Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Tuesday, Dec. 29 – for your Seattle Seahawks.
NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah Impressed By Seahawks Rookie Jordyn Brooks
When Jordyn Brooks was drafted by the Seahawks at No. 27 overall back in April, he immediately gained three of the league's greatest mentors. Brooks was put in a position to succeed with veterans Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright and Bruce Irvin leading the way.
The Seahawks lost Irvin to a season-ending injury and Brooks made his first career start in Week 3, but he missed the next two games with an injury. Since returning in Week 7 against the Cardinals, Brooks has been a different player. He has 38 total tackles in his last 10 games, including five games with at least five tackles. The Texas Tech product has been a steadying force and integral part of the Seahawks’ defensive improvement.
Brooks' best performance came on Sunday when Seattle needed it most. He had a career-high five solo tackles as the Seahawks held the Rams to just nine points.
NFL Network analyst and former scout Daniel Jeremiah cited Brooks as one of the reasons why Seattle's defense is playing so well.
"Well I think Jamal Adams has gotten a lot of credit, (as well as) the trade to bring Carlos Dunlap, he's been outstanding," Jeremiah said. "But a guy I've really seen trend up is their first-round pick Jordyn Brooks."
Jeremiah then broke down three key plays that Brooks made in Sunday's win. The first was a run play around the goal line when Brooks tackled Rams running back Malcolm Brown for a two-yard loss. The next was a jet sweep to Rams wideout Robert Woods where Brooks evaded the blocker and finished the tackle. The final play was a fake jet sweep where Rams running back Darrell Henderson got the ball and Brooks once again brought down the ball carrier.
"He has really started to come on," Jeremiah explained. "We know their ability to scout the linebacker position with John Schneider and company is well-documented. Maybe some eyebrows (were) raised when they took Jordyn Brooks there at the bottom of the first round, but he's come on like gang-busters."
You can watch the full film breakdown below.
NBC Sports' Peter King Praises Russell Wilson, Jamal Adams After Week 16
Russell Wilson and Jamal Adams made critical plays in Sunday's division-clinching win, and the national media recognized it. Wilson finished the game with two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) and 225 passing yards. Adams had eight tackles, including one that saved a touchdown that would've tied the game at 13.
NBC Sports' Peter King singled out the Seahawks' stars in his weekly “Football Morning In America” column.
First, King pointed out just how impressive Wilson's first nine seasons have been with these five notes:
"Nine seasons, eight playoff appearances, four division titles, two NFC championships, one Super Bowl title.
"Top six QBs in the 2012 draft, with overall draft position: 1) Andrew Luck, 2) Robert Griffin III, 8) Ryan Tannehill, 22) Brandon Weeden, 57) Brock Osweiler, 75) Russell Wilson.
"No quarterback in NFL history has been sacked more in his first nine seasons than Wilson (392). Yet …
"With Wilson taking all that punishment, Seattle has played 158 games (143 regular-season, 15 postseason), and Wilson has started all 158.
"Top career ratings of QBs drafted between 1995 and 2015: Aaron Rodgers 103.5, Wilson 101.8, Drew Brees 98.6, Tom Brady 97.2."
King also listed Adams as one of his defensive players of the week after another strong performance:
"With Seattle nursing a 13-6 lead midway through the third quarter, Adams made the kind of play Ray Lewis used to make. Starting from outside the right defensive end spot, Adams rushed the Rams backfield as Darrell Henderson sprinted around his own right end. In pursuit, Adams kept making up ground, and as Brown churned for the end zone, Adams dove and hit him in both lower legs. Brown went down at the 2, and Seattle stoned LA four times from there to prevent the Rams from getting any points. This is the kind of presence Adams provides. He's rangy and violent, and his eight tackles helped hold the Rams without a touchdown. Sick of losing in New York, Adams got dealt to Seattle this fall and finally won a division."
Social Post Of The Day
Lost in the shuffle of the holiday weekend and NFC West-sealing victory, Seahawks Legend Nate Burleson tweeted out this wholesome video. His son, Nehemiah, is a young football player and massive DK Metcalf fan. Thanks to his dad and Metcalf, Nehemiah had one special Christmas:
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