Considering that it is still June, not many people around the country are thinking about football right now. Unless, of course, you are a Seattle Seahawks fan, in which case you are likely thinking about football all year long. With these people in mind, here are some thoughts of the team’s recently completed minicamp:
Bobby Wagner Participated (Sorta)
One of the team’s most pressing concerns right now is re-signing All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. This year, Wagner will enter the final year of his 4-year, $43 million contract, and he is looking to become the highest paid inside linebacker in the NFL. That would mean a deal somewhere north of the one C. J. Mosley signed with the Jets, which was for $85 million over 5 years, with more than $50 million of it guaranteed.
While Wagner and the Seahawks continue to negotiate a long-term deal, Wagner is insisting that he will not practice with the team or do any on-the-field work with them. But like with OTAs, Wagner was at minicamp and involved, just not in any physical way.
As to the progress of the contract negotiations, both sides are keeping mum, which is something that they had previously agreed upon.
Wilson Sees Something Special in D. K. Metcalf
After the second day of minicamp, a reporter asked quarterback Russell Wilson if anyone stood out, and Wilson mentioned rookie wide receiver D. K. Metcalf. He said that the second-round draft pick out of Ole Miss has been special, not just in minicamp but all throughout the offseason.
Wilson and some other Seahawks have lauded the wideout not just because of his considerable physical skills, but also because of his football I.Q. Wilson says that Metcalf can quickly absorb any information thrown at him and that he is really smart. He also mentioned how Metcalf is putting in extra work and listening to what coaches tell him.
During practice that day, Metcalf caught two touchdowns from Wilson on plays from inside the red zone. Then, later that day, he scored a long touchdown while beating cornerback Neiko Thorpe.
Jason Myers Impresses Pete Carroll
While the punting game shined for the Seahawks in 2018, the same could not be said of the kicking the game, especially late in the year. So, the team has tried to improve this all-important facet of the game by signing Jason Myers to a 4-year, $15.75 million contract. They did this after cutting him prior to the beginning of last year. Myers went on to sign with the Jets in 2018, where he experienced a Pro Bowl season.
Meyers has been impressing everyone during the offseason. One reporter noted that he had not seen Meyers miss a single field goal either in OTAs or in minicamp and that many of his kicks have been otherworldly. During minicamp, head coach Pete Carroll was particularly impressed with Meyers and the distance he was getting on his kicks. Carroll said that the kicking game was something that the team would have a lot of confidence in this coming season.
Shaquem Griffin Looks More Comfortable
Shaquem Griffin had an up-and-down rookie season, but if minicamp is any indication, he looks to be much improved this year. People have noticed that the one-handed linebacker looks more comfortable and more focused than he did last year, which may have something to do with the fact that he is not under as much scrutiny as he was last year. Having a full offseason to prepare can only help his game as well.