NFL News and Rumors: Welcome back Earl Thomas!
The good, bad, and ugly from Seattle at Denver
The Seattle Seahawks opened up the regular season on the road at the Denver Broncos yesterday. While the main storylines of Seahawks’ Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas returned and rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin made his debut (at cough* STARTING *cough linebacker), Seattle came up short 27-24 in the Mile High city.
Earl Thomas reminding everyone who he is
Who needs the offseason or training camp anyway? Not if you are 6-time Pro Bowler safety Earl Thomas. After long months of negotiating contract terms and holding out, Thomas finally came through for the Seahawks just before the first regular season game. He participated in just three practices heading into Denver, but made his presence known on the field almost immediately with a near pick-6 off Denver’s Case Keenum in the firs quarter.
Read the full article HERE.
Doug Baldwin injury status
One of QB Russell Wilson’s top targets Doug Baldwin left Sunday’s game vs. Denver with an apparent knee injury. Not the same knee however he was nursing through camp. The Seahawks reported that Baldwin sprained his MCL. According to head coach Pete Carroll, "He went back in the game and played some, eventually kind of talked him out of playing because he wanted to keep going, just to make sure we take care of him.”
Read the full article on Baldwin’s injury HERE.
Did Russell Wilson and Brandon Marshall just become best friends?
Yup. Well, their connection showed promise in Denver. Marshall recorded three catches for 46 yards and one touchdown on Sunday. And with Doug Baldwin’s return timetable still up in the air, Seahawks fans could get used to hearing Marshall’s named called a lot more.
Read: Brandon Marshall could determine Seattle's fate
Read the full article HERE.
Will Dissly is a star in the making
With their third pick (Rd. 4, Pick 20, No. 120 overall) in the NFL draft, the Seahawks selected Will Dissly, TE from the University of Washington. If anything came out of Dissly’s debut in Denver, there is a star in the making at tight end for the Seahawks. Drissly is filling in the shoes of departed Jimmy Graham, and did so in a big way leading the team in receiving with 105 yards. Dissly also scored Seattle’s first touchdown of the season. His steady hands and great open field vision should help lower the pressure off Russell Wilson and in Baldwin’s absence.
More on Dissly HERE.
Shaquem Griffin earns the start
What a story. What a debut. This past week, Seattle named rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin a starter vs. Denver on Sunday. A few rookie mistakes, but Griffin ended the day as Seattle’s second leading tackler. Griffin has a long way to go, but in just one game, the rookie shows promise, especially when he has a mentor on the field like 4-time Pro Bowl LB Bobby Wagner.
Read more on the rookie HERE.