Team Notebook: Seattle Seahawks
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Seahawks | Michael Bennett unhappy with contract
Seattle Seahawks DE Michael Bennett is unhappy with his contract, saying he wants "to be fairly compensated with the top guys in the league," and believing that he's "definitely one of the top five defensive ends." He added: "I'm just to the point where it's kind of like, if you don't think I'm valuable, then just get rid of me." Bennett is set to make $5.5 million this year and $7 million next year.
Seahawks | Michael Bennett enters camp unhappy
Seattle Seahawks DE Michael Bennett (ankle) made it clear he wants a new deal, and he did not participate in organized team activities (OTAs) as a result of his unhappiness. He did show for mandatory minicamp, but he sat out with an ankle injury. If his deal is not redone before the season, it will be interesting to see how it affects Bennett into the regular season.
Seahawks | Justin Britt might be a backup
Seattle Seahawks OG Justin Britt has been lining up at center during offseason workouts, but he'll have to hold off C Patrick Lewis for the starting job in training camp and the preseason. If he cannot hang on to the job, he might be looking at a backup role for the first time in his career.
Seahawks | Jarran Reed might start at nose tackle
Seahawks | Germain Ifedi expected to start
Seahawks | Many replacements for base defense LB
Seattle Seahawks LB Frank Clark is expected to fill the pass-rush void of departed LB Bruce Irvin (Raiders), but LBs Cassius Marsh, Mike Morgan and Eric Pinkins are each vying for playing time in the team's base defense and the competition is believed to be wide open.
Seahawks | Tyler Lockett could take step forward
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett posted 51 receptions for 664 yards and six touchdowns, plus two more as a returner, last season. Head coach Pete Carroll raved about Lockett during the spring and said Lockett is "in the middle" of everything the team planned offensively.
Seahawks | Trevone Boykin remains No. 2 for now
Seattle Seahawks rookie QB Trevone Boykin remains the team's primary backup to starter QB Russell Wilson, but beat writer Sheil Kapadia says don't be surprised to see the team add a veteran sometime in August.
Seahawks | Jimmy Graham won't be rushed back
Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) is recovering from a ruptured right patellar tendon which he suffered Nov. 29. He is expected to be back on the field for the start of the regular season, but he won't be rushed back. Through the first 12 weeks last season he was the team's most targeted player.
Seahawks | Thomas Rawls will be eased back
Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) is making his way back from a fractured left ankle that included ligament damage in mid-December. He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, but he will be eased back into action. That will also give the coaching staff a closer look at rookie RBs Alex Collins and C.J. Prosise.
Seahawks | Alex Collins will compete immediately
Seahawks | Russell Wilson elite with protection
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson led all quarterbacks in Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) last season when he was adequately protected, according to Football Outsiders. DVOA measures efficiency by comparing success on every play to the league average based on situation and opponent. Wilson was solid under pressure, too, ranking fourth in DVOA among quarterbacks.
Seahawks | Jarran Reed should start
Seahawks | Coach optimistic for J'Marcus Webb
Seattle Seahawks OT J'Marcus Webb needs to have someone to believe in him, according to offensive line coach Tom Cable, who believes he's the man to do that. Cable is also determined to get Webb to believe in himself. He said if he can accomplish those things, then Webb is capable of doing "something cool for us."
Seahawks | Thomas Rawls confident in camp readiness
Seahawks | Michael Vick an option for Seattle?
Free-agent QB Michael Vick (Steelers) could be a pickup candidate for the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN analyst, Phil Savage. Savage said Vick would fit the Seahawks with his mobility, what he brings to the table and with a veteran presence behind QB Russell Wilson.
Seahawks | Seattle had interest in Connor Shaw
Seahawks | Trevone Boykin pleads no contest
Seattle Seahawks rookie QB Trevone Boykin pleaded no contest Thursday, June 30, to a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest following a 2015 incident. Boykin was sentenced to one year of probation and must attend alcohol awareness and anger management classes as part of the terms of his probation. He must also pay a $1,500 fine, submit an apology letter to the arresting officer and complete 80 hours of community service.
Seahawks | Doug Baldwin incredibly effective
Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin was one of the most effective pass catchers in 2015. Of the 87 receivers to play at least 25% of their teams' snaps last year and accrue an average depth of target beyond 10 yards, Baldwin's completion rate of 79% was first overall. Baldwin was also the only wideout to have double-digit touchdowns and average at least 10 yards per target.
Seahawks | Doug Baldwin excelled in slot
Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin had 1,007 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns out of the slot last year. The only other receiver to hit the 1,000-yard mark and have at least 10 touchdowns from the slot in the last 10 years was Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb.
Seahawks | Tarvaris Jackson unlikely to return
Free-agent QB Tarvaris Jackson (Seahawks) is not expected to re-sign with the Seattle Seahawks after serving as the backup there for the past three years. The team has QBs Trevone Boykin and Jake Heaps on the roster as backups to starting QB Russell Wilson.
Seahawks | Trevone Boykin charged with assault
Seattle Seahawks QB Trevone Boykin was charged with assault this week in connection with an incident Dec. 31 in San Antonio. He was arrested after being thrown out of a car, and then he allegedly struck a police officer, according to multiple reports.
Seahawks | Doug Baldwin contract details
Seahawks | Doug Baldwin signs extension
Seahawks | Jeff Fuller waived/injured
Seahawks | Seattle makes two roster moves
Seahawks | Zac Brooks full go
Seahawks | C.J. Prosise needs good camp
Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (hip) is going to need to have a really good training camp after not being able to participate fully this offseason with a hip flexor, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
Seahawks | Nick Vannett a pleasant surprise
Seattle Seahawks rookie TE Nick Vannett has exceeded expectations so far in his first offseason. Head coach Pete Carroll said Vannett is a natural pass-catcher despite being billed as more of a blocking tight end. "He shows the savvy and instincts that you hope a guy has," Carroll said, adding that QB Russell Wilson has really clicked with Vannett.
Seahawks | Tyler Lockett will have important role
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett will be moved around on offense in 2016 and is a central part of the team's offensive plans, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Lockett has spent this offseason working on beating press coverage.
Seahawks | Mike Morgan on track to start
Seattle Seahawks LB Mike Morgan is considered the leading candidate for the starting strongside linebacker job entering training camp, but he will have to earn the job. LBs Cassius Marsh, Eric Pinkins and Kevin Pierre-Louis are also candidates for the job.
Seahawks | Russell Wilson has made strides
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has made a clear step ahead this offseason, according to head coach Pete Carroll. "His command is all-time. His ability to move defenders with his eyes to set up some things, he's consistently doing that, almost unconsciously, he's so clued in," Carroll said. "We saw him throw the ball all over the field throughout the offseason and he's been strong and accurate and really precise about stuff. He has had a great offseason."
Seahawks | Head coach lauds Tyler Lockett
Seahawks | Seattle not expected to add Eugene Monroe
Seahawks | Change in offense aided Russell Wilson
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw 24 touchdowns and one interception in the last seven games after the offense shifted to emphasize quicker passes, timing routes and spread formations. He was sacked 31 times in the first seven games and just 15 times in the last nine games as getting rid of the ball quickly helped negate struggles on the offensive line. Head coach Pete Carroll said to expect more of that in 2016.
Seahawks | Christine Michael drops weight
Seahawks | Doug Baldwin contract being negotiated
Seahawks | Pete Carroll confident in players' return
Seahawks | Eugene Monroe interests Seahawks
Seahawks | Tyler Lockett growing as receiver
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett is growing as a receiver and has improved on getting better releases off the line of scrimmage, according to WR Doug Baldwin. "He's so quick and he's so fast that there's no reason for guys to be able to put their hands on him at the line of scrimmage," Baldwin said. Lockett caught 51 passes (second on the team) for 664 yards and six touchdowns in his rookie year.
Seahawks | Kris Richard impressed with D-line
Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard is impressed with the team's defensive line this year and called them "staggering." Richard thinks re-signing DE Chris Clemons to a one-year deal to provide depth was huge. DE Frank Clark, a second-round pick last year, is viewed as a darkhorse by Richard.
Seahawks | Not signing Nate Robinson
Updating a previous report, former New Orleans Pelicans G Nate Robinson will not be signed by the Seattle Seahawks following his tryout Monday, June 13. Seattle will keep in contact with Robinson for future purposes, however.
Seahawks | Nate Robinson trying out
Seahawks | Seattle will move CBs around
Seattle Seahawks CBs Richard Sherman, Jeremy Lane and DeShawn Shead likely will be moved around during games so the team can produce favorable matchups against opposing receivers. Sherman lined up against the No. 1 receiver more often last season and could do that again in 2016. Lane plays better against smaller, speedy receivers, while Shead is more effective against bigger, physical receivers.
Seahawks | Frank Clark sheds weight
Seattle Seahawks DE Frank Clark lost 15 to 20 pounds in the offseason and is weighing around 260 pounds. Clark is in prime position to get more snaps at right defensive end when the Seahawks are in their sub packages now that DE/LB Bruce Irvin is with the Oakland Raiders.