The Seattle Seahawks aren’t performed accumulating extensive receivers. I discover it onerous to consider they will not be including one other veteran sooner or later.

Head coach Pete Carroll has been pretty outspoken about Antonio Brown and/or Josh Gordon being very viable choices for them on the acceptable time — Brown is dealing with an suspension of at the least eight video games whereas Gordon is searching for reinstatement to the league — and take into account quarterback Russell Wilson absolutely on board as properly.

I had the prospect to do a one-on-one Zoom interview with Wilson this week, and got here away satisfied the Seahawks aren’t performed but attempting to go all-in to win one other Tremendous Bowl this yr. Whereas Wilson usually watches his phrases very intently, and isn’t one to rock the boat, I could not assist however come away from our dialog satisfied that he is additionally a bit of bowled over by the actual fact he is by no means acquired an MVP vote (“Perhaps at some point I am going to get one,” he quipped at one level).

And one additionally could not assist however assume that Wilson has heard the pleas from oh so many within the analytics group to “Let Russ cook dinner” extra on early downs and early in video games, when the Seahawks have tended be very conservative with the play calling.

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WIlson was effusive in his reward of his present group of offensive weapons — tight finish Greg Olsen is perhaps in his ultimate season however is incomes rave opinions — however the QB was additionally animated by the prospect of including Brown and/or Gordon to the combo.

“Josh got here in with us final yr,” Wilson advised me, “and he had such an incredible power by way of how a lot he loves the sport. I pray for him on a regular basis. That is my man and hopefully he can play within the league once more, as a result of I do know he is a particular, particular one that has gone by rather a lot and he misplaced his brother final yr. He had a fairly heavy yr, and on the similar time, a number of the performs that he could make, man, he was probably the greatest receivers within the recreation. He was actually catching hearth with us early after we have been in a position to get him the ball.

“After which Antonio, I used to be in a position to work out with him this offseason and he is probably the greatest receivers of all time. So anytime you may get a man like that, you might be at all times occupied with that, for certain. We wish playmakers for certain. And the extra playmakers you get, the more durable it’s (to defend).”

With the array of choices to name on to catch the soccer probably increasing even additional, it is honest to wonder if the scope of Seattle’s offense is perhaps as properly. May this lastly be the time the place the Seahawks come out chucking the ball, utilizing the cross to additional set up the run, and present a extra dynamic method to attacking opposing defenses? Will they let Russ cook dinner extra?

“It isn’t nearly me, it is about all of the weapons we now have, too,” Wilson mentioned. “Now we have lots of nice weapons, clearly, D.Okay. (Metcalf), Tyler (Lockett), Greg (Olsen). Jacob Hollister had an important yr final yr. Chris Carson can catch. We have lots of gamers who can actually play ball. (Will) Dissly had an important yr final yr till he received harm.

“We have been lighting up the scoreboard, and we have been doing it in lots of alternative ways. You already know I went to Wisconsin, so I do not thoughts handing it off. However on the similar time I additionally assume that it is enjoyable to have the ball in your fingers and to make performs, to be trustworthy with you.”

Wilson deserves critical MVP consideration yearly, and maybe this yr the voting will mirror his greatness. Over the previous three seasons he has thrown 100 landing passes (15 greater than anybody else on this span) to only 23 interceptions (tied with Tom Brady for first with a 1.5 INT %) but is simply eighth in passing makes an attempt since 2017, behind guys like Jared Goff, Kirk Cousins, Dak Prescott, Derek Carr and Philip Rivers. Wilson has confirmed to be value at the least 10 wins a season, and by no means misses a snap, whereas being some of the elusive QBs in NFL historical past. Come on, Seahawks: Let Russ Prepare dinner!

Matt Rhule may shock

It is a less-than-ideal coaching camp state of affairs for any coach, not to mention any rookie NFL head coach. Much more so, maybe, for a coach making the soar from school who hasn’t been across the professional recreation as a lot lately.

All of this, nevertheless, will solely serve to Matt Rhule look much more like a unicorn than he already is. After turning round Temple, and actually saving the soccer program at Baylor, he has seen harder chores than this earlier than. Everybody I speak to who is aware of him properly or has coached with him or performed for him raves about his capability to create a basis and steadily construct, and even this COVID-19-challenged NFL summer time I consider will serve to deliver out the most effective within the Panthers head coach.

Payments left sort out Dion Dawkins has a novel perspective on rebuilds; he was there at Temple as a participant as Rhule made his mark on that program, and he ended up within the NFL with Buffalo, watching firsthand as coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane, who got here from Carolina, have made the Payments go from playoff-absent afterthoughts to a contending workforce in brief order.

I caught up with Dawkins lately after he signed his massive contract extension with Buffalo, and here’s what he needed to say about Rhule, and the similarities with what’s transpired with the Payments:

“Sure, it’s so scary how comparable it’s, from school to the professionals with my coaches,” Dawkins advised me. “Once I take a look at McDermott I see Matt Rhule from school. He got here in, he sorted out the whole lot he needed to type out, he moved round items, he made the whole lot slot in considerably of a proper means for it to work. And the blokes who have been going to purchase in can be right here, and the blokes who weren’t, weren’t. It is simply extraordinarily scary how comparable. Even at Temple, it took a few years to get this factor going, after which as soon as it received going we have been off.”

Dez is smart for Ravens

Dez Bryant may nonetheless make sense in Baltimore’s tight-end heavy offense sooner or later, although he left his exercise Thursday with none deal forthcoming. From what I collect it was a stable sufficient exercise, however not one to the place Baltimore felt a must half with a teenager now to signal him. “Simply seeing the place he’s at and holding our choices open,” is how one workforce supply described it. 

At this stage of his profession, it is about intermediate routes and boxing out and utilizing his body and being like an influence ahead getting a lob down within the paint to maintain the chains transferring. The Ravens dealt Hayden Hurst and are brief at tight finish, once they typically deploy two and even three at a time. Dez is robust and prepared, they usually have a bunch of small twitchy guys already. 

As a secondary choice within the purple zone and a hybrid transfer tight finish/WR, I prefer it rather a lot. If he does not maintain up, no massive factor. No threat. Plus, Willie Snead was the dean of that place group, and he is all of 27 years previous. The tight ends are pups, too. Give Lamar Jackson a legit veteran presence among the many cross catchers. Dallas-based receivers coach David Robinson has labored with Bryant for years and ready him for the exercise. Robinson labored extensively with Ravens rookie receivers Devin Duvernay and James Proche, in addition to Ravens backup QB Robert Griffin III, and has a powerful information of Baltimore’s offense. 

“He will give you a giant goal throughout the center,” Robinson advised me, “particularly for a workforce that likes to run the ball and use lots of tight ends like Baltimore, you may see him in lots of man-to-man matchups, and he’ll do a superb job of successful these 50/50 soar balls, comebacks, out routes, stops — issues he was requested to do in Dallas and make a dwelling off of. I feel it is a nice scenario for him right here in Baltimore.” 

Extra NFL insider notes

  • No one is aware of receivers — how you can determine them and implement them and coach them up — like 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, however the charge of attrition on this camp already on the place is giving me some pause. Counting an excessive amount of on too many child wideouts may be harmful, and generally when accidents begin working by a place group this early within the course of, it does not cease in-season, both. Might see waiver claims and signings nonetheless to return at that spot for the reigning NFC champs … 
  • Every thing out of Cleveland appears to be pointing to a monster season for Odell Beckham, Jr. I would not guess in opposition to it within the least … 
  • Undecided what Joe Choose is attempting to show in New York, however he is rapidly touring a street that’s paved with previous failures. Everybody is aware of you labored for The Hoodie. And everybody is aware of it does not actually matter anymore. Uber-discipline and making coaches and gamers run gassers and taking the title off the follow jerseys when you have not even had an opportunity to determine who everyone seems to be but is not too cute by half. Drawing consideration to your self ain’t the way in which to go, particularly not in Gotham and particularly not with the Frankenstein roster you might have. Much less is extra … 

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