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NFLPA urges players to halt in-person, private workouts

NFLPA urges players to halt in-person, private workouts

Obviously, the sports world is navigating uncertain waters due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But that is not stopping a handful of players from conducting their own individual workouts and workouts with their teammates.

New Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady has been doing so for quite some time now and even Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and breakout rookie DK Metcalf have been running routes.

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Also to note, Josh Gordon, who was released by Seattle back in December, has been working out with former teammates Bobby Wagner, Metcalf, and San Francisco corner Richard Sherman.

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On June 20, NFL Players Association doctor Dr. Thom Mayer advised players to stop activities immediately, while the NFL and the players association figured out how to move forward:

Please be advised that it is our consensus medical opinion that in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases in certain states that no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts. Our goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months. — Dr. Thom Mayer

Wilson and Metcalf were running routes three days after Dr. Mayer and the NFLPA released that statement.

NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith also voiced his concern over two of the top quarterbacks in the league exposing themselves at a higher risk by holding these in-person workouts with others. 

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According to Alistair Corp of SB Nation’s Field Gulls, “Should Wilson, Brady, or any other player contract COVID-19 while taking part, they could land on their team’s non-football injury list, meaning they would not be paid until they were able to come off the list.

“Additionally, in a worst-case scenario, they could be forced to pay back some or all of their signing bonus for the 2020 season. For a Brady or Wilson, the forfeited money may not be a huge deal. But for a player on the edge of the NFL, landing on the NFI list could have a massive, lasting impact.”

A lot is riding on the shoulders of Wilson and Metcalf this upcoming season after a breakout rookie year for Metcalf. So it makes complete sense why they are continuing to build their relationship on and off the field. It’s just a matter of doing so safely. 

Tyler Lockett is no longer concerned whether he’s underrated or not

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Tyler Lockett is no longer concerned whether he’s underrated or not

Tyler Lockett had his best season ever in 2019. He posted a career-high 82 receptions for 1,057 yards. He also found the end zone eight times.

But he still doesn’t generate the buzz that some of his peers around the league do. Even on the Seahawks roster, it’s DK Metcalf who garners most of the attention these days. Metcalf, on average, is being selected ahead of Lockett in most fantasy football drafts.

There’s an argument to be made that Lockett remains one of the league’s most underappreciated stars at any position.

That used to bother him, but it doesn’t anymore.

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“I kind of gave up on that,” he said on Friday. “It’s kind of pointless to worry about (how) people view me as a receiver. When you have people who watch the game, they’re going to have a different opinion than people who actually play.”

And that’s true, as indicated by the NFL’s annual list of the top 100 players. Lockett’s peers voted him as the league’s 65th best player, ahead of Larry Fitzgerald (69), Keenan Allen (77), Metcalf (81), Cooper Kupp (89) and Allen Robinson (93).

Lockett pointed out that many fans and casual observers of the game usually gloss over the refined aspects of his skill set.

“They don’t look at the route-running,” he said. “They don’t look at all these other things that make a player a player.”

At 5-foot-10, Lockett doesn’t fit the mold of what most consider to be a prototype wideout, but what he lacks in size, he more than makes up for in his versatility.

“I view myself as an all-around player,” he said. “If you want me on the inside, OK. If you want me on the outside, OK. If you want me to do kick return, OK. If you want me to do punt return, OK. I’m a player that has so much value.”

Lockett remains the Seahawks No. 1 wide receiver, but he joked that he’d be just fine if that were to change.

“OK, then I get to go back to doing both returns,” Lockett said matter-of-factly.

What makes Lockett special is his chemistry with Russell Wilson and the damage the two of them do in the scramble drill. On top of that, many of Lockett’s most explosive plays are on catches with a ridiculous degree of difficulty. His 13-yard touchdown against the Rams on “Thursday Night Football” last season was one of the top highlights across the league in 2019.

Lockett, much like his quarterback, will always have those fail to truly appreciate his greatness. The reality is that while he might not be in the top three at his position like Wilson, he’s not as far off as many might think, either.

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett considered opting out of 2020 season

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Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett considered opting out of 2020 season

Chance Warmack was the only Seattle Seahawks player who opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean he was the only one who considered it.

“I definitely had a lot of hesitation,” Tyler Lockett shared on Friday.

Lockett had ample reason to question whether or not he wanted to play football during a global pandemic. He found out during the 2015 NFL Combine that he had an abnormality in his heart. That condition, while mostly benign, was a factor in his thought process.

Seattle’s star wideout also had a cousin who contracted coronavirus and became very ill to the point where he thought she wasn’t going to make it. Lockett’s cousin, as well as a bulk of his dad’s side of the family, has asthma.

“That’s why it made me question if I wanted to come play,” Lockett said. “I have a lot of stuff in my family to where I don’t want to put anybody in jeopardy.”

The idea of being isolated from his family isn’t ideal, either. That’s a challenge for everyone involved from a mental standpoint when they’re not able to see their loved ones.

In the end, Lockett took solace in knowing that the Seahawks entire organization is in this together and decided to take part in the upcoming season.

“I know that we’ve got Pete (Carroll) and a lot of older coaches who don’t want to put themselves in a situation to get sick, either,” Lockett said. “I told myself, if they can do it, I know I can do it. If I’m going to come out here and play, I’m going to do what needs to be done.”

[RELATED]: Kemah Siverand's rookie mistake trying to sneak woman into hotel cost him his job

He added that he has faith the Seahawks organization is doing everything possible to make this process as smooth and as safe as possible. The pseudo Seahawks bubble is all Lockett is focusing on, which allows him to not stress about how the virus is impacting the outside world.

It’s only been two weeks, but things are going smoothly so far for Seattle. The Seahawks are yet to have a positive test (John Ursua had a false positive). Hopefully that trend continues throughout the remainder of training camp and into the regular season.

Pete Carroll fires back at Jets DC Gregg Williams over Adams comment

Pete Carroll fires back at Jets DC Gregg Williams over Adams comment

The unexpected Seahawks-Jets rivalry is continuing to heat up more and more each day.

Not even a full 24 hours have passed since Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams openly said that Jamal Adams ‘may get bored’ with the Seahawks defensive scheme.

[RELATED]: Jets DC Gregg Williams thinks Jamal Adams ‘may get bored’ with Seahawks defensive scheme

On Thursday, Pete Carroll joined Dave Mahler and Dick Fain on 950 KJR Radio and responded back accordingly to Williams's comments.

Well let's just pass it back: we don't make as many mistakes as he does. Let's let him have a chance to come back. We might as well do something coast-to-coast -- that will be fun.

Seattle runs a Cover 3 scheme that has produced numerous All-Pro defensive backs and, of course, the ‘Legion of Boom' defense that dominated the NFL. 

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During the 2012-2015 seasons, the Seahawks led the league in scoring defense, allowing the fewest points scored each year for four years straight. The only other team to accomplish this was the Cleveland Browns of the 1950s.

Adams will assume the strong safety position, which is reminiscent of the same position that was once hailed by one Kim Chancellor

Adams, unlike like the hard-hitting style of Chancellor, will bring a more dynamic approach to the Seahawks defense.

Especially when it comes to his extraordinary pass-rushing ability. Adams has recorded 12 sacks in just three years as a pro.

Carroll obviously isn't going to reveal detailed plans for the Seahawks' new weapon, but he knows Adams has the capabilities to basically do everything and anything. 

Towards the end of the interview, Carroll's answer to what Adams brings to Seattle wouldn’t feel right if he didn’t first come with another friendly jab at Williams.

"Well, he's not bringing Gregg Williams with him, that's for sure," Carroll quipped. "C'mon Gregg, fire back. Let's have some fun with this."

It’s all fun and games for Carroll in all of this, but I know the Seahawks head coach is looking to have the last laugh at the end of the game in the Week 14 matchup.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann]

Russell Wilson is more than happy that Jamal Adams is with the Seahawks

Russell Wilson is more than happy that Jamal Adams is with the Seahawks

One thing I know Russell Wilson is happy and excited about for this NFL season to start is the fact that Jamal Adams is wearing the same threads he is.

The two players are both competitive individuals and both are huge difference makers on their respected sides of the ball.

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Wilson knows how big of a difference the defense will look with Adams added to the team, and the veteran quarterback spoke about Adams and what he will bring for the Seahawks for years to come.

Jamal’s a fiery guy. I love him. He’s passionate about the game, he’s one of the best players in the game, for sure, one of the best defensive players. He can do it all. He’s got the energy, he’s got the passion, he’s got the knowledge. He brings something, for sure, to our team, not just for the defense, for our whole football team. He’s a great leader. He’s going to be a great football player for a long time. I’m glad he’s on our team.

The Seahawks gave up a lot to get Adams, including two first-round draft picks, which will be harder to bring in good offensive players around Wilson in the near future.

Wilson, as we have seen before, works pretty well with the surrounding cast around him regardless of what other people might say with the Seahawks offensive line and weapons.

At the end of the day, Wilson doesn’t seem to mind any of that at all.

The face of the franchise himself seems happy that Adams and him can now go to battle together, instead of going against each other.

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Kam Chancellor trolls Jets DC Gregg Williams on Twitter

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Kam Chancellor trolls Jets DC Gregg Williams on Twitter

Thursday featured an unexpected back-and-forth between New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

Williams kicked things off by suggesting that Jamal Adams might get bored in Seattle due to the Seahawks more simplified defensive scheme. Williams noted that he had Adams filling a myriad of roles which led to the safety's best season ever. It's true, Adams had a monster season with 6.5 sacks and his first All-Pro nod.

However, Carroll has a decent track record with getting the most out of his safeties as well. Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas are the most obvious examples in recent memory, but even Quandre Diggs serves as evidence in Carroll's favor.

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Carroll responded to Williams' comments during an interview with Sports Radio 950 KJR saying that the Jets defensive coordinator "make more mistakes than we do." On top of that, when asked what Adams brings to Seattle, Carroll quipped "not Gregg Williams, that's for sure." Carroll's tone was obviously playful, and he even said, "C'mon Gregg, fire back. Let's have some fun with this one."

Now Chancellor himself has chimed in on Twitter, first with a series of confused-face emojis. He then eloquently stated why Seattle's more simplified defense is actually a benefit to the players.

"When you see a lot, you see nothing. But when you see one thing, you see everything. You can focus better and maximize your potential when you have fewer things to focus on," Chancellor said in a reply to former NFL defensive back T.J. Ward.

Carroll and the rest of the Seahawks coaching staff is well aware of the kind of talent they have in Adams. And as Chancellor said on Twitter, there's no reason to believe that the Seahawks won't maximize his ability in Seattle.

Beyond the scheme, it's hard to imagine Adams getting bored in Seattle given the Seahawks recent run of success. Adams has won just 16 games over his first three NFL seasons with the Jets. The Seahawks have won 21 games over the last two seasons. It's also important to note that these two teams play each other in Week 13 this season. This back-and-forth will undoubtedly resurface as a storyline when mid-December rolls around.

Seahawks cut Kemah Siverand after he attempts to sneak woman into hotel, per report

Seahawks cut Kemah Siverand after he attempts to sneak woman into hotel, per report

The Seattle Seahawks were serious when they said players would have to approach the upcoming NFL season with great discipline. 

Kemah Siverand found out the hard way. 

The rookie cornerback was cut from the Seahawks roster this week after trying to sneak in a female visitor into the team hotel, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

The best part of the story is the woman came in the most suspect way possible, wearing Seahawks gear to disguise herself as a player. The Seahawks have not confirmed either report. 

As one person pointed out, Siverand has recently made a Youtube channel to vlog his rookie experience. It’s unclear whether the video was leaked on there. 

Albert Breer says the hotel’s security caught the incident on camera. If so, we’re gonna need surveillance video of this bust ASAP. 

It didn’t take long for Twitter to roast the rook for his bold move.  

Earlier this month, Pete Carroll, the NFL’s oldest coach, made it clear that he has high expectations for himself, as well as his players, to live responsibly and with self-discipline off-the-field.

“As far as being however old I am, I’m taking it as a personal challenge,” Carroll said. “If I happen to get this stuff, I’m going to kick ass on this stuff. If I don’t, it’s going to be because I’ve been able to find a way to luck my way through it. Because this is a very treacherous thing that everybody is dealing with. We’ve got, hopefully have good fortune along the way, with as well as having great discipline.”

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, players have been urged to avoid contact outside of training camp. Siverand’s attempt to bring in a visitor was against team rules. 

Siverand, one of three UDFA cornerbacks signed by Seattle this season, would have faced long odds to make the Seahawks final roster without the incident. 

Siverand last played in 13 games this past season for Oklahoma State, almost exclusively on special teams. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder had 11 tackles and one fumble recovery in 26 games at OSU after transferring two seasons at Texas A&M.

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Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: ‘Let’s treat every quarter like the fourth quarter’

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: ‘Let’s treat every quarter like the fourth quarter’

#LetRussCook has been a mantra of desperate Seahawks fans for a few years now – desperate for Russell Wilson to be fully unleashed from the opening kickoff.

We’ve seen the same script play itself out so many times: The Seahawks get down big early before making a furious comeback in the fourth quarter behind Wilson’s brilliance. Sometimes Seattle is able to overcome ridiculous odds and get a miraculous win. Other times, like in Week 17 vs. the 49ers and in the Divisional Round against the Packers, the Seahawks fall short.

The logic behind the hashtag is that if the Seahawks relied more heavily on Wilson from the jump – rather than obsess over establishing the run – they’d be able to avoid that script.

“The reality is I just want to win,” Wilson said on Thursday when asked about the “Let Russ Cook” movement.

But Wilson, while being the ultimate team-first player, is also a competitor, and he knows that having the ball in his hands gives Seattle the best chance to win game. He said he wants to find a way to score more points in 2020 and “dominate games.”

“At the end of the day I want the ball in my hands,” Wilson said. “I want to be able to make plays and give us a chance to win. That doesn’t mean just me chucking it around, but I feel like the more times I have the ball in my hands, the more things that can happen. I think the defense worries about that, too.”

Wilson agreed that the Seahawks would be wise to adopt a more aggressive approach in the early going of games. He noted that since he became the starter in 2012, Seattle is 57-0 when leading by at least four points at halftime. That’s a pretty bananas stat.

Pete Carroll is famous for the mantra of not being able to win games until the fourth quarter. The sentiment makes sense: that you need to stay focused for all 60 minutes, no matter if you’re up big or down big. But it also inherently overemphasizes the fourth quarter compared to the other three.

“Getting ahead is a key thing,” Wilson said. “I do believe in finishing strong. We’ve won a lot of games in the fourth quarter and been able to do some fun things in the fourth quarter. Let’s treat every quarter like it’s the fourth quarter. That’s my mentality.”

According to ESPN's Brady Henderson, Wilson ranks 12th in pass attempts in quarters 1-3 over the last four seasons. He ranks third in pass attempts in the fourth quarter and overtime over that same time span.


 
Wilson previously said this offseason that he wanted more up-tempo throughout a game. Pete Carroll acknowledged his quarterback’s wishes when he met with media back at the NFL Combine. Wilson has now doubled down on that desire given his comments on Thursday.

Whether or not we see a philosophy change from the Seahawks offense in 2020 will be one of Seattle’s biggest storylines this season.

Russell Wilson taught his ‘best friend’ DK Metcalf to swim this offseason

Russell Wilson taught his ‘best friend’ DK Metcalf to swim this offseason

It appears that there’s a budding bromance in Seattle between Russell Wilson and DK Metcalf.

The two spent a large portion of the offseason together, taking trips to Mexico and San Diego. They worked out together, trained and ran routes in order to work on their chemistry.

“Our friendship has evolved like crazy,” Wilson said. “He’s one of my best friends for sure. I love his demeanor. I love who he is. He’s like a little brother to me.”

During their time in paradise, Wilson somehow learned that Metcalf couldn’t swim. The Seahawks quarterback helped remedy that problem.

“He hadn’t really learned how to swim yet, so I taught him how to swim,” Wilson said.

There’s nothing Wilson can’t do, it appears. Pro Bowl quarterback and certified swim instructor. Wilson mentioned that Greg Olsen and Will Dissly also joined the offseason workouts at one point.

As for Metcalf, the second-year wideout is expected to have a monster season after an impressive rookie campaign. He posted 900 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019 after being the last pick in the second round. As Wilson eluded to, Metcalf clearly is taking the right approach in terms of maximizing his God-given ability.

Metcalf’s bromance with Wilson would make for a nice subplot should he follow through on the lofty expectations placed upon him.

Le’Veon Bell is still salty about Jamal Adams leaving NY for Seattle

Le’Veon Bell is still salty about Jamal Adams leaving NY for Seattle

Jamal Adams is officially practicing with the Seahawks this week, but former teammate Le’ Veon Bell still isn’t happy on how Adams went about it leaving his former team.

Adams had some choice things to say about Head Coach Adam Gase back in July, it got to a point where Adams staying in New York would do more harm than good to the franchise.

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Bell told reporters on Wednesday that Adams told him that he would never do something like that, bit of course, things change.

“It kind of looks like he forced his way out,” Bell said. “I was talking to him and he was telling me he wasn’t going to force his way out.”

Bell, of course, appreciates everything that Adams did for the Jets organization but doesn’t seem to see eye to eye on how Adams went about ending it.

I love playing with him,” Bell said. “He’s a great teammate. I just — sometimes you don’t like how people handle things.=

At the end of the day, the Jets got a lot for Adams in their blockbuster trade with the Seahawks. 

With receiving two first-round picks, and safety Bradley McDougald for the Seahawks, the Jets will eventually let this be in the past because they can now really look into the future of their organization. 

Bell might obviously want to win now, and losing Adams does hurt, but the Jets are looking into the future on what the franchise could look like.

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