to the Rams. It might have been as simple as Los Angeles taking advantage of the opportunity to make the upgrade to Ramsey.

Which brings us to trade No. 2. Ramsey has played in just one contest since he requested a trade two games into the season. He’s since missed three games with a back injury. My guess is that his back is suddenly a whole lot healthier now that he’s been granted the trade he desired. I suppose we'll never know whether or not the Seahawks were a serious player in the Ramsey sweepstakes or what Seattle's best offer was for the corner.

Instead, Seattle will see Ramsey in Week 14 in Los Angeles when the Seahawks play the Rams for the second and final time in the 2019 regular season. That game will likely have division and playoff seeding implications.

The biggest impact is that the Seahawks will see Ramsey twice a year moving forward. You don’t give up two first-round picks without the expectation of signing him long term. Ramsey will play under his fifth-year option for $13.7 million in 2020 (unless he holds out, of course) and then be due a new contract for 2021 and beyond.

Ramsey is largely considered the best cornerback in the league, which means that contract will set records at his position. He’s a two-time Pro Bowler and one-time All Pro with nine interceptions in 51 career games.