I would like to begin by thanking you for Googling Bjoern Werner just for fun and landing here, welcome to the Field Gulls Week in Review. This is where I
write down all my dreams and thoughts recap all of the past week's news in the NFL world. The excitement is palpable, so I won't make you wait any longer.
In honor of Ricardo Lockette, I'm going to get to the highlights of the week that was at Field Gulls really, really fast.
Jason Drake examined the Seahawks draft strategy for the running back position in comparison to the rest of the league.
Brent Taylor of SB Nation's Crimson Tide blog stopped by to fill us in on second-round pick and former ‘Bama defensive tackle Jarran Reed.
It's a double feature on the now-retired Ricardo Lockette! First, Louis Bien over at SB Nation delivers an awesome post on why we care about Lockette despite his small career production. Over at Rolling Stone, Kenny wrote a terrific piece on Ricardo Lockette's strange and incredible journey.
This week on 3000 NFL Mock Draft, your friends Kenny and Rob discuss where Seahawks rookies will be come week one and look ahead to the 2017 draft a bit more.
It was a strange, comical episode of Real in the Field (Gulls) this week, as Kenny and Danny are joined by Jacson Bevens and Chris Sullivan. They talk football for a bit and, well, a bunch of other stuff that I'm not sure how to classify. Come for the name recognition and stay for Chris' 100% accurate predictions for 2016.
As previously mentioned, Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette announced his retirement from the NFL this week. Lockette's press conference was true to form for the player Seahawks fans have grown to love over the past few years, delivering every answer with the certainty of a highlight-reel hit on special teams.
"Are you sad that guy hit you blah blah blah.. No cause I'm a dawg. Live by the sword and die by the sword."— Alistair Corp (@Alistair_Corp) May 12, 2016
Pete Carroll was asked about Brandon Browner's role with the team on ESPN 710 Seattle on Monday and the coach answered by saying "We're going to play him at safety in base downs and then in nickel we are going to use him to match up at different spots playing inside," adding that the secondary would be much more match-up based this season.
John Schneider dropped some (old) news on Pro Football Talk this past Wednesday, saying "I don't get the impression he's fine with his contract," when asked about Michael Bennett's contract situation. The pass-rushing, one-liner extraordinaire still has two-years left on the contract he signed following the team's Super Bowl XLVIII triumph.
Some Players Are Better Then Others
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported this week that sophomore running back Melvin Gordon underwent micro fracture surgery this past January. The former top-20 pick was given a four to six-month recovery time frame following the operation. Gordon told the Union-Tribune he initially suffered the injury in a game against the Miami Dolphins in late December.
It's May 15th and I'm going to tell you about another wild offseason surgery if that's okay. Patriots receiver Julian Edelman reportedly underwent a second foot surgery but does expect to be ready to go for training camp, per Ian Rapoport.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski was selected to appear on the cover of EA Sports' Madden NFL 17 this week, a year after losing a fan-vote in the final round to Giants receiver Odell Beckham.
Cool news from Ray Mabus, the secretary of the Navy this week, as he told Dan Patrick that both Ravens rookie Keenan Reynolds and Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona have received permission to play in the NFL this coming season.
One of the stories of last offseason has called it a career, as former rugby star Jarryd Hayne has informed the 49ers of his retirement from the NFL. Hayne has left his NFL dreams behind in order to compete in this summer's Olympic games in Brazil with Fiji's Rugby Sevens team.
A Bad Decision
Noted bust Bjoern Werner is remaining in the AFC South after being released by the Indianapolis Colts earlier this offseason. Werner and the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to a one-year deal that will give Werner a chance to reignite his NFL career alongside some high profile offseason additions.
Los Angeles Rams safety T.J. McDonald was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of DUI. The former USC Trojan was arrested at 8:30 a.m. after hitting a park car, leading a grouchy older Rams fan to say "At least he hit something," to nobody in particular.
The Chicago Bears have brought in Jaguar Malik Jackson's twin brother Marquis for a tryout. The defensive lineman was last on an NFL roster in 2013 with the Minnesota Vikings before spending time with Portland in the arena league.
Former Seattle Seahawk Jason Jones agreed to a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins this week. Jones started 31 of 32 regular season games the past two seasons in Detroit, picking up 9.5 sacks along the way.
Linebacker Jon Bostic was traded this week to the Detroit Lions from the New England Patriots. The trade sees Bostic return to the NFC North, less then a year after he was initially traded to the Patriots from the Chicago Bears. The Patriots will receive a conditional seventh-round draft pick in return.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain is one of the best books I've read in a long time, and it's being turned into a movie. A fictional returning to war book, Fountain does a terrific job personifying Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in a totally unlikable character. I can't recommend this book enough!
Fox Sports' Peter Schrager has been crushing it in the podcast world since the draft, having Cardinals general manager Steve Keim and Titans general manager Jon Robinson on as guests, as well as Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley. Interesting, brisk listens for fans of that type of thing.
That's it for this week here, thanks for reading. Gooooooooo Hawks, and wishing a happy, healthy retirement to Ricardo Lockette.