A few mid-morning links and notes to pass along. …
— The Seahawks did have an OTA yesterday, but it was closed to the media. Seahawks.com has a report on the team’s rookies, though, stating that Paul Richardson again had another nice play during Tuesday’s workout and also including a few comments from coordinators Darrell Bevell and Dan Quinn.
Maybe of most note is this quote from Quinn on undrafted free agent rookie strong safety Dion Bailey:
“Dion Bailey has certainly caught my eye,” defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said. “I’ve been impressed by the way he’s picked up the defense. I’ve been impressed by the way he communicates. I’ve been impressed by the way he goes after the ball.”
The backup safety spots still appear a little of a jumble and it looks like Bailey has worked his way early into consideration.
— Jason La Confora of CBSSports.com today has a column listing one intriguing player from each of the 32 teams. And for the Seahawks it’s a pretty obvi0us choice — second-year running back Christine Michael.
Writes La Confora of Michael.
“Marshawn Lynch if getting deep into his contract. He has served the Seahawks well as a human battering ram who has helped change the offense’s entire culture and identity. But time catches up to us all and Michael fits the Lynch mold, only he does it with more youthful legs and at a much cheaper rate and I expect him to see a lot more of the field this season. In fact, if he is something of a feature back by the end of the season I wouldn’t be shocked. The Super Bowl champs bring back most of the same cast, but this organization has been anything but static and they are always seeking to getter better and deeper from within. Michael represents one way to do that.”
La Confora obviously means to say Lynch “is” getting deep into his contract. In fact, Lynch is due a $9 million cap hit in 2015, which has led to plenty of speculation already that this could be his last season in Seattle — or certainly on his current deal. So as La Confora rightly states, Michael’s progress will be one of the bigger storylines for the Seahawks this season (though Robert Turbin undoubtedly also hopes to have his say in all of this). One byproduct of Lynch not being present for OTAs seen by the media is that Turbin and Michael are getting all the work with the No. 1 offense at tailback.
— ProFootballFocus has produced a number of statistical breakdowns of quarterbacks over the past few days. Its look at how QBs fare on the run or dropping back is particularly interesting for the Seahawks.
As might be no surprise, Russell Wilson graded out highest on both scrambles and designed roll outs. But he also was ninth in the pocket, a number that gives further proof that some of the initial concerns about Wilson’s ability to throw from the pocket have been in error.
There are also some interesting numbers on new Seahawks QB Terrelle Pryor, and specifically that he grades out pretty low throwing on the run, a little surprising given his obvious athleticism. PFF concludes that the numbers on Pryor show “he might not be a great passer on the move.”
— It was 40 years ago today that the NFL announced a franchise for Seattle.
— ESPN’s Terry Blount lists five players who have caught his eye at OTAs.
— Michael Bennett raised a reported $35,000 to fight obesity over the weekend.
— NFL.com’s Gil Brandt has a pretty big list of guys who were day three draftees who could make an immediate impact. None are Seahawks, which could be in part because Seattle’s current lineup will make it tough for most of the rookies in the lower rounds to do much immediately. But this is also a good clip-and-save for later.
— Finally, there’s this:
BREAKING: NFL to ditch Roman numerals for Super Bowl 50 game to be played in 2016 pic.twitter.com/DA53EF2VMp
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) June 4, 2014
But it’s not a permanent switch:
message to math teachers: yes, will celebrate 50th Super Bowl w/ number 50. then back to Roman numerals
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) June 4, 2014