Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin was sprinting on a side field during Thursday's practice, according to The Athletic's Michael-Shawn Dugar. That's a step in the right direction.. We haven't heard much on Baldwin's progress since he arrived to training camp with a sore knee. Both the Seahawks and ESPN's Adam Schefter expect him to be ready for Week 1, though, and it appears he's on track. Baldwin's recent 12-team ADP is sitting at 3.09.
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.
Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise missed Thursday night's preseason opener with what HC Pete Carroll called "a little hip injury." There's no such thing as a little injury for Prosise, who's missed 21 of 32 games over the past 2 years with a variety of ailments. Prosise had reportedly been operating as Seattle's primary 3rd-down back in training camp, but he needs to get and stay healthy if he wants to win that role. He's just a late-round flier in PPR drafts right now.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said Tuesday that WR Doug Baldwin (knee) will "for sure" be ready for Week 1. "We know exactly what's going on with Doug," Carroll added. "He's going to be able to make it back barring setbacks of some kind." Ever the optimist, Carroll's words should be taken with a sizable grain of salt. But they do jibe with ESPN's Adam Schefter's report that the Seahawks are "hopeful and confident" that Baldwin will be ready by the opener. Until we see him back on the field, though, he carries plenty of risk at his 3rd-round price tag.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin's knee injury could cost him most or all of the preseason but that the team is "hopeful and confident" that he'll be ready for Week 1. "Hopeful and confident" suggests that Baldwin is something less than a 100% lock to be out there for the opener. And missing most or all of August is far from ideal. Baldwin has turned into a risky fantasy pick that we wouldn't consider until the 4th round of drafts right now. We just moved him down the WR rankings.
Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin had a "sore knee" when he arrived at training camp and will be sidelined "a couple weeks," HC Pete Carroll said Tuesday. "It's a little bit of a problem," Carroll added. We'll look for more details on Baldwin's injury, but it doesn't sound like he's in jeopardy of missing the start of the season, which is still 5-and-a-half weeks away. We just gave Baldwin a slight bump down the WR rankings.
The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta considers Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise the "leader for the role of being the two-minute, third-down back." Prosise has received lots of snaps with the 1st-team offense early in training camp, according to Condotta. Injuries have wrecked his first 2 NFL seasons, but Prosise has averaged a big 12.8 yards per catch on 23 receptions in 11 outings. He played both RB and WR at Notre Dame, totaling 55 grabs across his final 2 seasons. There's plenty of pass-catching ability here. Prosise is still no more than a late-round flier in PPR drafts right now. But he could certainly be a thorn in the side of RB Rashaad Penny's fantasy value.
Seahawks DE Frank Clark revealed this week that he broke bones in both hands during the 2017 season. He said he passed on in-season surgery, which would have required an 8-10 week recovery period. Instead, Clark had surgery this summer and is "working hard to get back in action," HC Pete Carroll told the Tacoma News Tribune. Clark leads a dramatically altered Seattle D-line in a significantly reshaped defense. We'll see how soon he can get back to full participation before judging the potential impact on his IDP outlook. The Seahawks defense doesn't look draftable in common-sized fantasy football leagues.
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.
Seahawks S Earl Thomas announced Sunday that he plans to skip the team's upcoming mandatory minicamp as well as "any team activities until my contract situation is resolved." Thomas is in the final year of his deal and has said he wants "certainty" beyond this season. He has also been the subject of trade rumors this offseason. We'll see how this situation plays out for 1 of football's best safeties.
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.
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.
Seahawks WR Brandon Marshall revealed on Wednesday that he had toe surgery last year to address an issue that's bothered him since the 2015 season. That was in addition to the surgery he had on the injured left ankle that ended his 2017 campaign. “Knew I needed surgery but it was one of those things where I was going to wait until I retire because a surgery like that it takes five, six, seven months to get back right," Marshall explained. "I didn’t want to lose my offseason so I was going to wait until I retire. When I snapped my ankle I said ‘well, I’ve got half of the season and then I’ve got the offseason so I might as well do it now.’ That’s the thing that took the longest." Marshall said he's now running pain-free but also admitted he's not yet in football shape. He should get there by the time training camp opens, but it remains to be seen what's left in his tank. Marshall hauled in just 18 of 33 targets (54.4%) and averaged a career-low 8.6 yards per catch in 5 appearances last season. He turned 34 in March.
The Seahawks have agreed to a 1-year deal with free-agent WR Brandon Marshall, ESPN reports. The move comes well after Marshall visited Seattle, but he enters a depth chart with opportunity available. Doug Baldwin is the only incumbent at the position who has surpassed 71 targets in a season. We'll see what Marshall has left after a lackluster pre-injury stint with the Giants. He caught just 18 of 33 targets and averaged 8.6 yards per catch over 5 games. His Seahawks deal could reportedly be worth up to $2 million with incentives, less per-year money than Seattle gave Jaron Brown. Unless Marshall proves totally cooked this summer, though, his arrival complicates the target picture behind Baldwin. Tyler Lockett's later-round ADP will make him a solid upside bet. We'll see where others settle on the depth chart and ADP charts over the next couple of months.
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.
The Giants on Thursday released WR Brandon Marshall. According to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, the team released Marshall with a "failed physical designation." The veteran WR landed on IR in early October after suffering a severe high ankle sprain. Marshall, however, seemed to believe that he'd be sticking around for 2018 when he recently commented that there wasn't room on the Giants roster to add Dez Bryant. We'll see now whether Marshall's release creates just such an opportunity. For now, Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram stand as Eli Manning's top 3 targets.
The Seahawks on Friday reached a 1-year deal with K Sebastian Janikowski. The former Raiders kicker missed last season but finished 12th among fantasy kickers in 2016. Seattle got a disappointing 72.4% conversion rate on FGs last year from K Blair Walsh. Steven Hauschka finished top 12 among fantasy kickers each of the previous 5 seasons as a Seahawk.
The Seahawks on Thursday reached a deal with RB Mike Davis. It's somewhat surprising after they elected not to tender him as a restricted free agent, but Davis re-joins an open backfield situation. He flashed a bit among 3 games of 15+ carries last year but should face plenty of competition for touches this season. That should include a healthier C.J. Prosise -- if we finally get that -- plus at least 1 guy not currently on the roster (draft or free agency).
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