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Fann Mail: What to make of Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny's slow start in preseason

Fann Mail: What to make of Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny's slow start in preseason

It’s hard to determine how much each preseason game impacts looming roster decisions. The Seattle Seahawks lost to the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday, 25-19, and we were left with more questions than answers. In this week’s mailbag, we dive into some of those unknowns facing Seattle with two games left in the preseason.

As always, thanks to those who asked questions.

There hasn’t been any report to suggest Rashaad Penny is nursing any sort of injury. But you’re right. To say he’s been ineffective through two preseason games would be putting it mildly. Penny has just 13 yards on 12 carries. There haven’t been many running lanes to speak of, but Penny hasn’t shown much burst or make-you-miss ability, either. I’m not one to overreact to what happens during the preseason. He may be poised for a breakout sophomore campaign.

“We’ve got to block for him better,” Carroll said regarding Penny on Sunday. “He didn’t have a chance.”

Even so, I’m seeing a guy fall further behind Chris Carson, who has established himself as Seattle’s clear No. 1 option. Seattle is going to give their 2018 first-round every opportunity to show himself. Penny will get touches – maybe even up to 10 a game. It’s understandable, though, why fans feel like they aren’t seeing enough from the second-year running back just yet.

I think John Ursua is good enough to make the team and I think he’s got a chance to make the team, but ultimately I don’t think he will. Ursua has just two receptions in the preseason – a 21-yarder against the Denver Broncos and a 25-yarder against Minnesota – but he showed impressive run after the catch ability on both.

Ursua is simply falling victim to the numbers game. I’m of the belief that Jazz Ferguson will make the team (more on that in a second), and I’m also betting that Seattle keeps Jaron Brown around. If I’m wrong about either of those things, then Ursua would be the next in line for a roster spot.

Ferguson failed to put together an encore to his standout preseason debut against Denver. After catching all four of his targets for 54 yards and a touchdown versus the Broncos, Ferguson secured just 2-of-7 targets for 24 yards and a fumble in Minnesota. To his credit, the fumble was a fantastic play by the defensive back, and several of his targets were uncatchable. Paxton Lynch struggled to get on the same page with any receiver on Sunday.

As I mentioned above, I’m still anticipating Ferguson will make the team. The fact remains that 6-foot-5 receivers with 4.45 jets don’t grow on trees, and Ferguson has shown enough to take a chance on. His ceiling is much higher and harder to find than Ursua’s. I also think the Seahawks have a much better chance of sneaking Ursua onto their practice squad. If Seattle opts to cut Ferguson, another team is likely to claim the big-bodied lottery ticket.

I’m having a really hard time projecting what kind of year David Moore is going to have in 2019. He seems to be behind DK Metcalf when the rookie is healthy. On Sunday, Jaron Brown also played with the first-team offense over Moore.

Moore did some good things as a rookie, finishing with 26 receptions for 445 yards and five touchdowns in 2018. But he disappeared down the stretch (just four catches for 32 yards over the final five weeks) and has been quiet overall during training camp. I’d be cautious about predicting much more than the 53 targets he saw last season. I think it’ll be in the same ballpark in 2019 unless Metcalf misses significant time.

Someone asked in last week’s mailbag if I anticipated the Seahawks making a move for Jadeveon Clowney. They may have inquired with the Houston Texans as to Clowney’s price tag, but I’m sure it was too rich for John Schneider’s blood. And if not Clowney, I don’t see why Seattle would pursue anyone else.

Seattle seems content to go to battle with the names that are currently on the roster, hoping that Ezekiel Ansah and L.J. Collier will make an impact sooner rather than later. In the meantime, Cassius Marsh, Poona Ford, Rasheem Green, Al Woods and others should be able to hold it down until Jarran Reed returns from his six-game suspension.

Shaquem Griffin’s knee injury isn’t doing his case for a roster spot any favors. Thankfully for him, Ben Burr-Kirven hasn’t been stellar, either. I still think Griffin beats out Burr-Kirven for one of the final spots on the 53-man roster.

For starters, congratulations on being able to make your first Seahawks home game. I’m sure that’s going to be a thrill of a trip for you and whomever you’re coming with. Arrive early and make your way to touchdown city in the CenturyLink Field events center. The biggest thing I’d stress to anyone coming to their first game is to make sure they’re in their seat for the raising of the 12th Man Flag. For my money, that’s far and away the best pre-game tradition in the NFL. Then hang around and bar hop a bit on Occidental after the game. Please let me know if you have any more specific questions. I’d be happy to help any way I can. Have a fantastic time!

Déjà vu: Richard Sherman seals Super Bowl berth with an interception


Déjà vu: Richard Sherman seals Super Bowl berth with an interception

The match-up is set! The Kansas City Chiefs will meet with San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl Super Bowl LIV. 

Kansas City defeated Tennessee earlier in the day Sunday to clinch the AFC, leaving the winner of the 49ers and Packers in the NFC to battle it out. 

From the jump, it wasn't even close. 

San Francisco steamrolled their way past Green Bay, despite a late surge from the Packers. 

But, inside of the two minute warning and no timeouts, Aaron Rodgers, with the ball on the 49ers 38-yard line, let it fly.

With the game coming to a close, to clinch an NFC Championship and a Super Bowl berth, where have we seen this before?!

It was 6 years to the day.

Now, Sherman didn't actually catch the pass, but he might as well have.

And then, who could forget the postgame interview...

Things didn't go quite the same way with Sherman and Andrews this time around.

Sherman, who was drafted in the fifth round by the Seahawks, was in Seattle from 2011-2017. He ruptured his Achilles in 2017 and was eventually released by Seattle on March 9th of 2018. He signed a three-year deal with the 49ers the following day and now finds himself punching a ticket to Miami and Super Bowl LVI. 

“People want to hate me,” he said earlier in the week. “They want to treat me like a villain... They just never want to give me credit.”

“They always want to make an excuse for why I’m great.”

Sherman continues to prove it time and time again, just now in different colors. 

Russell Wilson: Not playing in NFC Championship Game "makes me sick"

Russell Wilson: Not playing in NFC Championship Game "makes me sick"

The Seattle Seahawks were fighting for the playoff lives just one week ago. 

Inside of two minutes, Aaron Rodgers dropped back to pass, connecting with tight end Jimmy Graham in what was a controversial third down conversion to ice the game for the Green Bay Packers. Achieving that yard of gain effectively punched Green Bay's ticket to the NFC Championship game vs. the San Francisco 49ers. 

And all Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson could do in that moment was watch. 

Final score: 28-23 Packers. 

In that game Wilson, who flashed MVP-like brilliance throughout the season, finished the game 21/31, 277 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for 64 more yards. 

He left it all out on the field. The entire team did. 

But just like that, season over. 

Seattle was faced with the reality that there was nothing left for them to do but clean out their lockers, which happened last Monday. 

The offseason began, and the work towards next season, for some, began immediately. 

Coping with that new reality can be tough, especially for the competitor that is Russell Wilson.

"Not playing tomorrow makes me sick... wish I was playing tomorrow fighting for the Championship."

Instead, the 49ers will host the Packers at Levi's Stadium at 3:40pm for a chance to advance to the Super Bowl.

Despite Seattle's consistency in making the playoffs, the Seahawks have been unable to advance to the NFC Championship round or Super Bowl since their back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 2013 and 2014.

They were bounced from the playoffs in the Divisional Round three times (2015, 2016, 2019) and suffered a first-round loss a year ago to the Dallas Cowboys.

“A lot of people think that we overachieved," Wilson said. "I think we underachieved, in my opinion, because I think the goal should be always winning the Super Bowl. That’s got to be our standard. That’s got to be our focus."

“The reality is that we’ve been very, very good for the past eight years or so, and to go to the playoffs seven of the eight, and to do all those things are special, special things, to go to two Super Bowls, to win one. We’ve got to capture that throughout the whole entire season going into next year. We’ve got to find ways to get better. We’ve got to find ways to get past just the first or second round of the playoffs and get to the final push. That’s the reality. I know that’s why I play the game. I know that’s why a lot of guys in this locker room try to play the game (is) for that. We’ve got to find ways to get better and we’ll try to do everything we can to figure that out.”

Wilson does have a lot to be proud of in his 2019 campaign, though, finishing with 4110 yard passing, with 31 touchdowns against five interceptions. He also rushed in three more touchdowns on 342 total yards.

He'll just have to wait impatiently until the 2020 campaign begins.

Steve Shimko leaves Seahawks, will Pete Carroll’s son, Brennan, be next?

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Steve Shimko leaves Seahawks, will Pete Carroll’s son, Brennan, be next?

The Seattle Seahawks could soon have some coaching vacancies to fill this offseason. 

According to Bruce Feldman of FS1 and The Athletic, Pete Carroll’s son, Brennan Carroll, has emerged as a candidate for the vacant head coaching position at Hawaii. Former coach Nick Rolovich has since departed to Pullman as Washington State’s new head coach.

Carroll joined his father’s coaching staff after serving as a recruiting coordinator at USC and Miami. With the Trojans, Carroll spent time with the offense, special teams and tight ends. Carroll begin his coaching tenure at Miami in 2010, as coach of the tight ends and recruiting coordinator. When Mario Cristobal, now head coach of Oregon, joined Miami’s staff, Carroll moved to wide receivers coach.

He’s currently an assistant offensive line coach for Seattle, meaning a head coaching gig in Hawaii would be quite the leap for the 40-year-old. 

Seahawks assistant quarterbacks coach Steve Shimko was named as Boston College’s tight ends coach on Friday. Shimko joined Pete Carroll’s staff in 2018 and helped tutor Russell Wilson to an MVP like season. Wilson finished with 4,110 yards and 31 touchdowns and just five interceptions in 2019.

Clowney, Reed make Pro Football Focus' list of top 50 upcoming free agents


Clowney, Reed make Pro Football Focus' list of top 50 upcoming free agents

Free agency is still about two months away, but that didn't stop Pro Football Focus from coming up with an early list of the top 50 impending free agents. The list will undoubtedly change as players re-sign with their current club or get the franchise tag.

Two Seahawks players made the cut: Jadeveon Clowney and Jarran Reed. You can find the full list here.

Clowney came in at No. 7:

"Clowney put up an 88.0 overall grade in 2018 — the highest mark of his career — and he followed up with an 87.3 grade after a trade to the Seahawks despite seeing his sack total drop from nine to three. Clowney has the 11th-best overall grade among all edge defenders since 2017, including the third-best mark against the run (91.3), but his pass-rush grade of 83.9 ranks just 25th among that same group. Pass-rushers earn massive contracts for their ability to get after the quarterback, but Clowney has always been good, not great, in that department. The price tag may be too high for many teams, but Clowney brings top run defense and solid pass-rush to the table, though his game has never really lived up to his draft hype and he’s never matched the production of other dominant edge defenders."

Reed just made the list at spot No. 49:

"Suspension derailed Jarran Reed’s career, but before that, he was coming into 2019 on the back of a career year with the Seattle Seahawks. Reed is a solid player across the board, whose 11 sacks two years ago may have flattered his pass-rushing a little. Perhaps suited to more of a rotational role on defense, he isn’t bad at any one aspect of defensive line play, but he's not spectacular either, which ultimately may see him slip through the cracks of free agency until the later waves when the big names have been cleaned up."

Rookie report card: How the Seahawks draft class fared in 2019, including future outlook

Rookie report card: How the Seahawks draft class fared in 2019, including future outlook

The Seattle Seahawks got a mixed bag of production from their 2019 NFL Draft class this season. There were a few rookies who made noticeable impacts, others who fans clamored to see more of and a few who were complete non-factors for one reason or another.

Here’s a recap of what Seattle got out of each of its rookies in 2019.

1st round (29 overall) – L.J. Collier, DE, TCU

2019 overview: Collier played in 11 games but mustered just three tackles. He spent several regular season contests as a healthy scratch as well as both of the Seahawks playoff games. I’m always wary about throwing around the term “bust” after just one season, but there isn’t any reason for optimism with Collier. Seattle lacked quality defensive line depth all season, both from a pass rush standpoint as well as setting the edge in the running game. The fact that Collier couldn’t even make the gameday 46-man roster, let alone crack the lineup, was alarming.

2019 grade: F

2020 outlook: Again, I’m not sure where to find optimism with Collier. Pete Carroll said he wants Collier to play some inside, some outside in 2020. That tells me that the Seahawks aren’t quite sure where he might be most effective. What is his best trait that Seattle can tap into? Does he have one? Those are all valid questions after Collier’s invisible rookie season. I’m also a believer in the “young defensive linemen need to mature into their bodies” rationale. Unfortunately, some of that (most of that?) goes out the window for Collier. He’s uncharacteristically old and will be 25 in Week 1 of 2020. Nobody is rooting against Collier. Everyone, myself included, would love to see him flourish and be a productive player. That’s just hard to envision at this point. The best-case scenario is that Collier has a Rasheem Green-type jump in Year 2. Green posted four sacks and three forced fumbles in 2019.

2nd round (47 overall) – Marquise Blair, S, Utah

2019 overview: Blair showed promise with a handful of big hits, two forced fumbles and one pass defended. He started three games, played in 14 and posted 25 tackles. Fans’ biggest gripe is that Blair took a back seat to Lano Hill late in the season. It was Hill who started two games at free safety when Quandre Diggs (ankle) was out of the lineup. Carroll cited experience as the lone reason why Hill played over Blair, which to the credit of angry fans, did seem a bit peculiar.

2019 grade: B

2020 outlook: As things stand right now, even if Blair jumped Hill, he’d still be behind Bradley McDougald and Quandre Diggs on the depth chart. That would relegate his role to dime package situations. It will be interesting to see if Blair is able to beat out McDougald at any point in 2020.

2nd round (64 overall) – DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

2019 overview: No need to spend too much time here. Metcalf was an absolute home run of a pick and is the crown jewel of this draft class. He posted 900 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season before exploding for 160 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles in the Wild Card Round.

2019 grade: A

2020 outlook: Metcalf and Tyler Lockett have the potential to be one of the more formidable 1-2 punches in all of football. His biggest challenge will be continuing to develop his route tree and add a bit more consistency to his game. Metcalf should be a lock for 1,000 yards next season and a good bet for double digit touchdowns.

3rd round (88 overall) – Cody Barton, LB, Utah

2019 overview: Barton’s shining moment came in the Wild Card Round against the Eagles. He posted one sack and defended two passes. Barton also posted his first-career game with double digit tackles against the Panthers in Week 15. His four starts (playoffs included) will pay dividends in the future.

2019 grade: C+

2020 outlook: His added versatility to play SAM linebacker should help the Seahawks down the road. It also will likely keep the Seahawks from bringing back Mychal Kendricks in 2020. Seattle is likely still penciling Barton in to take over for K.J. Wright at WILL at some point in the next few years as well.

4th round (120 overall) – Gary Jennings, WR, West Virginia

2019 overview: Jennings was nearly cut out of training camp and again when the Seahawks promoted Adrian Colbert off the practice squad early in the season. He was officially shown the door when Seattle claimed Josh Gordon off waivers. Jennings was claimed immediately by the Dolphins but was placed on Injured Reserve shortly thereafter. He ended his rookie season without a single catch and was never active for a single game with the Seahawks.

2019 grade: F

2020 outlook: Should Jennings breakout and turn into a stud, it’ll make the Seahawks regret claiming Gordon. That feels like a longshot at this point.

4th round (124 overall) – Phil Haynes, G, Wake Forest

2019 overview: Haynes spent most of the season on PUP following sports hernia surgery in July. He stepped in for Jamarco Jones (concussion) in the Divisional Round against the Packers and showed promise.

2019 grade: incomplete

2020 outlook: I expect Jones and Haynes to compete for the starting left guard job next season.

4th round (132 overall) – Ugo Amadi, DB, Oregon

2019 overview: Most of Amadi’s work came on special teams. He did start the final few games at nickel and played pretty well overall. Unfortunately, the lasting impression from his rookie season will be getting beat by Davante Adams on that crucial third down play late in the fourth quarter against the Packers.

2019 grade: C
2020 outlook: Amadi is the likely Week 1 starter at nickel next season.

5th round (142 overall) – Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington

2019 overview: Burr-Kirven played in all 16 games, but mostly from a special teams standpoint. He did force a fumble in Week 1 on punt coverage. He only played four defensive snaps all season.

2019 grade: incomplete

2020 overview: Barring an injury, Burr-Kirven’s role will likely be the same as it was in 2019.

6th round (204 overall) – Travis Homer, RB, Miami

2019 overview: Homer’s best game came in Week 17 against the 49ers when he posted 62 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards. He showed he’s capable of playing in the NFL, but not enough to suggest he’s a difference maker at the position.

2019 grade: C-

2020 overview: Homer isn’t likely to have a role on offense unless there are a number of injuries as there were in 2019.

6th round (209 overall) – Demarcus Christmas, DT, Florida St.

2019 overview: Christmas spent the entire season on PUP with a back injury.

2019 grade: incomplete

2020 outlook: It’s hard to envision Christmas having a sizeable role on defense, at least not immediately.

7th round (235 overall) – John Ursua, WR, Hawaii

2019 overview: Ursua is much like Blair in that fans are baffled as to why he didn’t play more as a rookie. He was buried on the depth chart by Malik Turner, Jaron Brown, David Moore, and, for a few weeks, Josh Gordon. His one catch was an 11-yard grab against the Niners in Week 17.

2019 grade: incomplete

2020 outlook. Carroll sounded hopeful that Ursua could be a factor out of the slot for the Seahawks next season.

Of course Marshawn Lynch is already selling "take care of yo'chicken" t-shirts

Of course Marshawn Lynch is already selling "take care of yo'chicken" t-shirts

Last Sunday, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch went viral when he spoke about his advice to his younger teammates about financial responsibility.

"Take care of y'all chicken."

Well, it appears that Lynch wants some more chicken of his own.

Three days after losing to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round, Beast Mode has put "take care of yo' chicken" t-shirts on his website, 

The quote on the t-short isn't the exact quote from the press conference but "yo'" flows better than "y'all" so it makes sense. 

[RELATED Marshawn Lynch to his younger Seahawks teammates: 'Take care of y'all chicken']

The shirt is selling for $39.95 and only available in black. 

Now it's up to you if you want to save your chicken, or send it Beast Mode's way.

Tyler Lockett looking to the future: 'This season has already begun'

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Tyler Lockett looking to the future: 'This season has already begun'

The Seattle Seahawks 28-23 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs hurt.

Before exiting through the tunnel, brothers Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin took a moment to digest the final outcome, wiping away tears from their eyes. Pete Carroll watched the snow fall onto Lambeau Field long after the game ended and admitted it was hard to leave that opportunity behind.

“We did talk about it’s worth feeling the pain,” Carroll said. “It’s worth feeling the shock of it because some of the guys, that will motivate you. Not everybody, but some guys, it’ll motivate you to work harder and be more in tuned and committed and all that. Use that if you can. I’m not real worried about them. They got plenty of time to get turned around. These guys will come roaring back.”

Not even 24 hours following the devastating loss, wide receiver Tyler Lockett was looking toward the future. 

“This is not our last meeting,” Lockett said in a video interview with DK Metcalf via the Seahawks. “This is the last meeting of the last season. This season has already begun and we’ll be back.”

2019 was a season of accomplishments. The Seahawks went 11-5, made the playoffs and were an impressive 8-2 on the road. Seattle finished just inches short of an NFC West title over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 17. But for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Seattle still has unfinished business. 

"A lot of people think that we overachieved," Wilson said. "I think we underachieved, in my opinion, because I think that the goal should always be winning the Super Bowl. That’s got to be our standard. That’s got to be our focus. I think the reality is we’ve been very, very good for the past, in reality, the past eight years or so. I think to go to the playoffs in seven and eight and do all those things. Those are special, special things. To go to two Super Bowls, to win one. We got to capture that throughout the whole entire season going into next year."

DK Metcalf's beastly physique could give Terry Crews a run for his money

DK Metcalf's beastly physique could give Terry Crews a run for his money

Terry Crews has ridiculous muscles.

The former NFL player shared some “back inspo” on his Twitter Monday to get fans excited about the return of America’s Got Talent, which he is the host of.

While Crews’ post quickly vent viral with fans making memes of his jacked up body, it also caught the eyes of Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf. Metcalf sent out this tweet to the 51-year-old in response:

Like Crews, Metcalf has gained some attention for his chiseled physique and freakish 1.6 percent body fat measured at the NFL Combine. Just last week, former NFL receiver Chad Johnson tried to one-up Metcalf's ripped figure.

Metcalf could in fact give Crews a run for his money and it seems like his followers agree. 

Seahawks own 27th overall pick in 2020 draft; here are a few best-case scenarios


Seahawks own 27th overall pick in 2020 draft; here are a few best-case scenarios

Another shoe that drops following the end of a season is a team’s place in the draft order. After losing to the Packers in the Divisional Round, the Seahawks now know that they’ll pick 27th in the 2020 NFL Draft.

That’s the very same pick Seattle used to select Rashaad Penny in the 2017 NFL Draft. Fun fact, the Seahawks haven’t made a draft pick higher than No. 27 since 2012, when they took Bruce Irvin 15th overall. A lot of that has to do with John Schneider’s affinity for trading back in the first round or out of the first round all together.

For that reason, there’s a good chance this article ends up being irrelevant come April. Still, let’s explore some of the best-case scenarios for what Seattle’s 27th-overall pick could turn into. There are some good ones.

From most recent drafts working backward:

2019 – Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State (Raiders)

Abram showed promise before a shoulder injury ended his season after just one game.

2017 – Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU (Bills)

This is the dream for Seattle. White was named first-team All-Pro in 2019 after leading the NFL with six interceptions. The Seahawks have a need at corner after Tre Flowers’ shaky end of the season.

2016 – Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA (Packers)

Clark continues to be a starter for the Packers, and he has posted back-to-back six-sack seasons.

2015 – Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut (Cowboys)

Jones has been starting since his rookie season and is a one-time Pro Bowler.

2013 – DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (Texans)

Like White, this is the pipedream for Seahawks fans. Hopkins is a four-time Pro Bowler and has been named All-Pro three years running.

2012 – Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin (Bengals)

Zeitler was a Day 1 starter in Cincinnati and has made 118 career starts in his eight seasons. He was part of the deal to the Giants in exchange for Odell Beckham Jr. after spending 2017-18 with the Browns.

2011 – Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (Ravens)

Smith, surprisingly enough, has never made a Pro Bowl. But he’s won a Super Bowl, and he’s been a mainstay in Baltimore’s secondary since he was drafted. He’s struggled with injuries but still has 14 career interceptions.

2010 – Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers (Patriots)

McCourty is a two-time Pro Bowler, making one as a corner and one as a safety. He’s also got three Super Bowl rings.

2005 – Roddy White, WR, Alabama-Birmingham (Falcons)

White was named All-Pro once, made four Pro Bowls and had six 1,000-yard seasons in what was a very successful career in Atlanta.

2004 – Jason Babin, OLB, Western Michigan (Texans)

Babin was a bit of a journeyman. He played for seven different teams, including a stint in Seattle, but he still made two Pro Bowls and ended up with 64.5 career sacks.

1983 – Dan Marino, QB, Pittsburgh (Dolphins)

The Seahawks obviously aren’t going to take a quarterback in the first round, but now you have a fun fact that might be useful someday in bar trivia. You’re welcome!\