(Programming note: the Round-Up will be off through Memorial Day weekend, returning on Tuesday, May 28)
Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's 'out there' for today - Friday, May 24 - about your Seattle Seahawks.
Offseason Adventures With D.J. Fluker
Seahawks offensive lineman D.J. Fluker was a guest on 710 ESPN Seattle's 'Danny, Dave and Moore' earlier this week to offer his thoughts on Seattle's transition to phase three of its offseason program, with organized team activities kicking off this past Monday.
“I think it’s been a lot easier transitioning to the offense," said Fluker, who's entering his second season with the Seahawks. "I think the offense is the same, everything’s been going a little bit quicker, but our tempo is a whole lot better. We’re connecting more as an offense. I think that’s the big thing from last year to this year, all the guys are behind you.”
Fluker's physical play up front helped the Seahawks lead the league in rushing last season and his signature pancake blocks quickly made him a fan favorite in Seattle. But Fluker's unique personality has also attracted fans to his corner, and back in early April, before the start of the Seahawks' offseason workout program, Fluker shared a thought-provoking photo on social media of his 6-foot-5, 342-pound frame somehow sitting inside of a small smart car.
“I kind of got talked into it,” Fluker said of the squishy situation. “I was actually coming from a workout, so I was leaving Destination Dallas in Texas, so he was like, ‘Man, I’m wondering can you fit into my smart car?’ I’m kind of like yeah, sure, why not.
“So I’m sitting here looking at this car. I’m looking like… this car’s about as big as my whole body. So I’m like how am I gonna to get into something that’s like a cocoon? Like a butterfly, he’s gonna get ready to split it open, you know? Finally I get in there — I had to go one foot at a time, I had to suck my stomach in a little bit, I’m like ‘God!’, my arm’s sitting on the passenger’s side.”
“I finally got in there and I tried to crank it up,” he continued. “But see what happened was, my knees were literally on the dashboard, so I can’t even touch the pedal. Then you talk about getting out of it? I closed the door and then I got stuck, so I took about 10 minutes to get out of it. I literally had to stick my head out of the sunroof to get under it and then lay out on the ground to get out of it. So yeah, big guys do not fit in tiny spaces. Does not work for me.”
In another entertaining online bit this offseason, Fluker joined receiver Tyler Lockett to spoof quarterback Russell Wilson's announcement that he had signed a contract extension with the Seahawks, with Lockett posing as Wilson and Fluker imitating Wilson's wife, Ciara, from the video.
“I think that was more of a team effort there," Fluker said. "One of our coach’s gave us a pep talk, ‘Guys, we’ve got to get him back for this.’ But we had fun with it, we had fun with it.”
For fans hoping to hang out with Fluker this Memorial Day weekend, he's hosting a free football camp for youth age 7-14 in Oak Harbor.
Social Post Of The Day
Today's 'Social Post of the Day' comes from Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald, who wishes fans a happy holiday weekend.
Photos from the Seattle Seahawks' third session of organized team activities held on Thursday, May 23 at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.