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Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls will miss the 2nd preseason game with what HC Pete Carroll labeled a "minor ankle issue." Remember that Rawls fractured his ankle back in 2015 -- although it's unclear if this is related, or even the same ankle. We'll keep an eye on him. Rawls' absence will give RB Eddie Lacy a shot to run with the starters against the Vikings on Friday.

Seahawks WR Paul Richardson was a limited participant in practice on Tuesday, just 2 days after spraining his shoulder in the preseason opener. “Paul jumped right back on the practice field today, really surprised us, because he did bang his shoulder pretty good,” HC Pete Carroll said. “He had a good day’s work; I don’t know what that means for [the 2nd preseason game this] weekend, but in no pads today, he was able to get in a lot of work and was at top speed, so that’s terrific.” Carroll also confirmed that Richardson should be ready in plenty of time for Week 1. He'd been running with the starters but will need to fend off Tyler Lockett for the #2 WR spot behind Doug Baldwin.

Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (ankle) was back at practice on Tuesday. He hurt his ankle last Thursday and missed Seattle's preseason opener, but it was clearly a minor ailment. His fantasy stock is unaffected.

Seahawks WR Paul Richardson left in the 1st quarter of Sunday night's preseason opener after suffering a sprained A/C joint in his right shoulder, the Seattle Times reports. "It’s going to be a bit," HC Pete Carroll said after the game. "I don’t want to throw a number on it but he got hurt." Richardson has been working as a starter ahead of Jermaine Kearse. Seattle played against the Chargers without WRs Doug Baldwin (ankle), Tyler Lockett (fibula recovery) and Amara Darboh (sternum).

Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin left Thursday's practice with an apparent right ankle injury, but his coach said Friday the player made out OK. “He’s fine,” Carroll told reporters after practice. “He fell on the back of his leg, but he was very lucky he didn’t get a big ankle sprain. He stressed a couple little strains in his foot, but he seems to be fine." Carroll said Baldwin thought he'd be able to play this weekend if the game mattered. So we won't worry about the situation for now.

Seahawks RBs Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls split 1st-team reps during the team's mock game on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Sheil Kapadia. Seattle is likely taking it easy on Lacy, who's returning from a serious ankle injury. But it's still that Rawls is being given a shot to win the lead job. He's lasting into the 13th round of recent drafts, while Lacy is going in the 7th.

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (leg) was on the field for Friday's practice, meaning he's been removed from the PUP list. He's made a successful recovery from last December's broken leg. We're big fans of Lockett's game, but he's battling Paul Richardson and Jermaine Kearse for targets behind Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham in a run-leaning offense. We're expecting Lockett to emerge as Seattle's #2 WR, but he's no more than a fantasy bench stash for now.

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll confirmed that TE Jimmy Graham is in a much better spot this year than last, when he was returning from a torn patellar tendon. "We had to manage him the whole year," Carroll said of Graham's 2016. "He just kept hanging in there. He played in every game and didn’t miss any time, but he wasn’t at his best. You can see him now ... He survived it, and now he is really moving up." Graham, despite being at less than 100%, ranked 4th among TEs in PPR points and 2nd in non-PPR last year. He's capable of an even more productive 2017 campaign.

The Seattle Times reports that Seahawks S Earl Thomas took part in contact drills Tuesday for the 1st time since breaking his left tibia last Dec. 4. “I’m feeling really good,’’ he said afterward. “No issues yet. I’m just continuing on my maintenance and letting it take care of itself." Thomas isn't a top-shelf IDP option, but he's draftable in moderately deep leagues. His presence also enhances a secondary that's imperative to the value of the Seattle team D.

Seahawks RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) avoided the PUP list and was on the field for the start of training camp over the weekend. “He got his work done," HC Pete Carroll said. "He looks good. I’m really happy that he made it through all of the work to get to this point and he is ready to go, so we take it one day at a time, but really good first impression coming back for our first camp with him." Lacy was limited all spring after last October's ankle surgery, and Seattle figures to ease him in early on in camp. But, barring a setback, he should be a full-go come Week 1. Lacy is the favorite to lead the 2017 Seahawks in carries but needs to fend off RBs C.J. Prosise and Thomas Rawls.

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (leg) was placed on the active PUP list to open training camp. HC Pete Carroll doesn't expect him to be there for long. Lockett's recovery from last December's broken leg has seemingly gone smoothly, and he was able to put in some limited work this spring. We're expecting him to be available for the start of the regular season, but he might not begin any higher than 3rd on the WR depth chart. Lockett is just a bench stash for now.

It's "unclear" if Seahawks RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) will be at 100% when training camp opens on July 30, according to the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta. Lacy underwent surgery way back in October and was limited this spring. We haven't heard any concern that he won't be ready come Week 1, but his status will be worth keeping a close eye on. Condotta mentions that RB Thomas Rawls is expected to "run with the first team" when camp opens. If Rawls can rediscover his 2015 form, Condotta writes, there's "no way he won’t have a significant role." Rawls is an intriguing flier at his RB51 ADP.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson followed a strict diet regimen this offseason. The result: he's down from 225 pounds to 214 and from 16% body fat to 10%. Wilson was already a good bet to bounce back from a disappointing 2016 season that saw him play through ankle and knee injuries. Cutting some weight should only help that cause. A beat-up Wilson tallied a career-low 259 rushing yards last year after averaging 607.5 over his first 4 seasons.

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll is excited. (What else is new?) Specifically, though, he's pumped up about the offseason health and performance of TE Jimmy Graham. “I think Jimmy’s offseason is a big highlight for us,” Carroll said, per Pro Football Talk. “Last year at this time we didn’t know what he was going to be like. We were positive, but didn’t know. He had a phenomenal offseason and great work with us.” Besides improved health, Carroll has lauded Graham's improved blocking and his connection with QB Russell Wilson. The whole package should help to keep Graham on the field even more and further entrench him as a key receiving option. Graham enjoyed an impressive 2016, considering that he spent the whole year dealing with fallout from 2015's patellar tendon tear. A fully healthy Graham has upside to the top of his position in fantasy football.

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said Tuesday that WR Tyler Lockett (leg) has a "good chance to be at full speed" for the start of training camp. Carroll added that Lockett has made "a big jump from last week to this week" in his recovery from December's broken leg. Carroll is notoriously optimistic about his injured players, so take this with a grain of salt. We'll be keeping a close eye on Lockett when camp opens next month. At this point, though, there's no reason to believe he won't be ready come Week 1.

Per the Seattle Times, the Seahawks “hope” WR Tyler Lockett can participate at the start of training camp. Lockett broke his right tibia and fibula on December 24, but he avoided ligament damage. He’s been a very limited participant in OTAs. Training camp participation is certainly something we’ll monitor closely, as it can impact his early-season role. For now, Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham represent the top-2 targets for Russell Wilson.

Seahawks RB Eddie Lacy earned his first weigh-in bonus this week by checking in at 253 pounds, under the 255 limit, according to the Seattle times. That shouldn't be his playing weight, but it signals his conditioning his heading in the right direction. The shape of his repaired ankle will ultimately matter more than his waistline, however. We'll see how the rest of this spring and summer treat the former Packer.

The Seahawks claimed RB Mike Davis off waivers from the 49ers on Monday. A 4th-round pick 2 years ago, Davis averaged just 2.0 yards per carry on 52 attempts and caught 10 of 18 targets over the past 2 seasons. He doesn't look like a good bet to make Seattle's roster, assuming Eddie Lacy's ankle is ready to go.

The Seahawks added Michigan WR Amara Darboh in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Born in Sierra Leone, Darboh emerged as his squad’s top WR by his senior year, pacing the Wolverines with 57 catches, 862 yards and 7 TDs. We weren’t overly impressed with his tape, but he does flash some moves to beat press coverage and the ability to make plays in traffic. The 6’2, 214-pounder also tested as an 84th percentile athlete at his position. There’s some long-term upside here, although Darboh is already 23 years old. He’ll spend 2017 as Seattle’s 5th or 6th WR.

The Seahawks chose DT Malik McDowell on Friday night with their 1st pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. McDowell drew questions about his effort throughout the process, but the talent certainly is not an issue. He figures to begin as a rotational player in a strong Seattle D-line group, which includes 2016 second-rounder Jarran Reed. There's not a ton of IDP upside to chase here.


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