Tyler Lockett, Thomas Rawls Earn All-Rookie Team Mentions at NFL.com
NFL Media analyst Gil Brandt, the former vice president of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys, has assembled his All-Rookie Team for 2015 and two Seahawks players earned a mention.
Wide receiver Tyler Lockett, Seattle's third-round pick out of Kansas State who was named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press and voted to the 2016 Pro Bowl as a returner, makes Brandt's list in that same spot. Brandt writes:
Lockett earned All-Pro honors as a rookie kick returner, compiling 852 yards and one touchdown on 33 kick returns and 379 yards and one touchdown on 40 punt returns. If you want to understand his value, consider how his 50-yard kick return to open the second half of last weekend's playoff loss to the Panthers helped spark Seattle's late comeback attempt.
The other first-year Seattle player Brandt highlights is running back Thomas Rawls, who signed in Seattle as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Central Michigan. Rawls is mentioned alongside the Rams' Todd Gurley, a first-round pick, as one of the two running backs on Brandt's 2015 All-Rookie Team. Brandt writes:
Like Gurley, Rawls made a significant mark in limited action, putting up 830 rushing yards and four ground scores in just 13 games (seven starts) before a broken ankle suffered in Week 14 sent him to injured reserve. He's a strong insider runner and better than expected as a receiver. The Seattle future of the man Rawls replaced several times in 2015 -- Marshawn Lynch -- is in doubt, but it looks like the run-loving Seahawks have a long-term answer in Rawls.
K.J. Wright Was 'Crazy Good' in 2015
K.J. Wright is mentioned in one of ProFootballFocus.com's five "Crazy Good" stats from the 2015 regular season, with the Seahawks linebacker missing just four tackles in the 994 snaps he played. Here's what PFF had to say about Wright:
Most NFL teams hope for one elite-level defensive player at each level (defensive line, linebacker, and secondary). Seattle nearly has two such players in each level. Smack in the middle of all these playmakers is Seattle's most underrated and consistent defender—K.J. Wright.
Wright is rock steady. While playing on 994 snaps, he missed only four tackles all season. He also led the team with 54 stops. Wright is very good against the run, and is elite in pass coverage. While names like Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, and Earl Thomas grab headlines, Wright may be just as valuable to Seattle's defensive success.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from the NFL, which shares a note on Richard Sherman's nomination for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for the Seahawks cornerback's work in the community.
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