A relatively quiet week in the NFL world filled with running back news and the most quarterback over-sharing since Joe Namath and Suzy Kolbler spoke on the Giants Stadium sideline. You're so close to the edge of your seat that I'm worried you're going to fall off, so let's get to it.
When I say Field, you say Gulls. Field!
It was a big week for our fearless leader Danny Kelly. First, a fancy new Twitter account, @DannyBKelly. Then on Friday came the news that he was leaving us and SB Nation for The Ringer. What an awesome opportunity for a terrific writer. Congratulations, Danny.
I'm going to riff a little here while you clear your misty eyes... Mo Morris mo' problems, you know?
Danny spoke with Brian Lewis of SB Nation's Clemson Tigers blog to get the lowdown on Seahawks rookie running back Zac Brooks.
Jason Drake examines the philosophy behind a run-first offense. A lot of good stuff in this article, well worth your time!
Your friends Kenny and Rob took a week off from 3000 NFL Mock Draft, but Real in the Field (Gulls) marched on. Kenny and Danny were joined by Spike Friedman of The Stranger this week for Seahawks trivia! Come for the dulcet tones of your favorite Seahawks writers, stay for the news that LeRoy Hill is the heaviest Seahawk of all-time, apparently.
Sammy Watkins and Some Okay Running Backs
Former Pittsburgh Steeler Dri Archer was claimed by the Buffalo Bills this week, following his release from the New York Jets, only to not report to Orchard Park. Archer was placed on the reserve/did not report list.
Good news from former running back Jahvid Best. After retiring from the NFL following concussion problems, the former Lion talked this week about his plans to compete for a spot on St. Lucia's track team for this summer's Olympic games.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles is staying away from the team's OTAs, and not because the team is asking him to actually compete for his job. The running back was involved in trade discussions earlier this offseason and is staying away from the team until the situation is resolved.
Washington released wide receiver Andre Roberts this week, saving the team $3 million in cap space for this coming season. The former Washington and Cardinals receiver was the team's return specialist last season but found himself on the outs following the arrival of rookie Josh Doctson and with Jamison Crowder able to fill his role nicely.
Bills stud wide receiver Sammy Watkins broke a small bone in his foot this week and had a screw inserted. The third year receiver is reported to be on-track to return for the team's training camp.
The oft-injured Danny Amendola is a doubt to be ready for week one following offseason surgeries. The receiver underwent both knee and ankle surgeries this offseason and while the team remains optimistic on his status for training camp, their receiver group got a little more interesting this week.
Crappy Quarterback Corner
The San Diego Chargers claimed quarterback Zach Mettenberger off waivers this week following his release from the Tennessee Titans. The move will see Mettenberger reunited with his first head coach, Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez underwent thumb surgery last weekend and is now a doubt to be ready for OTAs this week. The injury occurred on his non-throwing hand and while it won't hinder his availability for the regular season, it does open the door for rookie Paxton Lynch to begin his case for the starting job.
Jets sophomore quarterback Bryce Petty told NJ.com this week that his development is coming along so much so that he has begun to notice it in his Madden play. Seriously. An NFL quarterback now knows how to read under/over fronts thanks to the video game series that once put Peyton Hillis on its cover. J-E-T-S!
The Monopolization of First Round Defensive Lineman
Enough is enough, Jeff Fisher. The Rams added a FIFTH first round pick to their defensive line this week, signing former Patriot Dominique Easley to a one-year deal. Easley joins Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers and Quinton Coples as first round picks playing on the Rams defensive line.
The Cincinnati Bengals signed safety Shawn Williams to a four-year extension this week. Williams is set to take over the starting safety spot vacated by Reggie Nelson this offseason, and the team rewarded him with a deal worth up to $21.5 million.
Bills rookie Shaq Lawson will undergo shoulder surgery after all. Knocked in the pre-draft process due to the injury, the Bills were confident the surgery could be put off until the offseason. But, after "An occurrence of the condition," happened to Lawson this past week, the team and the player decided to go through with the surgery now. Lawson reportedly will begin the team's training camp on the physically unable to participate list.
Just months after signing a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers, cornerback Brandon Boykin was released by the team. Boykin will now be searching for his fourth team in his young career after a solid start in Philadelphia has come off the rails since a trade to Pittsburgh.
I'm late to this one, but former Bronco tight end Nate Jackson's book ‘Slow Getting Up' is a fun read. A very real first-hand account of life as an oft-injured, roster bubble NFL player.
Peter Schrager brought it again this week on his podcast, this time going over an hour with Rams general manager Les Snead. These interviews have been a ton of fun and I highly recommend going back and listening to them, if you haven't already.
I finally listened to Sonic Highways by the Foo Fighters and it kicked ass, obviously.
Thanks for reading as always and I already can't wait to do it again next week. Go Hawks!