Monday Round-Up: ESPN Identifies Sneaky Strengths Of The Seahawks

ESPN and Football Outsiders explore which under-the-radar areas the Seahawks excelled in last season.

Good afternoon, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Monday, July 17 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Seattle's Sneaky Strengths

In a special to ESPN Insider, Football Outsiders dug into its statistical database to pull out under-the-radar strengths - one on offense and one on defense - for each of the League's 32 teams from the 2016 NFL season.

Using stats such as Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA), one of Football Outsiders' advanced metrics that measures a team's success on each play compared to the league average, the group was able to identify some sneaky strengths of the Seahawks.

Here's what was said about some of the lesser-known areas where Seattle excelled last season:

Offense: Deep passing

Seattle ranked fifth in DVOA on passes that traveled 16 or more yards past the line of scrimmage. (The top four teams: Atlanta, New England, Oakland and Dallas.)

Defense: Preventing long runs

One of the secrets to Seattle's run defense is strong tackling in the secondary, even if runners get past the first and second levels. The Seahawks ranked third in fewest open-field yards per carry, defined as gains that come more than 10 yards past the line of scrimmage.

Social Post Of The Day

Today's "Social Post of the Day" comes from Seahawks defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson, who shared video highlights on Instagram of his time training with Seattle veteran defensive linemen Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, who is hosting NFL athletes for workouts in Hawaii this month.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWoBcnzngy8/

More From Around The Web

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And you can take an indoor cycling class with Jermaine Kearse this weekend in Seattle to help raise funds for the Seahawks receiver's 15 to 1 foundation, which partnered with USO Northwest earlier this offseason to expand its efforts in the military community.

U.S Army members presented Jermaine Kearse with a 'Beat Navy' care package ahead of this weekend's Army-Navy game. The Seahawks receiver and his 15 to 1: Jermaine Kearse Foundation work closely with the military and its families.

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