Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, Sept. 10 - about your Seattle Seahawks
Lockett on List of Top 10 Candidates For Offensive Rookie of the Year
The NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year honor has been awarded 48 times since its introduction in 1967. The winners have included 32 running backs, nine wide receivers, seven quarterbacks, and zero tight ends or offensive linemen.
As we ready for a new season, NFL.com has put together a list of the Top 10 Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates, and Seahawks wideout/return specialist Tyler Lockett earns a mention from the League staff.
Lockett, who Seattle traded up to select in the third round (No. 69 overall) of the 2015 draft out of Kansas State, was labeled preseason MVP by NFL.com after returning a kick 103 yards for a touchdown, bringing back a punt 67 yards for a score, and hauling in a 63-yard touchdown in the preseason finale. Lockett comes in at No. 8 on the site's list of 10 candidates.
NFL.com's Chris Wesseling writes, "As the mythical preseason MVP, Lockett's playmaking ability is undeniable. Of the nine wide receivers to win the award, though, none was primarily a kick returner. Louis Lipps (1984) and Percy Harvin (2009) excelled on punt and kickoff returns, respectively, but both also cleared 900 yards from scrimmage. Will Lockett play enough snaps to make a dramatic impact on offense?"
Baldwin Anxious to Kick Off 2015
In a video for NFLPlayerEngagement.com, embedded for you above, Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin outlines his excitement for the upcoming year.
"You've got all this built up frustration from whatever didn't happen the previous year," Baldwin says. "You've got all this anxiety about what's going to happen, you have all this anxiousness built up in your body, and when that kickoff happens you release all of that stress, it just goes into the game of football. The energy is unbelievable and just sitting here thinking about it, thinking about the opportunity I have coming up here shortly to kick off another season, you're blessed with an opportunity so you're so anxious and excited to get to it. The energy, again, is very hard to put in words what that is. That game of football, it's a beautiful game and you only get so many opportunities to play."
The 2015 NFL season officially kicks off tonight with a game between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Seahawks, of course, will have to wait until Sunday at 10 a.m. PT to see their first action in a game against the Rams at St. Louis' Edward Jones Dome.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from former Seahawks running back Robert Turbin, Seattle's fourth-round draft pick in 2012 who was waived yesterday with an injury settlement.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle catches up with Dion Bailey, who will start in place of the yet-to-report Kam Chancellor at strong safety this Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.
I recap five key takeaways from Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll's Wednesday press conference.
Here's the Seahawks and Rams' injury report from Wednesday's practice.
Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com explains why All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner is so valuable to the Seattle defense. Kapadia also polled a random group of Seahawks players, asking which teammate they think is in store for a big year based on what they saw in preseason play.
Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times lets readers know teams that reached three straight Super Bowls had one thing in common.
Dave Boling at the Tacoma News Tribune says Seattle's current roster is built to be its best ever. The News Tribune also rolled out its 2015 Seahawks preview section today, a lot of which you can find right here.
Nick Patterson at the Everett Herald takes a detailed look at the Seahawks secondary.
In the always-fun-to-assess realm of power rankings, Chris Burke at SI.com has the Seahawks ranked second to open the year and Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com has Seattle ranked ninth.
And with the Seahawks set to open their 40th season, local historian Feliks Banel remembers the team's very first regular-season game on Sept. 12, 1976 at the Kingdome.
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