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NFL announces Seattle Seahawks training camp dates for rookies, veterans

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NFL announces Seattle Seahawks training camp dates for rookies, veterans

The Seattle Seahawks offseason is quickly coming to a close.

The NFL announced Monday a list of training camp dates, which will kick off for rookies and veterans of all 32 NFL teams, including the Seattle Seahawks.

According to the official release, Seattle’s rookies will report to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on July 17, while veterans will begin training camp on July 25. The team will hold 12 (yes, 12) open practices to the public beginning on July 25 and concluding on August 15, season ticket holder day. 

The August 3 practice will be the team’s first offsite practice at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell, WA, and will feature special appearances from Seahawks Dancers and Blue Thunder, fan activities and more.

We’re also less than seven weeks away from the start of the preseason. Seattle will first host the Denver Broncos on August 8. Here’s a look at the four-week preseason schedule:

Week 1: vs Denver Broncos -- Thursday, Aug. 8

Week 2: at Minnesota Vikings -- Sunday, Aug. 18

Week 3: at Los Angeles Chargers -- Saturday, Aug. 24

Week 4: vs Oakland Raiders --- Thursday, Aug 29

2019 Seattle Seahawks 53-man roster projection 1.0

2019 Seattle Seahawks 53-man roster projection 1.0

We’ve reached the midway point of the preseason, and although the Seattle Seahawks still have nearly two weeks until cut down day (Sat. Aug. 31 at 1:00 p.m. PT), we’re still getting a clearer picture at who will be on the 53-man roster.

Below is an initial projection for the names who will be on that list, including analysis for which players on the bubble are still in the mix. It’s important to note that Seattle is likely to tweak its roster immediately depending on who else gets cut from around the NFL. End-of-preseason trades are also fairly common.

Away we go…

Quarterback (2)

Russell Wilson and Geno Smith

Analysis: I was already of the belief that even though Paxton Lynch had closed the gap, the backup job remained Smith’s to lose. Then Lynch struggled against the Vikings (6-of-15 passing for 67 yards), and left the game after taking a brutal hit to the head from Minnesota corner Holton Hill. Now Lynch is in the concussion protocol, and there’s no telling when he’ll be cleared to play again. Smith, who didn’t play on Sunday after having a cyst removed from his knee, still came out of the game a “winner.” He should be a full participant when Seattle returns to practice on Wednesday, and he’ll have the chance to secure the job next Saturday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Running back (5)

Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, Travis Homer, J.D. McKissic and Nick Bellore

Analysis: My gut says that the Seahawks go with Homer over Prosise and keep McKissic because he offers a unique skill set to the group. Pete Carroll has always kept a fullback on the roster, and until that changes, I see no reason to assume Bellore’s roster spot isn’t safe. Regardless, unless Carson or Penny get hurt, I don’t envision anyone else having a sizeable role in 2019.

Wide receiver (6)

Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, David Moore, Gary Jennings, Jaron Brown and Jazz Ferguson

Analysis: There’s still a chance that John Ursua unseats Brown or Ferguson. He’s probably the only name outside of the six listed above that has a realistic shot at a roster spot. Metcalf is having knee surgery on Tuesday, but Carroll is optimistic that the rookie can make it back in time for the regular season opener on Sept. 8. He’ll occupy a spot on the active roster regardless unless there’s an unforeseen setback that puts Metcalf on IR to begin the season.

Tight end (3)

Nick Vannett, Will Dissly, Jacob Hollister

Analysis: This one is pretty straight forward. Ed Dickson (knee) won’t be ready for the start of the regular season, and Seattle may opt to part ways with the veteran anyway.

Offensive line (9)

Duane Brown, Mike Iupati, Justin Britt, D.J. Fluker, Germain Ifedi, George Fant, Jamarco Jones, Ethan Pocic and Joey Hunt.

Analysis: The first eight names here should be locks for the roster. If Seattle views Pocic as their backup center, Hunt could be cut in favor of keeping an extra player at a different position. Phil Haynes (undisclosed injury) is the wildcard. The Seahawks 2019 fourth-round pick is yet to practice and appears destined to remain on the Physically Unable to Perform List when the regular season begins.

Defensive Line (8)

Cassius Marsh, Quinton Jefferson, Al Woods, Ezekiel Ansah, L.J. Collier, Rasheem Green, Poona Ford and Jacob Martin

Analysis: Jarran Reed will move to the suspended list on cut day, vacating his spot on the active roster for the first six weeks of the season. It wouldn’t surprise me if Earl Mitchell and Barkevious Mingo ended up on the team. But Mitchell is behind Woods and Ford at nose tackle on base downs. He may also be trailing undrafted rookie Bryan Mone as well. Mingo appears to be behind Marsh and Martin on the edge. If Ansah is ready for Week 1, Mingo becomes even more expendable. Someone like Bellore could assume Mingo’s special teams workload. The big question here is whether or not Collier will be on the active roster as the season opens or become one of Seattle’s IR designated to return players.

Linebacker (6)

Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Mychal Kendricks, Cody Barton, Austin Calitro and Shaquem Griffin

Analysis: The first five names here are givens. The only real unknown is whether or not Griffin can stave off rookie fifth-round pick Ben Burr-Kirven.

Secondary (11)

Shaquill Griffin, Tedric Thompson, Bradley McDougald, Tre Flowers, Neiko Thorpe, Ugo Amadi, Akeem King, Marquise Blair, Lano Hill, DeShawn Shead and Jamar Taylor

Analysis: I kept an extra defensive back simply because I had no idea who to cut. There’s so much depth here, particularly at safety, which means Seattle is going to face several difficult decisions. I ultimately picked Taylor over Kalan Reed and Shead/Hill over Shalom Luani.

Specialists (3)

Jason Myers, Michael Dickson and Tyler Ott

Analysis: Nothing to see here.

Peter King predicts three teams in the NFC West that can make deep playoff runs this year

Peter King predicts three teams in the NFC West that can make deep playoff runs this year

The NFC West division has been two teams for some time now. Since the 2013 season, the Seattle Seahawks or Los Angeles Rams have won the division five out of six times. Russell Wilson and the rowdy 12th man up North have proved it be a tough road victory for any visiting team. Then there is quarterback Jared Goff, running back Todd Gurley and that Rams’ defensive front who have dominated the division these past two seasons. 

But there is one other team that could push for the NFC title in 2020. 

“In my opinion, I think it’s a three team division now instead of two,” says NBC Sports football writer Peter King who our Seahawks Insider Joe Fann caught up with last week at Seahawks Training Camp. 

The San Fransisco 49ers could make that push. A team with great potential that relies on the health of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who held the second overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and selected Nick Bosa, defensive end from the Ohio State University, and still have corner Richard Sherman lurking in the secondary.

“If Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t slip on a banana peel in September… I mean if he plays 16 games, the 49ers are going to be good,” says King. 

The fourth team is in a bit of a rebuild. The Arizona Cardinals held the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and selected quarterback Kyler Murray. They have a new coach (Kliff Kingsbury), a new offense, a rookie quarterback, and let’s not forget Hall of Fame receiver Larry Fitzgerald. 

This will be quite the division to watch this season.

Seahawks WR DK Metcalf to get knee surgery on Tuesday

Seahawks WR DK Metcalf to get knee surgery on Tuesday

Pete Carroll dropped a bit of a bombshell on reporters during his postgame press conference Sunday night after the Seattle Seahawks fell to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2 of the preseason.

Carroll shared that DK Metcalf is scheduled to get knee surgery on Tuesday. He added that the procedure isn't serious, and the hope is to have Metcalf back for the regular season opener on Sept. 8. Metcalf didn't play against the Vikings with what was reported pregame as a sore leg. Now we know that it was more serious than just some general soreness.

It's hard to know the impact of the news without a definitive timetable for how long Metcalf will be out. My best guess is that the injury will diminish Metcalf's role in the early part of the season. Seattle's expectations for the rookie phenom are too great to rush him back, no matter how minor the operation is. It also shouldn't have any bearing on who makes the team at wide receiver. It doesn't sound like Metcalf is in any danger of being a short-term IR candidate, which means he'll still assume a spot on the 53-man active roster.

We should find out more about Metcalf's prognosis on Wednesday when the Seahawks return to practice and Carroll addresses the media once again.

Other injury notes:

- Marquise Blair left the game due to back spasms.

- Demetrius Knox has a "nasty" quad injury. He was carted off late in the fourth quarter.

- Paxton Lynch is in the concussion protocol after absorbing a brutal hit to the head from Vikings corner Holton Hill, who was ejected following the play.

Instant Analysis: Poona Ford is a problem and other takeaways in Seahawks loss to Vikings


Instant Analysis: Poona Ford is a problem and other takeaways in Seahawks loss to Vikings

The Seattle Seahawks (1-1) fell to the Minnesota Vikings (2-0), 25-19, in Week 2 of the preseason from U.S. Bank Stadium. Russell Wilson made his preseason debut and played for two productive series. Seattle’s starting defense also played the entire first quarter with mostly positive results.

Here are three quick takeaways from what transpired Sunday night.

1.    Poona the problem

Poona Ford was the Seahawks MVP against Minnesota. The second-year defensive tackle had three total tackles, including one for loss. He wrecked the Vikings offensive line at the point of attack on several occasions. Ford’s signature play of the game was his tackle for loss against Vikings running back Alexander Mattison.

Ford stood Mattison up behind the line of scrimmage and appeared to force a fumble as he threw the running back to the ground. However, the refs ruled that Mattison’s forward progress was stopped and blew the play dead, negating a takeaway that would have given Seattle the ball inside Minnesota’s 5-yard line. The play was impressive nonetheless.

NFL Network’s Peter Schrager called Ford his “winner of the night.” The Seahawks will need Ford to be a force this season, especially in Jarran Reed’s absence for the first six games. He's one of the defense's biggest x-factors.

2.    Wilson impressive in brief showing

The Seahawks starting offense only put up three points, but the two drives accumulated a combined 116 yards. Wilson completed 6-of-9 pass attempts for 82 yards and ran the ball twice for nine yards. Chris Carson posted 25 yards on five carries for a healthy 5-yard average. Tyler Lockett caught 3-of-4 targets for 27 yards.

Most of Wilson’s damage through the air came off of play action. Brian Schottenheimer did a nice job getting the entire offense into a nice rhythm as there were several receivers schemed wide open. There were things to improve upon, sure, but the starting offense showed all you could ask for all things considered.

3.    Lynch’s poor play, potential injury adds layer to backup QB battle

Geno Smith (knee) didn’t play on Sunday which meant it was the Paxton Lynch show following Wilson’s exit from the game. Lynch completed just 6-of-15 pass attempts for 67 yards. To make matters worse for the quarterback, Lynch took a vicious shot to the head from Vikings cornerback Holton Hill.

Hill was ejected for the hit, and Lynch was replaced by J.T. Barrett. A concussion or any other injury would keep Lynch out just as Smith is getting back to full strength. It’s an unfortunate series of events for Lynch given how well he played against the Denver Broncos in the preseason opener.

Odds and ends:

-    Rashaad Penny was entirely ineffective, losing two yards on six carries. He also caught 2-of-3 targets for 10 yards.

-    Jaron Brown led the Seahawks with two receptions for 52 yards.

-    Travis Homer made his preseason debut and ran for 16 yards on four carries.

-    Marquise Blair was carted to the locker room with what was later reported as a back injury. That could be a significant development for the Seahawks secondary.

WATCH: Highlights from the Seattle Seahawks preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings

WATCH: Highlights from the Seattle Seahawks preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings

There were a lot of incredible moments in the Seattle Seahawks Week 2 preseason matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, even though the Seahawks didn't walk away with a W. 

There was Ugo Amadi's perfectly timed blow, the chemistry between Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett and oh, don't think we forgot DeShawn Shead's 88-yard pick-six. 

Here’s a look at some of the highlights from the game, including this gem from Russell Wilson Helmet Cam. You can also check out Seahawks Insider Joe Fann’s three takeaways from the game here.

Social media reacts as Seattle Seahawks fall to Minnesota Vikings in Week 2 of preseason

Social media reacts as Seattle Seahawks fall to Minnesota Vikings in Week 2 of preseason

The Seattle Seahawks second game of the preseason had plenty of ups and downs. Poona Ford did some damage to Minnesota's offense, Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett's connection showed some preseason sparks and Ugo Amadi made an impact on special teams with a massive hit. 

Seattle, however, didn't walk away from Minnesota unscathed. Paxton Lynch suffered a hard hit late in the fourth quarter, Marquise Blair left the game with a back injury and Demetrius Knox was carted off the field with what looks to be a serious knee injury. 

Here’s a look at how fans, media and NFL players reacted to the Seahawks 25-19 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

No one blocks Poona Ford. Early in the game, the one-man wrecking crew delivered a hit to the Vikings offensive line that nearly forced a fumble. It was later ruled Vikings ball, but Ford’s stellar play did not go unrecognized.

Moments later, Tyler Lockett had a brilliant catch in front of the Minnesota bench. He toed the sideline for a catch on third-and-5.

In the second quarter, veteran DeShawn Shead took it all the way back for the Seahawks with an 88-yard interception return for a touchdown. Shead’s Pick-6 shook NFL Twitter, including many of his former teammates.

Former Oregon safety Ugo Amadi delivered a big shot to pin the Vikings at the 37-yard line. Twitter celebrated accordingly.

Paxton Lynch sustained a scary, helmet-to-helmet hit late in the fourth quarter that led to an ejection for Vikings cornerback Holton Hill. 

Moments later, Demetrius Knox was carted off the field with what looked like a serious knee injury. 

Next up, the Seahawks will head to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers on Aug. 24. Kick off for the Week 3 game is set for 7:00 p.m. PT. 

Seahawks Preseason Preview: Players fighting for starting jobs vs. Vikings

Seahawks Preseason Preview: Players fighting for starting jobs vs. Vikings

The Seattle Seahawks (1-0) are in Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Vikings (1-0) on Sunday night in Week 2 of the preseason. Last week’s preview focused on players fighting for roster spots. This time around, we’ll take a look at which starting spots might be up for grabs.

Seattle had the benefit of having 10 days between exhibition contests, and during that time, some interesting developments have taken place at the top of the Seahawks roster. Below is a look at some of the players who might have an opportunity to become Week 1 starters.

S Marquise Blair

There’s a growing sense that Blair might be able to challenge Tedric Thompson at free safety sooner rather than later. Blair’s preseason debut showed flashes of his awareness, anticipation, closing speed and physicality. Both of his big downfield hits, even though one was penalized, exemplified those traits.

On Friday, Blair ended practice with a sideline interception. He continues to show a higher ceiling than Thompson from a playmaking standpoint. The big difference is that Pete Carroll trusts Thompson. The same can’t be said for Blair just yet.

For his impressive plays, the rookie also had a few costly missed assignments against Denver. He freelanced on a few occasions, which led to one explosive pass play into the red zone.

“He’s just got to learn what we’re doing, figure it out, and make sure that he’s really tight with all of his assignments and responsibilities,” Carroll said. “That’s going to take some time. That takes time before we trust him, we have guys that we do trust and they know what they’re doing so he has to work his way through all of that so the competition is really stiff.”

If Blair gets sound within the scheme, he may force the coaching staff to find a way to get him on the field.

G/C Ethan Pocic

Pocic has been the benefactor of Mike Iupati’s run of injuries so far during camp. Iupati has missed a few weeks with a foot injury and now, to quote Carroll, has “an unfortunate calf thing.” That means Pocic will continue to be the starting left guard in Iupati’s absence. The starting offense is expected to get additional work over the next two preseason games, which gives Pocic a huge opportunity to prove he’s worthy of the job, even when Iupati returns.

Seattle’s 2017 second-round pick has made 15 starts over his first two seasons. This could be the season he earns a full-time role.

Nickel CBs

This remains one of the biggest positions of intrigue on the roster. Jamar Taylor, Kalan Reed, Akeem King and Ugo Amadi are all battling for the starting nickel role. Taylor had an interception against the Broncos and then had a strong week of practice ahead of Sunday night’s game against the Vikings. However, Carroll hinted that Reed might be the current leader in the clubhouse. Seattle won’t make a decision here until they absolutely have to, but I’m still eager to watch all four players tonight.

Players who aren't fighting for starting jobs, but you should still be watching anyway

RBs J.D. McKissic, C.J. Prosise and Travis Homer

These players don’t have a chance to unseat Chris Carson or Rashaad Penny on the depth chart, but all three are worth mentioning as they should be making their preseason debuts against the Vikings. The trio of running backs are fighting to make the team, and there’s no way all three will be on the 53-man roster. Staying healthy and being productive in these exhibition contests will be vital in their respective cases for why Seattle should keep them.

TE Jacob Hollister

Hollister opened camp on fire and was one of the stars in Seattle’s mock game at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell, Wash. Since then he’s been on the shelf with a groin strain. Hollister finally made his return to practice and should play on Sunday night. I tend to think his roster spot is safe, but right now he’s behind Will Dissly and Nick Vannett on the depth chart. He’s got the ability as a pass catcher to push both for playing time in the regular season.

Pete Carroll provides Seahawks injury updates, mum on who will play vs. Vikings

Pete Carroll provides Seahawks injury updates, mum on who will play vs. Vikings

Pete Carroll was full of regret over his press conference last week prior to the Seattle Seahawks preseason opener against the Denver Broncos. In his eyes, he divulged way too many details about who would play and how much.

“I thought I had a really bad performance on that one, so be prepared to hear nothing about who is playing,” Carroll said to open his presser on Friday. “I gave you way too much last time.”

He was true to his word, staying mum regarding what to expect in Minnesota.

“You’ll have to wait and see until gametime,” Carroll added.

Carroll did share several updates for many players on the roster, which helps us guess who will be out there on Sunday in Minnesota. It should be noted that most starters, Russell Wilson included, are expected to play against the Vikings.

Here's all the newsworthy information from the Seahawks head coach:

-    Bobby Wagner made his return to practice after getting a procedure on his knee last week. He looked to be at full speed during individual drills, but he didn’t participate in 7-on-7s or team periods. He won’t play against the Vikings, but Carroll didn’t rule out seeing him at some point in the preseason.

-    Ziggy Ansah had a minor setback, suffering a groin strain five days ago. Carroll said the strain will have no impact on his availability for Week 1 and added that his shoulder is at full strength.

-    Geno Smith (knee) made a “remarkable recovery” and was in pads on Friday. He went through individual work but, like Wagner, didn’t participate in any other portion of practice. Smith is clearly doing his best to be available on Sunday.

-    Will Dissly is “fully back” as far as the Seahawks are concerned and could make his preseason debut against the Vikings.

-    Shaquem Griffin’s bruised knee flared up, leaving his status for Sunday up in the air. He didn’t practice on Friday.

-    Mike Iupati (foot) had an “unfortunate calf thing” during workouts. There’s no timetable for his return to practice.

-    Marquise Blair is working at free safety and strong safety. My guess is that the Seahawks want him to be the No. 2 at both spots. He had an interception to end practice on Friday against Paxton Lynch, showing his awareness, anticipation, closing speed and ball skills. Now Blair must show the coaches that he can be tight with his responsibilities and assignments. Carroll doesn’t like players to freelance outside of the defensive scheme.

-    Carroll had high praise of Al Woods, and it sounds like the veteran defensive tackle is the odds on favorite to start in place of Jarran Reed to open the season. “We’re excited that we’ve got him,” Carroll said.

-    Jamar Taylor had another strong practice on Friday in what has been a productive week for him. He kept up with Tyler Lockett stride-for-stride on two separate 1-on-1 reps. Carroll called him “very competitive, fast and explosive.” Taylor is competing at nickel and outside corner.

-    Bo Scarbrough has a groin strain and may not play against Minnesota.

-    Jacob Hollister (groin) is back at practice and should make his preseason debut on Sunday.

Could DK Metcalf be the player to replace Doug Baldwin?

Could DK Metcalf be the player to replace Doug Baldwin?

How do you replace the irreplaceable? 

That is the question the Seattle Seahawks will try to answer after losing Doug Baldwin, one of the league's best slot receivers. The former Pro Bowler meant much more to Seattle than his yards and touchdowns--it was also his personality that made him one of the greatest leaders the Seahawks have ever had both on and off the field.  

In an interview with Seahawks Insider Joe Fann, NBC Sports football writer Peter King talks about which player could fill Baldwin's shoes in the lineup. 

[READ MORE: Peter King calls Seahawks the ‘Steelers of the NFC,’ predicts 10-6 record]