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Seattle Seahawks Kevin Smith’s Success Story

Competition is everything with the Seattle Seahawks.  That was proven once again when wide receiver Kevin Smith was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster after the Seahawks released Chris Matthews.  To be a part of the best roster in the league takes true grit and determination, and to see Kevin Smith succeed is a great story.

The road hasn’t been easy for Smith, as he had to work his way up to make the roster with the Seahawks.  After playing at the University of Washington he went undrafted in the 2014 NFL draft.  He had stints with kevin-heismanArizona and Jacksonville before spending training camp with the Seahawks in 2014.  He wasn’t able to crack the Seahawks’ roster and was cut for a third time.

Smith went back home to Los Angeles and found a job working for FedEx.  Failure was never an option for Smith; instead, getting cut seemed to fuel his hunger to succeed.  He never gave up on his dream of playing in the NFL, and the Seahawks rewarded that effort with a contract in February of 2015.

Kevin Smith showed up at training camp as a man on a mission to prove the doubters wrong.  He stood out right away with his knack for making big plays.  Smith showed he can play all wide receiver positions and was a standout on special teams.  He was part of the final cuts, but was signed back on the practice squad.

Smith was rewarded for his hard work in practice, and on November 17 he was promoted to the 53-man roster.  He was active in his first game Kevin_Smith_(wide_receiver)against the 49ers and got his first career reception for 21 yards last Sunday vs the Pittsburgh Steelers.  It was a huge catch at a big moment in the game.  He almost had another catch in the end zone on a 2-point conversion attempt.

Smith’s success story in the NFL has just begun.  From being cut three times to working early mornings at FedEx and now making an impact for the Seattle Seahawks, he has shown that he is a relentless competitor. Kevin Smith has been able to overcome adversity, and he is a great example to all of us how hard work pays off and to never give up on your dreams.  Watch out for Smith to keep showing up and making big time plays as the Seahawks make a playoff run.

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Winning is Fun

Wow.  What a crazy game. What a stressful game. But, what a HUGE win. This team battled the whole way through. They did not give up and came away with a big victory at the end of the day. A few highlights from yesterday’s win:

Russell Wilson had the best game of his career. He threw for 5 TD’s and came up clutch with several 3rd and longs. He also battled through having the flu and, on his birthday, stepped up and played like a star. Big time performance.

Doug Baldwin is so underrated. He has been extremely clutch over the past few years and yesterday proved once again how important he is. His game clinching touchdown was a perfect example. Hardly pedestrian.

DeShawn Shead played very well in his first start in place of Cary Williams. He was tested as much as you possibly can against Big Ben, responded well and made some nice plays. Competition is everything and he stepped up to the challenge.

Having Jeremy Lane back is an amazing story. During the Super Bowl he suffered a torn ACL and a compound wrist fracture. In his first game back he gets a huge interception and almost returns it back for a TD. He is only going to get better.

This was the first game in the Russell Wilson era that the Seahawks have won a game when the defense has given up 25+ points. That’s huge for the offense as a whole and a big step forward. When the defense struggled the offense came through and showed what they can do.

Next week will be another big game against the Vikings. The Seahawks will slow down Adrian Peterson and pressure the heck out of Teddy Bridgewater. The offense will continue to keep rolling and make big plays.

This season is just starting folks, and it’s about to get fun.

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Seattle Seahawks Position Battle: Left Guard

The left guard is one of the few positions on the Seahawks roster that has a bit of uncertainty. The Seahawks still have James Carpenter, who split the duties this year with FA Paul McQuistan. But, the position could use an upgrade from last year. One thing I know for sure is that there will be some serious competition during training camp at the left guard position. Here are the players that will be competing.

James Carpenter: Carpenter is going into the final year of his contract with the Seahawks. This may mean some extra motivation to have a good year. Carpenter has been solid for the Seahawks over the past few years, but not elite. James Carpenter is still only 24 years old and has the potential to become a full time starter. It will be interesting to see if he will step up this coming year and show that the coaches that he can start at left guard.

Michael Bowie: Bowie started in the Seahawks playoff game against the New Orleans Saints and did a very good job. He also started several games at right tackle when the injury bug hit the Seahawks offensive line. Right now the popular pick for replacing Breno Giacomini at right tackle is Michael Bowie. But, Alvin Bailey can also play right tackle. He played in many games for the Seahawks and played 16 snaps in Super Bowl as an extra blocker usually for run plays. If Michael Bowie doesn’t end up filling in at right tackle, then he would compete and have a very good chance to start at left guard.

Greg Van Roten: Van Roten has been on the Green Bay Packers roster for two years. In 2012 he was on the practice roster until week 5, when he was bumped up to the active roster and was the Packers backup center and guard. He also got a few snaps as an extra blocker in the Packers playoff game against Minnesota on Jan. 5 2013. Tom Cable does a great job at getting the best out of his offensive linemen and I believe that Van Roten in his third year in the NFL, will compete for a position at left guard for the Seahawks.

Stephen Schilling: The Seahawks latest FA grew up in Bellevue, Washington and has had some experience playing left guard for the San Diego Chargers. In 2011 during his rookie year he actually started two games. Since then he has gotten action in several games as a backup. Schilling went to the University of Michigan and was projected to go in the 4th-5th round in the draft. He ended up getting picked by the Chargers in the sixth round. Watch for Schilling to stand out during training camp. He is a kid with a lot of potential that hasn’t gotten a full opportunity yet.

Jared Smith: Smith was drafted in the seventh round last year. He played DT in college, but just like JR Sweezy the Seahawks coaching staff decided to change his position to offensive guard. He will provide depth to the position, but I wouldn’t expect Smith to challenge for the starting spot quiet yet. But, who knows… competition will bring the best out of any player and I will never say never to any player on the Seahawks roster as long as Pete Carroll is the coach and John Schneider is the GM.

Draft Pick: The Seahawks could decide to draft a player with their first round pick or maybe one of their mid-round picks. If they do decide to draft an offensive guard, I would expect that player to have the same success that Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey did last year in their first year as a Seahawk. A popular pick for the Seahawks in mock drafts so far is guard out of UCLA Xavier Su’a-Filo.

Here is a good article on Greg Van Roten: http://www.thedp.com/article/2012/11/greg-van-roten-playing-on-packers-first-team

12 thoughts on the Seahawks Offseason

1. Re-signing Michael Bennett was Huge. He even took a bit less money to play for the Seahawks, and one of the main reasons was the 12th Man.

2. It’s sad to see Golden Tate leave and play for a different team. He did so much for the Seahawks. But, the Seahawks can’t afford to pay Tate big money. Especially given the fact that the Seahawks are a run first team. If Percy Harvin can stay healthy, this loss should not be a problem next year.

3. If Sidney Rice re-signs, then I think the Seahawks are set at WR. I don’t think they would need to draft a WR. I think the WR’s will have some serious competition come Training Camp. Lots of depth.

4. Henry Melton (Rated the #2 Free Agent at the DT position) is visiting the Seahawks. This would be a huge addition for the defense. Vance Walker DT is also visiting the Seahawks. He started for the Raiders last year.

5. Jermichael Finley would help stretch the defense and would give Russell Wilson a receiving TE. It would be nice to be able to keep Miller. Might have to restructure Zach Miller’s contract for that to happen.

6. We could use a veteran DE to replace Chris Clemons. Maybe Jared Allen. But, don’t forget that Bruce Irvin could be playing a lot of the DE/LEO position.

7. O’Brien Schofield’s contract didn’t work out with the Giants because of a failed physical. It would be great if the Seahawks could bring him back. Good special teams player and can also rush the passer.

8. Re-signing Tavaris Jackson was big. One of the best backup QB’s in the league. If RW ever goes down, Jackson can step up and play without losing too much.

9. Watch for these 12 players to have breakout seasons for the Seahawks next year: Gregg Scruggs, Jordan Hill, Bruce Irvin, DeShawn Shead, Benson Mayowa, Christine Michael, James Carpenter, JR Sweezy, Ricardo Lockette, Taylor Price, Chris Mathews, Michael Bowie

10. Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport know everything about the NFL and Free Agency.

11. It would be nice if we can sign Doug Baldwin long term.

12. In Pete and John we trust. They have a plan that will make sense in a few weeks. I think they will be able to sign a few players for good prices. Players want to play for Pete Carroll and will take a bit less money to get a great opportunity to get a SB ring. Watch for a DT, WR and possibly a DE to get signed in the next couple weeks.

Go Hawks!

The Seattle Seahawks Punt Return Department

You know you have a pretty good team, when one of the Seahawks fans (my dad) biggest worry is the punt return department. Since Golden Tate has been signed by the Detroit Lions, the Seahawks need a new punt returner.

I predict that Taylor Price (recently signed) will return punts for the Seahawks.

I don’t see Harvin or Baldwin doing it. They haven’t returned punts in years past (pre-season and regular season) that I can remember. Kearse would be someone that could potentially be able to return punts though. He has returned kickoffs in years past so I wouldn’t be surprised if he is given a chance to be the punt returner.

Taylor Price is 6-1 200 and is just as fast, if not faster than Golden Tate. He is also a bit bigger. Price returned punts a bit in college. Taylor Price was actually rated 1 slot below Tate on the Seahawks draft board during the 2010 NFL draft.

And there is no way Lynch is returning punts. That would take Beast Mode to a another level though. Turbin won’t be either (biceps are too big.) But.. maybe Christine Michael who is the 3rd string RB could be able to return punts. He basically “red shirted” last year, but was drafted in the 2nd round in last years draft and has a lot of potential.

This could all change if the Seahawks draft a speedy WR in the 1st or 2nd round. But, I think if they draft a WR it will be a tall and physical player, not someone that will be returning punts.

So my money is on Taylor Price to have a great camp and to end up making the active roster. He would then take Golden Tate’s place in the punts return department for the Seattle Seahawks. And, if not Price, then I would have to predict either Kearse or Michael.

12 Predictions for Super Bowl XLVIII

1. Doug Baldwin makes a clutch catch to convert on a third and long.
2. Percy Harvin returns a kick for a Touchdown.
3. Marshawn Lynch scores 2 TD’s.
4. Walter Thurmond intercepts a pass.
5. The 12th Man out numbers the Broncos fans at the Super Bowl.
6. Richard Sherman shuts down Demaryius Thomas.
7. The Seahawks D-line shuts down Moreno.
8. Golden Tate is the Seahawks leading reciever with 80 yards.
9. KJ Wright shuts down Julius Thomas.
10. Russell Wilson struggles in the first half, but finds some rhythm in the second half.
11. Golden Tate has a big punt return in the 4th quarter.
12. And finally… Seattle wins. 24 to 17.

Media Day

Well I won’t be at Media Day, but many more reporters from all over the world will be. There will be 17 Seahawks players that have there own podium to answer all sorts of questions. Marshawn Lynch won’t have a podium and is questionable to even show up. Do you think he needs to talk at Media Day? I don’t think so. The NFL can’t force him to do something he doesn’t want to do. Lynch is a team player and never has made his success in Seattle about himself. I encourage you to read Michael Silver’s article titled “Marshawn Lynch’s quiet power behind Seahawks’ Super run.” Here is the link: http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/story/0ap2000000318651/article/marshawn-lynchs-quiet-power-behind-seahawks-super-run

Here is my prediction for the Seahawks that will have there own podium to speak on tomorrow:

Offense: Russell Wilson, Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Russell Okung, Max Unger, Michael Robinson, Zach Miller, Derrick Coleman

Defense: Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor, Brandon Mebane, Red Bryant

Soak all of this Super Bowl fun in. It’s great to see the Seattle Seahawks achieve so much this season! Maybe one day I will be one of the reporters at Media Day. Go Hawks!