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Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner and Neiko Thorpe named Seahawks 2019 captains

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Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner and Neiko Thorpe named Seahawks 2019 captains

The Seattle Seahawks will have the same three captains in 2019 as they did a season ago: Russell Wilson (offense), Bobby Wagner (defense) and Neiko Thorpe (special teams).

They’re the obvious choices as voted on by the rest of the Seahawks locker room. Carroll announced the results of the vote prior to Monday's practice in a team huddle.

The coach spent some time on Wednesday explaining why each of the three is so deserving.

“(Bobby is) a great leader, and he’s the obvious guy,” Carroll said. “It’s a no-brainer. He’s the voice. He’s the action. He’s all of it. Russell returns as the offensive captain. Same same. He’s awesome as the guy who leads the program. He’s calling every play. He’s taken every snap forever. He’s on it. Both of those guys care so much about what’s going on around them and the people they can help and reach out to. They’re incredible leaders.

“Neiko Thorpe has been the spirit of the special teams for a number of years now, and it’s great that the guys have recognized him again. He’s got great presence in our room with our guys. Those guys are incredible leaders for us. We’re thrilled to have them.”

Wagner and Wilson are coming off Pro Bowl seasons and each inked a lucrative contract extensions this offseason. They’ll continue to be the long-term faces of the franchise.

Thorpe is entering his fourth-year with the club. The veteran cornerback is a standout on Seattle’s coverage and return units. He had seven tackles and one fumble recovery on special teams last season.

5 burning questions: What we’ll learn during Seahawks camp

5 burning questions: What we’ll learn during Seahawks camp

At long last, the Seahawks will begin official training camp practices on Wednesday from the VMAC. Media will be allowed to be in attendance, and a portion of the practice will be streamed live on Seahawks.com.

We’ve been waiting months for this very moment. Seattle last took the practice field seven months ago in mid-January. That means we’ve had plenty of time to discuss each player and top storyline ad nauseum. But just in case you’ve been on a well-deserved summer vacation and need a refresher, here are the top five storylines to follow during camp.

We’ll revisit each of these five questions at the end of camp to recap how things develop over the next several weeks.

1. Who is going to start at left guard?

Mike Iupati will be given every opportunity to retain his starting job as the incumbent. Pete Carroll surely hopes Iupati will be able to stay healthy and show he’s worthy so that at least the left side of the offensive line can carry over from 2019. Carroll said in January that he didn’t want to see massive turnover up front. And yet, if Iupati gets beat out by Will Haynes, Ethan Pocic or Jordan Simmons, that will mean 80% of the offensive line will be new in 2020 with B.J. Finney at center, Damien Lewis at right guard and Brandon Shell at right tackle.

2. Who emerges from the pack at wide receiver?

We know the top three receivers will be Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf and Phillip Dorsett. The roster spots behind them are up for grabs, though. David Moore should be able to claim one even after an underwhelming 2019 season. However, he’ll have a trio of talented youngsters vying for his spot. John Ursua, Freddie Swain and hybrid receiver/tight end Stephen Sullivan are all players to watch in camp. The biggest threat to Moore’s roster spot would be the potential signing of Josh Gordon. That’s a big if at this point given Gordon is yet to be reinstated, and nobody knows if he’ll be given any additional suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse and performance enhancing substances policies.

3. Can Jordyn Brooks unseat K.J. Wright at WILL linebacker?

Both John Schneider and Carroll have opened the door for Brooks to be Seattle’s Week 1 starter at WILL linebacker. Carroll called it his clearest path to playing time. Wright, despite having offseason shoulder surgery, played well in 2019 and should be ready for the start of the 2020 season. He’ll still have to show he’s the clear-cut better option over the rookie if he’s going to retain his job. Seattle was enamored enough with Brooks to take him in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and so it makes sense that the Seahawks would want to get him on the field immediately. Should Brooks show himself to be worthy of starting at WILL, Wright will then be relegated to SAM linebacker as he enters the final year of his contract.

4. Where will L.J. Collier fit in?

Now fully healthy from his severe ankle sprain as a rookie, Collier will have to find a home on Seattle’s defensive line. He’s touted as a player with the ability to rush the passer off the edge on base downs and from the interior in sub packages. Rasheem Green and Branden Jackson are the only players that share a similar skill set which will give Collier every opportunity to carve out a role for himself. The signing of Everson Griffen would change that, obviously, but who knows if that will ever happen. If it doesn’t, then there’s no excuse for Collier to not see a healthy number of snaps come Week 1. If he’s unable to earn such a role, the groans from fans will grow louder regarding the team’s 2019 first-rounder.

5. How will Marquise Blair, Tre Flowers and Ugo Amadi fit into the defense?

Quinton Dunbar has been removed from the Commissioner’s Exempt List after prosecution dropped his armed robbery charges due to a lack of evidence. That means, pending any suspension from the NFL, of course, that Dunbar should be starting in Week 1 opposite Shaquill Griffin. So what does that mean for Flowers? He’s still a capable corner. Can the Seahawks get creative and find a way for him to get on the field? Will he join the mix at nickel with Amadi and Blair? Could Griffin or Dunbar potentially trace their matchups into the slot from time to time? Griffin did express his desire to shadow an opponent’s best receiver this season. All of those questions make the rotation in the secondary a very intriguing storyline to follow. We likely won’t fully get the answer until Week 1, but camp should reveal some of what Seattle has up its sleeve.

Seahawks WR John Ursua receives second negative COVID-19 test

Seahawks WR John Ursua receives second negative COVID-19 test

John Ursua can officially rejoin his Seattle Seahawks. 

Two days after the second-year wide receiver tested positive for COVID-19, Ursua revealed to Rob DeMello of KHON 2 Sports that he tested negative on two-straight occasions, concluding his initial test was likely a false-positive. He received the results on Monday evening. 

Following his positive test on Saturday night, Ursua landed on the NFL’s Reserve/COVID-19 list. He said he was extremely shocked when he first tested positive. 

“We’re not exactly like the bubble but we kind of treat everything as if it is,” Ursua said. “Our food is delivered to us; we only get to go to the facility and come back to the hotel. We do all of our meetings here at the hotel. They try to keep us out of restaurants, out of closed off areas, so they’re doing a great job.

He was the first and only Seahawks player to date to land on the list. 

Now, that the University of Hawaii product has been deemed healthy, he’s expected to return to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center to rejoin his team at training camp. 

Ursua, a seventh-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, had one reception for 11 yards in Week 17 vs. San Francisco. He also played in three regular-season games and in the Seahawks Wild Card road win over the Philadelphia Eagles. 

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

Seahawks WR John Ursua tests negative for COVID-19, one day after positive test

Seahawks WR John Ursua tests negative for COVID-19, one day after positive test

The Seattle Seahawks are one of the six NFL teams around the league said to have had no positive coronavirus tests. 

However, Seahawks wide receiver John Ursua, was recently placed on the NFL’s Reserve/COVID-19 list, which means he either contracted the virus himself or has been in close contact with an infected person. 

Ursua revealed Monday to Rob DeMello of KHON 2 Sports that he received news that he had tested positive on Saturday around midnight. 

“It’s been a crazy experience, kind of a roller coaster if you may, where I get the news late (Saturday) night that I tested positive,” Ursua said. “I’m kind of concerned thinking that I’m going to be quarantined for the next 12 to 14 days and then come yesterday’s test results come back and it’s negative.”

Ursua was tested again for COVID-19 on Sunday and received a negative test on Monday morning. Now, he’ll take a third test to find out if he can rejoin the Seahawks at training camp. 

“How the league is running things is right after you test a positive, you immediately do two tests,” Ursua explained. "If you get two negatives then it was a false positive test, but if you get one positive out of the next two then you know you got to have that 14-day quarantine kind of deal. 

It’s just been a crazy experience to just see that I tested positive one day and then the very next day I tested negative. -- John Ursua

Ursua said he was extremely shocked when it was revealed he tested positive on the first test, noting his isolated living conditions. 

“We’re not exactly like the bubble but we kind of treat everything as if it is,” Ursua said. “Our food is delivered to us, we only get to go to the facility and come back to the hotel. We do all of our meetings here at the hotel. They try to keep us out of restaurants, out of closed off areas, so they’re doing a great job.

“So when I got the news I was like, man, I was the first one on the Seahawks to get it and the only one so far, but I guess I’ve been hearing about how there’s a lot of false positives out there so I was just crossing my fingers hoping that everything would be okay.”

Ursua should find out the results of his third test on Monday night or Tuesday morning.

The Seahawks seventh-round pick in 2019 is hopeful his third test will come back negative and he can rejoin the team’s active roster to prepare for the 2020 season.  

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

NFL considering Saturdays with college football on the brink of canceling season

NFL considering Saturdays with college football on the brink of canceling season

Saturday Night Football has a nice ring to it, right? Well, changes to the NFL schedule could soon be coming and football on Saturdays is reportedly on the table.  

The NFL has been monitoring the college football situation carefully and could make major changes to the upcoming season if Power 5 conferences elect to cancel college football this season. 

Per Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the NFL will likely move games from Sundays to Saturdays if the college football season does not come to fruition. 

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

[RELATED]: Report: Big-10, Pac-12 to cancel CFB season, players ignite #WeWantToPlay movement

The possible schedule revision wouldn’t come without difficulty, however. To make this happen, the NFL would first have to determine who would get to broadcast Saturday or Sunday games.

Then, the league would need ask for a one-year exemption from the Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961. Congress gave the NFL an antitrust exemption for its broadcasting rights under the condition that the league wouldn’t schedule games on Saturdays due to college football or Friday during high school football season from Labor Day through early December.

Last season, there were three Week 16 games on a Saturday, including the Houston Texans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers. 

Florio speculated the league could use a similar strategy each week in 2020, with games at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. PT.

Many were surprised when the 2020 NFL schedule was released and neither of the Seahawks games vs. the 49ers were scheduled to be played in primetime. Both meetings are scheduled for 1:25 p.m. PT this season, but the NFL could move to add one, if not both, of the rivalry games to its Saturday night slate. 

But until the leaders of the five major college football conferences make a decision about the future of college football in 2020, student-athletes are attempting to salvage the fall season.

Players like Oregon’s Thomas Graham Jr. and Oregon State’s Jaydon Grant joined other top college football stars on Sunday tweeting a statement under the logo of the Power 5 conferences – the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, SEC and Pac-12 – with the hashtags #WeAreUnited and #WeWantToPlay

Their statement included a list of demands to ensure safety of the 2020 college football season and urged the Power 5 conferences to allow student-athletes to opt in or out at their choosing. 

We all want to play football this season. Establish universal mandated health & safety procedures and protocols to protect college-athletes against COVID-19 among all conferences throughout the NCAA. Give players the opportunity to opt out and respect their decision. Guarantee eligibility whether a player chooses to play the season or not. Use our voices to establish open communication and trust between players and officials; ultimately create a College Football Players Association [with] representatives of the players of all Power 5 conferences. -- #WeWantToPlay statement

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.

 

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

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.

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

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. 

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Dave "Softy" Mahler].