Mon May 23 9:05pm ET
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Drew Lock passes during NFL football practice Monday, May 23, 2022, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (15) reaches out to greet teammates during NFL football practice Monday, May 23, 2022, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Dee Eskridge runs a drill during NFL football practice Monday, May 23, 2022, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks linebackers Cody Barton (57) and Jordan Brooks, right, run a drill during NFL football practice Monday, May 23, 2022, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (15) is greeted by head coach Pete Carroll, left, during NFL football practice Monday, May 23, 2022, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks tackle Charles Cross (67) talks with teammates during NFL football practice Monday, May 23, 2022, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, center, walks with quarterbacks Drew Lock, left, and Geno Smith, right, during NFL football practice Monday, May 23, 2022, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
RENTON, Wash. (AP) For the past decade in Seattle, nearly every team drill and every team activity had No. 3 and No. 54 at the front of the line leading the way.
That hasn't been the case this offseason and that point was emphasized yet again Monday when the Seahawks moved into the next phase of offseason workouts. The Seahawks are no longer the team led by Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner, creating a decidedly new vibe to Seattle's offseason program.
''There is a vibe about this group. Every year the team takes on kind of a new makeup and it becomes from the personalities of the players in the leadership,'' Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. ''Leadership has shifted a little bit. That's obvious. And so it feels like just as it is. It's a new season, it's a new team and here we go. It's fun to watch it take shape and see the guys step into the roles.''
Wilson and Wagner were always the two constants to nearly every phase of the Seahawks evolution since both were drafted by Seattle in 2012. Whether it was an offseason workout or a training camp practice, the two were almost always there and always leading the way.
But Wilson is now in Denver, the result of his offseason blockbuster trade that signaled a new direction for Seattle. And Wagner is in Los Angles with the Super Bowl champion Rams, the result of a salary cap move to save the Seahawks cap space.
The moves left Seattle with a roster that has no players remaining from its Super Bowl championship team in 2013 and voids looking to be filled by those who remain. In the case of linebacker Jordyn Brooks, he'll be taking over the defensive play call duties that Wagner previously had.
''It just means I've got to handle my business and make sure that I'm doing everything right at all times,'' Brooks said. ''You can go down the list of great Seahawks that has played here, great leaders of the past teams. I take a little bit of pride in that, so I just want to do the best job that I can for our team.''
While Brooks is the obvious choice to move into Wagner's role on defense, the quarterback question in Seattle remains, and will remain, the No. 1 question until a decision is made, which will likely come at some point during the summer. It's clear from Carroll's comments this offseason that Geno Smith seems to have the lead in the competition with Drew Lock to be Wilson's successor because of his experience playing in Seattle's system.
''(Lock) is right with us. Geno really has the package nailed, so I have that to gauge him on,'' Carroll said. ''He's hanging with (Geno) throughout all of this and we're not holding anything back.''
Seattle signed WR Marquise Goodwin on Monday, adding the speedy veteran to the roster. Goodwin had 20 receptions and one touchdown last season for Chicago. The Seahawks got an up close look at Goodwin for three seasons when he played for San Francisco from 2017-19. Goodwin's best season came in 2017 when he had 56 receptions for 962 yards and two touchdowns with the 49ers.
''He's extraordinarily fast. He's a gifted athlete. He came right out here day one and he still shows that he can fly. He's a real disciplined route runner, and he's also a guy who's played all the spots,'' Carroll said. ''So I'm thinking that he will add something with what he brings athletically but also his background and his makeup and his versatility.''
The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms on a deal with wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. The former third round pick should be an interesting addition to this roster. He nearly totaled an 1,000 receiving yard season in 2017. Since then, Goodwin hasn't made a huge impact on the football field. He most likely won't be someone worth rostering on a weekly basis in fantasy leagues. However, Goodwin should be able to make an impact as a rotational player in this offense.
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (arm) will wait to throw until closer to training camp, according to head coach Sean McVay. He was there for the first day of OTAs, but didn't do any throwing drills. He received an injection in his elbow after the Rams Super Bowl victory. This shouldn't be an issue that lingers into training camp or the regular season. The Rams hopefully won't have to limit Stafford at all this season because of this issue. Fantasy managers shouldn't be too worried about Stafford resting in May.
Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny (hamstring) is currently nursing an injury, according to head coach Pete Carroll. The season is three months away, but this is not a good sign for a player with a long injury history. The former first round pick has played in 37 games through four seasons. However, Penny finished with a career-high 749 rushing yards through 10 games last season. Chris Carson (neck) has a blurry timetable, so Penny and rookie Kenneth Walker could compete for the starting role in Seattle.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (shoulder) won't attend voluntary organized team activities on Tuesday, as expected. Mayfield, who had offseason left shoulder surgery, will continue to stay away from the team as they attempt to trade him after acquiring Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans. Even if Cleveland hadn't acquired Watson, Mayfield likely would've been unavailable for OTAs while he recovered from shoulder surgery. Most people think either the Carolina Panthers or Seattle Seahawks will wind up trading for the former first-rounder, but the Browns are going to need to eat most of Mayfield's $18.86 million salary in order to facilitate a trade. Even if the 27-year-old winds up starting for Carolina or Seattle this year, he'll go undrafted in most standard-sized fantasy leagues.
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said he expects quarterback Kyler Murray to be at mandatory minicamp in mid-June. Murray is not attending voluntary organized team activities this week while still seeking a long-term contract extension from Arizona. The 24-year-old isn't happy with his situation in the desert, but the Cardinals continue to say that they expect something to get done. If no extension has been reached by the time mandatory minicamp begins, all bets are off that Murray will be present. Murray missed three games last year due to an ankle injury and finished as the QB11 in fantasy. He still has high-end QB1 upside heading into 2022, but the fact that No. 1 receiver DeAndre Hopkins is suspended for the first six games will likely cause his stock to drop in fantasy circles.
The Indianapolis Colts and veteran quarterback Nick Foles agreed to terms on an undisclosed two-year deal on Monday, according to a source. Foles and head coach Frank Reich will reunite after working together with the Philadelphia Eagles, and Foles will now serve as Matt Ryan's backup in 2022. The 33-year-old former Super Bowl champion made just one start last year for the Chicago Bears, going 24-for-35 for 250 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in a 25-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks. In his first year in Chicago, Foles had 1,852 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions in nine games (seven starts). Continue to ignore Foles in fantasy leagues that start just one QB.
San Francisco 49ers star wide receiver Deebo Samuel won't be in attendance for the start of organized team activities on Monday, according to a source. Samuel's situation remains unsettled, so his decision not to show up this week shouldn't come as a big surprise. The 26-year-old All-Pro wideout asked for a trade this offseason, but the Niners don't have any intentions to trade him. Samuel, who is heading into the final year of his rookie deal, will certainly be paid eventually, whether it's in San Francisco or elsewhere. He finished second in overall fantasy points in 2021, behind only the Rams' Cooper Kupp. Samuel finished with 77 receptions for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns, adding 59 carries for 365 yards and another eight TDs.
San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell set a franchise record for most rushing yards by a rookie (963) last year while adding five rushing touchdowns in only 11 regular season games. The team still views Mitchell as their top option in the running game, but he's bulking up this offseason in order to try and stay healthy after dealing with knee, rib, concussion and shoulder issues in 2021. The Niners also envision third-rounder Tyrion Davis-Price emerging as a bigger and more powerful complement to Mitchell. Davis-Price should help the Niners to be more productive on third-and-short situations, an area where they struggled last year. San Francisco also has Jeff Wilson Jr., Trey Sermon and JaMycal Hasty in the backfield. Mitchell will certainly be the one to target in fantasy, but he'll need to stay healthy in order to maintain his grip on this crowded backfield.
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson said that running back Travis Etienne (foot) is a full-go for all practice activities as the team starts their offseason program. Etienne missed all of his rookie season last year after suffering a Lisfranc injury in training camp. The first-rounder's stock is on the rise heading into the 2022 season, especially with James Robinson behind him while recovering from an Achilles tear. Both Robinson and Etienne will be involved in the Jaguars offense when they are healthy, but Etienne could enter Week 1 as the unquestioned lead back if Robinson isn't ready to go. The Jaguars also have Ryquell Armstead and rookie Snoop Conner in the backfield as depth options.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray will not attend the team's organized team activities this week, as expected. For now, Murray's contract situation remains quiet. The 24-year-old and the Cardinals still have a lot to work out before a long-term contract extension is agreed upon, but the Cardinals remain adamant that Murray is their QB of the future despite a bumpy offseason. Murray looked bad in his first playoff game last year and missed a few games due to injury in 2021, but he should once again have high-end QB1 appeal for fantasy managers, even with top wideout DeAndre Hopkins suspended for the first six games of the season. Murray could come at a slight discount once the bigger QB names come off the board in fantasy drafts.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle said it's a toss-up for him when it comes to who he prefers as the starting quarterback in 2022 between second-year signal-caller Trey Lance and veteran Jimmy Garoppolo. "That's the million-dollar question, isn't it?" Kittle said. "That's one reason I'm glad I'm not the head coach of the 49ers. That's all on coach Shanahan. I'll give you both ways. Jimmy G, awesome in the huddle, great leader, directs guys. People go to attention when he's talking. He's got a quick release, he knows the offense. Like I said, been to two NFC Championship games, knows what he's doing. Trey Lance can run, extend plays, does all the play-action stuff incredible, could throw the ball 70 yards. I don't know. It's a toss-up for me." Garoppolo's recovery from offseason surgery will go a long way in deciding whether he's traded before training camp this summer.
With Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson now in town, head coach Kevin Stefanski figures to spread the offense out with more three-receiver sets while implementing run-pass options. When Stefanski first got the head-coaching job in Cleveland, the staples of the offense were play-action passing off a running game powered by zone blocking. Stefanski won't completely abandon heavier sets, but changes will certainly be made now that Watson is the QB. A move to a more pass-heavy approach would obviously be good news for Watson, receivers Amari Cooper, Donovan Peoples-Jones and rookie David Bell and tight end David Njoku from a fantasy perspective.
Cleveland Browns linebacker Chase Winovich, who was acquired from the New England Patriots this offseason, gained 10 to 15 pounds this offseason as he transitions to defensive end on a four-man defensive front. "It's the heaviest I've weighed in probably three years, the strongest I've probably ever been," Winovich said, "so I have a lot to be optimistic about, and I'm really looking forward to it." The 27-year-old pass-rusher will be looking to bounce back in 2022 after a decreased role last season with the Pats, when he had only 11 tackles (six solo) in 13 games (zero starts) for New England. In his three NFL seasons with the Patriots, Winovich has 85 tackles (56 solo), 10 tackles for loss, 23 QB hits, 11 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble.
The Baltimore Ravens officially signed veteran defensive lineman Brent Urban to an undisclosed deal on Monday. Urban played in only six games for the Dallas Cowboys last year after undergoing surgery to fix a torn triceps. In his six games played, he had only three tackles and a pass defensed. The 31-year-old was originally a fourth-round pick by the Ravens in 2014 out of Virginia, so he'll be returning to the team that he spent his first four NFL seasons with. Urban has a total of 107 tackles (60 solo), 10 tackles for loss, nine QB hits, six sacks and nine passes defensed in 76 career games (31 starts) over seven NFL seasons.
Former New York Jets and Buffalo Bills tight end Tyler Kroft reached an agreement on an undisclosed one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, according to his agent, Mike McCartney. Kroft will serve as tight end depth behind George Kittle alongside Charlie Woerner and Ross Dwelley. He spent last year with the Jets, catching 16 of 25 targets for 173 yards and one touchdown in nine games (six starts). The 29-year-old tight end has only played a full season in two of his seven NFL seasons and has gone over 200 receiving yards in a season just once, back in 2017 with the Cincinnati Bengals. He has 101 career receptions for 1,024 yards and 13 touchdowns in 81 career games. Kroft will only become fantasy relevant if Kittle misses time with an injury.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has chosen to stay away from the team's offseason workout program, and the Ravens have expressed enthusiasm about the work he's done this offseason in training with quarterback mechanic expert Adam Dedeaux. Baltimore has yet to publicly express concern that Jackson, who is currently set to play under the fifth-year option on his rookie deal, will hold out. It remains to be seen if he'll show up to organized team activities this week, and if Jackson is a no-show, it will certainly bring more attention to his contract status. The Ravens would much rather have Jackson on the field throwing to his young receivers, but even if he isn't present this week, he'll still be regarded as a high-end QB1 target looking to rebound from a down year in 2021.
Cleveland Browns LB Jadeveon Clowney turned down multi-year offers, some worth $14-$15 million per year to return to Cleveland.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Allen Robinson II is looking to erase a lackluster 2021-22 campaign with the Chicago Bears, one where the veteran had one of the worst seasons of his career. However, he feels playing for Sean McVay will do wonders for his production. "He allows players to play. Each and every day we go out there, and as we're practicing and things like that, we're able to make corrections and make adjustments based on things that guys are doing right or doing wrong," said Robinson when speaking about his new coach. Nonetheless, the 28-year-old, who inked a three-year, $46.5 million deal in March, will likely surpass his totals from last season. But he'll have to battle with Cooper Kupp for the attention of Matthew Stafford. The team also hasn't ruled out the possibility of bringing back Odell Beckham Jr., which may drop Robinson's ceiling even lower.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett may begin his career as a starter. However, as expected, he'll have to get through Mason Rudolph and Mitchell Trubisky to earn the right. Pickett, who was the 20th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, finished his final college year by throwing for 4,319 yards, 42 touchdowns, and seven picks. Though Trubisky is currently the favorite to be under center for the Week 1 encounter against the Cincinnati Bengals, the 23-year-old could overthrow him during training camp. Yet, whether or not Pickett will be an impactful fantasy option right away is an entirely different story, especially considering his lack of experience at the professional level.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (knee) is expected to skip upcoming OTAs. During Week 8 of the 2021-22 season, the veteran tore his ACL and damaged his MCL, forcing him to miss the remainder of the year. Fortunately, he is progressing well, but the team will continue to take a cautious approach regarding his rehab. Winston had played relatively well before succumbing to the ailment, compiling 1,170 yards, 14 touchdowns, and three picks, although he only completed 59% of his throws. Nonetheless, not only does the 28-year-old hope to be ready for Week 1, he plans on being a full participant at training camp over the summer. He'll have some capable options on the receiving end, so he could be a serviceable backup for fantasy managers this season if he can get healthy.