Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Wednesday, Aug. 18 – for your Seattle Seahawks.
Peter Schrager's Breakout Players of 2021: Jordyn Brooks
There's no doubt that the Seahawks' defense was a different unit last year once Jordyn Brooks got more comfortable.
The 2020 first-round pick had a bumpy start to his rookie year, playing just three of the first five games due to a knee injury and recording only one tackle. That all changed after the Week 6 bye, as the Texas Tech alum came back with a vengeance. He had 52 total tackles over the final 11 games as the Seahawks went 7-4 with a much-improved defense.
On Tuesday, Good Morning Football's Peter Schrager continued to count down his list of the top 10 breakout players for 2021. Brooks, unsurprisingly, was included at No. 7.
Here's what Schrager said about Brooks:
"Jordyn Brooks is going to be one of the defensive leaders of the Seattle Seahawks this year, and he started taking on that role quite a bit at the end of his rookie season last year. This is a first-round pick from 2020 who started picking it up. Remember last year around mid-season when the Seahawks kind of flipped? Their offense went down but their defense suddenly picked it up? The defense went from being a sieve, a unit that couldn't stop anyone, to being tremendous. Guess who all of a sudden started playing a leading role? Jordyn Brooks. He's the difference, he was the guy.
"The Jordyn Brooks era could be something special."
Two Seahawks Make NFL.com's 30 Best Players Over 30 List
The Seahawks have been in great hands since Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson were drafted in 2012. Seattle is 98-45-1 over that span as the second- and third-round picks have starred on their respective sides of the ball.
Now entering Year 10, Wagner and Wilson are two established veteran stars not just in Seattle, but across the NFL. On Tuesday, NFL.com's Ali Bhanpuri and Tom Blair ranked the 30 best players over the age of 30 and two Seahawks cracked the top 10 -- Wilson at No. 4 and Wagner at No. 10. Seattle had the highest-ranking pair of teammates on the list, just ahead of the Buccaneers (Tom Brady at No. 3, Lavonte David No. 12) and Titans (Julio Jones at No. 8, Ryan Tannehill at No. 9).
Here's what Blair wrote about Wilson and Wagner's rankings:
"Whatever transpires between Wilson and the franchise in the future, he remains one of the most talented individual players in the NFL. Things might not have always been perfectly calibrated in Seattle in recent years, but Wilson's driven their viability as contenders, and he will do so for however long he is wearing a Seahawks jersey. A legacy-advancing MVP campaign -- with, perhaps, postseason success -- still remains squarely within reach."
"The Legion of Boom is long gone, but Wagner is still lacing 'em up in Seattle as one of the best defensive players in franchise history. The six-time first-team All-Pro is the only Seahawk to record 1,000-plus career tackles, a category in which he led the NFL just two seasons ago. With two years remaining on his current contract, Seahawks fans should savor the incredibly consistent presence of someone who feels like a sure bet to represent the team in Canton at some point down the line."
Social Post Of The Day
From the man himself, Jamal Adams, after he signed a four-year contract extension to stay in Seattle:
More From Around The Web
Seahawks.com reporter John Boyle with the full story on Jamal Adams’ extension, with tidbits from Adams, his mother and Pete Carroll.
Michael Rietmulder of the Seattle Times on the two musical guests set to perform at the Seahawks’ home opener.
Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic analyzed what’s next for Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny this season.
Jake Heaps of 710 ESPN Seattle on why now was the time for Jamal Adams to sign his extension.
Photos from Seahawks Training Camp practice, held on Tuesday, August 17 at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Seahawks Training Camp is presented by Safeway.