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Why WR Phillip Dorsett is a perfect fit with the Seahawks

Why WR Phillip Dorsett is a perfect fit with the Seahawks

The bulk of the Seahawks moves, as anticipated, have come in the trenches. Seattle has been diligent in adding quality and depth along the offensive line, and they’re continuing their pursuit of a top-tier pass rusher.

Adding Phillip Dorsett was an under-the-radar move that hasn’t gotten much buzz. The former Patriots wide receiver has the potential to fill a potentially important role on the Seahawks roster. NBC Sports Boston’s Phil Perry, who covered Dorsett during the receiver’s three-year stint in New England, said Seattle should be a great fit for the former first-round pick.

“As a No. 3 or a No. 4 in Seattle, somebody who can complement DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, that feels like the right kind of role for Phillip Dorsett.”

The Seahawks struggled to find a consistent No. 3 wideout in 2019. David Moore underwhelmed following a promising 2018 campaign, Malik Turner flashed but lacked consistency, Josh Gordon got suspended indefinitely after just five games, Jaron Brown was a non-factor for most of the season and Seattle never really gave John Ursua much of a chance.

Dorsett thrived in a similar role in New England. According to Perry, from the end of 2018 to the beginning of 2019, Dorsett had a stretch of catching 26 consecutive targets, the fourth-longest streak in the NFL since 2009.

“He came through for Tom Brady in some big spots,” Perry said.

Dorsett caught four passes for 41 yards and a touchdown in the 2018 Divisional Round against the Chargers. He then caught a clutch 29-yard touchdown in the AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs the following week.

Things went south for Dorsett in 2019. New England cut Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon, and first-round pick N’Keal Harry struggled to stay healthy. Dorsett struggled after being thrust into a more prominent role.

He posted 29 receptions for 397 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games last season.

“When he was asked to be a No. 2 receiver, which happened at times in 2019 because the Patriots receiver depth was in the tank, it didn’t go so well,” Perry said. “It was harder for him to find separation, and you saw his overall per target numbers come down.”

That shouldn’t be an issue in Seattle as long as Metcalf and Lockett stay healthy. Additionally, Dorsett’s 4.33-speed should be a huge asset to the Seahawks vertical passing game. Russell Wilson is regarded as one of the best deep ball throwers in the NFL, and he has no shortage of targets who can take the top off of a defense.

The position battle at receiver should be a fun one to watch, especially if Seattle decides to draft one in April.

Is CenturyLink Field one of the most dangerous stadiums for player safety in the NFL?

Is CenturyLink Field one of the most dangerous stadiums for player safety in the NFL?

It’s not the roaring crowd of the 12s or the potential for another Beast Quake to erupt at any time that makes CenturyLink Field one of the most dangerous stadiums in the NFL. 

According to a recent study by University of Oklahoma graduate student Erin Pšajd, it’s the turf. Pšajd reveals that football stadiums that feature synthetic turf are more likely to lead to non-contact, lower-limb injuries as opposed to natural turf. She also found these injuries were more likely to occur earlier in the game. 

She isn’t the only one who has linked turf type to odds of injury. Zach Binney of Football Outsiders listed Seattle as the most dangerous stadium with field turf. Baltimore, which has multiple surfaces, and Indianapolis which also has field turf had the highest chance of injury risks. 

The Seahawks NFC rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, have grass and are at about a 20 percent decrease in odds of injury.  

The Seahawks had several injuries during the 2019 season which occurred during the first drive of the game, but not many of them occured on home turf. Rashaad Penny suffered an ACL injury during the first drive of Seattle’s 28-12 loss to the Rams at Los Angeles and Justin Britt also went down with an ACL tear in the opening drive in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes Benz Stadium. 

The injury bug also depleted the Seahawks offensive line, who saw a bevy of injuries to guards Mike Iupati, Ethan Pocic, and Jamarco Jones in the latter half of the season. 

So, what does this all mean? It’s difficult to say how much weight these studies carry, as they are far and few between. But a change in turf could be important to evaluate, especially if further studies tie synthetic surfaces to more injuries. 

For now, the Seahawks are scheduled to play 10 of their 16 games on synthetic turf in 2020. 

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

Seahawks players call for change in wake of George Floyd's death

Seahawks players call for change in wake of George Floyd's death

George Floyd, a 46-year old African American man, died Monday after a police officer kept his knee on his neck for several minutes while Floyd cried out that he couldn't breathe.

The death of Floyd, an unarmed black man, has ignited protests in Minneapolis and other US cities. What happened to Floyd has immensely impacted many, including professional athletes like Seattle Seahawks defensive end L.J. Collier.

The Seahawks 2019 first-round pick said he’s been watching the violent protests take place in Minnesota, and while he is disturbed by the senseless acts on the black community, Collier says he hopes people will start listening. 

It’s upsetting just to see what those people are going through, the way that that’s what they have to resort to just to be heard, just to be seen. Just at what point does people have to continue to be killed just for somebody to understand what being black is like. That’s what we go through every day, just the fear that being pulled over you don’t know what’s gonna happen, just like no one wants to live with that. Just the rioting to the point of what do we have to do for you to hear us? It’s just a sad thing. I wish it was handled better. 

I feel like this should open the doors to help people understand what’s going on in this world, how people of color are being oppressed.

Collier is not alone in sharing his thoughts. 

His teammate, Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett, shared an eloquent poem on Twitter speaking out on racial injustice and police brutality.

The powerful piece from Lockett also shed light on athletes kneeling during the national anthem in protest of social justice issues and police brutality toward African Americans.

But if we take a knee. That’s when they light their torches. And when we start to speak. That’s when we lose our endorsements. -- Tyler Lockett

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to publicly and peacefully kneel to raise awareness about the major systemic problem. 

Many other NFL athletes have protested over the years, including Duane Brown, Quinton Jefferson and Branden Jackson, who remained in the Seahawks locker room while the national anthem played before games last year.  

Brown doesn't believe he's seen any progress since Kaepernick began kneeling in 2016. 

“No, not really," Brown told reporters earlier this week. "If you know the details of what happened (in Minneapolis), it’s a tragic situation. ...It’s just an awful situation—that could have been prevented.

“I feel like, someone called the cops on him for, potentially, writing a bad check. And he ended up dying, on camera, unarmed and in handcuffs. So, I mean, it seems like this continues to happen, every year, at some point. I don’t know when it will change.”

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

L.J. Collier feels disrespected by doubters, ready to prove his ability in 2020

L.J. Collier feels disrespected by doubters, ready to prove his ability in 2020

L.J. Collier said all the right things on Friday.

During a Zoom call with local media, the Seahawks 2019 first-round pick explained the plights of his rookie season and anticipation for what he believes is coming in 2020.

Collier’s first NFL campaign, for all intents, was over before it started. A significant ankle sprain on July 30 cost him the entire month of August. Missing all of those reps in training camp and preseason games set him back to a degree in which he was never able to recover from.

Beyond that, at no point in 2019 did Collier’s ankle get back to 100%. The result? Just three tackles in 11 games. Additionally, he was a healthy scratch in both playoff games.

But now Collier is fully healthy once again with essentially a fresh start following somewhat of a redshirt year as a rookie.

“With the team we have, you can’t help but be excited,” Collier said.

According to Collier, Seattle drafted him to fill a Michael Bennett-type role where he will play defensive end on early downs before moving inside to 3-tech in nickel. The Seahawks, to this point at least, have been unable to re-sign Jadeveon Clowney, or any other premier pass rusher for that matter.

That leaves reps open for the taking if Collier is able to prove himself worthy this summer.

“The name of the game is to stay healthy, and you need those reps,” he said. “I’m going to be there, and I’m going to get every rep I can possibly get, whether it’s at 3-technique or whether it’s end. I just want to play, honestly.”

John Schneider and Pete Carroll have defended Collier at every turn. They are counting on their 2019 first-rounder to bounce back and contribute in 2020. However, there’s a contingent of fans who have already labeled Collier a bust.

Calling any player a bust after just one down season, injury-related or otherwise, is unfair. But Collier didn’t give people even a single glimpse of his potential, either, which has understandably limited most expectations of him.

Collier is on social media. He’s seen the comments from his naysayers. As cliché as it might be, the proverbial chip is sitting comfortably on his shoulder heading into Year 2.

“I am champing at the bit to get out there,” he said. “It’s one of those things where you didn’t have the year everyone wanted you to (have). They shift you off to the side as if you can’t play. It’s disrespectful, and I feel very disrespected. But, I’m the type of person where there’s no need for talking, just show them.

“If you run through a couple people; if you make noise, they’ll remember who you are very quickly.”

Collier is confident in his ability to rush the passer and stop the run. Seattle is counting on him to do both this season.

“I’m excited to get back out there and show people who I am,” Collier said. “I don’t really care about the first-round pick stuff. I’m a football player at the end of the day, and I can play football at a high level. I’m out there to prove that I’m one of the best.

“At the end of the day, it’s time to eat.”

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

Pete Carroll joins ALL IN Challenge, here’s what you can win 

Pete Carroll joins ALL IN Challenge, here’s what you can win 

Pete Carroll has accepted the ALL IN Challenge and he is fired up (per usual). 

The Seattle Seahawks head coach took to Twitter this week to announce he’s donating a one-of-a-kind Seahawks experience to help fight hunger.  

“This is such a meaningful opportunity,” Carroll said in a video. “Please come through and help us out, tell your friends. Let’s raise a bunch of money—I hope you win. I just want you to know it’s an ALL IN Challenge, I’m all in, you be all in too."

The winner will receive:

  • Four (4) pregame sideline passes and four (4) game tickets to a Seattle Seahawks home game 
  • Four (4) round-trip coach airfare tickets provided and two (2) night standard hotel stay
  • Winner (1) and three (3) guests invited to attend the Seahawks' closed Walk-Thru on Saturday before the game; Watch 1/2-hour of team practice and Meet and Greet with Pete
  • One (1) '100th' season football autographed by Pete along with a practice facilities group tour with Coach Pete
  • Compete to Create' private webinar hosted LIVE by Coach Pete Carroll for you and up to ten (10) guests; One-hour session via competetocreate.net

The ALL IN Challenge is a digital fundraiser created by Fanatics which aims to alleviate food insecurity for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 100 percent of the proceeds raised will go directly to Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry.

You can see the full list of Carroll’s Seahawks experience listed out on the auction page here. 

The deadline to bid on this package is 8:59 PM (PT) on Wednesday, June 24. To make a bid, visit www.allinchallenge.com. 

Carroll will take his philanthropic efforts one step further on June 10, as he joins Russell Wilson and Ciara along with Pearl Jam, Macklemore, Dave Matthews in a virtual concert for COVID-19 relief benefiting All In WA. The goal is to raise $65 million to provide immediate support for Washington workers and families.

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

D.K. Metcalf, Griffin twins surprise essential workers with season tickets

D.K. Metcalf, Griffin twins surprise essential workers with season tickets

With the quarantine still in place, front line workers have been hard at work supplying and caring for people in this time of need.

Whether it is nurses, firefighters, or workers in grocery stores, workers like that should be rewarded for the services that they are providing.

The Seattle Seahawks decided to go ahead and do that.

D.K. Metcalf,  Shaqill and Shaquem Griffin, and Tyler Lockett all represented the team and surprised a few local front li ne workers with Seahawks season tickets for this year.

Every worker in the video seemed genuinely surprised when they were greeted by a Seattle Seahawk through video at work

Shaquille Griffin in the video expressed how appreciative he is of the workers who are doing more for the community and not being in the spotlight.

Someone who is not in the same spotlight as me is doing whatever it takes to make this community, and world, better. It was just awesome to be able to give those tickets to him.

The Seahawks organization has always been good about showing support for the city, especially during this time of the pandemic.

Good work to the Seahawks for showing that the front line workers who are risking there lives day in and day out during this quarantine deserve to be rewarded.

Former Seahawk Nate Burleson shows off ridiculous sneaker collection

Former Seahawk Nate Burleson shows off ridiculous sneaker collection

There are sneakerheads and there is Nate Burleson. 

In an episode of Houseguest via The Players’ Tribune, the former Seahawks wide receiver and NFL commentator showed off his Ridgewood, New Jersey digs to former NBA guard, Nate Robinson. 

Burleson’s crib has it all: A spacious kitchen with marble countertops, a theatre, framed worn jerseys and of course, the chandeliers were on-point. But then the tour got real. 

The two Nate’s headed down to the basement—home of Burleson’s insane shoe closet. The Seattle native showed off his retro concord Jordans, classic Chuck Taylors, Adidas Dikembe Mutombo shoes and his Nike LeBrons. 

Burleson also showed love to Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony and displayed his Jordan Melo 1.5 signature shoe. 

We got to give a shout out to Melo man. Melo’s been out here ballin’. Hoodie Melo.

The pair then recounted their special times in Seattle. Robinson grew up in Rainier Beach and originally enrolled at University of Washington on a football scholarship before committing to play basketball for the Huskies. He went on to play for NBA teams including the Knicks, Celtics, Thunder, Warriors, Bulls, Nuggets, Clippers and Pelicans during his 11-year NBA tenure.

Burleson attended Rainier View Elementary, Lindbergh High School and O’Dea High School in the Seattle area before attending the University of Nevada in college. He returned to his hometown from 2006-09 as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. 

Both agreed that athletes that come out of Seattle don’t get the recognition they deserve. 

The 206 is a special place to me, man. I got the Space Needle tattooed on me three different times. There were so many individuals that I saw growing up that I felt were overlooked, so that kind of motivated me. I saw Doug Christie grind and make a career out of being like a complementary player. I saw Jason Terry become, in my opinion, one of the most decorated hoops stars of all time, and still not get appreciated. This isn’t like we’re all from spread out areas, we’re all from the heart of the city. -- Nate Burleson

Real recognize real.

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

 

Report: Jadeveon Clowney turned down aggressive offer from Cleveland Browns 

Report: Jadeveon Clowney turned down aggressive offer from Cleveland Browns 

Jadeveon Clowney said he wanted to play for a contender in 2020, and apparently that contender is not the Cleveland Browns. 

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Browns made a substantial offer to obtain Clowney’s services, but the star pass rusher was not interested. 

“I think they’ve been the most aggressive team with him financially,” Schefter told ESPN Cleveland. “And I just think he has balked at going to Cleveland for whatever reason. I think he’s been hesitant to go because if he wasn’t, he would’ve gone already because it’s the most money. It’s the richest offer on the table and he hasn’t taken it. So why is that? I don’t know. Is that not wanting to be in that city? Is that a lack of belief in the organization? I don’t know what it is. 

“But there’s no doubt that Cleveland has offered the most money to date. For whatever reason, he has not been willing to take it so far. That doesn’t mean it couldn’t change, but it hasn’t changed just yet.” 

The 27-year-old explained at the end of the 2019 season that his top priority will be to join a contender that will have the chance to compete for a championship immediately.

I want to get that Super Bowl, by any means. That’s what I’m looking for. Who’s going to get me there? I’m not looking to get on no sorry team for no money. That ain’t gonna fly. I’m not going to fight through it all that just to lose 16 games and go home with my check. I hate that. That ain’t what I’m doing. If I can’t do that – I’m not going to no team that can’t win. —Jadeveon Clowney

Perhaps the Browns, who finished 6-10 in 2019, did not fit Clowney’s criteria. 

The three-time Pro Bowler initially entered free agency in search of a contract worth more than $20 million annually. A report from ESPN’s Diana Russini suggested Clowney had dropped his price tag to closer to $17-18 million annually.  

Clowney finished his 2019 campaign in Seattle with 31 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and three sacks through 13 games last season. As of now, the possibility of the star defensive end returning to Seattle remains on the table.

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

Seahawks legend Curt Warner discusses the value of a RB in today’s NFL

Seahawks legend Curt Warner discusses the value of a RB in today’s NFL

It’s funny to look back and see how drastically the NFL has evolved. The 1983 draft is remarkably bizarre when you look at it through the lens of how the game is played today, specifically in regard to the running back position.

Everyone knows at this point that ball carriers have been devalued over the course of the last decade. Taking a running back in the first round is largely seen as taboo and the free agent market at the position has gone dry for the most part. Only the elite of the elite (aka Christian McCaffrey) still have the chance of getting paid megadeals.

Of course, things weren’t always that way. Just ask Seahawks legendary runner Curt Warner, the latest guest on the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast.

Warner was the third-overall pick in that year’s draft, behind John Elway and Eric Dickerson. Two running backs in the top three picks! That would be blasphemous today. And not only did the Seahawks take Warner with the third pick, but they traded their first- second- and third-round picks in order to move up in the order and get him. There would be WTO-level riots in the streets of Seattle if John Schneider made a similar move.

And it gets better. The Eagles selected running back Michael Haddix with the ninth pick and the Lions drafted fullback James Jones with the 13th pick. The 14th pick that year? Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. The 27th pick that year? Dan Marino.

There’s really no point here other than a fun (potentially funny?) look at how drastically things have changed.

Fortunately for Seattle, Warner ended up being an absolute stud and is in the franchise’s Ring of Honor. His 6,705 rushing yards and 55 rushing touchdowns are both third-most in team history. Warner shared that former Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox’s nickname was “Ground Chuck,” which tells you just how much he loved to run the football.

“He’d tell us, ‘the football ain’t heavy,’ which meant we were going to get a lot of carries,” Warner reminisced.

Warner said he understands why running backs have been devalued over the years. He gets that offenses are now mostly focused on the quarterback, protecting the quarterback and pushing the ball down the field in the passing game.

“The quarterback plays such an instrumental role in the offense and needless to say, they’re getting paid that way. You want to feature these guys more than everyone else. It’s how the game is played today.”

Could things change back to the smash-mouth days of old? Maybe. But Warner is aware such a pivot won’t be coming in the near future.

“It’s a copycat league,” Warner said. “So if somebody wants to go old school and line up with the fullback in there and go back to the I-formation and start pounding on some people and they win and they’re winning Super Bowls, then it will change. But I don’t see it happening right now.”

You can listen to the full interview with Warner here.

Antonio Brown is a 'diva wide receiver' the Seattle Seahawks don't need

Antonio Brown is a 'diva wide receiver' the Seattle Seahawks don't need

Russell Wilson’s connection with Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf was on full display last season. 

Lockett recorded 82 receptions for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns while Metcalf far surpassed the norms for rookie wide receivers, catching 58 passes for 900 yards and seven touchdowns. 

But Wilson wants to add more superstars and another offensive weapon is at the top of his list. Enter veteran receiver Antonio Brown. 

He’s recently been linked to the Seattle Seahawks, after a report circulated that Wilson “would love to add” Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowler and four-time First-Team All-Pro. 

But Brown comes with baggage, and if you ask Colin Cowherd of FS1’s “The Herd,” it’s a problem the Seahawks don’t want to have.

“Why deal with Antonio Brown?” Cowherd said. “Certainly talented, but not that talented that he blows up a locker room like the Oakland situation, like the Pittsburgh situation, they had to throw him out of New England.”

Cowherd isn’t wrong. The controversial wideout requested a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers following an alleged argument with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. 

He was then traded to the Oakland Raiders, where he was scrutinized for missing practices for heavily blistered feet due to cryotherapy, a helmet grievance and reportedly had verbal altercations with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock that led to Oakland voiding the guaranteed money on his contract and leading to his release. 

Then, everything seemed to be going well with the New England Patriots, when allegations of sexual and personal misconduct were issued against Brown. He was cut by the Patriots following one game where he had four catches for 56 yards and one touchdown.   

The NFL announced it was investigating Brown under its personal conduct policy and the investigation remains ongoing at this time. He could face a lengthy suspension. 

Cowherd doesn’t seem convinced that Brown has changed, citing details why the “diva wide receiver” doesn’t have a place in today’s NFL.

My entire life of the NFL there has been this thing called ‘diva’ wide receivers and they’ve had remarkable power. You just deal with the headaches because the guys are so special. Here’s the problem – the diva receiver has become the hockey enforcer in 2020, you don’t need ‘em. 

Everyone used to have a hockey enforcer, a tough guy who couldn’t skate and wasn’t fast, but the game is too skilled now. You don’t need the diva wide receiver.

While Brown is certainly an elite talent and arguably one of the best wide receivers of his generation, he remains a free agent. He remains ready for an NFL team, should one call, and has shared video working out alongside Seahawks backup quarterback Geno Smith.   

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner.