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Seattle Seahawks Draft Preview - A No. 3 running back might be needed

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Seattle Seahawks Draft Preview - A No. 3 running back might be needed

Part 2 in an eight-part series that takes a position-by-position look at the Seattle Seahawks' needs heading into the NFL Draft on April 25-27. 

Past posts: Quarterbacks

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Today: Running backs:

Depth Chart: Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, C.J. Prosise, J.D. McKissic, Bo Scarbrough. 

Need: Medium to low. 

Expectations: Seattle could be in the marke for a No. 3 running back. 

Potential targets: Ashley Young provides a list of potential draft targets at running back for Seattle.   

Picks: The Seahawks have four picks in round one (No. 21), round three (No. 84), round four (No. 124) and round five (No. 159).

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Seattle is certainly set at the top of the depth chart at running back but healthy depth is an issue.

Seattle went from being one of the worst rushing teams in 2017 to leading the NFL in that category last season thanks to the rapid development of a largely pieced together offensive line and running back Chris Carson. The former seventh-round pick rushed for 1,151 yards to become the team's first 1,000-yard back since Marshawn Lynch in 2014 (1,306). 

Uncertainty at the position last year after Carson played just four games because of a broken leg led Seattle to select Rashaad Penny in the first round of the 2017 draft. 

Penny, injured early on, could never supplant Carson, who fits the mold of a hard-nosed runner coach Pete Carroll likes to revolve his running game around. Penny, on the other hand, offers more breakaway speed. 

The No. 3 running back, however, remains a big question mark. Mike Davis, who rushed for 514 yards last season, got scooped up in free agency by Chicago. 

Seattle has been waiting for the electrifying C.J. Prosise to pay off since selecting him with a third-round pick in 2016. But numerous injuries have limited him to 192 rushing yards in 16 games over three seasons. Can the Seahawks continue to wait on him? 

J.D. McKissic, who also returns kicks, caught 34 passes in 2017 but was limited to five games last season because of injury. 

Seattle picked up Scarbrough late last season as insurance depth. 

If Seattle is committed to either Prosise or McKissic being the No. 3 running back then there is no need to burn a draft pick on a new project. With a 1,000-yard back and a recent first-round pick on the team, drafting a running back at all appears to be quite unlikely. 

However, given that Prosise and McKissic are hardly proven commodities, Seattle could do well to improve the depth here through the draft but only if the Seahawks are able to trade down to acquire more picks. Using one of their four current picks at this position would be too redundant at this point. 

Baby Shark as only Ciara can

Baby Shark as only Ciara can

The “Baby Shark” challenge has not died yet.

In a video on Instagram Wednesday, Ciara, wife of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, was seen doing the 1-2 step in a pool to the song we love to hate, Baby Shark.

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Baby 🦈🤣. #MommyShark #GoodTimes

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The video has already racked up nearly 1.8 million views, and the Pro Bowl quarterback was apparently a huge fan. Wilson commented of Ciara’s Baby Shark post with the hashtag #HotMommaShark.

While Ciara has been showcasing her dance moves in the pool this summer, there’s no such thing as a vacation for Wilson. The 30-year-old QB has been working out alongside former backup quarterback, Jake Heaps, who is head coach of the Russell Wilson Quarterback Academy.

Wilson and his fellow Seahawks will report to training camp in Renton beginning July 25.

Seattle Seahawks place four rookies on PUP list

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Seattle Seahawks place four rookies on PUP list

The Seattle Seahawks rookies have reported for training camp a week before the rest of the roster and news came out today that four of them have been placed on the Physical Unable to Perform (PUP) list, accordingly to multiple news outlets. 

Those players include: Ben Burr-Kirven (LB), Marquise Blair (S), Demarcus Chistams (DT), and Phil Haynes (G). 

Being placed on the PUP list is not a permanent move as players can be taken off at any time. 

Veterans report to training camp Thursday, July 25th. 

Keep it locked at NBCSportsNorthwest.com throughout training camp for daily updates and videos from our new Insider Joe Fann. 

 

Face App: Seattle Seahawks Social Media Reacts

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Face App: Seattle Seahawks Social Media Reacts

With the world run by social media, it seems as if there are new viral sensations every day. Recently, our feeds have been filled by “Face App” filters, which can digitally change the features on your face. Yesterday, people around the world used the age filter to get a little insight into what they might look like down the road. 

 

Members of the Seattle Seahawks took full advantage of the uproar. Players such as Russell Wilson and Justin Britt posted the results on Instagram, and the Seahawks’ social media team also had some fun with the likes of Michael Dickson, KJ Wright, the Griffin brother, and Tyler Lockett. Take a look below!

 

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Told y'all I'm gonna play for a long time! #SilverFox

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How I be feeling by week 16

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Tyler Ott, Jason Myers, Michael Dickson

 

Jarran Reed, KJ Wright, Bradley McDougald, Shaquem Griffin, Shaquill Griffin

 

DJ Fluker, David Moore, Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Russell Wilson

Looks like the Seattle Seahawks just found their next great quarterback

Looks like the Seattle Seahawks just found their next great quarterback

With the NFL offseason coming to a close, it looks like Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is using every chance he can to spend time with his family. 

Wilson posted a video on Twitter earlier today practicing football drills with his step-son, Future Zahir Wilburn, the son of Ciara and rapper Future’s relationship from 2013 to 2014. Despite not being his biological father, Wilson has essentially played the patriarchal role in little Future’s life.

Wilson also has a daughter with Ciara named Sienna, who was born in 2017. The two have been married since 2016.

Alongside family time, Wilson is currently busy with the Russell Wilson Quarterback Academy, a private QB development and mentorship program led by Wilson and Jake Heaps, a former local star from Skyline High School in Sammamish, Washington. We will soon see if Future is on the attendance list.

Wilson is getting ready to start his eighth training camp with the Seahawks, which begin on July 25.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson would be restricted to 16 games if 18-game schedule were to pass

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Seahawks QB Russell Wilson would be restricted to 16 games if 18-game schedule were to pass

The idea of an 18-game NFL season is nothing new, but a recent proposal owners have suggested could change the game as we know it.

Per Andrew Beaton of The Wall Street Journal, the new proposal would not only give owners an 18-game schedule, which would essentially raise their revenue by around $2.5 million, but players would be limited to play in 16 of those games.

If the owner’s proposal did become a reality, the Seattle Seahawks would not only face an 18-game season, but also have to play two games without Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson on the field.

Owners began pushing for a lengthened season in 2011, which resulted in an offseason lockout. However, the 16-game per-player limit is part of a re-upped push by the owners to once again find a compromise with the NFL Players Association, who has been resistant to such change considering the dangerous effects it could have on its players.

Such a drastic change to the NFL schedule would not only impact the players, but also the game strategy and the way team’s shape their rosters.

The current Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire following the 2020 NFL season, in March 2021. 

Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson, D.K. Metcalf already building chemistry ahead of training camp

Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson, D.K. Metcalf already building chemistry ahead of training camp

Even though Seattle Seahawks training camp does not start until July 25, two important members of the team already look in sync.

Franchise quarterback Russell Wilson and rookie receiver D.K. Metcalf took to Twitter on Wednesday to share some video from their recent workouts at UCLA, and the two Seahawks on-field relationship looks promising.

Metcalf, the Seahawks second-round pick in 2019, also seems to be working on adding to his route wheel. The darling of the NFL Combine, Metcalf shined due to his physical frame and explosive speed. However, he raised some concerns due to a lack of diversity.

Projected to be primarily a straight-line route runner, if Metcalf can continue to expand and improve his game, he could exceed his status as Seattle’s projected No. 2 receiver.

“He’s a freak of nature,” Wilson said of Metcalf in May. “He’s a guy that can run as fast as can be. He can go up and get it, he can run all the routes and stuff like that. So it’ll be exciting to see his evolution.”

This isn’t Wilson’s first offseason down in Southern California. The Pro Bowl quarterback, who agreed to a four-year, $140 million extension this spring, has spent every July since 2012 working out on the UCLA campus in Westwood.

Could an Ahtyba Rubin reunion with Seattle be in the works?

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Could an Ahtyba Rubin reunion with Seattle be in the works?

With training camp roughly two weeks away, many teams around the NFL already have their 90-man rosters set. However, there are still teams looking to add some talent and depth at various positions, and the Seattle Seahawks are one of them.

According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, the Seahawks have brought in DT Ahtyba Rubin for a visit. Rubin, a 10-year NFL vet, started his career with Cleveland Browns as a sixth-round pick in 2008. He previously spent time with Seattle as a starting defensive tackle in 2015 and 2016.

During that time, Rubin had 75 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles and even an interception.

Since being released from Seattle in 2017, Rubin has had stints with the Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, and Oakland Raiders. He was placed on injured reserve with the Raiders, who he signed with in 2018, after sustaining a tear in biceps last August. 

Seattle is looking for some additional depth at defensive tackle behind projected starters Poona Ford and Jarran Reed. If signed, Rubin would compete with the likes of Al Woods, Jamie Meder, and Quinton Jefferson.

Seattle Seahawks Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin share how 'inseparable' bond led them to NFL

Seattle Seahawks Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin share how 'inseparable' bond led them to NFL

The bond between Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin is undeniable.

The identical twin brothers went from standouts at UCF to teammates on the Seattle Seahawks, but that’s not even half of their story. The Griffins have been an inspiration to many, and now they are sharing their life experiences in their book, Inseparable: How Family and Sacrifice Forged a Path to the NFL.

“What motivated us was, first off, the way we were raised, in a household that was based off of family, faith, love, caring, and if you’ve got a story to tell, tell it," Shaquill told Craig Melvin of the TODAY show. "Just going off the situation that he went through [Shaquem] and that we’ve both been through and to overcome it, we always wanted to relate to everybody and get a chance to give back and kind of share and be able to relate to others.”

Shaquem Griffin became the first one-handed player drafted in the modern era of the NFL. The Seahawks fifth-round pick in 2018 lost his hand when he was just four years old due to amniotic band syndrome, a condition that caused amniotic bands to wrap around Griffin’s left wrist, preventing his hand from developing normally.

Despite growing up with one-hand, Griffin said his family never treated him any different.

“It created grit for me to know that I can do anything I put my mind to and having my parents and my brother's there pushing me along every step of the way and not allowing me to create an excuse for myself, allowing me to be that competitor that I am today,” Shaquem Griffin said. “They taught me so much. My brother was right beside me every step of the way. Me and him going back and forth competing and everything we doing. And without my parents being there to say there’s no excuse, no limits for me, I wouldn’t be here today.”

While the Griffin brothers’ book focuses on aspiring others, it also shares the stories of other limb-different individuals who have overcome adversity as well.

“Me growing up, I didn’t see it much," Shaquem said of his experience with limb-different youth. "Now that I have the opportunity, now that I have this platform, I’m able to use it and share it with my brother, be able to see so many different kids and so many different people come out that’s lived their lives, lived their best life and be able to accomplish their goals and their life dreams. When you’re able to see that and see more of it, that means you’re doing something right.”

“We want to be able to use our platform in the right way to motivate others to be the best you.”

The Griffins book releases tomorrow, July 9 and is currently available for preorder on Amazon.

No easy feat: Seattle Seahawks face most challenging schedule in the NFC West in 2019

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No easy feat: Seattle Seahawks face most challenging schedule in the NFC West in 2019

The Seattle Seahawks were the surprise of the NFL in 2018.

Without Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Cliff Avril, Jimmy Graham, Jon Ryan, Tom Cable, Darrell Bevell, Kris Richard, and to some extent Earl Thomas, the Seahawks walked away from a 10-6 regular season and a loss in the opening round playoff series against Dallas with a lot of hope.

Heading into 2019, Seattle will once again have to overcome odds to get back to being a championship club.

According to John Breech of CBS Sports, however, it won’t come easy. The Seahawks have the toughest schedule in the NFC West this upcoming season and the seventh most difficult schedule in the league.

From November 3 to December 21, the Seahawks will play just one home game at CenturyLink Field on a stretch where they’ll play four of five games on the road. This all begins in Week 10 at 49ers, followed by a BYE week, at Eagles, Vikings at home, at Rams and then at Panthers. With Seattle just 12-11-1 on the road in the past three years, the Seahawks could be in for a rough stretch.

Breech also notes the Seahawks are the only team in the NFL this season who will play four-straight games in primetime. When does that streak occur, exactly? Beginning Week 10 against the 49ers and concluding Week 14 at Rams.

The good news is Seattle has two winnable games at the end of the season, especially if the NFC West title comes down to the wire. Seattle will play in the Battle of the Birds against the Cardinals in Week 16 and fierce division rivals, the 49ers, in Week 17 at home.

Here’s a look at the full Seahawks schedule this season: