David Hawthorne reached a 5-year deal with the Saints on Tuesday. Given the Saints' recent signing of Curtis Lofton, Hawthorne is clearly headed for an OLB job. Primarily a MLB in his time with Seattle, Hawthorne did spend 2010 starting on the outside with Lofa Tatupu in the middle. Hawthorne's quickness and range makes him a fit at multiple positions and he should remain a worthwhile IDP contributor. We'll try to get more specifics on the team's plans at LB before getting into projections. This move also seems to indicate that the team expects to lose Jonathan Vilma for a while ... or perhaps that the staff finally realizes he's an overrated name at this point.
Seahawks MLB David Hawthorne missed the 1st 2 days of practice this week because of a knee injury. He could be heading for a game-time decision on Sunday. He has been decent for IDP owners lately but not good enough to be worth the extra risk. Rookie K.J. Wright filled in for Hawthorne to start the season and could start in his place if Hawthorne is inactive.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll reportedly expects to have starting MLB David Hawthorne back at 100% for Week 2. Good thing, because Seattle will need all the help it can locate on the road against an angry Steelers team. Hawthorne missed Week 1 with a knee injury, but Seattle still held Frank Gore to just 59 yards on 22 carries.
Seahawks MLB David Hawthorne is inactive for the Week 1 matchup with the Niners. Rookie K.J. Wright will start in his place. This change could motivate the Niners to run inside even more than they might have already and could lead to quality tackle numbers for Wright. It certainly doesn't hurt Frank Gore's fantasy outlook.
MLB David Hawthorne was a limited practice participant Wednesday and Thursday because of a sore knee. Meanwhile, rookie K.J. Wright has taken the majority of 1st-team reps at MLB. HC Pete Carroll has spoken this week of the team having confidence in Wright, certainly making it sound like the rookie might be needed. We'll keep an eye on this situation. If healthy, Hawthorne could be a top-10 fantasy LB this year. Anyone playing MLB this week should get some tackle chances in a matchup with Frank Gore.
ProFootballFocus.com ranks Seattle's David Hawthorne as the league's 4th-best OLB over the past 3 years. Hawthorne spent just 1 of those seasons starting on the outside, so the rating is mostly a tribute to just how awesomely he filled in for Lofa Tatupu at MLB in 2009. PFF also points out that the Seahawks curiously took Hawthorne off the field for 3rd downs in 2010. If the team changes that, it will obviously boost his stat potential. Hawthorne also showed much more big-play ability in 2009 than in 2010. He's a high-ceiling IDP with some risk.
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