Mon Aug 3 7:46pm ET
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) plays during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. Adams got his wish. He wanted out of New York and away from the Jets. His new home is in Seattle and for what the Seahawks gave up, they need Adams to play like an All-Pro. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
RENTON, Wash. (AP) Pete Carroll finally had the chance to see new safety Jamal Adams on the field in a Seattle Seahawks uniform Monday.
It was during the kind of workout Carroll would have conducted months ago in a normal NFL offseason, not less than six weeks before the scheduled season opener.
''This is just a unique time. There's nothing like it,'' Carroll said via video conference ''We're going to put together a camp that's going to take us right to the opening game and away we go. Like I said to you guys in the past, I don't feel uncomfortable with that because we just came out of the nine years of doing it at (USC). Your first game, you're playing for the national championship and if you don't win that game you may be out of it. And so, it's the same thought and the same approach. We'll try to do a really good job with a really clear sight on how we're going about it.''
Seattle moved into the next phase of training camp with its offensive and defensive players splitting up into morning and afternoon sessions of conditioning. Teams usually do this kind of work in April and May, not early August.
Carroll's video conference was his first extended media availability since Seattle wrapped up its virtual offseason program in June. Plenty has changed since then. The addition of Adams was most notable, but the Seahawks also learned they would be without cornerback Quinton Dunbar for now after he was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt list.
There were also rumors the Seahawks had interest in either bringing back Josh Gordon or adding Antonio Brown. Carroll said Seattle was doing its due diligence on all possible options.
''It's a very complex situation and we just need to see where it fits somewhere down the road.'' Carroll said.
For Adams, it was his first formal on-field activity with the Seahawks after his trade from the New York Jets. Carroll couldn't wait to talk about what the 24-year-old strong safety will bring to Seattle's defense.
''I've been very fortunate and coached some really good safeties over the years, and I see traits of Jamal in all of those guys,'' Carroll said. ''He can do everything that we want a guy to do. He's most dynamic as an aggressive player, where he has chances to make plays and be around the line of scrimmage and around coverage in pressure situations. He's really good at all of that. I'm thrilled to be putting this thing together.''
Carroll said the Seahawks are considering ways to get Adams, free safety Quandre Diggs and second-year safety Marquise Blair on the field at the same time in various packages. That could include Blair playing a nickel cornerback role.
Those are lineups will be figured out as training camp progresses. The Seahawks have nearly a full roster as one of the few teams not to have any players placed on the reserve/COVID list. Carroll said that while the team is not in a true bubble, the personal responsibility of the players has been significantly addressed.
NOTES: Seattle placed RB Rashaad Penny (knee) on the physically unable to perform list Monday. The move was expected after Penny suffered a torn ACL late last season. Penny is expected to report to the team for his initial intake testing later this week. ... Seattle also placed DE Darrell Taylor, TE Colby Parkinson and DE Marcus Webb on the non-football injury list. ... Carroll said TE Will Dissly (Achilles) passed his physical clearing him for training camp activity, but said the team will be slow in ramping him up.
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Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook arrived at camp last Tuesday despite previously stating that he would not report unless he received a new deal. However, under the new collective bargaining agreement, the 24-year-old ran the risk of becoming a restricted free agent beyond 2020 by not showing up, something he ultimately did not want to do. Cook had a breakout season in 2019, finishing with 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. He also added 53 catches for 519 yards and was also one of the most prolific runners after contact. He is slated to make $1.3 million if an agreement isn't reached. Nonetheless, with the team vowing to work to get a new deal done, fantasy managers can feel a bit more confident by selecting Cook in the first round of fantasy drafts for the upcoming campaign.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has no plans to opt out of the 2020 NFL season, despite negative comments he made in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. In the interview, Beckham criticized the NFL, stating, I just feel like the season shouldnt happen and Im prepared for it to not happen and I wouldnt mind not having it. Were not ready for the season, so why are we trying to push forward?" It turns out that the interview took place two weeks ago and Beckham has since backed off on those comments after he saw how safe and sanitary everything inside the Cleveland facility has been. Beckham should be treated as an upside WR2 in fantasy drafts this season.
Las Vegas Raiders DT P.J. Hall will be released Monday, Aug. 3, two years after selecting him in the second round of the NFL draft.
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson (illness) recently tested positive for coronavirus but is reportedly asymptomatic. Pederson will continue to lead the Eagles virtually 'as much as he can' while assistant head coach/running backs coach Duce Staley will serve as the interim head coach in his absence.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson (illness) recently tested positive for coronavirus but is reportedly asymptomatic, according to sources.
New Orleans Saints DB Chris Q. Johnson, OG Adrian Magee and RB Taquan Mizzell were waived Sunday, Aug. 2.
Detroit Lions DE Romeo Okwara was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Sunday, Aug. 2.
Free-agent WR Dontrelle Inman (Colts) visited the Washington Football Team on Sunday, Aug. 2.
New Orleans Saints WRs Maurice Harris and Tommylee Lewis were released Sunday, Aug. 2.
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (foot) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, Aug. 2, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Michel probably will miss some practice time during camp because of his injury but appears to be on track for the start of the regular season. He can be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy running back if he is healhy.
New England Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, Aug. 2, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Sanu struggled after his trade to the Patriots and posted only 207 yards in eight games. He probably will be a top three receiver for the Patriots if he can remain healthy and should be rostered in most fantasy leagues in 2020.
New York Giants wide receiver/kick returner Da'Mari Scott has elected to opt out of the 2020 NFL season. Scott has mostly been a special teams contributor when active. He was active for five games last season and three in 2018 for the Bills. Scott has caught two passes in his career, for a total of 22 yards.
Dallas Cowboys full back Jamize Olawale has chose to opt out of the 2020 season. In two seasons with Dallas, Olawale has yet to attempt a rush and has caught just two passes. He has primarily worked on special teams, logging 539 special teams snaps as compared to just 232 offensive snaps (almost all for blocking). He's under contract for $1.3 million in 2021.
New York Giants DT Leonard Williams (hamstring) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Sunday, Aug. 2.
Free-agent RB Jeremy Hill (Patriots) signed with the Las Vegas Raiders Sunday, Aug. 2. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Free-agent DT Niles Scott (Bengals) and CB Akeem King (Seahawks) signed with the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Aug. 2. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Washington will be sidelined for an undisclosed amount of time, so fantasy players can keep an eye on the situation. He had a solid 2019 season with 73 receiving yards and should be a top-three receiver for the Steelers again this season. He can be a No. 4 or No. 5 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Atlanta Falcons LB Foyesade Oluokun was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 2.
The Cleveland Browns placed wide receiver Jarvis Landry (hip) on the active/PUP list on Sunday. The team said that Landry has not had a setback and is still on schedule in his recovery. Landry is healing up from February hip surgery. Initially given a 6-8 month timetable to return, Landry will be cutting it close if he wants to be active for Week 1. If Landry is unable to start the season on time, Kareem Hunt could see added snaps as a wide receiver. When healthy, Landry is a solid WR2 in PPR leagues.
Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry (hip) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, Aug. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Landry will be limited during training camp but is on track for the start of the regular season. He will continue to see plenty of targets in the passing game and can be a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.