A sampling of national-media reaction following the Seahawks' rookie minicamp.
Rookie minicamp, the first chance for the Seahawks to get a look at their draft class, wrapped up on Sunday after three days at the VMAC. It also provided an opportunity for players who did not get drafted, a situation that had mixed results for former Husky Taniela Tupou and former Oregon QB Vernon Adams.
Even as larger questions for the upcoming season emerged — who will contribute at running back, and what is the offensive line going to look like? — there were other items related to the Seahawks the national media reacted to. Below is a sampling:
Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com wrote about running back C.J. Prosise potentially making the offense more dynamic:
“Sometimes coaches are hesitant to specify roles for rookies so early, but that has not been the case with Prosise. Carroll has made it clear Prosise is going to be the Seahawks’ third-down back, a role that Fred Jackson occupied last season. While Jackson was dependable, Prosise can bring a dynamic element to the offense. He said he wants to model his game after Matt Forte, but parts of Prosise’s game bear resemblance to another player Carroll has coached: Reggie Bush.”
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NFL.com’s Elliott Harrison listed the Seahawks seventh in his power rankings this week after a strong performance in the draft:
“Second-round choice Jarran Reed can start at DT this year. My colleague Daniel Jeremiah had him as his 13th-best prospect in the entire draft. Meanwhile, Quinton Jefferson, another defensive tackle, could be a rotational guy for Pete Carroll. Point is, the Seahawks addressed a major area of need by drafting these guys. It will be interesting to see how third-rounder C.J. Prosise fits in at running back. Thomas Rawls was awfully productive before a season-ending ankle injury last December, but he may or may not be a full-time starter in the making. Not disparaging Rawls, but bear in mind he was an undrafted free-agent signee.”
Will Brinson of CBSSports.com took a close look at over/under win totals for the NFC and thinks the Seahawks can surpass their number this season:
“No sleeper business here from Las Vegas. Seattle is the favorite to win the NFC West and is tied with Green Bay and Carolina for the highest win total in the NFC. Unlike last year, there shouldn’t be a slow start (the Dolphins, Rams, 49ers and Jets open things up) before the Week 5 bye. Ten or 11 wins is well within range, which means you’ve got to trust the better schedule here and assume a quality team will win the games it should. No drama this offseason or early on as people wonder if the ‘Seahawks’ dynasty is dead.'”
Sporting News’ David Steele paid tribute this week to Marshawn Lynch, who was officially put on the reserve/retired list by the Seahawks this week:
“He leaves behind a league that just moved heaven and earth to take two quarterbacks at the top of the draft, that threw $22 million at Sam Bradford, and whose marquee team (the Patriots) often are utterly uninterested in running the ball at all. Nope, there’s really not another Beast Mode on deck. Considering his time and place in NFL history, Marshawn Lynch really was one of a kind.”
Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports’ Shutdown Corner blog contemplated Lynch’s Hall of Fame worthiness:
“Even if Lynch doesn’t get enshrined in Canton, he’ll be one of the biggest figures in Seahawks history. It’s sacrilegious to some to consider, but you can make a lucid argument that he the most important player in Seahawks history, even surpassing Steve Largent. That Super Bowl championship is a big plus in Lynch’s favor when it comes to that. When we look back on this incredible Seahawks run, the first player we should remember is Lynch. He was the foundation.”