Seahawks Fantasy News
Friday, July 25, 2014, 8:42pm
It's just the first day with no pads, but Seahawks running backs Christine Michael and Robert Turbin took full advantage of Marshawn Lynch's absence and had several impressive runs. Michael really shows off his speed on outside runs around the edge, usually out running linebackers to the sideline before the defensive back can catch him.
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Friday, July 25, 2014, 8:42pm
One clear standout at Seahawks camp was rookie receiver Kevin Norwood. He made one sensational leaping catch on a cross pattern while two defenders were closely covering him. Norwood also made a tough catch on a deep out, then turned and juked his way past linebacker Horace Miller to race down the sideline. Paul Richardson is the rookie speedster who wows people with his speed, but Norwood has been a pleasant surprise with his sure hands, consistent route running and polished skills every time he's on the field.
Marshawn Lynch expected to hold out
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7:50pm
That’s according to former Seahawk Michael Robinson, who is now a commentator on the NFL Network and said on-air moments ago that Lynch will hold out.
There's no telling how or when this will end, though the Seahawks are less likely to bend to Lynch's will than the Chiefs were with Jamaal Charles. Expect Christine Michael's ADP to shoot up and Lynch's to potentially fall into the 3rd or 4th round, depending on how long this drags on. Holdouts seem to lead to injuries and lackluster play, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect the usual Lynch in 2014.
Seahawks WR Sidney Rice retires at age 27
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 4:21pm
Rice missed the final eight games of the Seahawks 2013 season after tearing his ACL in a Week 8 win over the Rams. Rice was then cut by Seattle in February in a cost-cutting move that cleared up $7.3 million in 2014 cap space for Seahawks. However, Rice returned to the team in April when he signed a one-year deal.
The receiver's injury history played a large part in his decision to retire, "I was just thinking about things I've been through in the last few years," Rice told the team's official website. "I've hit the ground a number of times. I have quite a few injuries. It's something I've always battled through and came back from, But I just figure at this point I have the rest of my life ahead of me and I want to be able to function and do things later down the road."
We wish Rice the best of luck in his future endeavors. It's a pragmatic move by a player who sees the risks involved with continuing his career given his history of concussions. His departure should shore up Jermaine Kearse's snaps and opens the door for rookie Paul Richardson to see a role as a deep threat.
Thursday, July 17, 2014, 11:18am
WR Golden Tate is the best No. 2 the Lions have had in Calvin Johnson’s tenure with the team. No disrespect to Nate Burleson, but he was more of a possession receiver. Tate can catch a five-yard pass and turn it into 80 yards. That’s nice to have in the bag when double coverage rolls Megatron’s way.
Tate is also sure-handed. He’s dropped just seven passes in four years. The Lions have led the league in dropped passes the last two seasons.
Tate had the #29 FP/T (1.21) in 2013, which was right on his three-year average. Tate saw 99 targets last year, which was a career high. He has back-to-back top 35 seasons to his credit, and he did that with just 5.4 T/G. He’s likely to see around 7.0 T/G in a pass-happy offense. (The Lions threw it 51% more than the Seahawks did in 2013.) And he’ll get to play opposite Calvin Johnson, ensuring that he’ll be seeing single coverage on virtually every play. He’s a fantasy WR3 with upside, assuming he and Matthew Stafford develop a good rapport. For more on his potential in the Detroit offense, click here.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 6:04pm
Golden Tate had an outstanding season in 2013 and parlayed that into a big-money deal with the Detroit Lions. But a Seahawks three-receiver formation of Doug Baldwin, Percy Harvin and Jermaine Kearse can be better with Harvin instead of Tate.
Monday, July 14, 2014, 2:12pm
The nuances of Golden Tate's decision to leave Seattle for Detroit are coming to light.
"I hated being tackled (last year) because I didn't know when my next ball was going to come," Tate said in an interview Monday with ESPN's First Take. "I have a chance to catch more balls and make Pro Bowls (in Detroit)."
Tate had more receptions than any other Seahawk last season with 64. His 64 receptions and 898 yards were both career highs for Tate, but he was still left wanting in a run first, heavy on the defense franchise.
Ironically, he felt his catch thirst could be quenched by becoming another team's No. 2 guy.
The Lions ranked No. 3 in the NFL last season in passing, averaging 280.1 yards receiving per game. They threw the ball 214 times more last season (634 attempts), than the Seahawks (420 attempts), who ranked No. 26 out of 32 overall in passing, the story pointed out. Tate ranks 31st on our list making him a high-end WR3. The key will be a good rapport with QB Matt Stafford.
Sunday, July 13, 2014, 8:06pm
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll opened Organized Training Activities by dropping the relative bombshell that free safety Earl Thomas was, at the moment, the leader in the clubhouse to win the job of punt returner.
And Thomas, if you also recall, was enthusiastic as could be about the possibility. So too, though, were Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman, while Percy Harvin — already slated to be the kickoff returner and with no real history as a punt returner — also said he’d be open to the idea. Rookie Paul Richardson also figures to get a shot at it, and a wildcard entry is receiver Bryan Walters, who is far from a lock to make the roster but has always intrigued Carroll with his return ability.
As mini-camp ended, Carroll said Thomas was still the front-runner, but that, as always, the job was still in competition.
Percy Harvin looks to play bigger role
Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 9:06am
"A lot of people were asking me, did (the Super Bowl) kind of make the season for me? And it did, but not at all," Harvin told KCPQ-TV's Aaron Levine. "I was brought to this team to make plays throughout the season, and I wasn't able to do that."
Harvin dealt with a nagging hip injury throughout the regular season and suffered a concussion in the playoffs. He had just five receptions for 43 yards and three carries for 54 yards. Harvin is as healthy as he's been in a while, the story said, and looks determined to be a bigger part of the Seahawks offense. We're giving Harvin the respect, ranking him 20th among our WRs. He's also getting respect in drafts going in the late fourth round thus far. He's a player with injury risks that could pay off big for you at that point in the draft if you take the chance he can stay healthy.
"Pass-happy" Jay Gruden isn't so pass-happy
Thursday, July 3, 2014, 10:21am
On the topic of Redskins HC Jay Gruden having a reputation for being "pass-happy":
The Bengals attempted 1,764 passes from 2011-2013. Coincidentally, that is exactly as many passes as the Redskins under Mike and Kyle Shanahan attempted. Gruden’s past and present teams tied for 19th in the NFL in pass attempts. The Lions led the league in pass attempts with 2,128 while the 49ers threw 1,430 times, the fewest in the NFL.
Peeling back the onion a little more, how often did Gruden call passes on first down? Since all options are open to the play caller, that’s perhaps a better indicator of his run or pass mindset. During his time in Cincinnati only four teams called fewer pass plays on first down than did Gruden. He called 595 first-down passes; only the Chiefs, 49ers, Jets, and Seahawks called fewer. The Patriots called the most with 831.
In 2013, Bengals threw it 55.0% of the time which was #22 in the league. The running game should get plenty of work in Washington, provided the team can stay competitive.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 6:01pm
Before the draft, Mike Evans got compared to two current NFL wide receivers more than any others.
Buccaneers teammate Vincent Jackson and the other was Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall have the same imposing size and impressive athletic ability that Evans showed while he was at Texas A&M, leading many to point to the duo as a sign of what Evans could become once he hit the NFL. Evans got to spend the spring working with Jackson and he’s spending the early part of his summer working with Marshall.
Both men are training with Fit Speed Athletic Performance in Florida.
Camp holdout still possible for Marshawn Lynch
Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 11:21am
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch reported to mini-camp, but that doesn’t rule out a holdout for training camp, which is possible since it’s known he’d still like the Seahawks to do something to buff up a contract that has two years remaining, in which he is due to make $5 million in 2014 and $5.5 million in 2015. Several close to Lynch have now said that what Lynch wants is some more up front money in case the Seahawks cut him after the 2014 season, as many speculate the team is likely to consider.
Drama has followed Lynch around this offseason. The team also implied it was ready to play RBBC given how well Christine Michael played at OTAs, but later backtracked. Lynch could also face suspension from the league after pleading guilty to reckless driving (which started as a DUI arrest two years ago). Still, he has three straight top 5 finishes under his belt, so if the offseason drama passes, he should once again be a rock-solid pick in the late 1st round. Until then, there's some risk here.
Monday, June 23, 2014, 3:11pm
Seahawks WR Percy Harvin sat out the second half of practice yesterday just to rest. He was fully back today. HC Pete Carroll said they had not been working him out three consecutive days and weren’t going to do it during camp (to clarify, he was talking about minicamp).
Robert Meachem compares Brandin Cooks to Percy Harvin
Friday, June 20, 2014, 5:46pm
"He's quick and he's fast. He's one of those guys you can put at any position and be an athlete like we used to do with (Darren Sproles), like we used to do with (Reggie Bush)," Meachem said. "You just put him in certain situations and let him be an athlete. You give him the ball and say 'Do what you do.'
"You have the Percy Harvins of the league, and you just say 'Do what you do.' Let him play ball."
The Saints spread the ball around, but not only do they have to replace the departed Lance Moore, the team has to also replace the production of Darren Sproles in the receiving game. The two combined for 143 targets in 2013, so while we're expecting Kenny Stills to see a larger role, there are targets for the speedy Cooks as well.
Beat: Bengals expected to run more in 2014
Friday, June 20, 2014, 10:41am
Bengals beat writer Geoff Hobson on the team's offensive philosophy under new OC Hue Jackson:
"Jackson is committed to changing it and I think he’s also committed to taking the load off Andy Dalton. A big adjustment that has to make is cutting his pass attempts from 586 to closer to Russell Wilson’s number of 407.
"To heck with the short stuff. The running game should open up the deep ball and with Jackson’s experience under Al Davis you can believe they’ll be running many more vertical routes."
Hobson writes this with an editorial slant, so it should be taken with a grain of salt. Dalton's pass attempts are very likely to drop, but it's not likely that they fall to Seattle's levels. For one, the Bengals don't have the running game that the Seahawks have, and their defense isn't as good, either. Giovani Bernard is better in the receiving game (than Marshawn Lynch) and the Bengals have an elite receiver in A.J. Green. The Bengals were pretty balanced in 2013 and may tilt a bit more towards the run in 2014.