Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, July 29 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
Gerald Everett Expected To Be A Fantasy Steal In 2021
Seahawks' coach Pete Carroll has made it clear how excited he is about this season's tight end group. With Colby Parkinson and Will Dissly returning for their second and fourth seasons with the Hawks, respectively, the group also features newcomer Gerald Everett, who played the 2017-2020 seasons with the Los Angeles Rams.
The Seahawks signed Everett in March, after the now fifth-year tight end posted career highs in yards (417) and receptions (41) while splitting time with Tyler Higbee with the Rams in 2020. Everett is a big, fast tight end who will look to stretch the field and serve as one of Russell Wilson's top pass-catching options. "Gerald brings some factors that we have not had here before — his route running ability, his speed," Carroll said earlier in the offseason. "If you watch his stuff, his run-after-catch is excellent. He's a very, very aggressive runner with the football, which is really exciting."
All of those reasons — and more — are why Kyle Wood of Sports Illustrated thinks Everett is a tight end that fantasy football players should keep their eye on as draft season starts to ramp up. On Wednesday, Wood continues his 2021 Fantasy Football Sleepers series with a write-up on why he predicts Everett to have such a big fantasy year with the Seahawks.
"Everett finished last season as the TE26 while splitting time at his position, and Jared Goff was his quarterback," Wood writes. "He enters his first season in Seattle with little competition for targets and a massive upgrade at quarterback ... [if] you can get Everett at TE21, and at that value outside of the top 150 picks, you should."
Wood also theorized that the reason Everett hasn't posted huge touchdown numbers in the past is due to underutilization in the red zone, something he thinks will be remedied with Wilson and Seattle.
"In his new home, those numbers might improve," he writes. "Wilson has been top three in the NFL in passing touchdowns each of the past four seasons. In 2020, he threw multiple touchdown passes to seven different players and doubled [Jared] Goff's touchdowns."
Tyler Lockett Serves As Inaugural Guest On "Lockett Up With Kurtz" Podcast
Tyler Lockett put up some huge numbers in his days as a Kansas State Wildcat from 2011 through 2014, finishing his career with 249 catches, more than 3,700 receiving yards, and 35 total touchdowns as a wideout and electrifying kick return threat. But he wasn't the first member of the Lockett family to make an imprint at the school.
Lockett's father, Kevin, racked up 26 touchdowns himself at KSU from 1993 to 1996, and his uncle, Aaron, played from 1998 to 2001, recording 14 touchdowns and 2,400 yards over four years. Earlier this week, Lockett joined his uncle Aaron and radio host John Kurtz for the debut episode of their podcast, "Lockett Up with Kurtz," where they discussed Tyler's career and the Lockett family ties to Kansas State. Here are a couple highlights from the discussion:
On being motivated by teams viewing him primarily as a special teams player during the draft process:
"I knew I wasn't ever going to be considered one of the top receivers just through conversations, especially coming out of the draft … Based on how the NFL works, if you're not one of the top receivers, number one or number two, you've got to be able to find a way to suit up as one of the top five receivers on special teams. So if that was just a way for me to get my foot in the door, that's all I really needed in order to be able to showcase my true skills and my true ability. So when I went to Seattle and they saw me as a receiver, they might have been more shocked than ever to see what they were getting, but for me, like I said, I always knew what it was that I could do."
On following in his uncle and father's footsteps by playing at Kansas State:
"I never really stressed or was worried about it until you finally get there and you see how much people love you, and you haven't even done anything yet. Or how everyone was comparing the two, it was like, 'He's in the middle of this, he's in the middle of that.' Sometimes when you come in with high expectations off of rep, it's very, very difficult to try to live up to that. But I think my dad, and you, too, uncle Aaron, did a great job of being able to help me try to find my own path and navigate through that."
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Quandre Diggs and Will Dissly were excited to see the 12s back at VMAC packing the stands as training camp kicked off Wednesday.
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Photos of the 12s as they return for the first day of Seahawks Training Camp, held on Wednesday, July 28 at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Seahawks Training Camp is presented by Safeway.