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Instant Analysis: Paxton Lynch balls out and other takeaways from Seattle Seahawks win over Denver Broncos

Instant Analysis: Paxton Lynch balls out and other takeaways from Seattle Seahawks win over Denver Broncos

SEATTLE, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks opened their preseason slate with a 22-14 win over the Denver Broncos on Thursday night at CenturyLink Field. With most of Seattle’s starters sitting this one out, all of the attention was on the backups fighting for roster spots.

Here are the top three takeaways from the contest.

1. Paxton Lynch outperforms Geno Smith

Smith has been the better quarterback in practice. It’s why he earned the start in this one with Russell Wilson given the night off. But it was Lynch who was the superior quarterback against the Broncos. Smith struggled to get into a rhythm at any point over the first two quarters. He finished the first half with just 58 yards on 3-of-9 passing.

Conversely, Lynch picked apart the Broncos defense over the final two quarters in what was a revenge half of sorts. Lynch, the former 26th-overall pick for the Broncos in the 2016 NFL Draft, racked up 109 yards and one touchdown on 11-of-15 passing. He added a 9-yard touchdown run and outgained Smith on the ground with 38 rushing yards to Smith’s 21.

The competition to be Wilson’s backup just became much more interesting.

2. DK Metcalf inches away from a monster first half

Metcalf caught one pass for eight yards on four targets. But the mundane stat line was nearly so much more. Smith took two deep shots for Metcalf – one down each sideline. Metcalf had a step on the coverage on each attempt. On the first, Smith overshot Metcalf down the right sideline, and the throw was a bit wide. The rookie wideout got his hands on the second deep ball but couldn’t corral what would have been a full-extension 32-yard touchdown grab.

The near misses are still encouraging for the Seahawks. One or both of the plays would have likely been completions with Wilson at quarterback. Metcalf did have a 7-yard reception nullified due to a penalty.

3. The secret is out on Jazz Ferguson

Ferguson has been a consistent performer in training camp over the last week, highlighted by his two touchdowns in the Seahawks mock game last Saturday. Ferguson’s strong play continued in his preseason debut. The undrafted rookie caught four passes for 54 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown from Lynch. On the score, Ferguson used his 6-foot-5 frame to box out the corner in coverage to make a contested reception at the goal line.

He was easily Seattle’s most impressive skill player on Thursday night. At this point, I’m not sure the Seahawks will be able to sneak Ferguson onto the practice squad. That means the big-bodied rookie may have gotten himself closer to clinching a spot on the 53-man roster.

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More to come from this one with quotes from Pete Carroll and Seahawks players.

Seattle Seahawks so far have had no positive COVID-19 tests

Seattle Seahawks so far have had no positive COVID-19 tests

As it stands currently, the NFL will most likely have a season this year despite COVID-19.

With the pandemic still at large, NFL teams are doing their best and taking extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of the players and to keep football going and on schedule.

And so far, six NFL teams are fortunate enough to not have a positive test yet.

One of those teams being the Seattle Seahawks.

 

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Peter King of NBC’s Football Morning in America detailed the steps the Texans have taken to combat COVID-19, and so far, they’re working.

In the example of the Texans, they have tested 80 players and 100 staff members who are in contact with players for 11 days. 

Not one of them tested positive in that span of time.

Given the fact the Texans are in one of the country’s COVID-19 hotspots, this is a good sign that the players and coaches are enforcing social distancing, as well as a tiny bit of luck is involved as well.

Besides the Seahawks and Texans, the Chargers, Cardinals, Panthers, and Patriots all haven’t had a player test positive yet. 

One thing to note is the Seattle Seahawks added wide receiver John Ursua to the NFL’s Reserve/COVID-19 on Sunday, however that doesn’t mean he tested positive for the virus.

It likely means he has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Still means the Seahawks have had no positive tests thus far. 

If NFL teams continue to produce no positive tests in the future, the NFL could be having a smooth season as they have planned. 

2020 Seattle Seahawks training camp: How fans can still watch

2020 Seattle Seahawks training camp: How fans can still watch

Seattle Seahawks training camp will be different this year. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, 12s are unable to attend live practices at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC) in Renton like years past. 

Luckily, fans will still be able to get a first-look at new players like Jamal Adams and Greg Olsen in a Seahawks jersey.  

Starting Wednesday, fans can get a glimpse at some of the top position battles and storylines at Seahawks camp by tuning into Training Camp Live. The 15-hour live shows will air on Q13 FOX if you are in the Seattle-area, or by hopping on Seahawks.com or the Seahawks official social media channels. 

Here is the schedule for Training Camp Live. All practice times are subject to change:

Wednesday August 12, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Thursday August 13, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Friday August 14, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Sunday August 16, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Monday August 17, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Tuesday August 18, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Thursday August 20, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Friday August 21, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Monday August 24, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Tuesday August 25, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Friday August 28, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Saturday August 29, 1:00-2:00 p.m. *
Tuesday September 1, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday September 2, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Thursday September 3, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

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NBC Sports Northwest’s Joe Fann will also be inside the VMAC bubble, sharing his unique experience covering the Seahawks in an NFL season like no other. Make sure to follow Joe and tune into NBCSNorthwest on Twitter for all the latest from the VMAC. 

To brush up on some of the top storylines ahead of the 2020 NFL season, check out some of Fann's make-or-break players this season. 

[Seattle Seahawks make or break players in 2020: LB Jordyn Brooks]

[Seattle Seahawks make or break players in 2020: DL Jarran Reed]

[Seattle Seahawks make or break players in 2020: DL L.J. Collier]

[Seattle Seahawks make or break players in 2020: TE Will Dissly]

 

Quinton Dunbar thanks Seattle for 'staying in my corner this whole ride'

Quinton Dunbar thanks Seattle for 'staying in my corner this whole ride'

Quinton's Dunbar tenure as a Seattle Seahawk has been quite the journey and he hasn't even taken the field.

The Seahawks acquired the 28-year-old in a trade with Washington in March but an alleged armed robbery on May 13 in Miramar, Fla. put his 2020 season and NFL career in doubt. 

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The Miramar Police had one witness and four victims sign sworn statements saying that Dunbar, as well as New York Giants corner DeAndre Baker, led an armed robbery at a party. However, when those five individuals later recanted their entire story and signed sworn affidavits with Dunbar's attorney Michael Grieco stating that Dunbar had no involvement in the incident, it appeared like Dunbar would be cleared.

Later, the New York News presented evidence that Dunbar and Baker paid off those five people to switch their story. A search warrant suggests the witnesses were paid $55,000.

[RELATED]: Report: Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar paid witnesses to change their story

One day later, Michael Grieco issued a statement to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times denying the claim that the players paid the witnesses to change their stories. Grieco would withdraw himself as council to Dunbar and be investigated by the Florida Bar. 

However, on Friday, it was announced that Dunbar would not be prosecuted for armed robbery due to a lack of evidence which paves the way for him to join the Seahawks this season.

Thank god, thank my family, my defense team, my agent and Seattle... most definitely Seattle for staying in my corner this whole ride. So, I'm just looking forward to moving on with my life. - Quinton Dunbar

"The charges as they related to Mr. Dunbar should not have been filed and they were not," said Dunbar's attorney Andrew Rier. 

Dunbar, who was removed from NFL's exempt list Saturday, can rejoin his team as soon as Sunday.

He is expected to challenge corner Tre Flowers for a starting job in Seattle's secondary.

Dunbar participated in the team’s virtual offseason program despite facing four counts of armed robbery from an incident May 13.

He is entering the final year of his contract.

Quinton Dunbar removed from NFL's exempt list, can join team

Quinton Dunbar removed from NFL's exempt list, can join team

Cornerback Quinton Dunbar's tenure with the Seattle Seahawks has been a rollercoaster ride, to say the least.

After being implicated in an armed robbery along with Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker in May, an investigation into his overall involvement remained fluid. 

Earlier this week, the Broward County state attorney announced Dunbar would not face charges. 

Now, the NFL is removing Dunbar from the Commissioner Exempt list, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports.

Dunbar can rejoin his team as soon as Sunday.

The Seahawks acquired the 28-year-old in a trade with Washington in March. He is expected to challenge Tre Flowers for a starting job.

Dunbar, 28, participated in the team’s virtual offseason program despite facing four counts of armed robbery from an incident May 13.

He is entering the final year of his contract.

DK Metcalf says Russell Wilson taught him that ‘nothing is going to be handed to you’

DK Metcalf says Russell Wilson taught him that ‘nothing is going to be handed to you’

DK Metcalf has added an extra notch in his belt in Year 2. 

Metcalf locked in with quarterback Russell Wilson for 58 receptions, 900 yards and seven touchdowns in his stellar rookie season, and there’s certainly reason to believe Metcalf’s best days are ahead of him. 

“He had so much to prove in his first year,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said in a Zoom interview with reporters earlier this week. “And because he’s a great competitor and he had a chip on his shoulder — it was huge — he wanted to prove that he belonged and that he could be a star, and he did everything he could in his first year. Smart, bright, tough, consistent, applied himself, made the plays and overcame the disappointments of the plays that he couldn’t make at times that are well within his range.”

[RELATED: DK Metcalf could be poised for Julio Jones-esque jump in Year 2]

Metcalf has Super Bowl-sized goals for the Seattle Seahawks in 2020, but his expectations for himself are just as hefty.   

“I know I had a few drops last year that I’ve got to clean up and just expanding my role in the offense,” Metcalf said on Thursday via Zoom. “I know I was just getting my feet wet with everything and the offense and being in the league. It’s just taking the next step.”

Metcalf has spent the offseason working out alongside several of the NFL’s best including his teammate Bobby Wagner and 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman. The second-year wideout has also spent some time with Wilson working out in Southern California. They made sure to social distance, he notes. 

“We know how one another is going to react to certain things,” Metcalf said. “It’s just a bond that goes further than football. Football is only a short period of my life, just building relationships that while I’m here that’s gonna last a lifetime.”

Metcalf’s undeniable connection with Wilson was on full display last season. But it’s the things he’s learned off-the-field from the seven-time Pro Bowler that inspire him the most.  

“Nothing’s going to be handed to you, if you want to be great, you’ve got to go get it," Metcalf said.

Greatness recognizes greatness. 

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Report: Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar will not be prosecuted for armed robbery

Report: Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar will not be prosecuted for armed robbery

The Seahawks may have just gotten back their starting corner. ESPN's Cameron Wolfe, among others, has reported that Quinton Dunbar will not be prosecuted for armed robbery due to a lack of evidence. Meanwhile, Giants defensive back DeAndre Baker has been formally charged and faces upwards of 10 years in prison if convicted. This all stems from the incident at a house party the two players attended back in May.

Dunbar is not currently with the Seahawks as he's been placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List, although he may be removed from that list in the very near future in light of Friday's news.

All of a sudden the Seahawks dream secondary will potentially become a reality with Dunbar and Shaquill Griffin at cornerback and Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs at safety. Then Seattle would have Ugo Amadi, Marquise Blair and Tre Flowers as depth pieces to deploy in sub packages.

The one wrinkle that is yet to be ironed out is whether or not anything will come from the alleged payoff that took place at Michael Grieco's office, the former attorney for Dunbar. Prosecution said it had evidence that the five individuals who provided sworn statements to the police were paid off to change their story and sign sworn affidavits that cleared Dunbar of any wrongdoing.

There's also a possibility that the NFL still decides to suspend Dunbar, but that feels unlikley without official charges being filed.

"We have been monitoring all developments in the matter which remains under review," the NFL said in a statement to NBC Sports Northwest.

This story isn't over just yet, but we may have a resolution in the coming days, one that could be very good news for Dunbar and the Seahawks.

Signing Everson Griffen or Clay Matthews would complete Seahawks offseason checklist

Signing Everson Griffen or Clay Matthews would complete Seahawks offseason checklist

Even in the wake of the Jamal Adams trade, the Seahawks still have a void along their defensive line. Seattle entered the offseason with its biggest priority being to improve the pass rush.

The team has done that to a degree, but Bruce Irvin, Benson Mayowa and a pair of rookies aren’t a lock to improve the league’s second-worst pass rush in 2019. Simply put, the Seahawks still need a premier guy or, at the very least, another proven veteran in the rotation.

NFL Network’s Mike Silver reported on Thursday that the Seahawks have moved on from their pursuit of Jadeveon Clowney and shifted their focus to Everson Griffen and Clay Matthews. Silver went as far as to say that “a move could come pretty quickly.”

As we head into the weekend, it makes sense to get ahead of this and share comprehensive thoughts as to how either player would impact Seattle’s roster.

Both players were highly productive in 2019. Griffen was a Pro Bowler in 2019 with 8.0 sacks, 24 quarterback hits and 11 tackles for loss. Matthews also managed to collect 8.0 sacks in his lone season with the Rams.

Matthews is older than Griffen (34-32) but was actually more productive on a per snap basis. According to Alistair Corp, Matthews had a pressure rate of 14.3% on 258 snaps. The benefit of Griffen, however, is his ability to rush from the inside in addition to off the edge.

Both players would take all the pressure off rookies Darrell Taylor and Alton Robinson, who would then be able to be eased into the lineup over the course of the season as they got up to speed. A pass rush of Irvin, Mayowa, Jarran Reed, Adams, Rasheem Green and Matthews/Griffen should be deep enough to improve upon Seattle’s meager 28 sacks in 2019. That’s before you add in any potential impact of Taylor and Robinson. Again, the additional benefit of Griffen would be eliminating the necessity that Seattle gets anything out of L.J. Collier.

It is important to touch on Clowney real quick. Even with Silver’s report, there’s still no reason to believe that the door is completely closed on Clowney’s return to Seattle. There will always be a chance that he rejoins the Seahawks until the moment he signs with another team or flat out says that he doesn’t want to be in Seattle.

Even with players opting out around the league and team’s having some increased cap space, there’s no guarantee that any club ever meets Clowney’s demands. If the money is mostly equal across the board, Seattle arguably gives him the greatest chance to recoup his value and cash in as a free agent in 2021. The Seahawks have a vastly improved supporting cast around him at all three levels of the defense. That would likely minimize an opponent’s ability to double him. His familiarity and stated fondness for the city of Seattle, his teammates and the organization as a whole make the Seahawks a logical fit.

Clowney should remain Option A for John Schneider and Pete Carroll. However, adding Griffen or Matthews would still check the last remaining item off Seattle’s offseason to-do list and would make the Seahawks a legit Super Bowl contender.

Shaquill, Shaquem Griffin co-lead initiative for NFL Votes

Shaquill, Shaquem Griffin co-lead initiative for NFL Votes

August 6th is an important day in our nation’s history. On this day 55 years ago, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote as guaranteed under the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 

Today, the NFL announced the launch of ‘NFL Votes’, a league-wide, non-partisan initiative that will support and encourage the civic engagement and voting of NFL players, legends, club and league personnel, and NFL fans from now until Election Day.

NFL Votes will focus on three key components of the electoral process: voter education, voter registration, and voter activation. These voting efforts are incorporated into the league's social justice initiative Inspire Change, which “showcases how the players, owners and league work together to create positive change in communities across America.”

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Of those trying to encourage others to get out and vote during this election season, Seattle Seahawks twin brothers Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin are doing just that.

We once were at a time in our lives when we felt our vote did not matter, and that came from conversations with people who felt the same way. But our vote really does count. We all sat down together, talked with our mom and dad, and you can't get to the point that it doesn't matter. That was a problem, but once you have the conversation, we actually found the truth. — Shaquill Griffin

You have to set the example. It's about getting up and doing it. People can say one thing and do another. If I want to be one of the better (examples) I have to be one who says I am going to do it and then do it. If they see me doing it and I take the step forward, I physically assure you this is the time to do it. — Shaquem Griffin

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is also amongst a group of leaders spearheading this initiative.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell adds:

“Today marks the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was meant to ensure the right to vote for all Americans, prohibiting discrimination in voting based on race or color. Through meeting with players and legends to better understand causes and issues they are passionate about, we found a consensus around the importance of voting. That's why we're putting the power of our platform behind NFL Votes, aiming to inspire and encourage people to get educated about the voting process, to get registered to vote, and to ultimately exercise their right to vote.”

For more information on this initiative, visit the NFL’s website here.

DK Metcalf’s dad recently ‘rekindled an old flame’ with Greg Olsen

DK Metcalf’s dad recently ‘rekindled an old flame’ with Greg Olsen

It’s been nearly 10 years since DK Metcalf’s father, Terrence Metcalf, stepped on the field as a professional NFL player, but not all of his former teammates have hung up their cleats. 

Greg Olsen, who signed with the Seahawks after being released by the Carolina Panthers in February, knows Terrence fondly. 

Olsen and Metcalf played together in Chicago when Olsen was a first-round pick in 2007 and Metcalf was a backup offensive lineman. They spent two seasons on the same team before Metcalf departed for the Lions in 2009.

12 years later, Olsen is one of the NFL’s elite tight ends and Terrence’s son, DK, is a star receiver for the Seahawks. About a month ago, DK decided to have his dad tag along for an offseason workout. 

He also invited a 35-year-old guest.  

It was one day, like a month ago, me and Greg worked out and I brought my dad up here with me and they rekindled an old flame. It was kind of funny because they just started smiling and Greg was like ‘I got to tell you about some stories in the locker room’ and all that. So, it looked like they had a pretty good relationship, but me just learning from Greg, it’s been great. -- Metcalf said during a Thursday press conference

Now, DK will be learning from the three-time Pro Bowler and seasoned veteran who played with his father. It’s an opportunity he doesn’t take for granted.  

“He can teach me a lot this offseason since he’s been in the league 20 years now,” Metcalf said of Olsen. “He’s a great player and just to learn from him is gonna be special.” 

Metcalf hauled in 58 receptions for 900 yards and seven touchdowns in his rookie debut and you can’t rule out a Julio Jones-sized jump for him in Year 2. 

The Seahawks believe the addition of Olsen can be a bigtime weapon for Russell Wilson and the offense this year. Olsen finished with 52 receptions for 597 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his 2019 campaign in Carolina. 

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