Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, May 26— about your Seattle Seahawks.
NFL Network's Cynthia Frelund On Why Tariq Woolen Still Isn't Getting Enough Credit
Year One for Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen ended in a chance to represent the NFC at the 2023 Pro Bowl at Allegiant Stadium. Even after tying for league leader in interceptions (six), NFL Network analytics expert Cynthia Frelund breaks down why Woolen is still Seattle’s most-undervalued player.
Woolen's rookie campaign nearly landed him the 2022 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award, losing to New York Jets corner Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner. The University of Texas-San Antonio alum became a rookie sensation, dazzling with his rare combination of size, speed and skill. The 6-foot-4 cornerback tied for No. 4 league-wide in passes defensed with 16, while chipping in 63 combined tackles and two fumble recoveries.
This month, Pro Football Focus writer Trevor Sikkema rated Woolen as one of the Top 25 NFL players under 25 (No.24). Frelund broke down why Woolen's play (and rookie deal) makes him an immense value for Seattle.
APY: $998,054 (rookie contract; 175th among cornerbacks).
In his rookie campaign, the fifth-round pick tied for the league lead with six interceptions and posted a whopping 16 pass breakups. His 23.2 percent ball hawk rate (a Next Gen Stats measure of how often a player disrupts a pass divided by targets as the nearest defender) was the third-highest mark in the NFL last season, while his 31.9 passer rating allowed as the nearest defender in zone coverage was the lowest mark in the league. I know Woolen got some love for his excellent debut season, but he was still largely overshadowed by fellow rookie corner Sauce Gardner. I'm here with flowers in hand.
As Woolen prepares for his second season with Seattle, the cat is now out the bag about the fifth-round gem in Frelund's eyes.
Seahawks Host 2023 Military Resource and Hiring Fair at Lumen Field
A total of 679 job seekers registered for Seattle's 2023 Military Resource and Hiring Fair at Lumen Field, up 418 percent from last year. The Seahawks teamed up with the YesVets Organization, Boeing and Task Force 12 to host more than 70 companies searching for their next military star in the workforce. The event saw a major increase in attendance, with 215 job seekers in attendance, up 87 percent from a year ago. Active-duty applicants showed up looking for opportunities, along with Department of Defense employees, Reserves and Veterans and members of the National Guard, 16 of whom left with full time jobs from companies like Boeing, FedEx Ground, and the Spokane Police Department. Additionally, the Seahawks and First & Goal Inc. combined to make 44 part-time, gameday and season hires.
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A look at Seahawks rookie wideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba for the NFLPA Rookie Premiere.
More From Around The Web
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: Tariq Woolen’s injury has emphasized Seahawks’ improved cornerback depth.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: Seahawks QB Geno Smith taking ‘command’ of team in Year 2 as starter.
Mike Clay of ESPN: Ranking top five projected NFL rookie leaders by stat categories.
Corbin Smith of Sports Illustrated: Seahawks Analysis: Best/Worst-Case Scenarios For 2023 Draft Class.
Mike Salk of Seattle Sports 710AM: Salk: Seattle Seahawks observations from Week 1 of OTAs.
Brandon Gustafson of Seattle Sports 710AM: Huard: Charbonnet has fewest adjustments to make of all Seahawks rookies.
Here at Seahawks.com, Season 2 of The Sound debuted on Thursday.
Two Seahawks rookies, wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba and running back Zach Charbonnet, were both in attendance at the 2023 NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles, Calif. The event is an opportunity for league partners to connect directly with the NFL's most promising prospects all in one place.