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George Fant’s mother, Kim, moved to Seattle to help her son and daughter in law, Chastity, with their two young children. And while it wasn’t her intent, Kim Fant may also end up helping the Seahawks’ offensive line with that move to the Pacific Northwest.

Fant, who is heading into his Kareem Jackson Jersey second season after being a surprise starter for much of his rookie year, estimates he is 25 pounds heavier now than he was at the end of the season. And while that weight gain is largely the result of his hard work in the weight room and the efforts of team nutritionist Michele Clarke-Mason, Fant said he has also been able to bulk up with the help of his mom’s cooking.

“Just a lot of stuff in the weight room,” Fant said of bulking up to 320 pounds. “A lot of working out in the weight room, protein, changed my diet. Things I needed to do to get stronger. Just eating more in general. I was watching my portions of food before, but now I’m just kind of eating. You can just kind of eat. Also, my mom lives with me now, so she’s got that good Southern Lamar Miller Jersey for me.”

The weight gain was a natural next step for Fant, a former college basketball standout at Western Kentucky who weighed just 250 pounds during his final season of basketball, and was still undersized by NFL tackle standards last season.

“I mean, I can’t be at 290 getting bull-rushed,” he said. “I knew I needed some weight for sure.”

But for Tom Savage Jersey as different as Fant looks physically, those extra pounds won’t make as big a difference in his second season as will the experience he gained last year. As Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and plenty of other coaches have noted in the past, players often make their biggest leap from their rookie season to their second season because there is so much to learn in that first NFL season. But for Fant, the room for growth is considerably bigger than usual considering his limited football background.

Fant was an all-conference power forward at Western Kentucky before deciding to give football a try as a fifth-year senior. Having not even played high school football, Fant saw very limited playing time in his one year of college football—he estimates it was seven or eight snaps on offense in addition to some special teams work—but he was impressive enough in his pro day workout for the Jaelen Strong Jersey to sign him as an undrafted free agent. Fant not only made the roster out of training camp, but he progressed quickly enough that the Seahawks made him the starter at left J.J.Watt Jersey tackle when Bradley Sowell went down with an injury, then left him there for the rest of the season even after Sowell returned.

Yet even if Fant and the Seahawks saw progress from week to week—“It was slowly slowing down, let’s just say that,” he said—some time to reflect and study this offseason has allowed him to realize how much he didn’t know as a rookie.

“It feels completely Derek Newton Jersey” Fant said of this offseason compared to last. “I was actually laughing about it earlier today, about how I can actually understand what’s going on around me and be able to make a play, make a call to let Justin (Britt) know something’s coming or let Russell (Wilson) know something’s coming. It’s just so much better to know what you’re doing and not have a doubt in your mind… I felt personally like I was getting better every snap, every game. I felt like I was getting better and better, but I knew deep down it took this whole offseason for me to get to where I want to be.”

Almost as soon as the season ended, Fant started watching film with his wife, breaking down the things he did well and the things he needed to fix.

“You’ll see a pattern going on, so I found the pattern and I was like, ‘OK, I’ve got to address these things,’ so that’s what I did,” he said. “… There were things where Jadeveon Clowney Jersey happened to me, and I just tried not to let the same thing happen to me again, but some stuff you can’t control, you can only do what you know. That’s the cool thing about this. This is all I know. What I was taught here is the only thing I know; I don’t know a different way but the way they taught me. Now I’m just adding little tools to that toolkit.”

In addition to that film study with Chastity, a fellow Western Kentucky hoops standout, Fant has also spent time talking about the game and his position with Hall of Fame tackle Walter Jones.

“Just having conversations with him, just sitting down with him since halfway through the season last year, just sitting with him talking,” Fant said of his interactions with Jones, one of the best players to ever wear a Seahawks uniform. “Just taking what he says, taking it in, soaking it in, then applying it to my game at some point.

“He’s around Tyler Ervin Jersey every now and then, and one day I was just like, ‘Hey, let me talk to you, because I know you’re watching. I know you’re watching the left tackle position, because I know when I turn the TV on to watch a game, that’s the first thing I’m looking at.’ And I just asked him what he thought, what he’d seen, and he told me. I respected it, I thought he was right, and from there we moved on.”

Fant isn’t guaranteed a starting spot in Year 2. The Seahawks signed former first-round pick Luke Joeckel as a free agent this offseason, and while Joeckel is also an option at left guard, Fant knows he’ll need to be on his game in training camp to keep a starting job. And thanks to the experience he gained last year, the wisdom of a Seahawks Legend, and yes, a little Southern cooking, Fant is much better prepared to compete for that job now than he was a year ago.

“I can’t even tell you how much farther along George Fant is,” Carroll said last week. “If you guys have seen George, George looks entirely different. He had a tremendous offseason working out. He’s probably 15, 17 pounds heavier than he was, and it’s all muscle and Will Fuller Jersey strength work that he has put forth. He has presented himself the best we’ve seen him too. I’m really excited about him too.”


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I was first introduced to Soundgarden sometime in sixth grade, first by the striking guitar riff that kicks off “Rusty Cage,” then by a distinctive voice that was unlike anything I’d heard Braxton Miller Jersey before, and as it would turn out, would never hear matched over the next three decades. For music fans of a certain age, or for Seattleites who grew up surrounded by the grunge scene of the early 1990s, bands like Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Alice in Chains were the soundtrack of a childhood or adolescence, so you’ll have to forgive me if this week’s previously-scheduled Seahawks mailbag goes off topic so we can remember Cornell and what he meant to a city and to fans of his music. Any fan of Soundgarden, Audioslave or Temple of the Dog no doubt has their favorite memories of his work. For me, it was seeing Temple of the Dog at the Paramount Theatre last fall, and in particular, the music made by Cornell’s voice and Mike McCready’s 1959 Stratocaster—two instruments that are iconic parts of Seattle’s music history—play off of each other during “Reach Down.”

Anyway, none of this has much to do with the Seahawks, other than tangentially—a Seattle native, Cornell was a Seahawks fan, and Soundgarden performed outside CenturyLink Field as part of the NFL Kickoff in 2014—but it just felt like an appropriate use of this space today. That being said, plenty of you had football questions, so rather than just spend the entire day listening to Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog music, let’s dive Jadeveon Clowney Jersey into those, with some music, much of it suggested by you guys, scattered amongst this week’s answers. As always, thanks for everyone who asked a question this week, and apologies if I didn’t get to yours this time around.

A: With free agency slowing down and the draft now over, the roster won’t change a ton until cuts start happening at the end of the summer—though further additions are bound to happen. So there aren’t a ton of unknowns left in terms of who will be added, but there is still plenty to sort out between now and September when it comes to trimming the roster to 53 players and figuring out starting jobs.

As for the most “Superunknown,” I’d have to go with the offensive line. The Seahawks like the talent they have there, both in terms of returning players who should make big improvements this year, and in the players they added like free agents Luke Joeckel and Oday Aboushi, as well as draft picks Ethan Pocic and Justin Senior and Jaelen Strong Jersey undrafted rookie Jordan Roos.

But while offensive line coach Tom Cable likes what he has to work with, it’s hard to say right now what the line will look like in September.

And that’s a nice transition to our next question, but first, a break to appreciate a popular song off of Superunknown.

A: The short answer is that it’s way too soon to answer this, but what we do know as of now, based on what Cable, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have said at various times this offseason, is some of the possible options at each position.

Based on how well he played last year in his move to center, it’s pretty safe to assume Justin Britt will remain at that spot, but there are at least a couple of options at every other position. On the left side of the line, Joeckel and Rees Odhiambo are options at both guard and tackle, while George Fant will battle to hold onto the starting job at left tackle. On the right side, Mark Glowinski and Aboushi will battle at right guard, while Germain Ifedi and Pocic will compete at right tackle. And don’t rule Ifedi out at right guard either seeing as he played there last year, but as of now, the Seahawks want to see what he can do at tackle. Also, based on the way Carroll raved about Roos, he could be a factor at guard as well.

A: It’s going to be tough for rookies to earn starting jobs given the Brian Cushing Jersey depth on the roster, but there are a few starting spots open where rookies will compete. As mentioned above, Pocic, a second-round pick, will compete at right tackle, and given his versatility, he could be an option elsewhere as well if it becomes clear Ifedi is going to win that starting job. With DeShawn Shead recovering from a serious knee injury, there is likely an opening at right cornerback to start the season, and while veterans like Jeremy Lane and Neiko Thorpe are strong options there, third-round pick DeAndre Hopkins Jersey is another rookie with a chance to compete for a starting job.

Beyond those spots, it’s hard, as of now at least, to see a rookie winning a starting job, but that’s not to say rookies won’t contribute right away at positions where players rotate such as defensive line and receiver.

A: As mentioned above, there will be rookies who will contribute even if they aren’t starters, and second-round pick Malik McDowell very well could fall iC.J.Fiedorowicz Jersey that category. Even if McDowell doesn’t crack the starting lineup on a talented defensive line, he figures to have a big role. Carroll has talked about McDowell playing both five-technique defensive end as well as three-technique defensive tackle in pass-rush situations. Given how much nickel defense NFL teams play these days, he could see a lot of playing time as an interior rusher if the Seahawks like Derek Newton Jersey what he can do there, and if he occasionally spells Michael Bennett at end on top of that role, that could add up to a lot of snaps over the course of the season. It’s also worth remembering that prior to last season, Carroll lamented a bit the fact that they didn’t play Frank Clark more as a rookie, so that’s a mistake they probably won’t make again with McDowell if they think he can handle a significant role.

 

A: While rookie hazing has been toned down from what it was a few decades ago, veterans do still like to put rookies in their place from time to time. And yes, carrying gear off the field is one common way of doing that. What’s most fun is if there is only one rookie at a position group with a lot of players, because that player will inevitably end up walking off the field during training camp carrying multiple helmets and shoulder pads.

 

A: The Seahawks have Trevone Boykin, last year’s backup, and Jake Heaps currently on the roster behind Russell Wilson, but they may not be done there. Carroll mentioned earlier this week on 710 ESPN Seattle that the Seahawks will look at veteran options still on the market, and yes, that includes a couple of well-known former starters who are still available.

“We’re always looking at whatever’s J.J. Watt Jersey available,” Carroll said. “We’re looking keep it competitive there too. Trevone did nice job for us last year, but we’re still looking, as we always will… We’re looking at everybody, really. We really are. We’ve been tracking everything that’s going on. We’ve got cap and roster issues and stuff like that that we’re still trying to make sure we manage properly, but quite frankly, yes, we’re looking at all those guys.”

 

A: This question also falls into the too-soon-to-tell category, but one name Carroll has brought up a couple of times is Roos, so keep an eye on him as the offseason progresses. Beyond that, we’ll just have to wait and see who emerges, but it is pretty safe to assume someone will indeed emerge from that undrafted rookie class. Last season, the Seahawks opened the year with a league-high 24 undrafted players on their 53-man roster, including seven rookies, and by late in the season that number was up to 27.

 

A: Steve is right in that Carroll did say the Seahawks will have competition for Blair Walsh for the kicking job, and as of now Walsh is the only kicker on the roster. But the Seahawks did recently have another kicker on the roster before releasing John Lunsford, so they are making Walsh compete for the job. And it’s also pretty likely they’ll bring in another kicker before or during training camp, so nothing is settled just yet, but Walsh is a very accomplished kicker with a strong leg, so he’s going to be tough to beat for that job.

 

A: While Tyler Lockett is expected back for the start of the season after breaking his leg in Week 16, it is fair to wonder if he’ll be returning both kicks and punts right away. And if the Seahawks do decide to ease him back into things, they have a few players on the roster with limited return experience, including Paul Richardson and Doug Baldwin on kickoffs and Richard Sherman on punts. It’s too early to know which rookies have a chance to compete there, but given the speed of some of the defensive backs and receivers Seattle drafted, options could emerge from that group as well. He has a long ways to go to make the team, but undrafted rookie Speedy Noil was a very good returner in college. Fellow rookie Cyril Grayson Jr., another player with a lot of work to do to make the team, could also be an intriguing option given his All-American track speed, but as someone who hasn’t played organized football since high school, he has a lot of catching up to do.

 

A: Obviously there can be some overlaps in those two questions. As for exceeding expectations, I’m going to go with the offensive line as a group rather than a single player. That unit struggled Duane Brown Jersey at times, and has been the subject of a lot of criticism, some of it fair, some of it not. Given the experience gained by rookies Germain Ifedi and George Fant, as well as Mark Glowinski, who was a first-year starter, and Justin Britt, who was in his first year at center, that group would have been better in 2017 without adding anyone, but the Seahawks did add help, including a couple of quality free-agent pickups and a second-round pick. As detailed earlier in this Q&A, it’s way too soon to guess what this line will look like come September, but it should be quite a bit better once the dust settles.

As for a bounce-back, I’ll go with Thomas Rawls, who has had terrible injury luck his first two seasons, but who when healthy has shown the ability to be a force in the running game. Another strong candidate is receiver Jermaine Kearse, who has acknowledged that last year was a tough one for him. Kearse did a lot of things to help the offense that didn’t show up in his stats, but he’s also motivated to show that what was a down year for him statistically was just a small bump in the road for what has been an impressive career for a player who came to Seattle as an undrafted rookie in 2012. Another candidate for a big bounce-back season is http://www.betexansfans.com/, who was limited to 11 games because of injuries, leading to his least-productive season in terms of numbers.

The Inspiration Behind Seahawks Cornerback Alfred Blue Jersey

Good afternoon, 12s.

Here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today – Thursday, May 18 – about your Seattle Seahawks:

Shaquill Griffin‘s Inspiration

ESPN.com’s Sheil Kapadia shares a detailed account of the story behind Shaquill Griffin, the Jadeveon Clowney Jersey Central Florida cornerback who the Seahawks selected with the No. 90 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Griffin’s twin brother Shaquem, who suffered from amniotic band syndrome, had his left hand amputated when he was four years old. But the procedure didn’t stop Shaquem from doing everything his twin brother Shaquill did, including play football, which the two brothers did together at Central Florida, where in Shaquem’s first year as a starting outside linebacker he recorded 11.5 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, and an interception to earn American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Here’s a short excerpt from Kapadia’s story:

When Shaquill walks onto Lambeau Field Sept. 10 for the Seahawks’ opener against the Green Bay Packers, it will be the first game in his life that he’ll play without Shaquem, who will suit up against Memphis the day before.

The twins won’t be able to go through their usual pregame ritual of FaceTiming their parents and saying a prayer before kickoff. But they insist that they’ll be C.J.Fiedorowicz Jersey playing through each other that weekend Brian Cushing Jersey.

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“He’s just inspired me to never make excuses,” Shaquill said. “And not small excuses that I could think of. But just understanding that someone could really be going through something way worse than I am. Any time I feel sorry for myself, he helps to remind me that there’s always someone that could be going through something worse.”

Said Shaquem: “Just to never quit. He always just told me if I feel like I can do it, just do it. Don’t let anybody tell you what you can’t do. And that’s something that I ran with. Even the years that I didn’t play at UCF, when he was playing, he was playing for me. And that’s the whole thing. Even when we’re in different states, we’re Alfred Blue Jersey always going to play for each other. We’re always going to be right there in spirit.”

Tweet Of The Day

Today’s “Tweet of the Day” comes from us – @Seahawks, as we remember DeAndre Hopkins Jersey Seattle rock and roll icon Chris Cornell, a devoted 12 who died Wednesday night.

More From Around The Web

Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle takes a look at what the four defensive backs Seattle drafted will potentially bring to the club.

Here’s a look at 2017’s top draft picks that the Seahawks will face this season.

Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times answers reader questions in his latest Seahawks mailbag.

Matt Hasselbeck will donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation for research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). But as the former Seahawks quarterback notes, he won’t donate it right away:

Dan Graziano at ESPN.com ranks the Seahawks at No. 10 in his post-draft QB confidence index.

And Gregg Rosenthal at NFL.com projects the post-draft starting lineups for each team in the NFC West.

 

Sports Illustrated Examines Russell Martin Jersey Blue Jays The Best Draft Trades Of The Last Decade

Good morning, 12s.

Here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today — Friday, May 19— about your Seattle Seahawks:

SI Examines The Best Draft Trades Of The Last Decade

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated took a look back this week and picked the best trade each team made during the NFL Draft in the past decade. Burke’s list included drafts from 2007-2016 and did not include 2017 because, well, it’s hard to consider the value of a trade when players haven’t stepped on the field yet.

For the Seahawks’ best draft trade, Burke went back to 2009 and selected the Seahawks’ move into the first round to Custom Blue Jays Jersey select safety Earl Thomas. Here’s his reasoning behind it:

Seattle Seahawks: 2009 

Traded: Pick No. 37 to Denver for a ’10 first-rounder

Selected: S Earl Thomas 

From just 2009–12, using a Marcus Stroman Jersey variety of draft picks, the Seahawks acquired Thomas, WR Golden Tate, S Kam Chancellor, CB Richard Sherman, RB Marshawn Lynch and LB Bobby Wagner. The stories of Chancellor and Sherman were credits to scouting and good fortunes, as those players were uncovered at picks No. 133 and No. 154, respectively. The Lynch trade (No. 122 in 2011 Ryan Goins Jersey and a conditional ’12 selection) still should haunt Buffalo. 

In Thomas, though, the Seahawks selected a player who has become the signature example at his position. He was a Pro Bowler from 2011-15 and a first-team All-Pro from 2012–14—he might have earned both honors again last season, were it not for a December leg injury. The Broncos’ 2010 first-rounder landed at No. 14, or 23 spots below the point to which they traded up in ’09. The player they so badly wanted: CB Alphonso Smith, who was on their roster for a year before they traded him to Detroit for TE Dan Gronkowski. The lesser-known Gronk wrapped his NFL career in 2011 with nine receptions.

Tweet Of The Day

Today’s “Tweet of the Day” comes from Seahawks rookie wide receiver Amara Darboh, who is in California this week for the NFLPA Rookie Premier:

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More From Around The Web

The Seahawks will host fans for fantasy football drafts at CenturyLink Field for the third consecutive Kevin Pillar Jersey year.

Seahawks running backs coach Chad Morton was mic’d up for the final day of rookie minicamp practice last weekend.

NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal predicts the Seahawks’ regular season starting lineup.

Finally, former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck joined 710 ESPN Seattle and explained why he decided to donate his brain to research.


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Seahawks Open Ryan Goins Blue Jays Jerseys CenturyLink Field For Fantasy Football Fans

The Marcus Stroman Jersey home of the Seahawks will open its doors to 12s this summer for the ultimate fantasy football experience, with Seattle set to host fantasy football drafts for fans on Aug. 17.

For a third straight year, fans are invited to get their leagues together for an evening of drafting inside CenturyLink Field’s private suites that overlook the same field the Seahawks play on.

Each suite can comfortably Ryan Goins Jersey accommodate groups of up to 14 people, and each suite package will include:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Food & beverages including brats, wings, snacks, and a 24-pack of 12 oz. cans of Budweiser or Bud Light.
  • A personalized photo of your league.
  • A chance to win two (2) tickets to the Seahawks’ Week 8 home Kevin Pillar Jersey game against the Houston Texans on Oct. 29 (each participant will be entered into a random drawing).

Learn More & Register Now

Early-bird registration ($850) opened today and will run through Friday, June 9, Russell Martin Jersey with general registration ($950) to open June 10 through Aug. 4.

For more information Custom Blue Jays Jersey, visit CenturyLink Field on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Where Josh Donaldson Jersey The Seahawks’ Roster Stands Following Rookie Minicamp

This story originally appeared in the May 18 edition of Hawk Mail. To subscribe to Hawk Mail, click here.

The Seahawks welcomed to Seattle last week a rookie class that included 11 draft picks and eight undrafted free agents, a group that took part in a rookie minicamp last weekend. Now that rookies have joined the team and free agency has for the most part wound down—there’s always the Marcus Stroman Jersey possibility of veteran additions at any point, but most of the biggest names were already signed before the draft—the Seahawks’ roster is starting to take shape.

A lot can and will change between now and September when teams have to trim their rosters from 90 players down to 53, but with Phase 2 of offseason workouts wrapping up this week and OTAs kicking off later this month, now is a good time to take a position-by-potion look at the Seahawks roster.

Quarterback

After an injury-plagued 2016 season, Russell Wilson is having what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll recently called “an extraordinary offseason,” which is why Carroll expects his quarterback can return to the form he showed in the second half of 2015 when he threw 24 touchdowns and one interception over the final seven games of the season.

“He has the ability to be the best quarterback out there doing his thing,” Carroll said on 710 ESPN Seattle this week. “… We have tremendous expectations for Russell’s performance this year.”

But while there’s no mystery when it comes to the starting job, there’s plenty of intrigue about who will serve as Wilson’s backup. Trevone Boykin, Seattle’s No. 2 quarterback last year, is one of two candidates currently on the roster along with Jake Heaps, but Carroll has made no secret of the fact that the Seahawks are considering other options at that spot, including some veteran free agents currently on the market. That’s not a knock on Boykin, but rather the result of Carroll seeing just how close the Seahawks were a year ago to having to hand the offense over to an undrafted rookie when Wilson was battling knee and ankle injuries.

“We’re looking at everybody, really,” Carroll said. “We really are. We’ve been tracking everything that’s going on. We’ve got cap and roster issues and stuff like that that we’re still trying to make sure we manage properly, but quite frankly, yes, we’re looking at all those guys.”

And just as the Seahawks are considering multiple options at the backup spot, Carroll also said keeping a third quarterback on the 53-man roster, something the Seahawks haven’t often done under Carroll and general manager John Schneider, is an option this year.

Running Back/Fullback

One of Carroll and the Seahawks’ biggest priorities this offseason has been making moves that will help Seattle get back to being one of the top rushing offenses in the NFL. Thanks to Wilson’s injuries, as well as several injuries at running back, most notably those sustained by Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise, the Seahawks were not as balanced in 2016 as they have been in the past, something that “exposed some stuff” on both sides of the ball.

“Not maintaining the rhythm of the running game that we’ve had really factored into everything,” Carroll said earlier this offseason. “We had to throw the ball more, and it exposed some stuff. It exposed the young linemen somewhat, it forced us into situations on the Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey other side of the ball, all of that. That’s why I’m so adamant about getting us back to the elements that we need to have in the running game that complement the rest of the team. I’m not pointing the finger and blaming anyone, but that’s what was so glaringly obvious. When Russell wasn’t equipped to run, it factored into the running game in the subtle ways—over the years he has made us unique. In one respect, we’ve learned how to play without it and still win the division and all of that, and we’ll be better for that, but that’s not the way I want to go. So I’ll try to avoid that as much as possible.”

One move the Seahawks hope can be a big factor in improving the running game is the signing of former Packers running back Eddie Lacy. The Seahawks still have high hopes for other backs, including Rawls, Prosise and Alex Collins, but Lacy adds to that mix a proven, Pro Bowl talent who will bring a physical element to the running game. If the Seahawks can stay healthy at running back this year, or at least healthier than they were a year ago, they should have much better depth, and with that, a more successful running game.

Wide Receiver

In Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Tyler Lockett, the Seahawks have three proven veterans with starting experience coming back, and Paul Richardson’s late-season play in Lockett’s absence showed he too could be a big factor. But just because the Seahawks had talent and experience already on the roster, that doesn’t mean they were content to stand pat this offseason. That became clear when Seattle picked Amara Darboh in the third round of last month’s draft, then added David Moore in the seventh round. Those two both possess a combination of size and speed that make them not just intriguing options at receiver, but potential contributors on special teams as well. Both did enough in rookie minicamp to show they’ll be factors in training camp when they mix it up with veterans, and it wasn’t just drafted rookies making an impression. Carroll has been impressed with Cyril Grayson, Jr., an LSU track and field standout who is playing organized football for the first time since high school, and Texas A&M’s Speedy Noil did enough as a tryout player to earn a contract this week.

Add to the mix Tanner McEvoy, who made the team as an undrafted rookie last year, Kasen Williams, Kenny Lawler and others, and receiver should be as competitive of position group as any on the roster when training camp rolls around.

Tight End

The Seahawks didn’t make any big changes at tight end this offseason, but for a couple of reasons they hope to be better at that position in 2017. For starters, they’ll be looking for Nick Vannett, a third-round pick in 2016, to take on a bigger role in his second season. Re-signing Luke Willson was an important move in free agency, and Willson is hoping to bounce back from a 2016 season that saw knee injuries limit him to 11 games. And finally, for as good as Jimmy Graham was last season, earning Pro-Bowl honors with 65 catches and 923 yards, he was not at his very best, physically, thanks to the 2015 knee injury that caused him to miss offseason workouts and most of training camp and the preseason.

“It’s really one of the beautiful things that’s happening this offsea Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey is that Jimmy has a chance to work out and get better,” Carroll said at the NFL scouting combine in February. “Last year, he was just rehabbing. If you can imagine at this time last year, he was looking at that scar and wondering if he’s ever going to be able to run again. He barely made it back to camp, then barely made it into the season, then had a marvelous season under all of those circumstances. Under any normal circumstances he had a marvelous season. In communicating with him, he feels great. He’s thrilled about the chance to work out, he’s going to be working Russell (Wilson) wherever they get together and do their thing; they’re looking forward to that. They didn’t have the chance to do that last year. He couldn’t run; he couldn’t work out. And the amazing thing is that he had such a good season under those circumstances, so we’re really looking forward to what comes up, and I know he is too and everybody’s pumped up about it.”

If the Seahawks stick with three tight ends on their roster, Graham, Willson and Vannett are the obvious candidates to fill those spots, but should they go with four, as they did last season, the battle for that fourth spot would appear to be wide open.

Offensive Line

The Justin Smoak Jersey offensive line could very well be the most intriguing position group in training camp, with so many different possible starting combinations in play as competitions play out. George Fant, who finished last season as the starting left tackle, will battle to keep that job, while free-agent addition Luke Joeckel and last year’s third-round pick Rees Odhiambo will battle at both left guard and left tackle. Justin Britt, who thrived after switch to center, will stay there, but the right side of the line is just as open as the left. Mark Glowinski, last year’s starting left guard, will go back to the right side—his position in college and as a rookie in Seattle—where he’ll compete with Oday Aboushi and possibly last year’s starter Germain Ifedi, but Ifedi, last year’s first-round pick, will first get a look at right tackle. Second-round pick Ethan Pocic will start out competing at right tackle, but the former center has the versatility to be an option just about anywhere on the line, and Carroll raved about undrafted rookie guard Jordan Roos after the rookie minicamp.

In other words, there’s a lot for offensive line coach Tom Cable and company to sort out, but they like their options, both because of the talent they have added, but also because of the growth they’re expecting to see from second-year players like Fant, Ifedi and Odhiambo.

“That’s a real positive for us going in, we’re not feeling like we’re stuck or forced to do anything right now,” Carroll said after the draft. “Ifedi is going to play some tackle for us again and we’ll see how that works, we’re going to put this together. It’s going to be interesting to see where Luke fits in. Luke is a terrific football player. We are very fortunate to have him. He’s not quite healthy yet—when we get to phase three [of the offseason Josh Donaldson Jersey he won’t be able to practice much—but in the next couple weeks he’ll do some stuff on the field and get to show us. He has been a starting left tackle in the league and drafted to do that and he has been a starting left guard. It gives us great flexibility there, too, to see how George develops and all that. It’s going to be really exciting to put this thing together.”

Defensive Line

The Seahawks return three full-time starters from last season, Pro-Bowl defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett and defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin, plus Jarran Reed, who started six games as a rookie, and Frank Clark, who had 10 sacks. Then in the draft they used their first pick on Malik McDowell and a third-rounder on Nazair Jones.

Cassius Marsh, who took a big step forward last season, again figures to be a factor in the rotation, as could Quinton Jefferson, a fifth-round pick who missed most of last season with a knee injury. The Seahawks also signed former first-round pick Dion Jordan in free agency and have added a few other pieces to the line, making it possibly the deepest position group on the team.

At their best, the Seahawks have had a deep rotation on the defensive line, so there’s room for seven or eight players to see significant playing time, but the battle for those spots figures to be Kevin Pillar Jersey fierce.

Linebacker

The Seahawks have a pair of Pro-Bowlers at linebacker in K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner, but that doesn’t mean that position group is entirely settled. Last year’s starting strongside linebacker, Mike Morgan, is a free agent, and while that position isn’t an every-down one in today’s NFL, it’s still a spot that needs to be figured out. The backup jobs also figure to be wide open, especially after Brock Coyle’s departure in free agency.

The Seahawks signed three linebackers in free agency, Michael Wilhoite, Arthur Brown and Terence Garvin, all players they think could make big contributions on special teams while perhaps also offering options at strongside linebacker.

Michael Wilhoite is a really nice football player with a lot of versatility,” Carroll said earlier this month on 710 ESPN Seattle. “Right now he’s learning the Sam (strongside) position. We know he Ryan Goins Jersey can play Mike and Will. Terence Garvin, he’s also playing the Sam position with Michael. He shows us some really good flexibility, he’s a former DB, he’s got good movement skills, good hitter, good teams guy. And Arthur Brown has been added too. So we added three guys who all have experience that are versatile and are very good special teams guys. That’s a real addition to our team, that’s a big boost. Where we’ve been really young in the backup spots the last couple of years, these guys have been around and add experience that we like.”

Secondary

Three starting jobs are in very good hands, held down by Pro-Bowlers Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, but there is plenty to keep an eye on in the secondary beyond those spots. With DeShawn Shead coming back from a knee injury sustained in the postseason, right cornerback could be a wide open battle between the likes of Jeremy Lane, Neiko Thorpe and rookie Shaquill Griffin. And if Lane were to win the starting job, another corner would still see significant playing time either as the nickel corner or as an outside corner in nickel packages with Lane moving back inside to the position he held last season.

The Aaron Sanchez Jersey Seahawks drafted four defensive backs with their first eight picks—Griffin, Delano Hill, Tedric Thompson and Mike Tyson—and are also very excited about the free-agent addition of Bradley McDougald, who by all accounts will find his way onto the field one way or another this season, so the depth behind those starters will look very different than it has in recent years.

“He’s a good football player,” Carroll said of McDougald at the NFL Annual Meetings. “Played really aggressive and tough, was excited about coming here to help us out. Shoot, I think he’s a great guy to add. He has the kind of mentality in guys we are looking for. Has a chip on his shoulder, wants to prove it, he has always had to do that—make his own way. So he’s coming in here to battle with us. It’s a great addition.

“He has been good enough in the past to move Darwin Barney Jersey guys around on their own team. There’s a chance we can be creative with some stuff and we’ll look forward to figuring that out.”

As for what “getting creative” means when it comes to McDougald, Carroll said one way is to use him in different versions of their nickel defense.

“There are ways for us to play a bigger nickel group, and we’re wide open to that flexibility and with Earl and with Kam,” Carroll said. “We played over 800 snaps of nickel last year, the most we’ve ever played by far, and there’s different opportunities in early-down situations to vary your groups, which we’ve done sometimes in the past already. We’re open to the competition of it and what the players bring. If they can bring something, hopefully we’ll identify it and we’ll figure out how to tweak things so we can do that. There’s a lot of opportunity for us. We moved (former safety) Dewey McDonald, we got him to see if he could swing into the linebacker position, and that’s where he has settled for us, knowing he can play safety. There’s an opportunity for us to continue to look for kind of a hybrid guy who can do both, so we’ll continue to do that.”

Special Teams

The Josh Donaldson Youth Jersey big change will be at kicker, with Steven Hauschka moving on in free agency and former Minnesota Viking Blair Walsh being signed as a possible replacement. Carroll has said that the Seahawks will have competition for Walsh in camp, but as of now he is the only kicker on the roster, and as a result the frontrunner to win the job. The Seahawks also will have competition at long snapper between Nolan Frese, who held that job last year, and Tyler Ott, who was signed late in the season to replace an injured Frese.

Outside of the specialists, the Seahawks are looking to improve the overall quality of their special teams in part with the free-agent signings they made at linebacker. A draft class that includes four defensive backs and two physical receivers could also make a big difference on special teams. And not to be overlooked when it comes to special teams is the re-signing of cornerback Neiko Thorpe and linebacker Dewey McDonald, two of Seattle’s top special teamers last year.

And while Tyler Lockett still figures to be the team’s top returner in the long-run, there could be a short-term need in the return game depending on how he progresses in his comeback from a broken leg sustained in Week 16. Lockett is expected to be ready for the start of the season, but depending on his workload in training camp and Josh Donaldson Women’s Jersey the preseason, it’s possible the Seahawks could try to take some things off his plate until he is fully up to speed.

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Custom Phillies Jersey Seahawks Rookie Defensive Backs Can Be A “Formidable Accent To Our Football Team”

The Seahawks selected four defensive backs with their first eight draft picks not as part of some master plan to build a second version of the L.O.B., but rather
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Even so, when Shaquill Griffin, Delano Hill, Tedric Thompson and Mike Tyson all took the field together during Seattle’s rookie minicamp, or when they stood shoulder-to-shoulder on the sideline while not on the field, it’s hard not to
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“Yeah, they’re kind of hanging together and I think that’s a good thing for them to do,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said following the final practice of minicamp. “These guys are leaders from their own programs, and you could tell that they’re all real serious and aware that this is a chance for them to do just that, and to be a kind of formidable accent to our football team and however that works out. All four of them were impressive. It was very good. It’s kind of fun to see them in the group. You can kind of picture them coming up in years to
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Carroll talks about the impact those players can make “in years to come” rather than speak in immediate terms because he knows how tough it will be for some, if not all, of those rookies to see significant playing time on defense this year. That’s no knock on their ability, but rather a reflection of what is currently on the roster. While Griffin has a real shot to compete for a starting job at right cornerback in part due to DeShawn Shead’s knee injury, he’s still going to have to hold off challenges from veterans like Jeremy Lane and Neiko Thorpe, and eventually Shead, to win that job. As for the other three starting spots in Seattle’s secondary, they’re manned by Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, players who between them have earned Pro Bowl honors 13 times,
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“The DB group, those four guys all playing together, it’s kind of like the Beatles or something, they’re kind of growing up together,” Carroll said on 710 ESPN Seattle Monday before catching himself. “I don’t know if they’re like the Beatles, I’m not
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“They’re going to have trouble (overtaking veterans for jobs), but they’re going to have a chance to really be a factor I think. They’re all really sharp, and they’ve
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Rookies only arrived in Seattle last week, but already the quartet of rookie defensive backs have started to form a bond. In some cases, they had a head start on process, both by playing against each other in college, and in the case of Hill and Thompson, by training together in Florida before the draft.

“We’re all close,” Hill said. “We talk every day, morning ‘til night. We’re with each other all the time, so we’ve got to be comfortable with each other… Once you’re comfortable with somebody, you communicate well—you’ve got to communicate on the back end—and everybody can be on the same page.”

Added Griffin: “Yeah, some of them I already knew, got a chance to meet with
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Tyson, who Hill described as the jokester among the rookie DBs, a label he can’t
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“Going through this process, we saw each other here and there, and we clicked,” Tyson said. “And then we ended up on the same team, it’s just a blessing.”  Men’s Philadelphia Phillies Authentic Personalized Home White Baseball Jersey.

Tuesday Round-Up: Custom Marlins Jersey Michael Bennett Joins 710 ESPN; Seahawks, CenturyLink Extend Stadium Naming Rights

Good afternoon, 12s.

Here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today — Tuesday, May 16— about your Seattle Seahawks:

Michael Bennett Joins 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks veteran defensive end Michael Bennett joined John Clayton and Gee Scott on 710 ESPN Seattle this morning and discussed what he described as one
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“Cliff did something that was one of the most genuine, humanitarian things a person could do,” Bennett said about the April trip he took alongside Avril and other NFL players. “He brought education to a group of people that aren’t able to
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“It was great to be able to give them an opportunity to be creators and give them Men’s Authentic Custom Made Miami Marlins Alternate 2 Black Baseball Jersey an opportunity to have a future.”

While in Haiti, Avril and his foundation, The Cliff Avril Family Foundation, began the groundbreaking of a new school building, life-changing homes to withstand natural disasters and hosted a youth football camp.

For Bennett’s full interview with Clayton and Scott, click here.

Seahawks Announce CenturyLink Field Naming Rights Extension

On Monday, the Seahawks made an exciting announcement, extending their
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“We’re really glad CenturyLink is stepping up and staying with us,” Seahawks President Peter McLoughlin said. “They’re great partners, they’re a great company to work with, they’ve been wonderful in support of the team and the facility. This is a great partnership that we’re going to continue for many years.

“It’s important to have a consistent name to your stadium. I think CenturyLink has shown they’ve got marketing programs that integrate our players with their programs, and it gives us financial stability, too, for the long term. It’s hard to get a naming rights partner, it’s a big deal, it’s a long term deal, and to be able to
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CenturyLink will continue to be the communications sponsor of CenturyLink Field and the Seahawks under the new agreement.

Tweet Of The Day

Today’s “Tweet of the Day” comes from Seahawks rookie cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who is starting to get a bit acclimated with his new teammtes:

https://twitter.com/ShaquillG/status/864281580755337216

More From Around The Web

Here are 12 things you should know about Seahawks rookie running back Chris Carson.

New Seahawks defensive line coach Clint Hurtt was mic’d up during rookie
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Seahawks rookie wide receiver Cyril Grayson, Jr. had a busy weekend to say the least.

Finally, Jordan Grice of the Southside Daily wrote about Mike Tyson’s journey
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Custom Cardinals Jersey 12 Things To Know About Seahawks Running Back Chris Carson

In his college highlight reel, which is embedded for you in this article, Chris Carson looks plenty like the type of running back the Seahawks covet.

“I’m a physical runner,” Carson said via conference call shortly after Seattle made him the No. 249 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. “I like to break tackles,
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On display in the video above is an explosive play style and ability to run through tackles and over defenders that appears comparable to what players like Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls have brought to Seattle’s ground game the
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“Growing up, I used to but as of now, I’m trying to make my own name for myself at this point,” Carson said. “I want people to compare themselves to me, instead of me comparing myself to others.”

The 5-foot-11, 218-pound ball carrier appeared in just five games for Oklahoma
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“I just got excited to see that number pop up,” Carson said of the draft-day call he received from Seattle general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll. “I talked to the coaches there, and I started crying. I started to tear up a little bit. I’m just blessed to be in this situation.”

Aside from Carson’s punishing play, here’s 12 more things to know about the Seahawks’ final pick in the 2017 draft:

1. Nickname?

Carson: “Honestly really just Chris is what they call me.”Men’s Authentic Custom Tampa Bay Rays Alternate Navy Blue Baseball Jersey.

2. College Major?

Carson: “It was psychology, but I switched it over to universal studies.”

3. Hobbies?

Carson: “I like to play basketball, that’s my biggest thing I like to do. Off the field I like to just chill and watch T.V., not too much.”

4. Favorite T.V. Show?

Carson: A Different World, and Martin.”

5. Favorite Movie?

Carson: “Probably ATL.”

6. Athlete You Idolized Growing Up?

Carson: “I was a big LeBron [James] fan in basketball. In college [football] I used to really enjoy watching Reggie Bush. Those are my two big idol people. I didn’t really watch the NFL much back in the day.”

7. Role Model You Had Growing Up?

Carson: “Probably my dad and my uncle and my mom. Those are three people I
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8. Favorite Video Game?

Carson: “It’d probably be Resident Evil 6, or something like that. I don’t play video games too much, but that one would be my go-to.”

9. Favorite Food?

Carson: “I’ll go with chicken strips. I can get that any place. It’s a go-to.”

10. City or Country You’d Like To Visit One Day?

Carson: “I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland. I did a project back when I was in junior college on it and it was interesting. I’ve always wanted to take a visit there.”

11. Aside From The NFL Your Dream Job Would Be?

Carson: “Probably sports psychologist. Just going through a lot of situations I’ve went through I just like to figure out what goes on in people’s minds when they’re having droughts or things like that when it comes to sports.”

12. Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?

Carson: “Just to stay humble and to never give up. I’ve gone through a lot of
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Cyril Grayson Custom Dodgers Jersey Wraps Up Busy Weekend With Seahawks Rookie Minicamp

While most of the Seahawks rookie class was on the football field Friday,
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Not long after receiving his diploma, Grayson drove to New Orleans to catch a flight to Seattle so he could take part in the last two days of minicamp.

“This weekend has been good,” Grayson said following Sunday’s practice. “It started off great in Baton Rouge, I got to graduate—one of my biggest
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Grayson was only on the ground in Louisiana for 25 hours, arriving Thursday
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A busy weekend is just the latest step in Grayson’s very unusual path to the NFL.
Personalized Colorado Rockies Jersey A track and field All-American at LSU, Grayson last played organized football in high school, but after convincing LSU’s football team to let him take part in their pro day workout last month, Grayson put on an impressive enough performance that the Seahawks put him on a flight the next day and signed him shortly thereafter (as a fifth-year senior who did not play football, Grayson was eligible to be signed immediately as opposed to being
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By signing with the Seahawks a month ago, Grayson has been able to participate in offseason workouts with veterans, giving him a head start on the rest of the rookies, an advantage that could help a player who has so much learning to do after being away from the game for so long.

And while Grayson went to LSU to run track, the NFL has always been a goal, it
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“The plan was to play in college, I planned on getting a chance to, but I wasn’t able to, so the next option was pro,” Grayson said. “I didn’t have any more years of eligibility for college, so I was either going to the NFL or CFL or something to get my chance.”

Grayson said there has been a learning curve getting back into football, but having been around for a month has helped, as has advice from Seattle’s veteran receivers.

“The classroom part of football has been kind of little tough for me and I’ve been trying to learn ways to learn the playbook so I’m able to compete,” he said. “But the older guys have been really good to me, they’ve reached out to me to try to help me with what to do in certain situations, ways to run routes, taking my time and things, just so I can learn and get that muscle memory back and get into the
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Grayson still has plenty of work to do to show he belongs in the NFL, but the Seahawks see enough potential him that they’ll be patient with his development.

“We’ve seen enough in Phase 2 (of OTAs) here to give us hopes that he really has an upside,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “The speed is obvious. He’s got a really good catching range, he’s really natural catching the deep ball, we’ve already seen that. So we know, ‘OK, he’s really fast, he can catch the deep ball,
Website can we get him lined up right? Can he get his footwork right? Can he get off the line of scrimmage? Can he time it up? He’s got a great attitude, he’s got a wonderful personality. I can’t wait for you guys to meet him and see what he’s all about. He has competed at a really high level in his sporting career, and you can tell that confidence carries over into what he’s coming into here. It’s not too big for him to go for it. He studies, he stays late, he’s in early. Really a beautiful first impression he has made for us. We’re going to be patient with him because he has such good natural talents. We’ll wait him out and see how long it takes. Remember we took a long time with Ricardo Lockette, and Lock figured it out and became a real constant around here, but it took him a while coming out of the track background and all of that. So we’ll see what happens, but very encouraged by what we’ve seen.”