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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.

Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett’s book “Reflection” is out now

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Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett’s book “Reflection” is out now

Tyler Lockett is already a star on the football field, but now he can add published poet to his list of accomplishments.

The Seahawks fifth-year receiver released his poetry book titled “Reflection,” on Tuesday, which discusses topics such as identity, sports, race, relationships and how to live a purposeful life.

Lockett said the book has been something he’s long desired to put together since he began writing poetry as a student at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“It really means a lot to me, because I found that the best way to be able to help somebody is just to talk about yourself,” Lockett told NBC Sports Northwest's Joe Fann. “If you share your own scars, they’ll listen more.”

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who recently had Lockett on his DangerTalk podcast, said he believes the 27-year-old receiver’s ability to express himself through poetry is extremely rare.

“I think it could be a bestseller,” Wilson said. “I really do. I think when you guys read it, you’re going to be shocked. I really think so. You’re going to be surprised just how thoughtful he is about life, what he understands. He may look really young, but he’s definitely grown.”

The book is already No. 1 on the “new release” chart in African American Poetry on Amazon. You can pick up Lockett’s first collection of poetry here.

Fann Mail: What to expect from Earl Thomas’ return to Seattle and how to feel about it

Fann Mail: What to expect from Earl Thomas’ return to Seattle and how to feel about it

The Seattle Seahawks are riding high at 5-1. It’s a dream start for a team that notoriously opens the season slow and then turns it on in the second half. Up next is a matchup against the 4-2 Baltimore Ravens.

Containing Lamar Jackson will be the primary point of emphasis for Seattle in Week 7. However, it’s Earl Thomas’ return to CenturyLink Field that is the top storyline. Let’s start there in this week’s mailbag. Thanks, as always, to those who submitted questions.

Every Seahawks fan should feel nothing but love for Thomas. He is a future Hall of Famer and will be in the Seahawks Ring of Honor one day. Richard Sherman was the mouthpiece of the Legion of Boom, but it was Thomas’ silent swagger that helped make Seattle’s secondary so imposing.

I’m curious to see what, if anything, the team does for Thomas tribute wise this Sunday. The best course of action might be to do nothing and wait to extend an olive branch after Thomas retires. Thomas is known for being locked in on gameday and any tribute isn’t likely to be well received. There’s still plenty of bad blood between he and Pete Carroll. Thomas said he doesn’t regret giving Carroll the finger as he was carted off last season. This is the literal definition of a revenge game.

My guess is that this is bridge is burned and will remain burned for a while. When the Seahawks do attempt to make amends as an organization, it will likely be when Carroll is long gone. But that shouldn’t change how fans feel about Thomas and his contributions to the organization from 2010-18.

I’d be very concerned about the pass rush as a Seahawks fan. Seattle hasn’t had a sack in two weeks, and it’s alarming the defense wasn’t able to hit Baker Mayfield once on Sunday – especially given that the 49ers sacked Mayfield four times and hit him eight times the game prior. The pass rush has a long way to go, and we haven’t even seen enough glimpses of its potential in order to feel optimistic.

The obvious storyline this week is whether or not Jarran Reed can help jumpstart the group. Reed had 10.5 sacks last season and an improved interior rush should help Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah off the edge. The secondary has had its issues for sure, but the pass rush has done nothing to help out the back end of the defense so far. As the Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia pointed out, the Seahawks are tied for producing the lowest percentage of sacks and quarterback hits on opponents passing snaps.

It all depends how long D.J. Fluker is out. As long as he’s out, Jones will remain at right guard. Carroll sounded optimistic that Duane Brown would miss only one more game at most. I think Seattle will bank on George Fant playing better in his second start at left tackle rather than continuing to move Jones around.

Marquise Blair played just eight snaps against the Browns but it was a step forward given that he was a healthy scratch the week prior. The good news for Blair is this: neither Tedric Thompson nor Lano Hill have cemented themselves as every down players. Carroll said all four safeties (Blair and Bradley McDougald included) deserve playing time. But that sounds like coach speak for, “Nobody outside of McDougald is good enough to warrant full-time reps.” So until one of the other three emerges, it behooves Carroll to do his best to keep every guy involved from a confidence standpoint.

This all is to say that the opportunity is there for the taking for Blair.

Carroll left the door open for making a move at tight end, saying, “We’re always working at it,” on Monday. To me, the most obvious move would be trading for O.J. Howard. The Buccaneers first-round pick back in 2017 has laid an absolute egg through six games this season. Howard has just 13 receptions for 176 yards, no touchdowns and a lost fumble. He seems to be in Bruce Arians’ doghouse, and it seems like the best thing for both parties would be to move on from one another.

Howard, still only 24, is a lottery ticket worth chasing at 6-foot-6, 251 pounds. Who knows what the price tag is, but John Schneider should be calling to inquire regardless.

Players get placed on waivers at 1:00 p.m. PT on a given day and then are available to be claimed for the next 24 hours. If five teams put in a claim on a player, the team with the highest waiver order is who gets him. If no team claims the player, then they become a free agent. The one caveat is that if you claim a player, you must add him to your active roster.

Most signs point to yes.

So as much as I love gummy candy, I’m all in on chocolate. That take in and of itself might make this list controversial.

1. Kit Kat
2. Twix
3. Snickers

Feel free to @ me on Twitter with your disagreements.

Bonus list of best gummy candy:

1. Sour patch kids
2. Sour punch straws
3. Swedish fish

Ooh a Harry Potter nerd question, and I’m so here for it. Truth be told, I have no idea if there are any rules here. But I did some research. My first thought was an elephant. When I googled “are there elephants in Harry Potter?” some wizard named Hedley Fleetwood popped up. Apparently, Mr. Fleetwood had a wooly mammoth Patronus. That sounds pretty epic so I’m going to steal that one. The internet can be such a beautiful place.

What They’re Saying: The Seattle Seahawks are Russell Wilson’s team

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What They’re Saying: The Seattle Seahawks are Russell Wilson’s team

It’s a new week, but the chatter around magician, I mean Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, is still loud and clear.

Week 5 brought another brilliant performance from the Seahawks franchise quarterback, who looks worth every penny of the $140 million contract extension he signed with the Seahawks this offseason.

Sideline meetings held by Wilson, K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner turned the tides on Sunday, allowing the Seahawks to come back from a 14-point deficit in the second quarter to beat the Browns 32-28 at FirstEnergy Stadium. 

Up next, Seattle (5-1) welcomes the NFC North leading Baltimore Ravens (4-2) in a clash at CenturyLink Field.

Before we preview this week’s matchup, let’s take a look at What They’re Saying about the 5-1 Seahawks in Week 7:

Robert Mays of The Ringer shares his thoughts on Wilson, who he calls the MVP favorite.

“Even as Wilson continued to show that he belonged at the table with the league’s best quarterbacks, his early-career reputation followed him. But now, with the final piece of the Legion of Boom gone and a lackluster running game that can take this team only so far, Seattle’s fortunes don’t hinge on its past identities. The Seahawks are now unmistakably Russell Wilson’s team, and for the first time, people are understanding how great that team can be.”

Mike Florio of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk also raved about Wilson’s nearly flawless game. He may have thrown the word Super Bowl in there too. 

“This year, he’s arguably playing better than any other quarterback, and if he keeps it up he very well could become the MVP. More importantly the Seahawks could end up forcing the road to Miami through Seattle, which will make a return to the Super Bowl more likely.”

NBC Sports’ Peter King called the Seahawks “a formidable team” and noted the return of defensive end Jarran Reed.

“This is a formidable team, and they’re never out of it with Russell Wilson in charge. And now the Seahawks get a valuable and rested piece back for their defensive front—Jarran Reed, suspended for the season’s first six games—just at the right time. The Ravens come to Seattle next Sunday as the most dangerous rushing team in football."

James Brady of SBNation discussed the NFC West and how the 49ers are now the team Seattle needs to beat in the division.

“The NFC West is still going to be a fight — the Seahawks are 5-1 and the Rams can’t be counted out at 3-3 — but the 49ers now should be favored in that fight. The Seahawks had their run of being the most-feared team in the division when the Legion of Boom was running the show. The Rams took over that mantle when McVay came in. Now it’s the 49ers’ turn to the bullies in the division.”

Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer says Wilson would get his MVP vote if voting took place today. 

“As it stands now, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson would probably get the edge for me over Watson for MVP. And one reason why is that 20-6 deficit in Cleveland today felt like nothing for an offense that doesn’t really have another skill player who’ll keep the defensive coordinator up on Saturday night. So much of it is Wilson himself, and how he rubs off on his teammates.”

And last, but not least. We've got to talk about the Seahawks wide receivers' celebratory dance to NSYNC. It dominated Sunday and is still the talk around the NFL two days later. 

Andrew Joseph of For the Win

"The Seahawks are now the favorite team for every NFL fan. I’m sorry. Those are the rules."

The ’90s boy band’s Twitter page even gave the team a score on their performance after the Seahawks’ official page tweeted out the video asking, “How’d we do, @NSYNC?”

“The judges scores… 10 – 10 – 10 – 10 – 10,” NSYNC’s Twitter responded, a perfect score all around.

Seattle Seahawks TE Will Dissly out for the season, unless ‘something miraculous happens’

Seattle Seahawks TE Will Dissly out for the season, unless ‘something miraculous happens’

The news out of Seattle isn’t good. Russell Wilson’s main redzone target, Will Dissly, is likely out for the season. That is, unless "something miraculous happens," as Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters Monday.

The second-year tight end sustained an Achilles injury during the second quarter of Seattle's 32-28 win over the Cleveland Browns. Dissly was trying to catch a hurried third-down pass from Wilson when he went down. He was taken to the blue tent to be evaluated before being carted to the locker room. You can read more on Dissly's "serious" Achilles here via Seahawks Insider Joe Fann.

The news about Dissly is just how Seahawks coach Pete Carroll described it on Monday: "really unfortunate." Dissly was just a half dozen games into the 2019 season after returning from a patellar tendon injury he suffered in Week 4 of the 2018 season.

The fact of the matter is: Dissly will be out for some time. The amount of time he’ll be away from the field and the severity of his Achilles injury, however, still remains unknown.

Here’s a look at how fans reacted to the news of Dissly's season-ending injury.  

Stay locked on NBC Sports Northwest for the latest on Dissly's injury.

Talkin' Seahawks Podcast: Has Seattle been more lucky than good through six games?

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Talkin' Seahawks Podcast: Has Seattle been more lucky than good through six games?

Joe Fann dives into the Seahawks win against the Cleveland Browns, going over the comeback win and looks into the last couple close wins for the Seahawks and asks, "Has Seattle been more lucky than good through six games?"

Joe discusses the highs of Russell Wilson's continual success and the lows of losing Will Dissly and the impact it will have on the Seahawks remaining season.

He also spins ahead to next weeks match-up against the Ravens and what the Seahawks will have to do to get another win at home, this time against Baltimore.

Week 6 PFF grades: Seahawks WRs, Shaquill Griffin earn top marks vs. Browns

Week 6 PFF grades: Seahawks WRs, Shaquill Griffin earn top marks vs. Browns

Pro Football Focus’ grades are in from the Seattle Seahawks Week 6 win against the Cleveland Browns. Seattle’s receivers graded favorably and PFF continues to recognize Shaquill Griffin’s breakout season.

Here are all the best and worst marks from the 32-28 win.

Best offensive grades

WR David Moore - 81.1

Moore caught 3-of-4 targets for 36 yards and blocked a punt in the first half.

G Mike Iupati - 79.3

Iupati was given a run blocking grade of 80.1, and he wasn’t penalized once against the Browns after being flagged three times the week before.

QB Russell Wilson - 76.7

Wilson threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns while adding a third score on the ground. He’s still yet to throw an interception this season.

WR DK Metcalf - 73.5

Metcalf caught 4-of-5 targets for 69 yards. His biggest catch was an 8-yard grab to convert 3rd-and-7 on Seattle’s final drive of the game.

WR Tyler Lockett - 72.7

Lockett caught all five of his targets for a team-high 75 yards. He had his fourth-quarter touchdown overturned as replay indicated his knee was down before the ball crossed the goal line.

Worst offensive grades

T George Fant – 38.6

Fant allowed one sack, eight total pressures and was given a pass blocking grade of just 14.9, per PFF. The numbers indicate he’s much better suited for his traditional role as an extra tight end/offensive lineman. Hopefully Duane Brown is able to return in short order.

OL Joey Hunt – 46.8

Hunt played just eight snaps in Fant’s normal role, but he still allowed a sack to Myles Garrett.

RB C.J. Prosise – 48.5

Prosise failed to convert on a two-point conversion attempt and then lost a fumble in the second half.

Best defensive grades

CB Shaquill Griffin - 83.0

Griffin’s stellar season continues. Per PFF, Griffin allowed just two receptions on five targets for only 14 yards. PFF also credited Griffin with three passes defended.

DL Jadeveon Clowney - 80.8

Clowney was credited with three hurries, four total tackles and two run stops.

DE Ezekiel Ansah - 76.6

Ansah had his biggest play of the season when he stripped Nick Chubb on a screen pass and recovered the fumble himself.

DL Quinton Jefferson - 74.0

Jefferson had four total tackles and three run stops.

DL Poona Ford - 68.1

Ford had one run stop and was given a 69.7 grade in run defense.

Worst defensive grades

CB Jamar Taylor – 29.7

Seattle went back to playing base predominantly as Taylor saw just 12 snaps. He was given a coverage grade of just 29.9

LB Mychal Kendricks – 46.5

Kendricks missed two tackles and gave up three receptions for 46 yards and one touchdown.

S Bradley McDougald – 47.9

McDougald was given just a 33.9 grade in run defense.

Week 6 snap count: Seahawks utilize rotation at safety vs. Browns

Week 6 snap count: Seahawks utilize rotation at safety vs. Browns

It's time for our weekly look at Seahawks snap counts. Seattle improved to 5-1 on Sunday with a 32-28 road win against the Cleveland Browns. The Seahawks are now a perfect 3-0 away from home this season. There were several injuries and tweaks to the lineup this week. Here's who played, how much and what it might mean moving forward.

Takeaways:

- As expected, George Fant and Jamarco Jones started in place of Duane Brown and D.J. Fluker, respectively. It was Joey Hunt who assumed Fant's normal role as the extra tight end/offensive lineman. Hunt played seven snaps, illustrating that the Seahawks didn't use those packages nearly as often as previous weeks.

- Nick Bellore only played three snaps as he continues to be seldom used in Seattle's offense. However, he did touch the ball for the first time this season, catching a 20-yard pass in the first quarter.

- Luke Willson played 56 snaps and will continue to be a near every down player now that Will Dissly's season is likely over with an Achilles injury. Willson caught 2-of-3 targets for 16 yards. Jacob Hollister also saw his first action as a member of the Seahawks after being promoted from the practice squad on Friday. He played 29 snaps but wasn't targeted. Unless Seattle signs a free agent tight end or trades for one, Hollister should continue to have a role moving forward as well. Ed Dickson's (knee) health is also something to monitor. He's eligible to practice this week and to play beginning in Week 9.

- C.J. Prosise played 17 snaps with Rashaad Penny (hamstring) inactive. He failed to convert on a two-point conversion attempt at the end of the first half and lost a fumble in the second half.

- So much for the Seahawks going back to playing nickel more frequently. Jamar Taylor played just 12 snaps (out of 69) while Mychal Kendricks played 59.

- Neiko Thorpe played two snaps in Seattle's goal line defense.

- Seattle used a consistent rotation at safety. Tedric Thompson played 52 snaps with Lano Hill mixing in for 15 and Marquise Blair playing eight. The Seahawks utilized their dime package and had three safeties on the field for several third downs. It was a peculiar rotation, and it's something to monitor moving forward. Pete Carroll said that everyone deserves to play, but that also sounds like they just don't feel comfortable enough with any one particular player yet.

- L.J. Collier played five snaps but didn't register a tackle. The team's first-round pick had been a healthy inactive in previous weeks.

Analysis: Seahawks comeback ability is both a blessing and a curse

Analysis: Seahawks comeback ability is both a blessing and a curse

CLEVELAND -- You can never count the Seattle Seahawks out of a game. At no point did you look at the Cleveland Browns 20-6 lead in the first half and say, “welp, this one is over.” If anything, your reaction was likely, “I’ve seen this team come back from far greater deficits.”

And that’s because it has. Climbing out of a hole and clawing out victories is what Seattle does best.

They’ve been doing it for years now, but that tendency has been accentuated in 2019. The Seahawks have scored first in just one game this season and four of Seattle’s five wins have come by four points or less.

“I think that’s our style,” Shaquill Griffin said. “I think every game is going to be close. I think that’s just how we like it. I apologize for giving everybody who’s watching a heart attack, but I think it’s just us. We make it tight, but we know how to win. We know how to finish.”

But is that style sustainable for a team that has playoff aspirations? It’s hard to fathom that Seattle can continue to spot opponents points in the early going and just bank on the heroics of Russell Wilson and others in the fourth quarter.

These wins, while sloppy, illustrate the team’s biggest strength. The Seahawks are as mentally tough as any team in the NFL, and, via great leadership from Pete Carroll, Bobby Wagner and Wilson to name a few, Seattle’s never-quit mentality has become part of the locker room’s DNA.

There’s never any panic, and Sunday’s game was a prime example. Trailing 20-6 in the first half, both Wilson and Wagner rallied the troops.

“We’re made for it. We’re built for it,” Wilson told his teammates. “The biggest thing was to stay the course.”

Wagner told the defense that turning the game around was as simple as eliminating the missed assignments and having everyone do their job.

The Seahawks went on a 19-0 run and took a 25-20 lead. Seattle’s defense forced four turnovers on the day, none bigger than Tedric Thompson’s interception in the end zone at the end of the second quarter. That resulted in at least a 10-point swing with Wilson throwing a 17-yard touchdown to Jaron Brown just before halftime.

After Cleveland retook the lead, 28-25, Seattle responded with a nine-play, 79-yard touchdown drive that Chris Carson capped with a 1-yard run. K.J. Wright then put the game on ice with his first interception of 2019.

“These wins are important because you figure out how to win games,” Wagner said. “Down the stretch, when you’re playing late in the season, you know how to gut a win out. We get a lot of knowledge on that.”

But again, is this sustainable? Wagner didn’t seem overly concerned by Seattle’s run of narrow victories.

“At some point, we’ll turn it and play how we’re supposed to play. But a win is a win. We’ll take the wins. If we were losing these games it would be a whole different story and a whole different energy throughout the whole building.”

I suppose that’s the point. A few dropped passes and favorable calls helped tip the scales in the Seahawks favor against the Browns. Two feet on Greg Zuerlein’s missed field goal at the end of Week 5 is all that it would have taken to turn Seattle’s epic win against Los Angeles into a loss. An overturned pass interference call played a huge role in the Seahawks win against the Steelers in Week 2. You get the picture.

Seattle’s greatest asset, its ability to always find a way, seems to simultaneously keep the team from altering the script.

“It’s a good thing and a bad thing,” Wright said. “You don’t want to rely on climbing uphill. I don’t like that. Let’s find a way to come in and dominate guys like we know we can do. We have that trait to where we can bounce back, but we won’t be able to sustain those. We’ve got to do right from the beginning.”

Wins are hard to come by in this league, and an ugly victory is still a victory. So this isn’t to knock or diminish Seattle’s 5-1 start. But it is to say that the Seahawks are getting too close to the sun, and they’re bound to get burned at some point.

“I’m not a fan of winning like this,” Wright said. “I like having winning football. We all know what winning football looks like. I’ll take these wins. But at some point we’ve just got to do right and find a way to win in our style. Eventually (playing like this) will come back and bite you.”

Seahawks likely lose TE Will Dissly for season with 'serious' Achilles injury

Seahawks likely lose TE Will Dissly for season with 'serious' Achilles injury

CLEVELAND -- Pete Carroll said that Will Dissly has a "serious" Achilles injury. An MRI on Monday is likely to confirm a tear that will end Dissly's second season.

It's a devastating injury, both for the Seattle Seahawks and the second-year tight end. Dissly's rookie season ended after just four games due to a ruptured right patellar tendon. Now he'll be back on the sideline with a torn left Achilles.

"It's a big loss. He's been playing great football. He was running and it just happened how Achilles do -- they come out of nowhere. It's a devastating injury for his season."

Dissly had emerged as the Seahawks No. 2 option in the passing game behind Tyler Lockett, and his four touchdowns through five games led the team.

"That was tough on Will and tough on us and tough on me," Russell Wilson said. "I've developed such a great relationship with WIll. I just want him to keep the faith. He's had a tremendous year. It's tough cause it's back-to-back years (with injuries). He's still young. If anybody is tough as nails, it's him. There's nobody tougher that I know. He'll come back stronger."

The injury took place in the second quarter on a third-down pass that Russell Wilson lofted Dissly's way in the end zone. Wilson was under heavy pressure and threw up a prayer for Dissly. The tight end was late to see it and had to adjust to the ball like a centerfielder trying to make an over-the-shoulder catch. Dissly's left leg appeared to buckle awkwardly as he adjusted to the ball. He was taken straight into the blue tent on the Seahawks sideline before being carted to the locker room. He's been declared as out for the game.

Luke Willson and Jacob Hollister are the two tight ends remaining on the roster. Willson, who was signed as a free agent just a few weeks ago, is now a full-time starter who will assume Dissly's snap count. He doesn't figure to be the same pass catcher, though, which means that David Moore, Jaron Brown and DK Metcalf will all have to pick up the slack to compliment Lockett.