The Seahawks don't expect DE Ezekiel Ansah to return to practice until after the start of training camp, HC Pete Carroll said Tuesday, according to ProFootballTalk.com. Ansah has been taking part in walkthroughs to learn the defense, and Carroll says he's working to regain strength in his repaired shoulder -- which is healed. "These six weeks coming up will be crucial, and we have a really specific plan set up for him," Carroll said. "I don't think we'll rush him. There won't be a need to start him up right out of the chutes, and we'll see how he goes in the weeks to follow." IDP owners should be apprehensive with Ansah this summer. He lost 9 games to injury last year and 14 total over the past 3 years.
Seahawks rookie WR Gary Jennings took the field Thursday for a limited practice, according to KJR Radio in Seattle. It's noteworthy because Jennings had missed early workouts with a hamstring injury. A healthy Jennings should compete for a top-3 role in Seattle's WR corps, where Tyler Lockett, David Moore and Jaron Brown have opened atop the depth chart.
Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny has shed some weight this offseason, currently tipping the scales at 230 pounds. Conditioning was a problem for him at times during his rookie season, but it doesn't sound like that'll be an issue in 2019. Penny has reportedly impressed in spring workouts, while RB Chris Carson has been sidelined after knee surgery. We're still projecting Carson to lead this backfield in carries this year, but there's room for Penny to tally 150+ attempts in Seattle's run-heavy attack.
"Jaron Brown ... wow, talking about just an unbelievable camp. I mean, really stepping up. ... He's looked dynamic out here." That's what Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer said this week about WR Jaron Brown, who has been working with Tyler Lockett and David Moore as the 1st-team wideouts. Brown caught just 14 balls in his 1st season with Seattle, but Schottenheimer admitted that coaches "kind of forgot" about him while Brown was busy doing "much of the dirty work." The departure of WR Doug Baldwin has left fantasy owners projecting who will step up, with rookie D.K. Metcalf garnering much of the hype. We're not getting fired up for Brown, who has averaged just 16.7 receptions through 6 pro seasons. But we'll keep an eye on him and the fight for those top 3 receiver spots in Seattle through the summer.
Seahawks RB Chris Carson "had some work done" on his knee this offseason, HC Pete Carroll revealed Tuesday. That's "surgery" in Carroll-speak. Carroll added that Carson will only be out "a couple more weeks," so it sounds like he'll be ready in plenty of time for training camp. Carson's absence creates some added opportunity for Rashaad Penny, but Carson still figures to open camp atop the depth chart.
According to multiple reports, the Seahawks have agreed to terms with former Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah. There's plenty of room for Ansah on a D-line that jettisoned DEs Michael Bennett and Frank Clark over the past 2 offseasons. Ansah joins a group that includes 2019 first-rounder L.J. Collier, 2018 rookie Rasheem Green (a potential DE/DT swing player like Bennett) and some backup/rotational types. Ansah has lingered on the market because of an injured shoulder that will be worth watching through the summer. But Seattle clearly believes he'll be ready to contribute this fall.
The Seahawks selected Miami RB Travis Homer in the 6th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The 5'10, 201-pounder helped himself with a 4.48-second 40 time at the Combine, adding a 39.5-inch vertical to earn a 79th percentile SPARQ score. Homer never reached 1,000 yards across 3 college season but averaged 6.0 yards per carry for his career and caught 37 balls over the past 2 years. He offers some change-of-pace potential as a pro.
The Seahawks added West Virginia WR Gary Jennings in the 4th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Jennings broke out for 97 catches, 1,096 yards and 1 TD as a junior in 2017 and then posted a 54-917-13 line this past year, accounting for 34% of the Mountaineers’ receiving scores. The 6’1, 214-pounder did most of his damage from the slot at West Virginia but has the size and athleticism (83rd percentile SPARQ) to play on the outside, too. Jennings joins a Seahawks squad that might be losing lead WR Doug Baldwin to retirement.
The Seahawks added Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf with the 64th pick of the draft. Metcalf is a freak of nature: 6’3, 228 pounds with 4.33 speed and a 40.5-inch vertical. He struggled in the agility drills at the Combine, but we didn’t think change-of-direction was an issue on tape. In fact, Metcalf has some of the best tape in this year’s WR class, showcasing high-end speed, ball skills and releases off the line of scrimmage. His production at Ole Miss never matched his ability, though. He missed 10 games with a broken foot in 2016 and 5 more this past season with a fracture of his C-3 vertebrae that required surgery. When he was on the field, Metcalf totaled just 67 catches in 21 games — although he did average a big 18.3 yards per catch with 14 TDs. Metcalf is a classic boom/bust prospect. Landing with QB Russell Wilson certainly helps his NFL odds, though.
The Seahawks picked DE L.J. Collier at #30 in the 1st round of the NFL Draft. Collier is 1 of the bigger EDGE players in this class, checking in at 282 pounds at the Combine. He also delivered an above-average speed score (102.3). He joins a thin edge group in Seattle and could compete for time quickly.
The Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson have agreed to a 4-year, $140 million extension that includes $65 million in signing bonus and $107 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The deal came at the end of a window Wilson had set for extending his contract and ends all the trade speculation. Wilson might have found even more fantasy upside in an offense less focused on running the ball, but he has finished 3 of the past 5 seasons among the top 6 fantasy football QBs. Wilson's extension obviously helps Seattle's wideouts, who certainly would have seen a downturn in efficiency with any replacement.
Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that LB K.J. Wright is re-signing with the Seahawks. That will keep him and MLB Bobby Wagner in their established roles, with fellow re-signee Mychal Kendricks potentially manning the opposite outside spot. Wright struggled through a knee injury last season, which limited him to just 5 games. Kendricks filled in for him at times, amid a league suspension and his own injury. When healthy, Wright has been a solid LB2-to-LB3 for IDP purposes. His deal is believed to be short term -- perhaps a "prove it" type contract coming off his 2018 knee issue.
The Seahawks are keeping LB Mychal Kendricks on a 1-year, $4 million deal, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Kendricks could take over the starting weak-side job, with K.J. Wright an unrestricted free agent. If he does, Kendricks would likely land in LB3 territory in our 2019 IDP rankings. He'd also carry upside into LB2 range.
The Seahawks have inked K Jason Myers to a 4-year deal. He nailed 91.7% of his FG attempts for the Jets last season, including 17 of 19 from 40+ yards. Myers should be a viable spot-start fantasy option in 2019.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll called RBs Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny "a one-two punch" heading into 2019. That's not what we saw last year, when Carson maintained clear lead duties throughout the season. But Penny showed well in limited action, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. And Seattle thought highly enough of him to select him 27th overall last spring. "I don’t know who’s one and who’s two, it doesn’t matter to me. I thought both guys did a really good job this year," Carroll said from the Combine on Thursday. "They’re good football players and we love what they bring. They’re not the same, their running style are different, but there’s plenty of room for both of those guys, so I’m excited for both of them.” The touch distribution in Seattle's backfield will be a big fantasy storyline as we get into summertime.
Seahawks S Bradley McDougald put in a full practice Thursday and didn't appear on the week's final injury report. That comes after he entered each of the final 2 games questionable. McDougald played 100% of the snaps in each of those games, though, and always seemed on track for full duty against the Cowboys. He'll see a fair amount of Dallas TE Blake Jarwin in coverage.
Seahawks S Bradley McDougald (knee) is active for today's game against the Cardinals. It's not surprising, given that McDougald played 100% of the snaps through a "questionable" tag last week. The knee situation, however, makes him a prime rest candidate if Seattle jumps out to a sizable lead against Arizona, though, which seems quite possible. It's also worth noting that the Seahawks are merely playing for the difference between the 5th and 6th seed in the NFC.
Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (knee) is active for today’s game against the Cardinals. He could see an increased workload if Seattle wants to get Chris Carson some rest heading into the playoffs. But Penny should still be considered just a RB3 or flex flier.
Seahawks S Bradley McDougald (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. McDougald had an odd practice week, missing Wednesday and Thursday before putting in a full Friday workout. But he played through a "questionable" tag last week and didn't miss a snap. Week 17, of course, adds a wrinkle. Seattle hasn't locked in its seed yet but is merely playing for 5th or 6th in the NFC. So do the Seahawks get McDougald a little rest before a playoff opener that will be on the road either way? You'll find him in the Week 17 IDP rankings, but with some risk still baked into the projection.
Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. He put in a full week of practice and should play. Penny has been getting a handful of carries behind Chris Carson but could see more work in the finale with the Seahawks having little to play for.
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