Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, July 2 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
Gerald Everett To Provide "Huge Asset" To Russell Wilson And Passing Attack
It's been a busy offseason for the Seahawks as they implement a new "intricate" and "complex" offense under new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron. After serving as the passing game coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams for the past three seasons, Waldron will hope to incorporate some of those same up-tempo, quick-strike elements into the Seahawks' offense.
Newly-signed tight end Gerald Everett, who played under Waldron as a member of the Rams from 2017 to 2020, is predicted to be one of the key elements of the new passing attack. While the tight end room already features players like Will Dissly and Colby Parkinson, who are more than capable pass-catching options, head coach Pete Carroll said last month that he thinks Everett will be one of the team's breakout players this year, providing an explosive run-after-the-catch threat in the passing game.
In their latest episode of Locked On Seahawks, hosts Corbin Smith and Rob Rang talked about the unique abilities that Everett brings to the offense as they continued their Seahawks 90-player countdown. "There's a lot of things to be excited about potentially with Everett coming to Seattle and being your number one tight end, out of the shadows of Tyler Higbee in LA," Smith said. "But to me, the most exciting part, given the struggles Seattle had in this category over the last several years — the ability to catch the football and be a YAC monster, create after the catch. He's as good as any tight end in the NFL at doing that, and I think that is going to be a huge asset to Russell Wilson and this Seahawks offense."
"At 240 pounds, a 37 and a half inch vertical, we're talking about a truly spectacular athlete, a true mismatch out there," Rang said. "And Seattle just frankly has not had that at the tight end position very much … Coming over to Seattle in Shane Waldron's offense, he is going to have that familiarity that really should give him an opportunity to hit the ground running. He's obviously going to have a better quarterback than he's ever had as well."
Smith and Rang also cited cornerback D.J. Reed and second-year offensive lineman Damien Lewis as players who will be key contributors for the Seahawks in 2021. "Everybody's looking to the corner position, wondering who the starters are going to be, it's a wide open competition," Smith said. "But I feel like right now, D.J. Reed has got to be the front-runner to retain that starting job on the right side."
Lewis is slated to play left guard this season after playing the right side last year in order to make room for Gabe Jackson, whom the Seahawks traded for in March after having anchored the offensive line for the Las Vegas Raiders since 2014. "I like the decision to bring in Gabe Jackson," Rang said. "I think that just the veteran presence that he offers, as well as the fact that you are now going to be putting Damien Lewis right next to Seattle's best offensive lineman, and that's Duane Brown."
You can listen to the latest episode of Locked on Seahawks here or wherever you get podcasts. The 90-player countdown segment on Everett, Lewis and Reed begins around the 23:30 mark.
Bobby Wagner Invests In Sports Streaming App 'Buzzer'
We've seen Bobby Wagner represent himself during contract negotiations in recent years, so his financial prowess doesn't exactly come as a surprise at this point. Now, the all-world linebacker has joined a star-studded group of investors for sports streaming app Buzzer, which caters to sports fans through a "lightning-in-a-bottle" system of real-time alerts and snippets of live in-game action for 99 cents apiece.
The group of investors from Buzzer's latest round of financing features various big names from the sports and entertainment worlds, such as Naomi Osaka, J. Cole, Michael Jordan, and fellow NFL players DeAndre Hopkins, Patrick Mahomes, and Christian McCaffrey.
Social Post Of The Day
Colby Parkinson reflects on his experience working out with the league's top tight ends in Nashville at "Tight End U" (Will Dissly spoke about the program as well early last month).
More From Around The Web
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times answers your questions in his latest Seahawks mailbag.
ESPN's Brady Henderson breaks down what's new with Seattle's offense this offseason.
Frank T. Raines of Field Gulls/SB Nation crunches some numbers on NFC West squads, beginning with the Seahawks.
A look back at some of the best photos of Seahawks kicker Jason Myers from the 2020 season.