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Seattle Seahawks make or break players in 2020: LB Jordyn Brooks


Seattle Seahawks make or break players in 2020: LB Jordyn Brooks

(This series focuses on the x-factors/wildcards on the Seahawks roster who will make or break Seattle’s 2020 season.)

There are two narratives that are likely exhausting to most Seahawks fans: Seattle’s meager pass rush and the team’s inability to hit on first-round picks.

In regard to the latter, Jordyn Brooks is next in line to try and buck that trend. He’s actually going to be Seattle’s last hope to be a standout first-rounder for a while given the Seahawks dealt their next two top picks away in the Jamal Adams trade.

Nobody expected the Texas Tech linebacker to come off the board at pick No. 27 in the 2020 NFL Draft. Brooks was highly productive in college, leading the Red Raiders with 108 tackles and 20.0 tackles for loss in 2019. However, most draft experts gave him a second-round grade due to his perceived lack of coverage skills.

The combination of that perception, Seattle’s draft misfires in recent years and the fact that Brooks was taken over LSU’s Patrick Queen (a player nearly unanimously seen as a better prospect by media experts) means that fans might not have much patience with the Seahawks rookie.

That, of course, is to no fault of his own, but it doesn’t change the reality of his situation as he enters his first NFL training camp.

“They have whiffed so mightily on first-round picks in recent years that it would be a colossal failure if he isn’t starting right away, perhaps even by Week 1 but certainly by mid-season,” Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune said on a recent episode of the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast.

Brooks deserves the benefit of the doubt that he’ll be able to earn gameday reps sooner rather than late. His prototype build and athleticism (he’s 6-0, 240 pounds and ran a 4.54 40-yard dash with minimal prep time for the Combine), coupled with his production in college, is why the Seahawks saw him as a perfect fit for what they seek in a linebacker.

But where will he get those reps? John Schneider intimated that Brooks could challenge K.J. Wright for the starting WILL linebacker job immediately. That’s the outcome Bell envisions.

“I think he’s going to start Week 1,” Bell said. “I think he’s going to be the weakside linebacker. I think they’re going to use him as the speed guy and move K.J. Wright to strongside.”

Brooks figures to be the long-term starter alongside Bobby Wagner with Wright entering the final year of his contract. Seattle’s defensive leader is yet to have the chance to get to know Brooks given the lack of an offseason program, but that will change in the coming weeks.

“I spoke to him a little when he got drafted,” Wagner said of Brooks on Wednesday. “I was able to be in the (virtual) meeting rooms with him. A lot of it was just going over the defense, and so we didn’t get to talking much (one-on-one). I haven’t been around him that much. I’m hoping that we get through this first phase and get a chance to get around him.”

Brooks is the definition of a wildcard, but he has the ability to elevate Seattle’s defense if he can get up to speed and produce as a rookie.

Tyler Lockett expects to be ‘very special’ alongside DK Metcalf


Tyler Lockett expects to be ‘very special’ alongside DK Metcalf

Russell Wilson will have no shortage of weapons at his disposal in 2020. But while the Seahawks have impressive depth at tight end, there’s no denying that Seattle’s passing game starts with Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf.

The duo combined for 140 receptions, 1,957 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2019. Those numbers will most certainly go up in 2020 barring injury, of course.

“I think it’s going to be something that’s very special,” Lockett said.

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Both players are talented no doubt. Lockett is one of the better route runners in the NFL, he has the speed to take the top off of a defense and very few receivers are better at catching the ball in traffic. Metcalf is a physical freak with prototype size and improving polish.

But Lockett pointed to their shared mindset in regard to what sets them apart from other receiving tandems around the NFL. Both players are unselfish and have adopted the “everybody eats” approach.

“I’m going into it with the mindset of, ‘I want you to win just as much as I want to win.’ When you really do that, you’ll really start to see how much another person’s success opens the door for you,” Lockett said. “We’re building each other up to get to the top.”

He makes a good point. Having two stud receivers puts defenses in a bind. Then you throw in Will Dissly, Greg Olsen and Phillip Dorsett, and opponents will really have to be wary of double-teaming any one of them.

“It’s hard to teams to go into it with the mindset of, ‘Who should we stop? Who should we guard? What kind of game plan should we have?’ Because if we’re a team that knows how to adapt, you never know who’s (going to have the big game),” Lockett said.

Seattle’s top wideout noted that the Seahawks' team chemistry is unique. It’s easy, especially as a skill player, to be concerned with getting your own numbers. And that’s understandable. After all, mega contracts are only doled out to those who perform at the highest level. That means big-time statistics.

But Lockett, Metcalf and the rest of the Seahawks skill players understand that there’s plenty of pie to share, especially with Russell Wilson at quarterback.

“When you have a group of people who really want support each other – to really want to achieve what they’re able to achieve – you start to rejoice in their victories, and you start to weep in their losses,” Lockett said. “It starts to become an ongoing theme where you realize that we’re all in this together and that there’s enough food to go around.”

Seahawks DTs Poona Ford, Jarran Reed suffer apparent injuries on Friday


Seahawks DTs Poona Ford, Jarran Reed suffer apparent injuries on Friday

It was a bad day to be a Seahawks defensive tackle on Friday. Both Jarran Reed and Poona Ford, Seattle's pair of starting interior defensive linemen, left practice with apparent injuries.

Reed left early on with what appeared to be a leg or foot injury. He limped back into the team facility and never returned. Ford suffered a calf injury midway through practice. He remained out on the field despite being done for the day.

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There's no telling how severe either injury is, but they're storylines worth monitoring. Reed was ailed by a lingering ankle sprain in 2019 while Ford dealt with a calf strain early last season.

If either player is forced to miss some time, Brian Mone, Cedrick Lattimore and Demarcus Christmas would see an uptick in reps. L.J. Collier might also get some additional work inside.

Don't be surprised to see the Seahawks add an extra defensive tackle over the weekend, even as a precaution. Seattle currently has one open roster spot but could always create room for more by dropping an undrafted rookie or two.

Marshawn Lynch makes a surprise cameo in Drake’s 'Laugh Now Cry Later' music video

Marshawn Lynch makes a surprise cameo in Drake’s 'Laugh Now Cry Later' music video

Aubrey Graham, better known as Drake, is easily the most recognizable artist of this generation.

Anything he usually puts out into the world will do numbers. In music terms, he is basically a cheat code for a No.1 record.

Last night, Drake decided to drop a new single titled ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ and it featured a lot of familiar faces, as well as locations that Oregonians will easily recognize.

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Most of the video was actually shot here locally in Beaverton, Oregon At the Nike Headquarters and a couple shots over at the Nike Company Store.

Two notables faces immediately pop up: Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, and Clevleland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

At one point in the video, Beckham throws Drake a pass, and as Drake is celebrating, this happens.

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Why did former Seattle Seahawk Marshawn Lynch tackle Drake? Honestly, who knows.

But its Lynch, and it was hilarious.

Lynch continues to show and prove to us that despite being in and out of football, he continues to be busy with outside ventures of his own, and also  being in a random music video… with Drake.

Because Lynch just does what he wants, and we love it.

If you would like to watch the video yourself, you can check it out here.

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Ciara reveals why she and Russell Wilson named their son Win

Ciara reveals why she and Russell Wilson named their son Win

On July 23, 2020, Seattle's favorite couple welcomed another child into the world when Russell Wilson's wife Ciara gave birth to Win Harrison Wilson.

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Yes, his first name is Win.

Ciara spoke with ET's Nischelle Turner about who chose the name. Spoiler alert, it was the only quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to a winning season in each of his first eight seasons. 

"That is Daddy. I give credit to Dad. Oh my gosh, I'm gonna get emotional," Ciara told ET. "The hormones, I will tell every pregnant mom, they're real, OK? They don't stop. Even when you have the baby, and you're just fresh out, it happens. But they're good tears, praise the Lord."

"Russell would always be like, 'Here's Win shortstop,' he like, plays a whole thing out. And then obviously, Harrison, it was his dad's first name, which is really sweet and precious," she continued. "There was a lot of love and thought put into it. Russ, we would talk about names, and Russ kind of always had this name Win in the rotation, years ago, before we knew we were having a girl. He had all the good names and Win won. So Win is the name and he's so cute, he's so precious."

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The middle name “Harrison” is a tribute to Wilson's late father, Harrison Wilson III, who passed away at just 55 due to complications from diabetes.

It didn't take long for Win Harrison Wilson to start living up to his namesake. 

"The craziest thing is that I literally pushed Win out in like eight minutes. So that was, like, fastest [delivery] I've ever experienced. It was really smooth, thank God."

Now a mother of three, Ciara says she's "having some of the best days of [her] life." 

"I'm having the best days. I keep saying, I've been saying this for a little while, God has been good. But I'm having some of the best days of my life. It's really fun."

Win is the couple’s second child together. Their first child, Sienna Princess, was born in April 2017, while Wilson serves as stepdad to Future Jr., who is Ciara’s son from a previous relationship.

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


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

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.”

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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.

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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

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.