Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, March 27 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Making The Grade
ESPN NFL Insiders Mike Sando, Bill Polian, Louis Riddick, Matt Williamson, and Field Yates put together team-by-team report cards for the free-agent signing period that opened two weeks ago. The group took into account each team's key re-signings and acquisitions, as well as key departures, and shared opinions on the more notable moves each club has made so far.
The Seahawks earned an 'A-minus' for their work on the open market. The link above is an Insider feature, but the snippet below from Sando is what was said about Seattle.
"The Seahawks have an opportunistic GM in John Schneider. Their coach, Pete Carroll, covets players with unique physical traits. Carroll also welcomes working with young players and embraces a range of personalities. That explains why the Seahawks jumped at the chance to acquire players such as Harvin two years ago and Graham this offseason.
'They give up Unger and what amounts to a second-round player for Graham, who is a difference-maker in their offense,' Polian said. 'I have no problem with that.'
'That is true,' Williamson said, 'but no team in the league has as many players who are near the best at their positions, and now they added another one in Graham. Of their 22 starters, there could be 7-8 guys who are top five at their position and that might not even include
Seattle managed to extend contracts for
'They have so many young, core players on long-term deals already,' Yates said. 'I am not sure there is another team that has a better roster, top to bottom. They do not have a first-round pick, but who has drafted better than Seattle with later picks? No one.'"
In a related Insider feature, Williamson ranks the top 10 players who were signed or acquired via trade this offseason that he expects to have the most immediate impact on their new teams.
On Graham's 2015 outlook in Seattle, Williamson writes, "Graham is a great football player and a truly elite touchdown producer. His number of targets should decrease in Seattle, but his effectiveness might actually increase. Russell Wilson is a superb deep-seam-route passer, and Graham is as effective on this route as any tight end in recent memory. Wilson also trusts big targets (as we saw in the Super Bowl) and will put the ball almost "up for grabs" when his target has one-on-one coverage. Graham is amazing in these situations.
But what is most intriguing about this new marriage is the Seahawks' new lineup when they are in base personnel with two wide receivers on the field. Does the opposing defense play its base defense against that grouping and give Graham a favorable matchup, or does it play nickel and put lighter personnel on the field against the supreme running threat of Marshawn Lynch and Wilson? There isn't really a right answer to that question."
An Eye For Talent
Seahawks Executive VP/General Manager John Schneider comes in at No. 3 on this list of NFL decision-makers that have the best record of drafting Pro Bowlers.
Seven players, or 14.58 percent of Schneider's draftees, have made the Pro Bowl - left tackle
The two executives ahead of Schneider? That would be New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis (14.6 percent of draftees) and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (14.72 percent of draftees).
Jon Ryan Joins 'Straight Talk' With Ross Matthews
Seattle punter Jon Ryan and his fiancee, comedian Sarah Colonna, recently joined the Straight Talk podcast with T.V. personality Ross Matthews, a Washington-state native who's a big Seahawks fan.
Ryan and Colonna's segment gets going around the 21-minute mark of the audio file linked above. The pair talks about the outcome of Super Bowl XLIX, what it was like for Ryan to throw for a touchdown in the NFC Championship game, how the two met via Twitter with the help of Matthews, and more.
Instagram(s) Of The Day
We're subbing our usual "Tweet of the Day" with a couple "Instagram(s) of the Day" from 5-foot-11, 217-pound Seahawks quarterback
More From Around The Web
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is set to appear in a music video with Atlanta-area rapper Ludacris, who cited Lynch as the inspiration for a new track titled Beast Mode.
Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times has five Seahawks-themed takeaways from his time at the NFL Annual Meeting.
Jayson Jenks at the Seattle Times says a healthy
Even though the Seahawks are currently without a first-round pick in this year's draft, Bucky Brooks at NFL.com sees Seattle as a potential fit for Georgia running back Todd Gurley, who many consider to be the top NFL prospect at his position.
And for the third consecutive year, the NFC West came out on top in NFL.com's divisional power rankings.
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