Good afternoon, 12s.
Here's a look at what's 'out there' for today – Wednesday, July 22 – about your Seattle Seahawks:
Ready For Year 14
When it came time for Greg Olsen to choose a new team for the first time in his NFL career, The Herd host Colin Cowherd joined the crowd in recruiting the veteran tight end to Seattle.
"When you were trying to make a decision on where to go, I kept texting you like 'Russell Wilson's amazing, there's no state tax,' so you can be honest now, I led you to Seattle," Cowherd joked.
"You were the guy!" Olsen followed along. After years of battling against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks as a Carolina Panther, Olsen joined The Herd to share more inside what stood out about Wilson and his offseason training as he prepares to join the team at Training Camp.
"Russ and I have known each other just as competitors from the opposite sides of the sideline for a long time," Olsen said. "It felt like for years there we played Seattle multiple times a year, one regular season game and a few times in the playoffs."
Olsen recalled the 2016 NFC Divisional Round where Carolina went into halftime leading 31-0. Wilson and the Seahawks nearly mounted a historic comeback and forced the Panthers to recover an onside kick to secure their 31-24 victory.
"He was never out of it," Olsen said. "I always had such an appreciation for him as a competitor from the other side of the field…He's as impressive as everyone had told me he was. He's been that and more in just the few months now that I've gotten to work with him."
Learning a new system for the first time in 11 years is a challenge for any NFL veteran, let alone learning the system remotely. As Olsen shared, a firm understanding of a new offense does not come to life until in-person practice. A few weeks ago, he got the chance to start those in-person reps by working out with Wilson and wide receiver DK Metcalf in San Diego. For the new teammates, it marked their first time on the same field together talking through routes, signals, and how they communicate.
"It's been a fun challenge especially at this point in my career, but I'm anxious to hopefully next week finally sit in the same room as my teammates and coaches and really dive into this," Olsen said.
The offseason has thrown plenty of adversity the team's way, but Olsen finds the silver lining in giving his body extra time to rest and recover.
Recognizing the limitations during quarantine, Olsen dialed into preparing himself for the season surrounded by his family and network in Charlotte. Now, Olsen is healthy, reenergized, and ready to tackle 2020 with his new team.
"Outside of learning the system and missing OTAs in that regard, this is a dream for a 14-year veteran," Olsen said.
Social Post Of The Day
Madden 21 ratings are out and Seahawks players are sharing their reactions. For today's 'Social Post of the Day,' check out tight end Will Dissly's expectations for his rating and catch the full reaction video here.
More From Around The Web
Yesterday, Super Bowl champion and Pro-Bowl Defensive End Michael Bennett announced his retirement after an 11-year NFL career.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times is ranking the Seahawks roster (60-46) in his Training Camp countdown.