Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said on the NFL Network Tuesday that Thomas Rawls will be ready for the start of the season and Jimmy Graham is recovering well.
BOCA RATON, Fla. —Running back Thomas Rawls will be ready for the start of the season, tight end Jimmy Graham could be, and the Seahawks did not like the idea of two personal fouls resulting in an ejection.
Those were the highlights from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s appearance on the NFL Network’s Total Access show on Tuesday. Carroll, like all the NFC coaches, is also scheduled to meet the media here for an hour on Wednesday. But he offered some updates on Rawls, Graham and other topics on the NFL Network.
The full quotes are below, as supplied by the NFL Network (with some video here):
On if he was surprised that the automatic ejection rule proposal did not pass: “No. We voted against that. I don’t think we need more ways to throw guys out of games. It’s such a big decision and it’s already in the game; the officials can do what they need to do anyway. I don’t know why we need another additional way to do it. There was just enough discussion and cause for a little uncertainty that we didn’t want to go for it.”
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On how Thomas Rawls is doing in his recovery: “He’s doing really well. He should be fine and 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 us attitude and style of play that we like. He was really physical and really tough, 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.”
On Jimmy Graham: “I’m communicating with Jimmy regularly. He should be fine. It is a substantial recovery. He’s doing great and he’s doing everything he needs to do, and he’s really competitive about it. We’re anticipating that he’ll come back and again we 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 in the lineup.”
On if it was more difficult than he thought to integrate Jimmy Graham into the offense last season: “It was a bit of challenge because you think it’s so easy. The guy is really good and he’s really big – just throw him the football. It’s harder than that and everybody anticipated that it would be like that. We didn’t; we were working our way through it. I think he caught 50 balls or something. He was doing fine. We didn’t get as many touchdown plays that we wanted early in the season. I think in the second half you watched how we picked up and we improved so much with our throwing game in the second half of the season, Jimmy would have been a great beneficiary of that as well. He’s a tremendous aspect of our team. We can’t wait to get him back.”
On Michael Bennett and Kam Chancellor: “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 and we’re going to do everything we can to keep them with us for as long as they’ll play football.”