The Jets have claimed K Jason Myers off waivers. Myers just lost the Seahawks' kicking competition to Sebastian Janikowski. In New York, he joins Cairo Santos, who's been sidelined with a groin injury, and Taylor Bertolet in the competition for the starting job. This is a situation to avoid in fantasy drafts until a winner emerges.
Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after undergoing surgery Wednesday morning to repair a broken finger, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Penny injured the finger in practice on Monday. Seattle's season kicks off in 3-and-a-half weeks, and Rapoport confirms that there's a chance Penny won't be ready for that one. The injury kills any chance he had to pass RB Chris Carson on the depth chart before Week 1. We're still projecting the rookie to lead the Seahawks backfield in touches this season, but he won't be an early-season fantasy option. Carson, meanwhile, will open the year as the lead back. Seattle's first 3 games come against Denver, Chicago and Dallas -- 3 defenses we project to be neutral matchups for RBs.
Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer likes the progress he's seeing in RB Rashaad Penny's pass protection. "He’s really smart with all of the blitz pickups. He sees things really well," Schottenheimer said. "It’s just the technique stuff that he’s got to get better with. ... When they do the one-on-one pass (protection) stuff, he’ll get beat from time to time but I haven’t seen him check up one time. He wants to get back in there, and that’s when you know you’re going to have a great pass protector.” Pass protection is often the biggest hurdle between rookie RBs and playing time, so Penny is off to a good start there. He's continued to run behind RB Chris Carson in camp but got 5 snaps (to Carson's 7) with QB Russell Wilson and the starters in the preseason opener. This backfield is one to monitor closely over the next few weeks.
Rams TE Gerald Everett is sidelined with a shoulder sprain, HC Sean McVay said. "You guys see him out here where he had a little splint. We’re going to be smart with him," McVay said. "So, he’ll probably be doing rehab and different things like that for at least the next week or so ... Fortunately, it’s not something right now that we felt like had to get fixed, but until you really go through that process you never know how it’s truly going to respond.” This doesn't sound like a serious issue, although McVay does make it seem like the team doesn't know exactly how long Everett will be out. We'll keep an eye on this one. The presence of Everett and TE Tyler Higbee make both guys tough to trust in fantasy lineups. But if either guy misses time this season, the other could become a spot-start option.
Seahawks S Kam Chancellor announced Sunday that his neck injury is not allowing him to return to the field. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the safety has yet to formally retire. But Chancellor said in a lengthy Twitter post that it's "time for the next chapter." He has been out since last November with the neck injury. Seattle is sure to miss Chancellor but does already have Bradley McDougald, who started the final 9 games of 2017. If you're a DS Insider, then you might have already noticed that we had McDougald projected to start next to Earl Thomas this season (anticipating this scenario). McDougald looks like a big-time sleeper for IDP drafts this season.
Second-year Rams TE Gerald Everett has reportedly showed well in early practices. "Gerald Everett's been one of the guys that's stood out really throughout the offseason program so far in terms of getting better," HC Sean McVay said, per Cameron DaSilva of Rams Wire. "You see the overall athleticism; he's getting better with the attention to detail." Everett also told the team website that he's more confident and comfy with the playbook. A 2nd-round pick last year, Everett has a chance to pass TE Tyler Higbee on the depth chart this summer and carve out a decent role. The wealth of options in an offense that ranked just 24th in pass attempts last year lowers Everett's fantasy ceiling, but he's worth a look as a 3rd TE in best-ball drafting.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll believes WR Tyler Lockett is finally back to 100% after breaking his leg back in December of 2016. Lockett was able to get on the field for last year's opener but finished the season with a career-low 12.3 yards per catch. “Last year was a struggle for him, the offseason for certain, but throughout the season itself he was not able to do things in the same manner that he had done it in years past, and that’s really just workload," Carroll said. "He just couldn’t do as much, had to take care of his legs more. So he’s back at it, he’s really playing fast, he has no restrictions of any kind of after effects of the surgery of last year or since he’s been hurt. So that’s a real positive." Lockett's fantasy value took a hit with the addition of Brandon Marshall, but he's fully capable of beating out the 34-year-old vet Seattle's #2 WR job. It'll be a situation to monitor when training camp opens.
LB Mychal Kendricks vehemently denied early reports of him joining the Browns, but then he signed with them Sunday after all. Yahoo! and ESPN each reported a 1-year deal worth up to $3.5 million. The Yahoo! report said Kendricks would start immediately, but we're not ready to buy that. OLBs Christian Kirksey and Jamie Collins each own large salaries and will clearly remain in the lineup. MLB Joe Schobert went to the Pro Bowl in his 1st starting turn and ranked a respectable 32nd (among 87 qualifiers) in Pro Football Focus' off-ball LB grading. The deal does suggest that Kendricks is likely to take on a significant role. We'll see exactly how things shake out. For now, we're knocking Schobert down the LB rankings.
Seahawks S Kam Chancellor missed the final 7 weeks of 2017 with a neck injury, an injury he apparently has yet to put behind him. According to John Boyle of Seahawks.com, Chancellor is "expected to have more tests later this summer" that might determine whether he can play in 2018. If Chancellor remains out, Bradley McDougald will present significant IDP upside as the SS in a defense that shed DL Michael Bennett, DT Sheldon Richardson, DE Cliff Avril and CB Richard Sherman this offseason. We'll see how this story develops.
The Eagles on Tuesday released OLB Mychal Kendricks, after several years of trade/cut rumors spanning 2 coaching staffs. The 27-year-old (until late September) figures to quickly get a shot somewhere else. Kendricks is a top-shelf athlete among LBs and has produced across categories when playing full-time snaps. His departure opens the lead weak-side role, though we'll see if that means more snaps for his replacement. One potential replacement, veteran Paul Worrilow, suffered an ACL tear in Tuesday's on-field workout and will miss the season.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll called Rashaad Penny a "3-down back" on Thursday night. It was pretty clear the team viewed him as such when they spent the 27th overall pick on him. GM John Schneider said he was set to take Penny at #18 if he wasn't able to trade down. Carroll admitted that Penny needs to work on his pass protection -- a facet in which he struggled at San Diego State -- but added, "he will give us the ability to play him on all downs and that versatility is really big." We'll see how big a pass-catching role Penny earns in a backfield that still includes C.J. Prosise. But he's clearly on track to lead the way in carries on an offense that might be ready to lean back toward the run. There's clear RB2 potential here for 2018.
The Seahawks selected San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny with the 27th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Wow — this is the 1st real shocker of the night. Not only did Seattle use a 1st-rounder on Penny, but they selected him ahead of Derrius Guice, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Penny had a massive 2017 campaign, racking up 2,248 yards and 23 TDs on a 7.8 yards-per-carry average. That followed 7.5 yards per carry on 136 totes playing behind Donnel Pumphrey in 2016. The knocks against Penny are in the passing game. He totaled just 42 catches over the past 3 years (including 19 last year) and struggles in pass protection. The 1st-round investment likely means Seattle views Penny as a 3-down back, though. And he doesn't have much competition in a backfield that includes only Chris Carson, C.J. Prosise, Mike Davis and J.D. McKissic.
QB Geno Smith has agreed to terms with the Chargers, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Smith infamously got 1 start in place of Eli Manning in his lone season with the Giants, when then-HC Ben McAdoo controversially benched the veteran. Smith did little, just as he did across 4 years with the Jets. He’ll now join his 3rd NFL team, a move that likely won’t alter any QB plans the Chargers might have for the upcoming NFL Draft
The Seahawks have named Brian Schottenheimer their OC. Marty's son has 9 seasons of NFL experience as an OC -- 6 with the Jets and 3 with the Rams. Only 2 of those teams ranked better than 20th in total offense. Schottenheimer has favored the run as a play-caller, with 6 of his 9 squads ranking higher in rush attempts than pass attempts. We were hoping for a more creative hire for Russell Wilson and Co.
The Seahawks have fired OC Darrell Bevell. He spent the past 7 seasons in that post, leading Seattle to top 15 finishes in total offense in each of the past 4. His play-calling has been questionable lately, though, often waiting until too late in games to really unleash QB Russell Wilson. We'll see who the 'Hawks tab as Bevell's replacement. The offensive line remains a bigger issue than the play-calling.
Seahawks MLB Bobby Wagner (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Wagner has been dealing with the issue for weeks but returned to 100% playing time for last Sunday's win over the Cowboys. We'd bet on his playing time being just fine -- barring some re-injury.
The forecast for today's Rams-Seahawks game calls for a 50% chance of rain with winds of 10-15 mph. Gusts could get up to 30 mph, according to meteorologist Kevin Roth. That's not quite enough for us to adjust our projections for this game, but you can use the weather as a tiebreaker.
Seahawks OLB K.J. Wright (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams. MLB Bobby Wagner (hamstring) will be a game-time decision. Wagner didn't practice all week and will be a risky play even if he's active. The potential absence of both every-down LBs certainly helps the fantasy outlook for Rams RB Todd Gurley.
The Seahawks apparently aren't counting on MLB Bobby Wagner or OLB K.J. Wright being ready for Sunday's clash with the Rams. HC Pete Carroll said Monday that Wagner -- who aggravated an hamstring injury -- to be a game-time decision at best, according to Pro Football Talk. Wright reportedly had a "good day" Monday following his Sunday concussion, lending optimism that he might be able to clear the protocol in time for Week 15. We'll keep an eye on both key IDP contributors this week. In the meantime, make sure you have alternate options in place. Wagner, in particular, sounds like he'll be risky even if active for the game.
Seahawks MLB Bobby Wagner left Sunday's loss to the Jaguars with a hamstring injury. He had previously dealt with the same issue but has yet to miss a game for it this season. OLB K.J. Wright also left the game with a concussion. He'll obviously need to pass through the league protocol before returning to the field. We'll see about the status for each starter-level IDP as we get into Week 15.
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