Seahawks TE Colby Parkinson broke the 5th metatarsal in his foot (Jones Fracture) earlier this offseason, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Parkinson had surgery on June 2. That figures to sideline the rookie at least into August. He was unlikely to be a 2020 fantasy factor, anyways, behind Greg Olsen, Will Dissly and Jacob Hollister.
The Seahawks have signed RB Carlos Hyde to a 1-year deal. That follows reports that Seattle had offered RB Devonta Freeman a contract, so the team was clearly looking to add to its backfield. Hyde played surprisingly well in Houston last year, averaging 4.4 yards per carry on 245 attempts. He ranked 32nd in Elusive Rating and 10th in Pro Football Focus' rushing grades among 45 RBs with 100+ carries. Hyde is solid insurance behind RBs Chris Carson (hip) and Rashaad Penny (ACL), who are both recovering from serious injuries. Carson is expected to be ready for Week 1, but Penny isn't. We'd expect Hyde to open the season as Seattle's #2 RB, although his arrival does add some downside to Carson's 2020 fantasy outlook.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll implied during a Thursday radio interview that RB Rashaad Penny (ACL) is likely to begin the season on the PUP list, per The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta. "He's doing great but it was a late-season injury," Carroll said. Penny tore his ACL on December 8, giving him 9 months to get ready for Week 1. Landing on PUP would cost him at least the first 6 games of the season -- and turn RB Chris Carson into a workhorse. Carson is rehabbing last December's fractured hip but "will be ready" for the start of the season, according to Carroll.
The Seahawks added Miami RB DeeJay Dallas in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Dallas actually opened his college career at WR before moving to RB midway through his freshman campaign. A committee back over the past 2 seasons, Dallas totaled 224 carries for 1,310 yards (5.8 YPC) and 14 TDs. He did set career highs across the board in 2019 with 115 carries, 693 yards, 6.0 yards per carry and 8 TDs. His 14 receptions and 140 receiving yards were also personal bests. Dallas’ WR background gives him some intrigue, but he still looks like a fantasy long shot. He joins a crowded backfield in Seattle alongside Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, Travis Homer and C.J. Prosise — although Carson and Penny are both recovering from serious injuries.
The Seahawks picked Tennessee DE Darrell Taylor in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. Taylor offered nice production over his final 2 college seasons, including 21 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks. He particularly ramped up his performance in 2019. Pro Football Focus credited Taylor with 53 total pressures across his 1st 3 seasons at Tennessee; 44 in 2019 along. His 87.0 pass-rushing grade ranked 18th nationally among EDGE players with at least 100 pass-rushing snaps. Taylor joins a Seattle D-line that needs him -- especially with Jadeveon Clowney still lingering on the open market.
The Seahawks chose Texas Tech LB Jordyn Brooks with the 27th pick of the NFL Draft. Brooks spent 4 years starting for the Red Raiders: 3 on the outside before moving to the middle as a senior. Brooks ranks 5th in this class of off-the-ball LBs in speed score with a 96th-percentile mark. He also produced on the field: 4th-most solo tackles per game for 2019, 6th in market share of solos, 1st in tackles for loss per game and 5th in career solos per game. In Seattle, Brooks might shove K.J. Wright out of the lineup this year. We'll see about the Seahawks' plans.
The Seahawks love what they got out of WR D.K. Metcalf as a rookie last year but believe he's capable of even more going forward. “The No. 1 thing that we know is that we can move him around and do different things with him," OC Brian Schottenheimer said. “He kind of got stuck at the ‘X’ receiver last year. This year we know we can move him around quite a bit more. There are so many more routes he can run. He’s proven he can get behind people. I just think the flexibility of moving him around and introducing some different route concepts that we can kind of get him up to speed on that will complement the things that he’s already put on film. It will be an incredible, incredible advantage for us as we head into next season.” Metcalf posted an impressive 58-900-7 line last season -- and then totaled 219 yards and a score on 11 catches in 2 playoff games. It's plenty possible that he overtakes Tyler Lockett as Seattle's top WR in 2020.
The Seahawks have signed WR Phillip Dorsett to a 1-year deal. A 1st-round pick back 2015, Dorsett has yet to top 33 catches or 528 yards in a season. He's coming off a 29-396-5 line with the Patriots last year. Dorsett will battle for #3 WR duties in Seattle and is unlikely to emerge as a 2020 fantasy asset barring injury to Tyler Lockett or D.K. Metcalf.
The Seahawks on Monday traded a 5th-round NFL Draft pick to Washington for CB Quinton Dunbar, ESPN reports. Dunbar is heading into the final season on his contract and lost 14 games to injuries over the past 2 years. He has proved productive when on the field, though, including 17 passes defensed and 6 INTs over his past 18 games. Dunbar should be a starter for Seattle and a draftable DB in 2020 IDP leagues of at least moderate depth.
The Seahawks have tendered TE Jacob Hollister at the 2nd-round level, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. That means he could sign with another team as a restricted free agent, but that team would owe Seattle a 2nd-round pick. Thus, Hollister looks likely to return to a Seattle squad that expects to return TE Will Dissly from injury and added Greg Olsen this offseason. We'll see if that whole trio makes the regular-season roster. It's too crowded a situation to make any attractive for best-ball fantasy football drafts.
Seahawks GM John Schneider said that RB Chris Carson should be ready for the start of the season, according to ESPN's Brady Henderson. Carson sustained a season-ending hip fracture on Dec. 22. We'll certainly be watching this progress through the offseason and training camp. Schneider also said he's "less confident" about RB Rashaad Penny being ready in time, according to Henderson. Penny tore the ACL and sustained other damage in his left knee on Dec. 8. If he hobbles through 2020, Seattle might have a tougher decision to make on whether to pick up the 2022 option on his rookie contract. The whole situation carries plenty of risk for early best-ball drafting. Carson sits 16th among RBs in current BestBall10 ADP; RB19 in FFPC drafting.
TE Greg Olsen has inked a 1-year, $7 million deal with the Seahawks. He reportedly chose Seattle over Buffalo and Washington. Olsen turns 35 in March and has missed 18 games over the last 3 seasons. But the money here suggests the Seahawks are planning to make Olsen their lead TE in 2020. If he can stay healthy, it wouldn't be a shock to see him return to TE1 territory alongside QB Russell Wilson.
The Panthers and TE Greg Olsen announced that they're "mutually parting ways." Olsen has spent the past 9 seasons in Carolina. But he turns 35 in March and has missed 18 games over the last 3 years. Releasing Olsen will save the Panthers $8.1 million against the cap and leave TE Ian Thomas with a big opportunity to capture the starting job. We'll see if Olsen wants to continue his NFL career -- and then how much interest he garners on the open market. Fox Sports has said that they're ready to hire him as an analyst as soon as he retires.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll admitted that RB Rashaad Penny's availability for the start of the 2020 season is in question. He tore multiple ligaments, including the ACL, in his left knee on December 8. "He’s got six or seven months ahead of him that are going to be really challenging," Carroll said. "We’ll have to wait and see." Penny remains a solid dynasty hold but is just a flier in the double-digit rounds of early best-ball drafts.
Seahawks RB Chris Carson doesn't need surgery on his fractured hip, he told reporters last week. He added that he hopes to resume running by the start of Seattle's offseason program but wouldn't commit to being ready for training camp. That's a reminder that this is a significant injury he'll be returning from. We'll keep a close eye on his rehab throughout the offseason.
Seahawks WRs Jaron Brown (knee) and Malik Turner (concussion) are not listed on the final injury report and will be available for Sunday's game against the Packers. Neither is a fantasy option, but their returns make WR David Moore a shakier play.
The knee injury that ended Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny's season was "more than just a normal ACL" tear, HC Pete Carroll said. Penny is facing an "extensive recovery," Carroll added. A clean ACL tear would have given Penny a decent chance to be ready for the start of the 2020 campaign -- but this news makes that a lot more iffy. We'll keep a close eye on his rehab.
Seahawks RB Chris Carson does not need surgery for the hip injury that ended his season, HC Pete Carroll said. Carroll added that Carson's rehab will be "somewhat extensive" but that he's expected to be ready for the start of training camp. We'll monitor his progress this offseason.
Seahawks S Quandre Diggs (ankle) is inactive for tonight's game against the 49ers. That should mean a 2nd straight start for Delano Hill in his place.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said after Sunday's loss to the Cardinals that RBs Chris Carson (hip) and C.J. Prosise (arm) are both out for the season. Ouch. Seattle figures to add a RB this week, but Travis Homer will now be atop the depth chart. The 6th-round rookie finished with 16 yards on 5 carries but 6 catches for 26 more yards vs. Arizona. He goes 5'10, 201 pounds and earned a 79th percentile SPARQ score in pre-draft testing. Homer will be a volume-based fantasy starter vs. the 49ers next weekend.
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