Good morning, 12s.
Here’s a look at what’s ‘out there’ for today – Friday, February 22 – about your Seattle Seahawks:
Rookies To Remember
From big-time defensive stops to key offensive rushing plays, the Seahawks rookie class of 2018 performed pretty well throughout the season. With nine players picked up in the 2018 NFL draft, eight of the original nine remain on the Seahawks roster heading into the 2019 season, plus a few guys picked up in free agency. We thought you may want a quick recap of how some of these first-year NFL players transitioned in from their college days.
RB Rashaad Penny
School: San Diego State
Penny saw some action in 14 regular season games after being drafted in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. He rushed for a total of 419 yards and two touchdowns on 85 carries, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Penny rushed for a season-best 108 yards on 12 carries in a Week 10 game at Los Angeles.
DE Rasheem Green
School: University of Southern California
Green was drafted in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft and played in 10 games throughout the season. He recorded a total of eight tackles and one sack against Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Week 11. Green saw limited play time throughout the season due in part to an ankle injury.
TE Will Dissly
School: University of Washington
Dissly started hot out of the gates in the beginning of the season, recording two touchdowns in the first two games against the Denver Broncos and the Chicago Bears. He averaged 19.5 yards per reception and totaled 156 yards receiving from eight receptions. The fourth-round draft pick saw an early end to the season after tearing his patellar tendon in the Week 4 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.
LB Shaquem Griffin
School: University of Central Florida
The Florida native joined his twin brother and Seahawks cornerback, Shaquill Griffin, after being drafted in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL draft. In addition to starting one game at weakside linebacker, Griffin played a big role on special teams, recording seven tackles in that phase of the game, tied for fifth most on the team.
CB Tre Flowers
School: Oklahoma State University
The fifth-round draft pick made a big impact in the Seahawks defensive backfield as the team’s starting right cornerback, totaling 67 tackles throughout his 15 games played, 55 of which were solo tackles. Aside from six passes defended and a fumble recovery, Flowers forced three fumbles, two of which were in the week 12 matchup against the Carolina Panthers.
P Michael Dickson
School: University of Texas
Dickson was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up playing Australian Rules Football before he ultimately made his way to the National Football League. The fifth-round draft pick averaged a team-record 48.2 yards punts throughout the 2018 season with a longest punt of 69 yards. He was notorious for his Australian-style drop kicks and also known for having multiple punting styles that often pinned opponents in the corner of the field. Dickson was selected to the Pro Bowl and was named first-team All-Pro for his standout rookie campaign.
DE Jacob Martin
School: Temple University
The sixth-round draft pick saw lots of playing time throughout the season on special teams, and saw his role on defense increase late in the season. Martin proved himself to be an effective edge-rusher, recording three sacks and two forced fumbles as a part of his seven solo tackles. His older brother Josh Martin is currently a linebacker for the New York Jets.
DT Poona Ford
School: University of Texas at Austin
Ford was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in May 2018 and saw playing time in 11 games throughout the 2018 season. He recorded a total of 19 tackles, 11 of which were solo tackles. The Texas alumnus is known for his unique build for a defensive tackle, short with a very long reach.
When asked about the 2018 draft class, Pete Carroll stated in a press conference, “I think it’s a group that’s going to be here for a long-time factoring in. They have special qualities that we love… I think the depth of it and the consistency throughout is what’s really good about it.”
With the 2019 NFL draft just a couple of months away and the NFL Scouting Combine next week, the team is getting ready to take on their new rookie class. The Seattle Seahawks sit at 21st pick overall.
Social Post Of The Day
Today’s ‘Social Post of the Day’ comes from the twitter account of football analytics website Pro Football Focus, and continues our 2018 rookie-class theme, highlighting an impressive rookie season by Poona Ford.
More From Around The Web
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times answers questions from fans in his latest mailbag.
Also in the Times, a ranking of position groups by offseason needs.
710 ESPN Seattle’s Stacy Rost has a breakdown of the Seahawks secondary wondering how big of a need that position group is this offseason.
Time Travel With TuneIn
Re-live the 2005 NFC Championship vs. Carolina on the Seahawks channel using TuneIn. Every week throughout the offseason we will be streaming a throwback broadcast on the app. Next week’s show will be the Seahawks’ week 4 win over the Minnesota Vikings in 2002. Download TuneIn from the Apple app store or the Google Play store.
Take a look back at some of team photographer Rod Mar's best behind-the-scenes moments from the 2018 season.