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Seahawks Snap Count: Rashaad Penny sees more usage in Week 2

Seahawks Snap Count: Rashaad Penny sees more usage in Week 2

The Seattle Seahawks found a way to win ugly for the second straight week, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-26 and jumping out to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2013. Let's dive into the game book for our weekly breakdown of snap counts. Here's a look at who played against the Steelers, how much and what might be meaningful takeaways moving forward.

Full summary of reps on offense and defense:

Takeaways:

- Rashaad Penny saw his usage creep up (33% in Week 2 compared to 26% in Week 1) due to two factors. One being his production and the other being Chris Carson's (43 snaps) costly fumble in the second quarter. Penny finished the game with 10 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown -- a 37-yard run late in the third quarter. On the score, Penny made an impressive cut in the backfield to make a man miss before accelerating towards the end zone. We could be on our way to more of a timeshare if Penny continues to produce and Carson can't solve his fumbling problem.

- L.J. Collier played 16 snaps in his NFL debut but was quiet overall, being kept out of the box score completely.

- Ethan Pocic played 22 snaps despite not starting. He played right guard for 20 when D.J. Fluker left the game with an ankle injury and two at left guard when Mike Iupati left the game briefly. Both Fluker and Iupati returned.

- Jadeveon Clowney was quiet in his 39 snaps. He had two tackles and one PBU on a pass batted down at the line of scrimmage. Seattle's pass rush was quiet overall as Branden Jackson accounted for the Seahawks lone sack and only two quarterback hits.

- Jaron Brown played 58 snaps but wasn't targeted for the second straight week. He's now played 99 snaps without being targeted once through two games.

- DK Metcalf is on pace for 56 receptions for 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns after catching three passes for 61 yards and his first career touchdown -- a 28-yarder in the fourth quarter. He played 70 snaps against the Steelers, the same amount as Tyler Lockett.

- John Ursua played two snaps in his NFL debut but wasn't targeted.

- Malik Turner made the most of his 16 snaps, catching a career high three passes for 54 yards. All of that production came in the first half.

- C.J. Prosise saw his first action of the regular season, playing 10 snaps. He carried the ball two times for seven yards and caught three passes for 13 yards.

- As expected, Jamar Taylor took over as Seattle's starting nickel corner and played 19 snaps.

Report: Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar will not be prosecuted for armed robbery

Report: Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar will not be prosecuted for armed robbery

The Seahawks may have just gotten back their starting corner. ESPN's Cameron Wolfe, among others, has reported that Quinton Dunbar will not be prosecuted for armed robbery due to a lack of evidence. Meanwhile, Giants defensive back DeAndre Baker has been formally charged and faces upwards of 10 years in prison if convicted. This all stems from the incident at a house party the two players attended back in May.

Dunbar is not currently with the Seahawks as he's been placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List, although he may be removed from that list in the very near future in light of Friday's news.

All of a sudden the Seahawks dream secondary will potentially become a reality with Dunbar and Shaquill Griffin at cornerback and Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs at safety. Then Seattle would have Ugo Amadi, Marquise Blair and Tre Flowers as depth pieces to deploy in sub packages.

The one wrinkle that is yet to be ironed out is whether or not anything will come from the alleged payoff that took place at Michael Grieco's office, the former attorney for Dunbar. Prosecution said it had evidence that the five individuals who provided sworn statements to the police were paid off to change their story and sign sworn affidavits that cleared Dunbar of any wrongdoing.

There's also a possibility that the NFL still decides to suspend Dunbar, but that feels unlikley without official charges being filed.

"We have been monitoring all developments in the matter which remains under review," the NFL said in a statement to NBC Sports Northwest.

This story isn't over just yet, but we may have a resolution in the coming days, one that could be very good news for Dunbar and the Seahawks.

Signing Everson Griffen or Clay Matthews would complete Seahawks offseason checklist

Signing Everson Griffen or Clay Matthews would complete Seahawks offseason checklist

Even in the wake of the Jamal Adams trade, the Seahawks still have a void along their defensive line. Seattle entered the offseason with its biggest priority being to improve the pass rush.

The team has done that to a degree, but Bruce Irvin, Benson Mayowa and a pair of rookies aren’t a lock to improve the league’s second-worst pass rush in 2019. Simply put, the Seahawks still need a premier guy or, at the very least, another proven veteran in the rotation.

NFL Network’s Mike Silver reported on Thursday that the Seahawks have moved on from their pursuit of Jadeveon Clowney and shifted their focus to Everson Griffen and Clay Matthews. Silver went as far as to say that “a move could come pretty quickly.”

As we head into the weekend, it makes sense to get ahead of this and share comprehensive thoughts as to how either player would impact Seattle’s roster.

Both players were highly productive in 2019. Griffen was a Pro Bowler in 2019 with 8.0 sacks, 24 quarterback hits and 11 tackles for loss. Matthews also managed to collect 8.0 sacks in his lone season with the Rams.

Matthews is older than Griffen (34-32) but was actually more productive on a per snap basis. According to Alistair Corp, Matthews had a pressure rate of 14.3% on 258 snaps. The benefit of Griffen, however, is his ability to rush from the inside in addition to off the edge.

Both players would take all the pressure off rookies Darrell Taylor and Alton Robinson, who would then be able to be eased into the lineup over the course of the season as they got up to speed. A pass rush of Irvin, Mayowa, Jarran Reed, Adams, Rasheem Green and Matthews/Griffen should be deep enough to improve upon Seattle’s meager 28 sacks in 2019. That’s before you add in any potential impact of Taylor and Robinson. Again, the additional benefit of Griffen would be eliminating the necessity that Seattle gets anything out of L.J. Collier.

It is important to touch on Clowney real quick. Even with Silver’s report, there’s still no reason to believe that the door is completely closed on Clowney’s return to Seattle. There will always be a chance that he rejoins the Seahawks until the moment he signs with another team or flat out says that he doesn’t want to be in Seattle.

Even with players opting out around the league and team’s having some increased cap space, there’s no guarantee that any club ever meets Clowney’s demands. If the money is mostly equal across the board, Seattle arguably gives him the greatest chance to recoup his value and cash in as a free agent in 2021. The Seahawks have a vastly improved supporting cast around him at all three levels of the defense. That would likely minimize an opponent’s ability to double him. His familiarity and stated fondness for the city of Seattle, his teammates and the organization as a whole make the Seahawks a logical fit.

Clowney should remain Option A for John Schneider and Pete Carroll. However, adding Griffen or Matthews would still check the last remaining item off Seattle’s offseason to-do list and would make the Seahawks a legit Super Bowl contender.

Shaquill, Shaquem Griffin co-lead initiative for NFL Votes

Shaquill, Shaquem Griffin co-lead initiative for NFL Votes

August 6th is an important day in our nation’s history. On this day 55 years ago, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote as guaranteed under the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 

Today, the NFL announced the launch of ‘NFL Votes’, a league-wide, non-partisan initiative that will support and encourage the civic engagement and voting of NFL players, legends, club and league personnel, and NFL fans from now until Election Day.

NFL Votes will focus on three key components of the electoral process: voter education, voter registration, and voter activation. These voting efforts are incorporated into the league's social justice initiative Inspire Change, which “showcases how the players, owners and league work together to create positive change in communities across America.”

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

Of those trying to encourage others to get out and vote during this election season, Seattle Seahawks twin brothers Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin are doing just that.

We once were at a time in our lives when we felt our vote did not matter, and that came from conversations with people who felt the same way. But our vote really does count. We all sat down together, talked with our mom and dad, and you can't get to the point that it doesn't matter. That was a problem, but once you have the conversation, we actually found the truth. — Shaquill Griffin

You have to set the example. It's about getting up and doing it. People can say one thing and do another. If I want to be one of the better (examples) I have to be one who says I am going to do it and then do it. If they see me doing it and I take the step forward, I physically assure you this is the time to do it. — Shaquem Griffin

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is also amongst a group of leaders spearheading this initiative.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell adds:

“Today marks the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was meant to ensure the right to vote for all Americans, prohibiting discrimination in voting based on race or color. Through meeting with players and legends to better understand causes and issues they are passionate about, we found a consensus around the importance of voting. That's why we're putting the power of our platform behind NFL Votes, aiming to inspire and encourage people to get educated about the voting process, to get registered to vote, and to ultimately exercise their right to vote.”

For more information on this initiative, visit the NFL’s website here.

DK Metcalf’s dad recently ‘rekindled an old flame’ with Greg Olsen

DK Metcalf’s dad recently ‘rekindled an old flame’ with Greg Olsen

It’s been nearly 10 years since DK Metcalf’s father, Terrence Metcalf, stepped on the field as a professional NFL player, but not all of his former teammates have hung up their cleats. 

Greg Olsen, who signed with the Seahawks after being released by the Carolina Panthers in February, knows Terrence fondly. 

Olsen and Metcalf played together in Chicago when Olsen was a first-round pick in 2007 and Metcalf was a backup offensive lineman. They spent two seasons on the same team before Metcalf departed for the Lions in 2009.

12 years later, Olsen is one of the NFL’s elite tight ends and Terrence’s son, DK, is a star receiver for the Seahawks. About a month ago, DK decided to have his dad tag along for an offseason workout. 

He also invited a 35-year-old guest.  

It was one day, like a month ago, me and Greg worked out and I brought my dad up here with me and they rekindled an old flame. It was kind of funny because they just started smiling and Greg was like ‘I got to tell you about some stories in the locker room’ and all that. So, it looked like they had a pretty good relationship, but me just learning from Greg, it’s been great. -- Metcalf said during a Thursday press conference

Now, DK will be learning from the three-time Pro Bowler and seasoned veteran who played with his father. It’s an opportunity he doesn’t take for granted.  

“He can teach me a lot this offseason since he’s been in the league 20 years now,” Metcalf said of Olsen. “He’s a great player and just to learn from him is gonna be special.” 

Metcalf hauled in 58 receptions for 900 yards and seven touchdowns in his rookie debut and you can’t rule out a Julio Jones-sized jump for him in Year 2. 

The Seahawks believe the addition of Olsen can be a bigtime weapon for Russell Wilson and the offense this year. Olsen finished with 52 receptions for 597 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his 2019 campaign in Carolina. 

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

Report: Seahawks move on from Jadeveon Clowney, turn interest to Everson Griffen, Clay Matthews

Report: Seahawks move on from Jadeveon Clowney, turn interest to Everson Griffen, Clay Matthews

Following the Jamal Adams blockbuster trade, we teased out that another move for the Seattle Seahawks could be on the horizon. 

The Seahawks have had interest in veteran defensive end Everson Griffen for some time, and now they’re adding veteran linebacker Clay Matthews to the list. 

Per NFL Network’s Michael Silver, Seattle has finally moved on from Jadeveon Clowney and they have added Griffen and Matthews to their radar as possible additions to fill the Seahawks’ void up front. Silver also added that a deal could happen soon. 

The Seahawks had said they were leaving the door open for a possible reunion with Clowney, a former No. 1 overall pick. 

We made an effort to re-sign him. We'd still - the door is not closed, but we couldn't wait any longer. We had to conduct business, and so he knew that. He just is going to kind of feel his way through this odd process, and we'll see where that goes. -- Seahawks GM John Schneider said in April

The talented pass-rusher, who remains unsigned, reportedly turned down a deal from Seattle in early June. The Seahawks offered as much as $15 million for a one-year deal, per Mike Florio, but it didn’t move the needle for Clowney.  

After being traded from the Houston Texans to the Seahawks in 2019, Clowney finished with just 3.0 sacks, seven tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one interception and two touchdowns in 13 games, all while battling core muscle injuries. 

While Clowney waits for a potential suitor to meet his price tag, the Seahawks will look into two of Pete Carroll’s former players. 

Both players were highly productive in 2019. Griffen was a Pro Bowler in 2019 with 8.0 sacks, 24 quarterback hits and 11 tackles for loss. Matthews, a six-time Pro Bowler, also managed to collect 8.0 sacks in his lone season with the Rams.

The Seahawks have one open roster spot on their 80-man roster once the re-signing of defensive end Branden Jackson is completed. 

[RELATED: Signing Everson Griffen or Clay Matthews would complete Seahawks offseason checklist]

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

DK Metcalf could be poised for Julio Jones-esque jump in Year 2

DK Metcalf could be poised for Julio Jones-esque jump in Year 2

Expectations are sky-high for DK Metcalf as he enters his second NFL season.

The hype is understandable, of course, following Metcalf’s standout rookie season where he posted 900 yards and seven touchdowns. Metcalf then exploded for an NFL rookie record 160 yards and a touchdown in the Wild Card round of the playoffs against the Eagles.

That’s why everyone is eager to see what kind of encore Metcalf can put together in Year 2. His pedigree, physical traits and first-year production set the table for a big step forward.

Dave “Softy” Mahler of Sports Radio 950 KJR articulated his hopes for Metcalf more specifically.

“I’ve spent a lot of time comparing DK Metcalf’s rookie year to Julio Jones’ rookie year, and the numbers are insanely similar,” Mahler said on a recent episode of the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast.

Mahler did acknowledge that Jones missed three games due to injury as a rookie. However, there are still comparisons to be made.

Jones had a line of 54-959-8 back in 2011. Those are obviously higher per game numbers than Metcalf, but Seattle’s rookie did have a slightly higher catch percentage (58%-56.8%).

That’s not bad given Jones was the sixth-overall pick, and the Seahawks took Metcalf with the final pick of the second round (64th overall).

Jones jumped to 79 receptions for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns in his second season. That seems like reasonable benchmarks for Metcalf.

“That’s the kind of rise and the kind of step that I’m hoping DK Metcalf can take this year,” Mahler said.

Jones has made seven Pro Bowls and has been named All-Pro twice. He’s got five 1,400-yard seasons to his name and one more at 1,394. He remains unquestionably one of the NFL’s best wide receivers, if not the best.

Mahler wants to know if Metcalf shares that type of ceiling.

“’Does this guy have superstar potential?’ is the question,” Mahler said. “Is he going to be an elite wide receiver? Or is he going to be a Pro Bowl wide receiver. There are a lot of Pro Bowl wide receivers. Lots of guys make the Pro Bowl, but not a lot of guys are first-team All-Pro wide receivers. Not a lot of guys are generational talent wide receivers.”

Mahler has been a staple in Seattle sports media for nearly three decades. He’s a native to the Pacific Northwest and understands just how unique Metcalf is in regard to Seahawks history.

“The Seahawks have never had a guy who looks like this and runs like this,” he said.

Metcalf and the rest of the Seahawks are in the midst of the NFL’s ramp up period before official practices begin. Once practices finally begin, all eyes will be on the second-year wideout, eager to see what he has in store for Seattle’s opponents in 2020.

Seahawks claim former 49ers DB D.J. Reed off waivers

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Seahawks claim former 49ers DB D.J. Reed off waivers

The Seahawks have added a defensive back to their roster, claiming former Niner D.J. Reed off of waivers per Ian Rapoport. The 49ers waived Reed with an injury designation on Monday.

Reed tore his pectoral muscle earlier this summer while working out on his own. He likely won't be able to return until November at the earliest, and he could miss all of 2020. That makes this more of a down-the-road lottery ticket for Seattle. Reed was a valued member of the 49ers for his versatility to play corner, nickel and safety. The former Kansas State product was drafted by San Francisco in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Reed has appeared in 31 career games (two starts) and has accumulated 54 total tackles, one sack and two passes defended. He also returned a fumbled kickoff for a touchdown in 2019 against the Cardinals.

Seattle had two open roster spots, one of which is now filled by Reed. He'll remain on the active/non-football injury list. This move likely means the Seahawks liked him coming out of college, and they now have the chance to get him in their own building.

Do the Seahawks really owe it to Russell Wilson to sign Antonio Brown?

Do the Seahawks really owe it to Russell Wilson to sign Antonio Brown?

The Seahawks know pretty well who helps drive the hypothetical car for the success of the team and it’s a pretty easy answer.

It’s Russell Wilson.

Since being drafted by the Seahawks in 2012, the now veteran quarterback has proven he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Jake Heaps.]

With 86 regular-season wins through 2019, 49 home regular-season wins, and the first player in NFL history with at least 200 passing touchdowns and 15 rushing touchdowns in his first eight seasons, Wilson's stats don’t lie.

Not to mention he brought Seattle its first Super Bowl win in franchise history back in 2014.

It’s safe to say that Wilson has done a lot to help the Seattle organization get to where it is today.

This past offseason, Wilson stated his desire to have superstars on the team-- big names with big play ability. 

The Seahawks got that recently with the Jamal Adams trade. 

But, on offense, names like Josh Gordon and Antonio Brown seem to continue to drive discussion, but will it ever materialize?

On FS1's ‘Speak For Yourself’ with Emanuel Acho and Marcellus Wiley, the Antonio Brown conversation continued: Do the Seahawks owe it to Russell Wilson to sign him?

While Marshawn Lynch and the Legion of Boom potentially overshadowed Wilson at times, he has been the fuel behind the success of the Seahawks organization the last eight seasons as their starting quarterback.

Antonio Brown, outside of his off-field actions, is one of the best wide receivers the NFL has seen in recent years.

As of last Friday, Antonio Brown was suspended by the NFL for eight games for violating the personal conduct policy set by the NFL. 

Even if the Seahawks were going to make a move for Brown, he would not see the field until October 8th against the Buffalo Bills, at the earliest.

If the Seahawks had a winning record up until then, would it be worth it to bring Brown in for a deep playoff push?

Or will Brown bring in negative energy into the locker room if he is not catching passes like he has done before in the past?

Who really knows at this point.

If Russell Wilson were to ask the front office to bring in Antonio Brown, they should seriously consider it.

The two already seem to have a connection, as evidenced by an offseason workout

Do the Seahawks owe it to Russell Wilson to sign Brown? That is up for debate. Seahawks did make Wilson the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL at one point, recognizing how valuable he is to the organization.

But if Wilson does ask for Brown to help him win games, the best thing to do is to try to make the face of the franchise happy for the years you have him, right?

We'll have to wait and see.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Jake Heaps.]

Russell Wilson's “Mr. Unlimited” resurfaces, remains very cringeworthy

Russell Wilson's “Mr. Unlimited” resurfaces, remains very cringeworthy

You know it’s 2020 when the Russell Wilson “Mr. Unlimited,” video has made a comeback.

The two-year old video where the Seahawks quarterback refers to his alter ego as Mr. Unlimited unearthed on social media Wednesday morning and let’s just say Twitter was shook. 

Watch it below:  

Hey guys, Russell here. Yes, the typical boring Russell, Robot Russell the one you guys love to know. I’m real, real exciting. I’m real exciting. But anyways everybody has to have an alter ego right? And I’ve been thinking about what my alter ego would be and I think I have an alter ego. His name is Mr. Unlimited. You got to be unlimited. You got to have a thought process of being unlimited. So when people ask you what you’re thinking about or what you want to do in life or where you want to go, tell them I’m unlimited. You know what I mean.

Then, perhaps the best part of the video, is when someone, likely his wife Ciara, begins to yell questions about who helps keep Mr. Unlimited going and spoiler alert, the answer was always Mr. Unlimited. 

So when they ask you certain questions like… ‘What brings you motivation, Russell?’ Mr. Unlimited! ‘Who’s your role model, Russell?’ Unlimited! ‘Who’s your go-to person for advice, Russell?’ They think Pete Carroll, they think this person, that person . . . love you Pete but it’s Mr. Unlimited!

Seahawks Twitter had a field day roasting the corny video. 

Don’t worry, Russ, there are a lot of legends that have an alter ego. Beyonce becomes Sasha Fierce when she performs, Eminem becomes Slim Shady and Will Ferrell has Ron Burgundy. 

The Mr. Unlimited Slander will not be tolerated. 

Wilson, whose career is on a Hall-of-Fame trajectory, is a seven-time Pro-Bowler who was second-team AP All-Pro last year behind unanimous league MVP Lamar Jackson. After one of his most productive seasons in 2019, Wilson and the Seahawks are poised for another magical run. 

This year, the Seahawks’ prospects are, well, unlimited.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Jake Heaps.]