Seahawks Fantasy News
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 4:57pm
Seahawks tight end Anthony McCoy, who is battling for the backup job this season, injured his Achilles tendon during Tuesday’s practice, according to coach Pete Carroll.
McCoy missed all of last season with an Achilles injury, but Carroll said the “early indications” are that McCoy injured his other Achilles. He was carted off the field during practice after staying down on the field for a few minutes.
“If it is what they think it is, it’s just a real heartbreaker,” Carroll said. “He worked so hard to get back.”
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 8:28am
Before his season-ending knee injury in Week 7, Rams QB Sam Bradford appeared headed for his best year, with 14 touchdown passes as opposed to four interceptions.
The Rams were 3-4 with Bradford and it could be argued he might have made enough impact to turn the tide in narrow home losses the next two weeks against the Seahawks and Tennessee Titans. The Rams went to a ground-oriented offense under journeyman backup Kellen Clemens and finished with seven victories for the second straight season.
“Sam Bradford gets hurt, you change your entire game plan,” Rams general manager Les Snead said.
Once again, this is considered a make-or-break season for Bradford who is a former number-one overall pick. For as good as Bradford was playing, last year, he was #11 QB in that span which made him a borderline starter in slightly deeper leagues. This year, Bradford is out of our top-20 at the moment and isn't getting drafted, but certainly has the potential get back on the fantasy radar once the season starts.
Monday, July 28, 2014, 3:43pm
Quarterback Cam Newton is running the Carolina Panthers offense in practice. But coming off ankle surgery, he’s done none of the running around that is his extra dimension.
That’s not bad news. You don’t have to be an orthopedic surgeon to know it just makes sense.
Newton looks comfortable dropping back, bouncing around in the pocket, setting his feet and making all the throws. He’s getting to know all-new wide receivers.
For now, that’s all he has to do. The Cam Newton who can slip out of the pocket and run for a quick 20 yards can wait until the Panthers start playing for keeps Sept. 7 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I think it’s just a smart thing to do right now. What’s the use of running on it and go in the training room and it’s going to be swelled up,” Newton said after practice Monday, while wearing a sleeve on his repaired left ankle.
In March, Newton had surgery to tighten loose ligaments in the ankle. He sat out most of a June mini-camp except for some throws in a seven-on-seven drill the final day. He's expected to be fine by the start of the season. We rank Newton 10th among QBs this season with the big question being what will be the quality of WRs he'll have to throw to. He's going a little earlier in drafts than Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson who are both ranked ahead of him.
Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:49pm
In his first four seasons with the Patriots, Julian Edelman caught 69 passes on 118 targets from Tom Brady. Last year, he finished the season with 105 receptions on 151 targets.
Getting on the same page as the Patriots’ future Hall of Fame quarterback isn’t easy for any receiver. Turning into his go-to receiver when you’re a former seventh-round pick who played quarterback at Kent State is probably even harder, but last year, Edelman did just that.
Edelman’s journey from college quarterback to 1,000-yard receiver hasn’t been without hard work. On Sunday, the 28-year-old said he enters training camp with confidence after having his first real taste of success, but knows he needs to keep working if he wants to replicate the success.
We think Edelman gets close to the 100-reception mark again this season and predict him for 91 catches and 1,000-plus yards. Edelman's value comes in PPR leagues where he's ranked 22nd on our list with an ADP of the 7th round. That's actually a few rounds higher than some guys around him like Percy Harvin (5th round) and Cordarrell Patterson (4th round).
Golden Tate's stay on the physically unable to perform list was a short one as the Detroit Lions announced the wide receiver has been cleared to return to the field, hours before the team's first training camp practice.
Tate, who injured his shoulder during an OTA practice earlier in the offseason, was placed on the PUP list as a precaution when he reported to camp on Tuesday.
The sure-handed Tate is coming off his best professional season, catching 64 passes for 898 yards and five touchdowns for the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. The hope is Tate can be a nice complement to Calvin Johnson. Tate's ranked 33rd among our WRs and we consider him a WR3 with upside, provided he can connect with QB Matthew Stafford.
Indeed, it's hard to imagine any of the other backs unseating the Rams Zac Stacy as the starter and primary ballcarrier barring an injury.
Of course, that part isn't so far-fetched considering Stacy's knack for nagging injuries as a rookie. And so far, Stacy has been getting the majority of the work with the first-team offense. We'll see if anything changes as camp goes on but for now, most of the training camp competitions are centered more on sorting out players rather than open jobs amongst the starting 22.
Way back in March, Fisher said Stacy was a guy who could get a bulk of work in the Rams offense, which equated to about 300 carries. Of course the key is staying healthy. The NFC West is also a tough division to face twice a year, but one of Stacy's better games last year came against the Seahawks at home. He posted #8 RB numbers from Week 5 on in 2013, but Tre Mason could steal some carries to help keep Stacy fresh. He's ranked 12th on our list with an ADP of the early fourth round.
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 6:53pm
This is a big season for Seahawk WR Jermaine Kearse's future and he seems to understand the possibility. This is the final year of his first contract and Kearse can be a restricted free agent next offseason.
He just saw teammate Doug Baldwin, also undrafted out of college, sign a three-year extension for up to $13 million. Kearse is considered a lock to make the team this year, even though his career numbers aren't impressive. However, he's delivered on some big plays last year. We project Kearse for just 19 catches and he currently isn't getting drafted in 10- and 12-team leagues.
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 5:00pm
Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin was back full speed Sunday after staying out of team drills Saturday. HC Pete Carroll said it’s part of a plan to allow Harvin to take a break every few days and not overdo it in camp.
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 4:59pm
Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael did not practice Sunday, but coach Pete Carroll said Michael is OK. “He just banged his shoulder a little bit,” Carroll said of Michael. “The trainers think he’ll be back on Tuesday.” The players have the day off Monday after practicing in pads for the first time at training camp on Sunday.
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 3:19pm
When fleet quarterback Terrelle Pryor was traded to Seattle in the offseason, he didn’t take the read-option calls from the Oakland Raiders' playbook with him. This year the Raiders are considering using running back Darren McFadden as the point man in the read option. McFadden filled the role at times at the University of Arkansas, and he ran some Wildcat early in his career with Oakland. The possibility of taking snaps directly from center excites him. “I always tell people I really was supposed to be a quarterback, I just ended up being a running back,” McFadden said. “It’s always fun to me, being able to get back there behind center. It takes me back to my old roots. The first position I ever played was quarterback. It was my first love.”
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 1:40pm
Saints K Shayne Graham has survived parts of 14 seasons as a journeyman NFL kicker, so arriving at training camp with no guarantee of a job is hardly unusual for him. Graham was signed by the Saints last December after the team parted ways with Garrett Hartley. Graham kicked reasonably well, although he missed two field goals in difficult conditions in the Saints' season-ending loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Graham was re-signed by the Saints, who also signed Derek Dimke and brought him to camp to compete for the starting job. "There's competition there, but (Graham's) efficiency is very good. He'll be a tough guy to beat out," said Saints head coach Sean Payton.
Dimke, 24, hit six field goals in the preseason for Tampa Bay in 2013 and had a brief stint with Detroit in the 2012 preseason, but has never made a regular season NFL roster. Graham is poised to be one of the top fantasy kickers this season.
Seahawks beat writer Tom Pelissero on the team's RB situation: "With starting RB Marshawn Lynch holding out, Robert Turbin took the first rep with the No. 1 offense, followed by Christine Michael. Should Lynch’s holdout stretch into the regular season – and as of now, I find it hard to believe that happens – Michael is the guy to watch. He’s a powerful, explosive athlete. He didn’t know how to be a pro as a rookie, but coaches have raved about his progress in Year 2. Even if Lynch is back, Michael should get a long look as a change of pace and on third downs."
Michael is still running behind Turbin, but according to Pelissero, that shouldn't last for long. If Lynch's holdout lasts into the season, we would expect that Michael will see a significant role.
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.
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.
When the Seahawks begin training camp tomorrow, running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to be absent. 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. “Marshawn Lynch just called me, we just talked,” Robinson said. “He said he will be holding out from training camp this year with the Seahawks.”
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.
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