Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Wednesday, Nov. 24 – for your Seattle Seahawks.
The Athletic: Alex Collins Is Seattle's 'Most Important Non-QB'
Second-stringers in the NFL are crucial, and running back is probably the position where having a capable backup is most important. Due to injuries and just wanting to give the starter a few snaps off, most teams employ two or three running backs who expect multiple carries per game -- and the Seahawks are no different.
Since Chris Carson went down with an injury, Collins has taken an increased role in the Seahawks' offense. He's had 10 or more carries in seven straight games, including a season high 20 attempts for 102 yards in Week 6 against the Steelers. The Arkansas alum is up to 381 rushing yards this season, his most since 2018 with the Ravens.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, The Athletic's Lindsay Jones and Chad Graff wrote about the “best side dishes” for each team. Collins was listed for the Seahawks, which I guess makes him the Seahawks' stuffing.
Here's what Jones and Graff wrote about Collins' importance to the team:
"It's not that running back Alex Collins is the best player on the Seahawks, but he might be the most important non-QB for this struggling team. Pete Carroll is always inclined to run the ball, especially now, after Russell Wilson struggled in his first two games since returning from a finger injury. Seattle has lost five of its last six, and it won't be surprising if Carroll goes hard on a style of football he trusts, which means ample opportunity for Collins."
Gavin Heslop Joins 710 ESPN Seattle
With D.J. Reed out of the lineup in Week 11, the Seahawks had to make a roster move. The move? Elevate defensive back Gavin Heslop from the practice squad.
Heslop signed with Seattle as an undrafted free agent in 2020, spending most of that season on the practice squad. The Stony Brook alum remained with the Seahawks this season, but the Cardinals game was his first on the active roster this year. Heslop played four snaps on special teams, marking his official NFL debut.
On Tuesday, Heslop joined 710 ESPN Seattle's "Wyman and Bob" for their player spotlight interview.
You can listen to the full interview here and read some of the highlights below:
On what the mood is like within the team:
"Definitely frustration. Everybody wants to win. The reason we play this game is to win. It would be wrong if guys weren't frustrated. But we have seven more (games) left, and the energy is still high. We still have faith in what we can do and how capable we can play every Sunday. So, we're still fighting and we'll get through this seven-game stretch and see where we end up at the end of this thing."
On what it meant to be elevated to the active roster last week:
"It meant everything. It was a great experience. It was my first time actually getting on the field during a regular season game. Last time I got called up (in 2020), I didn't get any snaps. This time I played kick return and kickoff. So, it was definitely a great experience to actually get out there and play. It was a dream come true, and I'm definitely hungry for more and hoping to carve out a role for this team."
On the leaders in the locker room who are pushing for a turnaround:
"Of course we got Bobby Wagner, Quandre Diggs, Jamal Adams. Guys like Jordyn Brooks, he's a younger guy. A lot of guys are definitely stepping up and leading and trying to get this thing back on track. Those are the guys who you would want to be leading and stepping up to do those things. I really think that when we go on this seven-game stretch, they're going to be the ones leading the way. And we're very confident in following them."
Social Post Of The Day
Geno Smith is giving back to families in Seattle and Miami this Thanksgiving:
Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith provides gift cards and meals for families from Atlantic Street Center to help celebrate Thanksgiving on behalf of the 7Sunday Heroes Foundation. Smith is also helping support families in Miami, his hometown.
More From Around The Web
Seahawks.com reporter John Boyle answered your questions in his latest Seahawks Mailbag.
Also at Seahawks.com, Jordan Duncan wrote about the latest Pregame Huddle involving women in the military.
Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune with a look at the Seahawks' cornerback situation following Tre Brown’s injury.
Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic gave his keys to saving the Seahawks’ season, which involves improved third down efficiency.
Brandon Gustafson of 710 ESPN Seattle on the Seahawks-49ers Week 13 game being flexed out of Sunday Night Football.
The Seattle Seahawks take on the Washington Football Team for Week 12 of the 2021 season, the 19th meeting between the two teams. Take a look back at some of their previous matchups.