RENTON, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks will open 13 training camp practices to fans at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC) beginning July 26 and concluding August 16, the team announced today. Twelve practices will be open to th HaHa Clinton Dix Jersey e general public and one practice will be exclusive to Season Ticket Holders.
Fans interested in attending Seahawks Training Camp, presented by Safeway, must register through the team’s website, Seahawks.com, beginning on Thursday, June 21, at 10 a.m. Registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and fans 15 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Only fans that register through Seahawks.com/TrainingCamp will be allowed to attend practice. Last year, all practices sold out with more than 32,000 fans registering for training camp.
A limited number of spots will be made available to Season Ticket Holders and Blue Pride Members through an online exclusive pre-registration window. An email invitation will be sent out for online registration beginning Tuesday, June 19 for Season Ticket Holders, and Wednesday, June 20, for Blue Pride Members.
Training Camp will close out with a special Season Ticket Holder day on August 16. This will be only open for Season Ticket Holders to register on a first-come, first-served basis.
A $9 transportation fee will be charged per person, as fans will be required to park at an off-site location and be shuttled to VMAC before and after each practice. Only fans arriving at VMAC via the designated shuttle will be allowed into practice. The VMAC parking lot will be completely closed to the public.
The Seahawks have partnered with The Landing Shopping Center in Renton to serve as the Seahawks Training Camp Parking and Transportation Center. Guests will receive transportation and training camp passes upon check-in at the Seahawks Training Camp Guest Services Center, located at 829 N 10th St, Renton, WA 98057. Fans are encouraged to carpool.
Practice times, parking location, and maps will be available at Seahawks.com/TrainingCamp ahead of camp.
As a reminder, in an effort to enhance fan safety and to expedite entry, the Seattle Seahawks will enforce the NFL Clear Bag Policy at Seahawks Training Camp. To review the policy and the style and size bags and items that are permitted, please visit Seahawks.com/TrainingCamp.
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Three months ago, Pete Carroll and every other NFL coach sat at tables in a conference room at the Orlando Ritz-Carlton hotel. Over the course of an hour-long breakfast with the media during the annual league meetings, the Seahawks coach was asked, on multiple occasions, if his team might be facing something of a leadership void in 2018 thanks to the departure of so many key veterans.
“I have no problem with the leadership aspect of our team at all,” Carroll said in late March, pointing to the likes of Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin and Duane Brown. “We’re in terrific shape.”
This week, as the Seahawks wrapped up their offseason workout program with a three-day minicamp, and throughout offseason workouts, Seattle’s veterans backed up those words. Whether it was Wagner barking out encouragement—and sometimes criticism—to young defensive players, or Wilson helping lead an offense transitioning to a new coordinator, or Baldwin staying on top of a young group of receivers, or Wright helping mentor Shaquem Griffin, a rookie playing the same weakside linebacker position, or Brown and Justin Britt working to help a young line come together, strong leadership on both sides of the ball was prevalent throughout Seattle’s offseason workouts.
Yes, Richard Sherman and Mi Jimmy Graham Jersey chel Bennett, two of the strongest voices in the locker room in the past, are gone, as is Cliff Avril, another respected leader. And Kam Chancellor, long one of the most respected players on the team and an on-field tone-setter with his physical play, still faces an uncertain future due to the neck injury that ended his 2017 season. Yet even with those players Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ha Ha Clinton Dix Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap not on the field this spring, there have been plenty of veterans willing to step up and lead. Additionally, Carroll has seen some younger players start to emerge as leaders with other veterans moving from their position groups.
“They haven’t skipped a beat at all,” Carroll said of players like Wilson, Baldwin, Wright, Wagner and Brown. “Those guys have been the voices, they’ve been the leaders, they’ve been part of this leadership group for years, so nothing changed other than maybe they’re just more apparent and their strengths are more apparent. You guys listened to K.J. yesterday, what more could you ask from a guy than his mentality and his approach to the game and how he’s trying to work to get better, and all that he stands for. That’s just so valuable to a team, and he’s one of a number of guys who really are giving us something special. Plus we’re seeing the emergence too of Jarran Reed, he’s coming alive and he’s going to be a factor, you can see it. Bradley McDougald as well, he’s a remarkable kid. So leadership is not an issue, not one bit.”
When Carroll points to Wright, he in particular was referencing the way the veteran linebacker has taken Shaquem Griffin under his wing. Wright, a starter since his rookie year in 2011, is heading into the final year of the four-year contract extension he signed late in the 2014 season. He is a very valuable part of Seattle’s defense, and he’d love to stick around beyond 2018, but Wright is also smart enough to understand the business side of the game, which means he knows his future beyond this year is something of an unknown. Add to that the fact that the Seahawks selected Griffin in the fifth-round of this year’s draft and have him working at the same position as Wright, and the veteran could potentially see the rookie as something of a threat. Instead, Wright has gone out of his way to help bring Griffin along, even if Griffin could someday be his replacement.
Asked if it was at all awkward to mentor a rookie playing his position, Wright quickly answered, “Not at all. It’s my job to give everything that I have in me. … I’m going to share everything that I got. It’s the circle of life because if no one taught me, I wouldn’t be in the position that I am. It’s not a competition where I’m not going to share anything, because I’ll be fine. Even if something were to happen, my career would still be OK.”
Wright added of working with Griffin, “I love it, man. He’s a rookie. He sits right beside me in the meeting room and he wants to learn. He’s very excited to get going. I was going over film (with him) this morning, just watching technique, how you should play, ‘Don’t line up right here, line up right here, even though the coach say so, just trust me on this.’ So it’ll be good. It’s fun working with him.”
The Seahawks will look a bit different in 2018, and yes, some of the dominant voices of locker rooms past have moved on, but as this offseason showed Carroll, “the leadership’s in great shape.”
Seahawks 2018 Minicamp: Day 3
Photos from the third and final practice of the Seattle Seahawks’ mandatory minicamp on Thursday, June 14 at Renton’s Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
When Bradley McDougald met with Pete Carroll and John Schneider following the 2017 season, the Seahawks’ head coach and general manager told the versatile safety that re-signing him was an offseason priority. And sure enough, the Seahawks locked McDougald up before he could test free agency, signing him to a multi-year deal in March, just before the start of the new league year.
“It’s very refreshing just to be back, knowing the organization and the coaches wanted me back here,” he said. “We’re not rebuilding, but things are changing around here, and to be a part of the change is an awesome feeling. I spoke with Schneider before I left and I spoke with Carroll and they told me I was going to be one of their high-priority guys as free agency came about, and I’m just happy that we got something worked out.”
McDougald was an important player for the Seahawks in 2017, beginning the season as a third safety in sub-packages, and finishing the year as the starting strong safety after Kam Chancellor went down with a neck injury in Week 10. McDougald, who also started two games at free safety in place of an injured Thomas, was also one of Seattle’s top special teams players.
And now, with Chancellor’s future still uncertain because of that neck injury, and with Thomas absent from offseason workouts as he seeks a new contract, McDougald’s value, both in his leadership and his versatility—he has gone back and forth between the two safety spots throughout offseason workouts—is really showing as he prepares for his second season in Seattle.
“Bradley (McDougald) has really taken the lead, and just as he did last year when he played, he just picked right up and came in,” Carroll said. “He has started a lot of football games in the league, he’s got a lot of background and it shows. He’s very confident and he’s a good communicator and he helps people, just like our guys need to, so he has just embraced that from the first day. So that’s not a problem at all.”
With neither Chancellor nor Thomas currently taking part in offseason workouts, McDougald is embracing more of a leadership role this year, even as he credits those two longtime Seahawks safeties with helping prepare him for that added responsibility.
“It feels good to have that role,” he said. “I give credit to Earl and Kam, especially Kam, Kam worked with me a lot last year. I credited him last year. When he went down, he was in my ear, I used to go to his house, and we still keep in contact. Just pulling away different things from those two guys right there meant a lot to the success I had last year. I’m just trying to follow in their footsteps and try to keep things going, because this is a big defense for safeties—they’ve meant so much to this organization—so I’m just trying to follow in their footsteps.”
As McDougald pointed out, his re-signing during a time of transition for the Seahawks shows he is viewed as part of the team’s future, and he plans on making the most of that opportunity.
“It’s a part of the game,” he said of the roster turnover. “Coming from a guy who has been on three different teams going on my sixth year, I know it’s just part of the game. Great players move on or retire, it’s just part of the game. It just gives opportunities for Ha Ha Clinton Dix Jersey For Sale young guys like me or young guys to step up and make a name for themselves. There’s a lot of guy out here working hard, and they might not be household names yet, but they’re going to relish in the moment and take full advantage of the opportunity ahead of them.”
While McDougald feels more comfortable at strong safety, he has shown throughout his career both the ability and the willingness to play both positions, and said he’ll be fine doing whatever is asked of him this year. McDougald credits that versatility in part with his playing both receiver and safety in college at the University of Kansas, and he embraced the idea of being versatile in the NFL when he came into the league as an undrafted free agent trying to win a roster spot as a rookie in Kansas City.
“It started back in college,” he said. “I played both ways for three years at Kansas, then I was undrafted, so I remember when I was in Kansas City, a coach told me, ‘If you want to stay in this league, you’ve got to find a way to get on the field,’ and I took that to heart. Just find a way to stay out there. If you’re out there, you’ve got an ability to make plays, you’ve got a chance to make plays. So whatever you can do to get out there and make plays to help your team win, that’s going to keep you around in this league. So I just kind of took that to heart and ran with it.
To improve on that versatility, McDougald said he talked with Carroll and defensive backs coach Andre Curtis about working on “extending my range” at free safety, especially this time of year when there’s a chance to get work in at both spots without worrying about preparing for upcoming games.
“I like to think of myself as HaHa Clinton Dix Jersey versatile,” he said. “I can play in the box, I can play deep middle, and I feel like now is the time to work on your weaknesses. I had some things I wanted to work on in my game last year coming out of the middle, because I played more out of the box. So I addressed it with Coach Carroll and with my position coach that I’d like to get more work back there in the post. For whatever reason, whenever you need me to plop back there, I can be back there and feel more comfortable… I let them know, whatever they need me to do—I said the same thing last year and I showed it. I keep going out there trying to correct my craft every day.”
Seahawks 2018 Minicamp: Day 2
Photos from the second day of the Seattle Seahawks’ three-day mandatory minicamp on Wednesday, June 13 at Renton’s Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
Here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today — Friday, June 15 — about your Seattle Seahawks:
Carson Named Offseason Standout
With the conclusion of organized team activities and minicamps, ESPN NFL Nation reporters across the globe picked a player on the teams they cover that flew under-the-radar and stood out at workouts this offseason. These are players you should probably remember when training camp rolls around.
For the Seahawks, ESPN’s Brady Henderson highlighted second-year running back Chris Carson:
Even though Carson began last season as the starter, he should qualify as under the radar b HaHa Clinton Dix Jersey ecause of what has happened since then — a leg/ankle injury that ended his rookie season a month in, and the Seahawks spending their first-round pick on another running back, Rashaad Penny. Carson has been the most impressive of any running back this summer, and general manager John Schneider has said that at times, Carson looks like the best player on the field. After adding 10 pounds of muscle, Carson Ha Ha Clinton Dix Jersey For Sale was the first name that coach Pete Carroll mentioned when asked which player impressed him the most in terms of the shape he was in when he reported back for offseason work. It’ll make for an interesting battle for the starting job.
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The Seahawks made a roster move at linebacker on Wednesday, signing Austin Calitro, a player who briefly spent time on Seattle’s practice squad last season. Linebacker Dadi Nicolas was waived to make room on the 90-man roster.
Calitro, who came into the league as an undrafted free agent out of Villanova in 2017, spent two weeks on Seattle’s practice squad last September. He also spent time with the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, and most recently the Cleveland Browns, where he finished the year on the practice squad before being signed to a future contract in January.
Nicolas, a sixth-round pick in 2016, appeared in 1 Ha Ha Clinton Dix Jersey For Sale 1 games with Kansas City as a rookie, then missed the 2017 season with a patellar tendon injury. Nicolas signed with Seattle last month after being released by the Chiefs.
Seahawks 2018 Minicamp: Day 1
Photos from the first practice of the Seattle Seahawks’ three-day mandatory minicamp held Tuesday, June 12 at Renton’s Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
Russell Wilson was a two-sport athlete at NC State before finishing his college career at Wisconsin, and has been drafted by multiple Major League teams, spending two summers playing minor league ball, so the Seahawks quarterback Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ha Ha Clinton Dix Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap ’s love affair with baseball is nothing new. But this summer Wilson made a move towards a different role in that sport, ownership, when he and his wife, Ciara, joined the Portland Diamond Project, a group looking to bring Major League Baseball to that city.
Following Seattle’s first day of minicamp practice on Tuesday, Wilson explained why he and his wife are trying to bring baseball to Portland.
“I love baseball,” he said. “It’s a huge opportunity. I’ve said I would love to own a team one day. The opp HaHa Clinton Dix Jersey ortunity came where I had the chance to make an impact in Portland. It’s a city that means a lot, especially in the sense of the Pacific Northwest, obviously.
“It’s the first sport I ever played. So the opportunity to own a b Green Bay Packers Jimmy Graham Jersey aseball team, it’s one of the greatest opportunities you could have in sports business. In terms of business and in terms of affecting lives and doing great things in the community, the baseball community does it right and has always done it right. So it’s a cool opportunity for sure.”
Wilson’s connection to the Portland group is Craig Cheek, a former Nike executive who is leading the Portland Diamond Project. Having seen the way Portland has embraced teams like the Portland Trail Blazers and the Portland Timbers, Wilson thinks a second Major League team in the Pacific Northwest would thrive.
“It’s a great city, it’s a growing city, it’s a city that loves sports,” Wilson said. “Me and Ciara actually got the chance—because I’ve actually been flying helicopters—we got a chance to go fly over the sites. And the Portland soccer team was playing down there, and the place was packed. Every game it’s 25,000 or however many people there is, 25,000 people, sold out. It’s just cool to see the city and the energy of that city. I think it’ll be a very cool thing. Baseball has always been a great sport, and I think it’s a great opportunity to bring it to the Pacific Northwest and do great things. Obviously, the Mariners have been doing great things, and I think the Pacific Northwest deserves (a team in Portland).”
Yes, Wilson just casually dropped into the conversation that he is now flying helicopters, something he has dabbled in dating back to at least 2016 when he posted a video of himself flying with Ciara over Seattle.
Wilson explained his new hobby saying, “I think that for me, I don’t get much time to kind of get away and free your mind a little bit,” Wilson said. “And I don’t mean t Ha Ha Clinton Dix Jersey For Sale hat in like a weird way. I just mean in the sense of just being able to see—especially here in the Pacific Northwest and Seattle, you get up in the air and you can just see the air, you can just see the mountains and the trees and the water and everything. And really for me I get to see where God is and what God has created. It’s a blessing, just every day. I’m thankful every day for what God has been able to give me, I’m thankful for that every day. I’m thankful for my family. So that’s the cool part for me. It’s just something that I’m interested in. Every year I just try to do something different and that’s just kind of been my thing over the past year.”
Wilson also talked some football as well on Tuesday, including what it has been like so far working with a new offensive coordinator for the first time in his NFL career.
“He has been great,” Wilson said of Brian Schottenheimer. “He’s super knowledgeable. It’s a lot of fun working with him in the meetings. We have some great meetings in the quarterback room and also in team meetings with the offense. We translate it to the field. It’s showing up and guys are making plays. Guys are really understanding what we’re trying to do; playing fast and aggressive and it’s a great approach.”
Asked about his team’s receivers, in particular the group of young players battling for playing time and roster spots behind the likes of Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett, Wilson extolled the virtues of every receiver on the roster.
“There’s a lot of guys who are showing up,” Wilson added. “… As a whole, I think the receiving crew is super sharp right now. I think (receivers coach) Nate (Carroll) is coaching them up really well, first of all. I think Schottenheimer is doing a really good job of explaining what we’re trying to do and why we’re trying to do it, and there’s an accountability factor to make sure we’re doing it at a high, high level, and guys are doing that. And it starts with the leaders, it starts with guys like Doug and Tyler leading that group. Brandon Marshall will be a tremendous leader for us as well, you can tell that already in his ability to just know the language and know ball. So that’s key.”
The Seahawks kicked off mandatory minicamp Tuesday, three days of practice that head coach Pete Carroll called “a culmination of a long process,” referring to the offseason workout program that will come to an end later this week.
“This is the final phase of all this offseason work that we’ve had, and it’s kind of a culmination of a long process,” Carroll said. “We have a lot of guys out here working, that’s great. We get a chance to continue to see the new guys as much as we can to get as much information as we can going into the break. Things have gone really well, this was good hard work today, guys again brought their attitude. We’re getting a lot done. It’s going well.
“The energy has been fantastic really. It’s in the air, you can feel that the guys are attentive and focused and involved and having fun. You watch how we do it, the energy out here was great again today. This is—what are we, six, seven weeks into the work on the field—this is excellent. The leadership is doing a great job of setting it in motion, and the young guys who are here for the first time or guys who are here for the Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ha Ha Clinton Dix Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap first time, they’re sensing what it’s like to be part of this program, and they’re full-on going and having fun with it. We play and practice HaHa Clinton Dix Jersey at a really high level and with a lot of energy, and we’ve seen nothing but that. It has been great.”
In addition to that “fantastic” energy, here are five things that stood out from Tuesday’s practice and Carroll’s press conference that followed:
1. Bradley McDougald and the young safeties are stepping up with Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor absent.
Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, Seattle’s longtime starting safeties, are not at minicamp, Chancellor because he is still awaiting more tests on a neck injury to determine his status going forward, and Thomas because he is seeking a new contract. Carroll and the Seahawks would obviously prefer to have everyone in attendance, but the head coach also likes what he is seeing from that position group absent its two Pro-Bowlers.
“I wish he was here, that would be nice,” Carroll said of Thomas. “But we’re focusing on the guys who are here.”
Asked what he has seen at safety this offseason, Carroll led off praising the play and leadership of Bradley McDougald, who started nine games last season, two at free safety in place of Thomas, and seven at strong safety after Chancellor sustained his season-ending injury.
“Bradley has really taken the lead, and just as he did last year when he played, he just picked right up and came in,” Carroll said. “He has started a lot of football games in the league, he’s got a lot of background and it shows. He’s very confident and he’s a good communicator and he helps people, just like our guys need to, so he has just embraced that from the first day. So that’s not a problem at all.”
Carroll also likes what he has seen out of 2017 draft picks Delano Hill and Tedric Thompson, and has high hopes for free-agent signing Maurice Alexander, though the former Rams starter is currently sidelined as he rehabs a shoulder injury.
“Tedric Thompson has always looked really good on the back end, Delano Hill is another guy that we’re really excited about too,” Carroll said. “When we picked them a couple of years ago, we thought someday they’re going to be players out here, so they’re making their pitch. Mo Alexander hasn’t had a chance yet because we’re resting him with his shoulder that’s in rehab, but Mo’s an exciting player to add in here too. He’s a big hitter, real physical kid, he’s played a lot of football. So he brings experience and toughness-he’s almost 230 pounds, he’s a big kid back there. So it’s a good group, it’s a really good group.”
Carroll also noted that second-year defensive back Mike Tyson, a sixth-round pick last year, is getting some work at safety. Tyson played safety at the University of Cincinnati, but was moved to cornerback last year, spending most of the season on the practice squad.
“Mike is working at safety,” Carroll said. “We moved him there to take a look at him there. Most of his background is at safety. We wanted to see him in a coverage role, we wanted to see what he did, he’s playing some nickel spot stuff for us as well. So he’s showing good versatility. Mike’s a good ballplayer. He’s right in the middle of a competition so we’ll see what it means later on.”
2. McDougald’s versatility is a big asset.
Just as was the case last year when McDougald started games at both safety spots, he has also worked at both free and strong safety during offseason workouts. McDougald’s ability to play both of those spots, as well as playing as a third safety in sub-packages, as he did last year when both Thomas and Chancellor were healthy, is a big plus for Seattle’s defense.
“He brings us such versatility and experience that we’re very comfortable moving him around and matching him up with people, as we did last year at times,” Carroll said. “He can do everything that you need a guy t Green Bay Packers Jimmy Graham Jersey o do. He’s good on the back end, very effective up at the line of scrimmage, and he’s a really good cover guy. So he brings a nice package to us and we don’t have any problem spotting him around doing all kinds of things. He could play in a game, back and forth, in different spots because he’s that well-versed in what’s going on.”
3. Young receivers are taking advantage of their opportunities.
Two of the standouts on offense during Tuesday’s practice were players who will be fighting for roster spots come August, former Navy quarterback-turned-receiver Keenan Reynolds, and 2017 seventh-round pick David Moore, a player who spent most of last year on the practice squad. Doug Baldwin was a spectator during Tuesday’s practice, just getting a chance to rest, Carroll said, and with the team’s top receiver not on the field, Moore and Reynolds stepped up.
“If you watched practice today, Keenan had a really good day,” Carroll said. “He took advantage—we’re resting Doug (Baldwin) today and in this camp. Doug has had a fantastic offseason. So Keenan, in his spot, just jumped out today. I talked to him earlier, said, ‘Pretty good opportunity for you these next couple of days here.’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I know, I’m watching. I’m going to be there.’ And he lit it up today. I was really excited for him. He’s a great kid, and you can see why he was a leader and a bigtime player and all that, and he’s going to make a bid for where he fits in.
“David Moore has been special for us, he’s a very, very good athlete. He came from a really small program, and he wasn’t able to catch it all in stride until late in the season when we finally got him active the last week, but you can see the playmaking ability. We’re already trying to figure out ways to move him around so he can show off what he’s got. He doesn’t look like it, but he’s a real strong kid, probably 218 pounds, and he’s physical. We’re really excited to see him like we did in preseason last year with run after catch stuff. He’s had a very good camp, he has made a big jump—made the freshman-sophomore jump, and it’s exciting to see that.”
4. It’s early in the process, but “everything has been positive” with the adjustment to new coordinators on both sides of the ball.
Carroll made some significant changes to his coaching staff in the offseason, bringing Ken Norton Jr. back to Seattle as the defensive coordinator, and hiring Brian Schottenheimer and Mike Solari as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. There’s still a lot of work to get done between now and the start of the season, but Carroll is encouraged by what he has seen so far out of his team as it adjusts to those changes.
“We’re just getting started, you know, but everything has been positive about the transition to a new voice on both sides of the ball,” he said. “Kenny is not a big transition for us because he’s been with us so long and with our system and all that, so that’s a real natural smooth move. There’s more of a transition with Schotty and Solari on the offensive side. Both those guys are so well-versed and so experienced in the league. They made great sense of our scheme and mixing the things that they wanted to bring in to us so we’re off and running. I’m really pleased and really excited about what they’re doing. The players have responded. There’s some different scheme stuff that we’re doing and some different principles. In particular, I’ve seen Russell and Doug and Tyler (Lockett) really take off with some of the stuff that we’re doing. So it’s been good to see the process of this transition and we’re really only just getting started. But only positive stuff so far so it’s very good.”
5. A couple of injury updates.
Two veterans who were absent from voluntary workouts, defensive end Frank Clark and cornerback Byron Maxwell, were back on the field Tuesday. Clark, however, was limited in his workload because of what Carroll described as “a little hamstring that’s been bothering him throughout the offseason.”
While the Seahawks have Maxwell back at cornerback, they are currently without another player at that spot, free-agent signing Dontae Johnson. Carroll said Johnson “broke a bone in his foot about 10 days ago” and is recovering from surgery.
Seahawks 2018 Minicamp: Day 1
Photos from the first practice of the Seattle Seahawks’ three-day mandatory minicamp held Tuesday, June 12 at Renton’s Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
Following yet another impressive performance by Bobby Wagner last season, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said of his teammate and fellow team captain, “Bobby Wagner is the best in the business and what he does, and he has been that for years.”
That’s about as accurate of a description as one can make of Wagner, the Seahawks middle linebacker who has earned first-team All-Pro honors three of the last four years (he was second-team All-Pro in 2015), and who has been a four-time Pro-Bowl selection. Wagner earned more recognition for his standout play on Monday when he checked in at No. 21 on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2018, his third time appearing on that list.
Wagner finished the 2017 season with 133 tackles, including a career-best 97 solo tackles, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions and six passes defensed. Those numbers likely would have been even more impressive had Wagner not played through a pretty significant hamstring injury for several weeks late in the season, never missing a start despite not being able to practice at times. Prior to that injury, Wagner’s was being mentioned as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate.
Wagner now has recorded more than 100 tackles in each of his six NFL seasons, giving him 778 in his career, one short of Joe N Green Bay Packers Jimmy Graham Jersey ash for third on the franchise’s all-time list.
Already one of the team’s leaders for several years, Wagner figures to only see that role grow in 2018 with several veterans on the defense moving on to other teams this offseason.
“Bobby really has been the voice of our defense for years, so this just accentuates his opportunity and his role,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said earlier this offseason. “… Bobby Wagner is as good of a leader as you could ever hope for. He has done everything in terms of consistency and Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ha Ha Clinton Dix Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap production and toughness and mentality, everything about him.”
Wagner is the fourth Seahawks player voted onto the Top 100 list so far this year, joining receiver Doug Baldwin, who was 99th on the list, safety Kam Chancellor, who checked in at No. 75, and safety Earl Thomas, who was No. 42 on the list.
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The Seahawks made a roster move Monday, signing linebacker Joshua Custom Astros Jersey Perry and waiving offensive tackle Nick Call Women’s Houston Astros Majestic Home White Custom Baseball Jersey ender.
Perry, a fourth-round pick in 2016 out of Ohio State, appeared in 15 games as a rookie with the San Diego Chargers, starting one game and recording 22 tackles and a forced fumble. Perry, who is 6-foot-4, 253 pounds, spent the 2017 season with the Colts, appearing in two games while spending most of the year on Indianapolis’ practice squad.
Callender signed with the Seahawks in May after taking part in their rookie minicamp as a tryout player.
After spending his rookie season as the Seahawks’ starting right cornerback, Shaquill Griffin has seen a couple of things change this offseason. One change is a new position, with Griffin moving to left corner to fill the spot that was held by Richard Sherman for seven seasons; the other change is a return to the norm for Griffin, whose twin brother Shaquem is once again both his roommate and teammate.
Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin grew up incredibly close, as is so often the case with twins. Unlike most twins, however, they both became Division I athletes, playing football together at UCF. Shaquill left for the NFL last year, while Shaquem, having redshirted earlier in his career, finished out his college career about as far away from his brother as two people could be within the continental United States.
With the Seahawks drafting Shaquem Griffin in the fifth round of the 2018 draft, the twins are back together again, wearing the same uniform and sharing an apartment, which Shaquill jokes suddenly feels a bit more crowded.
“He’s definitely taking up a lot of space,” Shaquill Griffin said with a laugh. “No, I’m glad to have him back. He moved in right away as soon as he got here and I’m glad to have my roommate back.”
Being reunited with his brother after a year apart is not so much a change for Shaquill Griffin as much as it is a retur Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey n to what feels normal for the twins.
“No, no change, I feel like we’re just back to normal,” he said. “You know, the first year being alone here, away Women’s Houston Astros Majestic Home White Custom Baseball Jersey from the east coast now I’m on the west coast, away from the family, you know, it was different for me but I adapted to it. Now I don’t have to worry about being by myself anymore in the house. It’s just good to have him back and it feels right.”
Whether it’s a year of NFL experience or the comfort of having his brother back in his life on a daily basis, Shaquill Griffin is thriving as he prepares for his second season in the NFL. Shaquill Griffin played very well as a rookie, but with Sherman gone, even more will be on his shoulders with a move to the left side, generally the spot occupied by a team’s top cornerback. And so far, he has impressed everyone with what he has shown in offseason workouts.
“He has been really comfortably involved with everything,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “He just looks like he’s a veteran. He grew a ton out of last season. Remember, we didn’t have a lot of problems with him last year. There was not an inconsistency to him, there was not the rookie wall, there was none of that kind of stuff. He just kept cruising all the way through and had a really consistent first season, and he has just kind of picked up where he left off. It’s kind of like— Custom Mariners Jersey on the other side of the ball—one of the things Russell (Wilson) has always impressed us with is how consistently he approaches everything. There’s never much fluctuation in his intensity and his focus; I see that in Shaq. He has had a great body of work that he put together in this offseason getting ready, so it’s a good sign. It means that last season didn’t affect him in any negative ways, didn’t distract him in any ways, and that’s important to see.”
Shaquill Griffin played both cornerback spots at UCF and downplayed the difficulty of switching to the other side of the field.
“It’s not an issue,” he said. “Just moving over, it’s a little different step for me, but nothing that I can’t focus on. But I’m loving the left side and I’m honored to be on that side now. I’m here to help my team any way I can.”
And if a move to the left side of the defense means more targets coming his way, Shaquill Griffin is all for facing that challenge.
“I’m hoping so,” he said. “I love to compete. The more you target me, the more fun it is for me. I love it. I guess we’ll see when the first game comes around.”
With Sherman now playing for the 49ers and with Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas not at voluntary offseason workouts, Shaquill Griffin has quickly gone from rookie to one of the most experienced players in Seattle’s secondary. That will change a bit when Thomas is back and if Chancellor, who has more tests coming up on his injured neck, is able to play this year, but for now Shaquill Griffin is embracing a leadership role in the secondary.
“It’s different,” he said. “It’s just tells me I’ve got to play more of a leadership role, and I’m looking forward to doing so… We’re not going to miss a beat, we’re not going to miss a step.”
Seahawks 2018 Organized Team Activities: Day 9
The Seahawks wrapped up Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Thursday, June 7, and Phase 3 of the team’s offseason workout program will conclude next week with a three-day mandatory minicamp at Renton’s Virginia Mason Athletic Center.