Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, March 23 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Updates From The NFL Annual Meeting
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll sat down for an interview with NFL Network at the NFL Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, Fla. on Tuesday and shared a couple key updates on the status of tight end Jimmy Graham and running back Thomas Rawls.
Carroll said the team is hopeful that Graham, the three-time Pro Bowler Seattle traded for last offseason who caught 48 balls for 605 yards and two touchdowns before injuring his knee in Week 12, will be ready "by the start of the season."
"I'm communicating with Jimmy regularly, he should be fine," Carroll said. "It is a substantial recovery. He's doing great, he's doing what he needs to do, and he's really competitive about it. We're anticipating that he'll come back and we'll hope to have him by the start of the season. We'll see how it goes as far as camp and all of that, but he's an incredible football player and a great team member and we're thrilled to have him on our club. We were just getting going with Jimmy last year, so we'll be really excited to get him back into the lineup."
Rawls, who rushed for 830 yards and four touchdowns behind oft-injured and since-retired starter Marshawn Lynch, suffered a broken ankle in Week 14, but Carroll said the former undrafted rookie free agent should be "fully recovered and ready to go" for the regular season and "hopefully" in time for training camp.
"He's doing really well," Carroll said. "He should be fine. We anticipate that he'll be fully recovered and ready to go at least by the time the season starts and hopefully by camp. Thomas had a terrific season. He just came out of nowhere and most people they didn't have any idea what he was going to do. He brought his attitude and style of play that we like, he was really physical and really tough, and so we're thrilled to have him coming back and we need to get him some help. Christine Michael re-signed with us, which is a good thing. Christine did his best job of playing football for us in the short stint that he had, so those two guys will be the one-two punch right now and we'll see where we go from there."
Here's a bit more of what Carroll said Tuesday on NFL Network:
(On Kam Chancellor and Michael Bennett…)"I'm counting on those guys being back with us, playing football with us. Those guys are fantastic team members of ours, they've been great leaders as well. Michael had a fantastic season again. Kam got the slow start, but once he got going he was back to true form. We need those guys back playing for us. We have a lot of stuff that we're dealing with in putting our roster together. Those guys know that, we've been in contact with these guys throughout, so they know what's going on. We're going to do everything we can to keep them with us for as long as they play football."
(On what will be a good draft for the Seahawks…) "Well, we need to hit it with a few guys in all different aspects. We really have championed the lower end of the draft and really hit it pretty well. We've got a lot of guys from the fourth and fifth round down that have done a lot of great stuff for us, some fantastic football players. But we'd like to do again like we did last year. Tyler [Lockett] had a terrific season for us and Frank Clark had a terrific season for us, right off the top of the draft those guys did a great job. Jimmy was our No. 1 last year, so we felt like we made a lot out of last year's draft. So you just need to hit it. Sometimes we have seen, from other people's opinions, that we surprise you a little bit with who we pick and how it works out. We have guys who we choose just for our team. We don't evaluate guys for the whole draft. We evaluate them for our team and how they fit. So we're looking for very unique, specific stuff in our guys and I know John [Schneider] will do it again, they're off to a great start with the evaluations and all of that and we're counting on having a great draft. We're going to have nine picks, so it's going to be a big draft for us."
(On he see around the rest of the NFC West…) "It's tough. What a transformation it's been since we've started. The Cardinals are playing great football. The Rams are loaded with talent, they've been a great factor. So the whole thing is all loaded up. The Niners coming in with a new coach that we know is a winner and has a championship offense that poses all kinds of problems. We were used to the Niners being loaded up anyway, so it's just the way this division is. I think this division really does send a great message around the League. We're tough, it's a physical group, and if you come out of this thing on top you're going to be ready to play anybody."
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from coach Pete Carroll, who reveals the full lineup for WE Day Seattle 2016.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle recaps five things we learned from Seahawks GM John Schneider at the NFL Annual Meeting and reviews seven rule changes approved by the NFL yesterday.
Here's a look at which Seahawks still have a rooting interest in March Madness' Sweet 16, which gets going on Thursday.
With the Rams' move to Los Angeles, the club will be the next team featured on HBO's Hard Knocks.
At 710Sports.com, Brock Huard comments on the 'Master's program' coach Pete Carroll plans to put quarterback Russell Wilson through this offseason.
And in case you were wondering, if he wasn't coaching football Pete Carroll would be an archeologist according to Marc Sessler at NFL.com, who interviewed coaches about what they would be doing if they didn't fall in love with the game: "Back in the day, I was told I should be a recreation director when I took my tests, so I'd be working in some city throwing out balls and playing hoops or something like that. That would probably fit me pretty good. But I would rather be digging and looking for historical stuff. I'd like to be an archeologist."
Take a look at which Seahawks players' alma maters are still alive in the Sweet 16 of the 2016 NCAA men's basketball tournament.