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Mychal Kendricks doubtful vs. Rams, Ansah and Clowney questionable to play

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Mychal Kendricks doubtful vs. Rams, Ansah and Clowney questionable to play

The Seattle Seahawks (10-2) should be at nearly full strength on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams (7-5).

Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) is the most notable injury. Seattle's starting SAM linebacker is listed as doubtful to play on primetime in Los Angeles. Kendricks initially suffered his injury last week in practice. He was able to work through it for most of the game against the Vikings as he played 26 snaps. Cody Barton filled in for 11 reps against Minnesota. The rookie would make his first-career start at SAM if Kendricks is unable to go. Kendricks' absence would be financially notable as he's due $125,000 in per-game roster bonuses.

Jadeveon Clowney (core) and Ziggy Ansah (neck) are each listed as questionable and should be in the lineup against the Rams.

Here's Seattle's full injury report:

Out:

Neiko Thorpe (core)

Doubtful:

Luke Willson (hamstring)

Mychal Kendricks (hamstring)

Nick Bellore (quad)

Questionable:

Ziggy Ansah (neck)

Jadeveon Clowney (core)

Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin orders orange juice, no ice while Mic’d Up at Pro Bowl practice

Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin orders orange juice, no ice while Mic’d Up at Pro Bowl practice

When you get to elite Pro Bowler status, you can have anything you want.

Just ask Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who during Day 2 of this week’s Pro Bowl festivities, ordered some orange juice during practice while Mic'd Up. 

Most people like Gatorade or cold water when working out, but the former UCF standout is back in The Sunshine State, where orange juice is basically nectar of the Gods.

“People think I’m talking to myself, but I’m not,” Griffin said in the video. “So can someone get me an orange juice, large cup, no ice. Thank you.”

Some of the fans who watched the video were perplexed by Griffin’s “no ice” request.

This is the third-year corner’s first Pro Bowl appearance. Griffin was named to the NFC squad as a replacement for Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore earlier this week.

Seattle Dragons out-pacing rest of XFL in season ticket sales, expecting over 20,000 at opener

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Seattle Dragons out-pacing rest of XFL in season ticket sales, expecting over 20,000 at opener

Football season isn’t over in Seattle, and it’s evident that the city is eager to embrace a second professional team.

The XFL’s Seattle Dragons are just a few weeks away from their first game. They’ll start on the road on Feb. 8 against the D.C. Defenders before their home opener on Saturday Feb. 15 at CenturyLink Field against the Tampa Bay Vipers at 2:00 p.m. PT.

According to a source, Seattle is currently leading the XFL (eight teams) in season ticket sales, in some cases by a wide margin. The Dragons have seen a surge in ticket sales following the Seahawks loss to the Packers in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. The club is currently projecting an attendance of more than 20,000 people on Feb. 15.

The hype surrounding the team began to build when more than 1,000 fans showed up to a Dragons open practice at Memorial Stadium in Seattle Center back in December.

The XFL’s resurgence comes a year after the Alliance of American Football (AAF) collapsed in its first season. WWE CEO and chairman Vince McMahon has invested more than $500 million to ensure that the XFL is financially stable enough to make decisions with a long-term view beyond merely surviving Year 1. Prominent broadcast deals are already in place as each game will air on either ABC, FOX or ESPN.

Dragons president Ryan Gustafson wouldn’t confirm the exact ticket numbers, but he did express his excitement with the season just weeks away.

“Seattle has the best sports fans in the world who love football and love their community, and that is what the XFL is all about,” Gustafson told NBC Sports Northwest. “We're so grateful for the support we have gotten and are excited to continue building this the right way, with our fans - not just for Game 1 or the first season, but for many years to come.”

Former Seahawks quarterback and Redskins head coach Jim Zorn is the Dragons head coach. Former Oregon State head coach Mike Riley is the team’s offensive coordinator. Brandon Silvers or B.J. Daniels will start under center and wide receivers Kasen Williams and Keenan Reynolds are two of the team’s prominent skill players.

Head here to see the entire Dragons roster and coaching staff and here for ticket inquiries. Affordable seats are still available for the opener and for full season packages. Season tickets start at just $20/ticket, or $100 for all five games for a lower-level seat at CenturyLink. Club seats start at $45/game or $225 for all five games.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says Shaquill Griffin is fired up to play in first Pro Bowl

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says Shaquill Griffin is fired up to play in first Pro Bowl

Russell Wilson has been here before.

For the seventh time in eight years, the Seattle Seahawks star quarterback has been selected to the Pro Bowl. His teammate Shaquill Griffin, however, is taking in the experience for the first time.

In a video shared via the Seahawks on Wednesday, Wilson spoke about what it was like to be joined by Griffin in Orlando, as well as his brother Shaquem, who was seen by his brother's side during several of the activities. 

“Having the Griffin brothers on our team is pretty amazing,” Wilson said. “Those guys are so dedicated to the game, they work so hard. It’s cool having them here, too. Shaquill’s been special for us. To have him out here is great and I know he’s fired up about that. They’re both from Orlando—they played here." 

Griffin returned to his old stomping grounds of Orlando, Florida after he was named to the Pro Bowl earlier this week. He replaced Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who will not participate in the game due to injury. 

You can follow Griffin and Wilson's journey to Sunday's game here

Russell Wilson has a message for the world’s best soccer players: 'Seattle’s the place'

Russell Wilson has a message for the world’s best soccer players: 'Seattle’s the place'

Seven-time Pro Bowler. Super Bowl champion. 2019 NFL MVP candidate.

Russell Wilson is known for his lengthy list of accomplishments as the Seattle Seahawks star quarterback, but he’s also a businessman off the field. He recently added part owner of Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounder F.C. to his portfolio.

While partaking in activities leading up to the NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday, Wilson was asked about LA Galaxy’s recent acquisition of Javier “Chicarito” Hernandez.

“Well obviously Chicarito is an amazing player,” Wilson said in a video via the Seahawks Twitter page. “I’m a Sounders guy though. I have ownership in the Sounders, Ciara and I. We want to make sure we get the best players in the world in Seattle. Any of the best soccer players in the world, Seattle’s the place.”

The Sounders came across Wilson’s video and of course, they had the best response.

“He can do it all, folks.” Yes, Sounders F.C. he can.

Ranking the Seattle Seahawks top 5 positions of need this offseason

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Ranking the Seattle Seahawks top 5 positions of need this offseason

Following the Seahawks loss to the Packers in the Divisional Round, several players referenced how the 2019 squad felt like the 2012 iteration of the club. The suggestion, of course, is that the current team is on the cusp of greatness, capable of multiple Super Bowl runs in the immediate future.

It’s not impossible. Seattle made it within two games of the Super Bowl this year and will have an inherently high floor for as long as Russell Wilson is under center. But can we leave the 2012 Seahawks out of it? I don’t mean to be the Debbie Downer here, but 2012 has become a crutch equivalent to the 1995 Mariners: a lazy reminder of better times and a regular source of false hope.

Outside of losing in the Divisional Round, the comparisons between 2012 and 2019 are loose to nonexistent. The 2019 Seahawks were carried by Russell Wilson while being largely void of game-changing talent. By comparison, Seattle was arguably the best team in the NFL during the second half of the 2012 season, displaying a level of dominance never seen in 2019. That team was budding with young perennial Pro Bowlers (or even All-Pros).

DK Metcalf and Shaquill Griffin are the only two young players who potentially share a similar trajectory to Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin, Kam Chancellor, Bobby Wagner, Earl Thomas and Wilson (to name a few). The 2012 Seahawks didn’t have nearly as many question marks as Seattle currently has.

OK rant over. Now to the more important part. There is reason for optimism in Seattle heading into 2020. While the Seahawks have several holes to fill on the roster, they have north of $60 million in cap space in order to address those voids.

Here are the top five areas where the Seahawks must improve if they’re going to be legit contenders next season.

5. Wide receiver

It’s really a shame that Josh Gordon wasn’t able to stick in Seattle. Gordon, Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf could have been a formidable receiver trio for years to come. Instead, the Seahawks are in the market for a No. 3 wideout this offseason. Expect to see Seattle sign a veteran option to compete with David Moore (an impending RFA), John Ursua and potentially a 2020 draft pick. The loss of Will Dissly (Achilles) in Week 6 really accentuated the Seahawks lack of a reliable No. 3 receiver. All things considered, filling the other needs on this list is far more crucial, however, it is a need nonetheless.

4. Tight end

Seattle is banking on Dissly coming back and continuing to be a stud No. 1 tight end. But the reality is that the Seahawks need an insurance policy given that Dissly’s first two NFL seasons have ended prematurely due to serious injuries. Luke Willson (UFA) isn’t likely to be brought back this offseason. Jacob Hollister (RFA) is a nice complimentary piece, but he has some holes in his game from a blocking standpoint. There’s clear room for an upgrade at tight end, regardless of how Dissly is recovering from his torn Achilles.

3. Cornerback

I don’t think the Seahawks can go into 2020 with Tre Flowers as a presumed starter. Flowers, while impressive at times with two sacks and three interceptions in 2019, was far too inconsistent. He struggled in the playoffs with two long defensive pass interference penalties against the Eagles and a tough outing against Davante Adams and the Packers the following week. His 53.1 PFF coverage grade ranked 27th among NFL corners who played at least 80% of snaps.

Flowers fits Seattle’s mold of an ideal corner at 6-foot-3, and it’s far too early to give up on him all together. But there needs to be a training camp competition for who will start opposite Shaquill Griffin next season. Trae Waynes, Logan Ryan and Byron Jones are a few upcoming free agents (barring the franchise tag or re-signing with their current team) who could be on Seattle’s wish list. My guess is Seattle goes with someone with a lower profile option in the hopes that Flowers can beat them out.

2. Offensive line

The top two needs on this list far outweigh the other three. I’m of the belief that the Seahawks could spend all of their free agent dollars and draft capital in the trenches and it would be a successful offseason.

Seattle has several question marks along the offensive line. George Fant, Germain Ifedi and Mike Iupati are all free agents. Justin Britt is coming off a torn ACL, and the Seahawks could save nearly $10 million by cutting him. Pete Carroll insisted that he didn’t want to completely overhaul the offensive line this offseason. However, Seattle should see this as a prime opportunity to revamp a group that ranked 28th in pass block win rate in 2019.

Anthony Castonzo (if he’s willing to play right tackle) and Jack Conklin should be top priorities for Seattle. I doubt the Seahawks spend big at guard. My guess is D.J. Fluker will remain at right guard and Jamarco Jones and Phil Haynes will compete to start at left guard. That said, Joe Thuney and Brandon Scherff potentially hitting the open market has to at least make Seattle consider making an offer.

1. Defensive line

Contrary to the offensive line, Seattle has in-house options on the defensive line to bring back. Re-signing Jadeveon Clowney and Jarran Reed should both be priorities for the Seahawks. Clowney will cost anywhere from $18-21 million annually, but Seattle has more than enough cap space to afford him. Reed will come at half the cost due to his subpar 2019 season.

Beyond those two, Seattle should give Yannick Ngakoue and Arik Armstead a hard look as potential options to bolster a pass rush that ranked 16th in pass rush win rate in 2019 and ranked second to last in sacks (28).

Seahawks Russell Wilson, Shaquill Griffin start Pro Bowl practice in Orlando

Seahawks Russell Wilson, Shaquill Griffin start Pro Bowl practice in Orlando

The Seattle Seahawks are taking over Orlando.

Quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Shaquill Griffin will represent the Seahawks in the Pro Bowl on Sunday, but before they take the field, they are partaking in fan meet-and-greets, making their rounds with the media and practicing with their NFC team for the first time.

Another look at the insane mob of fans around Wilson.

Wilson was seen signing autographs for the fans and snapping photos with New Orleans Saints quarterback and friend Drew Brees. He also brought his stepson, Future, to participate in the day’s festivities.

Shaquill Griffin was suited up and ready for his first NFL Pro Bowl practice this week.

Griffin was also seen with his brother, Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin, because of course. Two Griffins is always better than one. 

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll also made time for the fans on Wednesday. Carroll and his staff will coach the NFC Team in the Pro Bowl game. 

Stay locked into NBC Sports Northwest for more exciting updates leading up to the Pro Bowl game! 

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner will sit out of Pro Bowl

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner will sit out of Pro Bowl

The Seattle Seahawks will now have just two players in the 2020 Pro Bowl game on Sunday.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and his staff will coach the NFC roster, but one of his players will be at home resting. In an interview with NFL Network's Omar Ruiz at the NFL’s Huddle for 100 event, Carroll confirmed All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner will not participate in Sunday’s game.

“Bobby’s OK,” Carroll said of Wagner’s ailing knee injury. “Bobby had something he didn’t really know he had. He found out in the exit interviews that he had a little problem with his knee that needs rest. I don’t think he has to do anything for it, but he has to miss this game.”

That means just two Seahawks will participate on the Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida: Quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Shaquille Griffin. 

Wilson will make his fifth appearance in the NFL’s All-Star game and also participate in the Skills Competition.

“Russell did have a great season,” Carroll said. “From the start all the way to the finish of it, all the way to final game, the final opportunity, he was battling. He’s such a great competitor. It’s just come through. He’s just continued to grow as a player. This was his best year I think.”

Griffin will play in his first Pro Bowl after being named to the NFC squad as a replacement for Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

“He’s really improved in the three years he’s been with us,” Carroll said of Griffin. “He’s a fantastic player for us now and it’s great that he gets recognized to be part of this.”

Carroll also shared his thoughts on coaching in the Pro Bowl for the first time, as well as the two possible rule changes the league will experiment with during this weekend’s Pro Bowl. Listen to his full interview with Ruiz here. 

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson named Pro Football Focus' 2019 MVP

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson named Pro Football Focus' 2019 MVP

Russell Wilson isn't likely to win the NFL's MVP Award. That honor is almost assuredly going to Lamar Jackson.

But if Pro Football Focus had its way, it would be Wilson receiving the award. Thus, PFF has named the Seahawks quarterback their 2019 MVP.

Wilson led PFF's WAR metric by a significant margin. His rating of 4.08 was at least a full point higher than the four next closest players: Patrick Mahomes (2.96), Dak Prescott (2.40), Aaron Rodgers (2.38) and Jackson (2.29). It's worth noting that Mahomes missed two games with a knee injury, but even with those extra snaps he still wouldn't have passed Wilson's PFF WAR rating. In addition, Wilson's 91.2 PFF grade for the season was tied with Drew Brees for second-best among QBs. Only Ryan Tannehill was higher, and he didn't play until Week 7.

"This season, the data points to the fact that no player added greater value to their team than Russell Wilson did for the Seattle Seahawks," PFF's Sam Monson wrote.

Wilson finished the season with 4,110 passing yards, 41 passing touchdowns and just five interceptions. He added 342 yards and three more scores as a runner.

There were three main contributors to Wilson edging the other MVP candidates in PFF's eyes.

The first is the notion that Wilson overcame Seattle failing to cater to his skill set whereas the Ravens revamped their entire offense to fit what Jackson does best. That's both from a schematic and from a game management standpoint.

The second is Wilson carried the Seahawks despite playing behind a far inferior offensive line. Duane Brown, who notably missed four games, was Seattle's highest-graded offensive lineman (76.3). Joey Hunt was next closest at 62.2. By comparison, the Ravens didn't have an offensive lineman graded below 63.0.

Finally, PFF credited Wilson for his ability to play at a high level in games where the Seahawks trailed, oftentimes by large margins. Jackson had the benefit of playing with a comfortable lead in most of Baltimore's games.

"When you try and see the entire board, Wilson dealt with much more adversity than Jackson did and was significantly ahead in terms of PFF WAR," Monson wrote. "So, Russell Wilson wins the award for a season in which there were two outstanding candidates."

 

Is backing up Russell Wilson what’s next for Marcus Mariota? It could be...

Is backing up Russell Wilson what’s next for Marcus Mariota? It could be...

Is there any shine left on Marcus Mariota’s star? 

That’s what we’re going to find out this offseason as Mariota is set to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins in March. The former No. 2 overall pick in 2015 has fallen from the pedestal of the Titans franchise QB to a signal-caller whose future is a gigantic question mark.  

Mariota was benched after six games (2-4) in 2019 in favor of Ryan Tannehill, a fellow first-round flameout… or so we thought. Tannehill sparked a turnaround in Tennessee and led the Titans to a 9-7 record and a Wild Card berth in the postseason. The Titans magic continued through the Wild Card Round against the Patriots and the Divisional Round against the top-seeded Ravens – two stunning upsets. Tennessee lost on Sunday to the Chiefs in the Divisional Round, and the Titans must now decide what they want to do at quarterback in 2020. 

The one thing that feels evident is that it won’t be Mariota.  

The former Oregon Duck has a 29-32 record in 61 games as a starter with 13,207 passing yards, 76 touchdowns and 44 interceptions. The highlight of his five seasons in Tennessee was a playoff win against the Chiefs in 2017.  

Now, he’ll presumably pursue an opportunity to compete for a starting job elsewhere. Here is a list of teams that could potentially sign Mariota in such a capacity: Dolphins, Chargers (if Rivers leaves), Colts, Bears and Panthers.  

There’s no guarantee any of those clubs will view Mariota as the stopgap QB they want running the show in 2020. Should all of them pass, Mariota would then be relegated to taking a backup job (or even competing for a backup job). That won’t be a problem. 

On that note, the Seattle Seahawks will be in the market for a backup quarterback as Geno Smith is also scheduled to be a free agent. Mariota’s mobility and experience as a starter could potentially be a perfect fit behind Russell Wilson. From Seattle’s standpoint, the Seahawks could do much worse for an insurance policy should Wilson miss a game for the first time in his career. 

There’s potential that Mariota would welcome a return to the Pacific Northwest. Seattle is about as close to the quarterback’s home of Hawaii as you can get in the NFL, and he’s already familiar with the region from his college days. 

This scenario is purely speculation at this point, but it’s not one that can be ruled out.