Good afternoon, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today —Wednesday, October 19 — about your Seattle Seahawks:
Wagner, Wilson The Top Rookie Pair Since 2006
With much conversation brewing across the league about Cowboys rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot, longtime scout, personnel boss and analyst Gil Brandt of NFL.com looked at the best rookie pairs in the NFL since 2006. Brandt's list is based on rookie-year production only.
Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner and quarterback Russell Wilson — members of Seattle's 2012 draft class — took the No. 1 spot, beating out the Cowboys' young combo. Here's what Brandt had to say about why he picked Wagner and Wilson:
Wagner was a bit of an enigma heading into the draft, given that he missed the NFL Scouting Combine with pneumonia before recovering with a fantastic pro day. But the second-round pick quickly proved to be a key piece, racking up 140 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions while starting 15 games for the NFL's fourth-best defense. The Jack Lambert-type competitor finished second in Defensive Rookie of the Year voting.
Immediate return on investment doesn't get much better than what Wilson provided for the Seahawks as a rookie. You figured the third-round pick would learn on the bench while backing up free-agent signee Matt Flynn. Instead, he seized the starting gig and developed into a great player on the job. The Seahawks didn't ask him to do too much, leaning on a strong running game (a league-high 536 carries compared with 405 pass attempts) and stout defense. But he still posted a 64.1 percent completion rate for 3,118 yards and 26 touchdowns against 10 picks -- good numbers for an experienced quarterback, let alone a rookie (in fact, the touchdown total tied a rookie record). He also chipped in 489 rushing yards and four scores on the ground while helping steer Seattle to its first winning record since 2007.
Making up the remainder of Brandt's list (from No. 5 to No. 3) are A.J. Green and Andy Dalton, Reggie Bush and Marques Colston and Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris.
Social Post Of The Day
Today's "Social Post of the Day" comes from linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, who recently went skydiving.
More From Around The Web
Yesterday, Seahawks.com digital media reporter John Boyle answered Twitter questions about Earl Thomas, rookie Nick Vannett, cut blocks and whether or not Blitz got fined.
Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin spent his off day in Lynnwood delivering an inspirational message to nearly 600 people.
The latest news about the Seahawks' division rivals.
Jermaine Kearse and DeShawn Shead are the latest guests on the Players Lounge with Gee Scott.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians talked with Seattle media about Sunday's primetime matchup.
Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times with an in-depth look at Thomas Rawls' journey from Flint, Michigan to the NFL.
And for 710 ESPN Seattle, John Clayton writes that Seattle's offense should continue to progress over the next few games as the running game gets healthier.
Get to know the faces of the Arizona Cardinals' offensive and defensive units heading into the team's Week 16 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.