Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" today — Thursday, August 16 — about your Seattle Seahawks:
NFL Rookies On The Rise
NFL Network analyst and former scout Daniel Jeremiah identified 10 rookies selected after the first round of the draft who are off to fast starts in their pro careers. These are players already generating buzz during training camp and the preseason and are likely to play big roles for the teams that drafted them.
Two Seahawks rookies in Rasheem Green and Shaquem Griffin made Jeremiah's list as Seattle looks for its young players to make an impact in 2018. Green and Griffin both had strong performances in the Seahawks' first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts. Green recorded seven combined tackles and 1.5 sacks while Griffin led the team in tackles with nine, including one for a loss.
Here's what Jeremiah had to say about each rookie:
Green: Green was a five-star recruit coming out of high school. When healthy, he played at a very high level for USC. I was surprised he lasted until the third round, and he is on track to be one of the major draft-day steals of the 2018 class. He can line up at DE or inside at defensive tackle. In the Seahawks' preseason opener, he showed off a nice club/rip move to sack Andrew Luck from the defensive end spot, before sliding inside and combining on another sack later in the game. He'll be an impact player right away for a defense in the middle of a transition.
Griffin: Griffin is so much more than a feel-good story. He proved that during his collegiate career, and he's already proving it at the professional level. He was a tackling machine in the Seahawks' opener against the Colts. He is so quick to key/diagnose the play, and he closes on the ball in a hurry. Some thought he might only contribute on special teams during his rookie season, but Griffin is showing he's capable of being a major factor on defense, as well.
Social Post Of The Day
Today's "Social Post of the Day" comes from Seahawks offensive lineman Duane Brown following the passing of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin:
More From Around The Web
Seahawks rookie Rashaad Penny had surgery on a broken finger Wednesday.
Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic wrote about the opportunity other Seahawks running backs have following Penny's injury.
Mike Vorel of The Seattle Times chatted with Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Boykins.
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times wrote about how former Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril is helping Quinton Jefferson develop as a pass-rusher.
Finally, Stacy Rost of 710 ESPN recapped what Seahawks defensive line coach Clint Hurtt had to say about Seattle's defensive linemen.