Seahawks Fantasy News

Carroll: RB Thomas Rawls represents 'who we are and what we're about'

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 12:04pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

In between discussing the rookies, Carroll made sure to let everyone know where he stands on second-year player Thomas Rawls.

"Thomas gives us a great element in his style of play," Carroll said. "We love the way he is physical and aggressive and tough. So, you see C.J. come off because he really has special qualities that he can add to the third-down aspect to our offense. We’re hoping that the other guys can complement what we’re already getting from Thomas. Each guy has his stuff. We think we can fit that together.

"We’ll come to appreciate that even more, but I think the message of who we are and what we’re about has been Thomas. We’re really excited to continue to see that, and we’ll see if we can fit it together in a really special fashion. They are unique. These guys are not from the same mold, which we really appreciate."

Who we are and what we're about. Carroll's message was clear: Assuming health, Rawls is the Seahawks' primary ball-carrier.

Fantasy Impact:

With Marshawn Lynch out of the way, Rawls is first in line for workhorse back duties given his performance in 2015. In the six games in which Rawls played and Lynch did not, the rookie averaged 20.5 touches for 120 yards and 0.84 touchdowns (on a stellar 5.6 YPC). That doesn't even include Week 3, when he turned 16 carries into 104 yards while Lynch was limited to five carries. A fractured ankle ended his season, but it didn't require surgery and he should be ready to for training camp. If he's fully healthy, Rawls' ADP should climb into the 3rd round (or higher). The only real concern here is the status of his ankle.

'General feeling' is that Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ready Week 1, TE Jimmy Graham questionable

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 9:47am

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

The recoveries from season-ending injuries for Seahawks players Thomas Rawls and Jimmy Graham have gone as planned but it remains too early to establish a set timeline for their return, coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday.

“Everything’s going well, yeah,” Carroll said during the team’s annual pre-draft press conference. “Everything’s really in good shape. It’s just when they push to get back we are going to have to see what the timeline is, you know, so we can tell. It’s going good.”

Rawls suffered a broken ankle during a win at Baltimore on Dec. 13 while Graham suffered a torn patellar tendon in the win over Pittsburgh on Nov. 29.

While Carroll was vague about a timeline Tuesday, the team general feeling is that each could be ready for the beginning of the season — particularly Rawls, whose injury has a shorter timeframe for recovery — but that each might not participate much in the pre-season.

Fantasy Impact:

Our injury expert, Russell Manalastas, is fairly confident about Rawls being ready at some point in training camp, but predicts that Graham will be limited (at best) in Week 1 since it takes a while to recover from a torn patellar tendon. The tight end position is deep this year, so there is no reason to reach for Graham when there are plenty of good options available.

Pete Carroll updates the status of RB Thomas Rawls and TE Jimmy Graham

Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 9:49pm

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

Running back Thomas Rawls will be ready for the start of the season, tight end Jimmy Graham could be, and the Seahawks did not like the idea of two personal fouls resulting in an ejection.

On how Thomas Rawls is doing in his recovery: “He’s doing really well. He should be fine and we anticipate that he’ll be fully recovered and ready to go at least by the time the season starts and hopefully by camp. Thomas had a terrific season. He just came out of nowhere and most people, they didn’t have any idea what he was going to do. He brought us attitude and style of play that we like. He was really physical and really tough, so we’re thrilled to have him coming back and we need to get him some help. Christine Michael re-signed with us which is a good thing; Christine did his best job of playing football for us in the short stint that he had. So those two guys will be the one-two punch right now and we’ll see where we go from there.”

On Jimmy Graham: “I’m communicating with Jimmy regularly. He should be fine. It is a substantial recovery. He’s doing great and he’s doing everything he needs to do, and he’s really competitive about it. We’re anticipating that he’ll come back and again we hope to have him by the start of the season. We’ll see how it goes as far as camp and all of that, but he’s an incredible football player and a great team member and we’re thrilled to have him on our club. We were just getting going with Jimmy last year, so we’ll be really excited to get him back in the lineup.”

Fantasy Impact:

Carroll sounded more optimistic about Rawls being ready for camp than he did of Graham. With Marshawn Lynch out of the way, Rawls is first in line for workhorse back duties given his performance in 2015. In the six games in which Rawls played and Lynch did not, the rookie averaged 20.5 touches for 120 yards and 0.84 touchdowns (on a stellar 5.6 YPC). That doesn't even include Week 3, when he turned 16 carries into 104 yards while Lynch was limited to five carries. Michael may form a "1-2 punch" with Rawls but we expect that Rawls will get the clear majority of the carries.

Seahawks re-sign RB Christine Michael

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 3:09pm

Seahawks.com - [Full Article]

Injuries opened the door for Christine Michael to return to Seattle; his play at the end of last season paved the way for a new contract with the Seahawks. Michael re-signed with the Seahawks Thursday, meaning the former second-round pick who Seattle traded before the start of last season, will be back in 2016.

Seahawks coaches noticed a change in Michael nearly as soon as he arrived in Seattle, and it showed up on the field, with Michael rushing for 192 yards on 39 carries in three regular season games. Michael added 71 yards on 20 carries in Seattle’s playoff win over Minnesota.

Fantasy Impact:

Michael averaged 4.9 YPC after returning to Seattle last season. He figures to serve as Thomas Rawls' primary backup.

Seahawks re-sign WR Jermaine Kearse

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 8:37pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

It's a three-year deal for WR Jermaine Kearse and the Seattle Seahawks. Spent four days testing the market and came back.

Fantasy Impact:

Kearse was inconsistent last season but was pretty solid down the stretch, after Jimmy Graham went down with an injury. He was the #26 WR from Week 12 to Week 17, but will be fourth in line for targets after Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett and Graham.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 5:29pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Running back Marshawn Lynch is retired, unofficially. Officially, he’s still a member of the Seahawks’ roster.

The new league year has arrived without the Seahawks releasing Lynch or placing him on the reserve-retired list. It means that the Seahawks will carry Lynch and his $11.5 million cap number into the 2016 league year.

Fantasy Impact:

The story goes on to say it remains unclear why the Seahawks haven’t removed Lynch from the roster. One theory is that they’ll wait to do it until after June 1, so that he’ll count $2.5 million against the cap this year, and $2.5 million next year. Another theory is that Lynch is dragging his feet so that he’ll be cut — and so that if he decides to un-retire later he’ll do so as a free agent. Regardless, Lynch remains on the team, at least for now. And possibly for a while longer, the story added.

Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls will have to compete for starting job

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 9:58am

PFT - [Full Article]

Thomas Rawls and futures contract signing Cameron Marshall are the only two running backs of any kind currently under contract with Seattle for the 2016 season. Bryce Brown, Fred Jackson and fullback Will Tukuafu are all unrestricted free agents while Christine Michael and fullback Derrick Coleman are restricted free agents.

Rawls is also coming off a broken ankle that ended his rookie season after 830 yards and four touchdowns in seven starts replacing an injured Lynch.

While Rawls showed special qualities as a rookie and the Seahawks believe he will be ready for the start of training camp, they aren’t putting all their eggs in one basket either.

“He definitely has the talent to (take over for Lynch), but we’re going to get a couple people in there to compete with him,” general manager John Schneider said Wednesday. “And he’s recovering from a significant injury as well too. He’s a fun kid and a really talented guy. I just can’t tell you that (he’ll succeed) right now. I’d go to (Las) Vegas if I could tell you that.”

Fantasy Impact:

Despite Schneider's comments, with Marshawn Lynch out of the way, Rawls is first in line for workhorse back duties given his performance in 2015. In the six games in which Rawls played and Lynch did not, the rookie averaged 20.5 touches for 120 yards and 0.84 touchdowns (on a stellar 5.6 YPC). That doesn't even include Week 3, when he turned 16 carries into 104 yards while Lynch was limited to five carries. A fractured ankle ended his season, but it didn't require surgery and he should be ready to for training camp. If he's fully healthy, Rawls' ADP should climb into the 3rd round or higher.

'Too early to tell' when Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham will be back

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 9:54am

nola.com - [Full Article]

Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham is still recovering from a torn patellar tendon suffered last November and his expected return date is unknown, said general manager John Schneider.

"It's too early to tell," he said. "It's a very significant injury."

Fantasy Impact:

Through the first 12 weeks, Graham was the #9 tight end in both standard and PPR formats. It was disappointing production given his history as a top fantasy threat, and now he has to recover from a torn patellar tendon injury. If he's healthy for training camp, we expect that he'll be one of the first 10-12 tight ends off the board on draft day.

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch seemingly announces retirement

Monday, February 8, 2016, 1:05pm

NY Times - [Full Article]

It takes a pretty big splash to make news in the middle of the Super Bowl, but Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch managed it. At 9:46 p.m., Eastern time, early in the fourth quarter of the game, Lynch posted a photograph of football shoes hanging from a telephone wire from his Twitter account. It was a subtle but clear message that he had chosen to end his football career at age 29.

Related players: Thomas Rawls

Fantasy Impact:

If Lynch does indeed hang 'em up, Rawls is first in line for workhorse back duties given his performance in 2015. In the six games in which Rawls played and Lynch did not, the rookie averaged 20.5 touches for 120 yards and 0.84 touchdowns (on a stellar 5.6 YPC). That doesn't even include Week 3, when he turned 16 carries into 104 yards while Lynch was limited to five carries. A fractured ankle ended his season, but it didn't require surgery and he should be ready to for training camp. If he's fully healthy and Lynch is out of the way, Rawls' ADP should climb into the 3rd round.

Report: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

Sunday, February 7, 2016, 12:49pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has told people close to him he plans to retire, according to league sources.

As unpredictable as some of these decisions can be for many players, it is even more so for the ultra-unpredictable Lynch. But as of now, despite the fact that his teammates still are attempting to change his mind, Lynch's plan is to walk away from the game, something that he has shared with some in the Seahawks' organization.

Fantasy Impact:

If Lynch hangs 'em up, Thomas Rawls is first in line for workhorse back duties given his performance in 2015. In the six games in which Rawls played and Lynch did not, the rookie averaged 20.5 touches for 120 yards and 0.84 touchdowns (on a stellar 5.6 YPC). That doesn't even include Week 3, when he turned 16 carries into 104 yards while Lynch was limited to five carries. A fractured ankle ended his season, but it didn't require surgery and he should be ready to for training camp. If he's fully healthy and Lynch is out of the way, Rawls' ADP should climb into the 3rd round.

Eagles ink TE Zach Ertz to a five-year deal

Monday, January 25, 2016, 11:31am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Philadelphia Eagles locked down Zach Ertz.

The team announced the tight end inked a five-year contract extension on Monday, keeping him in Philadelphia through 2021.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the extension is worth $42.5 million, with $20 million in guarantees, which makes Ertz the fourth-highest paid tight end in average and guaranteed money, per a source. Jimmy Graham ($10 million), Julius Thomas ($9.2 million) and Rob Gronkowski ($9 million) are the top three in average per year.

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz finished as the #10 TE in standard scoring, but was #6 after his Week 8 bye, averaging 6.4 catches for 73 yards and 0.25 TD (on 8.8 targets per game) in his final eight games. On the season, he racked up 75 catches for 853 yards and two scores. Given his size and relative catch radius, his touchdown rate should increase eventually. Playing time was the issue in his first two NFL seasons, but he played 72% of the snaps in 2015 and 79% in his last five games.

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch ACTIVE vs. Carolina

Sunday, January 17, 2016, 11:40am

Seahawks Inactives

CB Tye Smith
RB Bryce Brown
FB Will Tukuafu
LB Eric Pinkins
G Mark Glowinski
C Kristjan Sokoli
DT A.J. Francis

Fantasy Impact:

Lynch probably won't see his usual workload since Christine Michael is playing pretty well and Lynch is coming off of a long layoff. We do expect Lynch to lead the backfield in touches.

Friday, January 15, 2016, 5:23pm

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen, probable) took full practice reps again Thursday and is probable for Week 19. Lynch says he’s “ready” for this weekend’s game against the Panthers. Lynch carried the ball 17 times for 54 yards and a TD in his Week 6 meeting with Carolina.

Friday, January 15, 2016, 5:23pm

Seahawks RB Will Tukuafu (hamstring, doubtful) missed practice again Thursday and is doubtful for Week 19.

Friday, January 15, 2016, 5:23pm

Seahawks TE Luke Willson (concussion, probable) took full practice reps again Thursday and is probable for Week 19.

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