Seahawks Insider Blog

Morning links: “Tha Monstar” makes his mark

Rob Rang of spotlights the Seattle Seahawks in CBS Sports’ Finding the Fits series.

Rang points to Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams, selected in the fifth round by Seattle in this year’s draft, as a player that could have a significant impact on Seattle’s defense in the upcoming season.

Rang: “Williams twice underwent knee surgery while at Alabama, the most recent procedure taking place following Alabama's victory over Notre Dame to win its second consecutive BCS title. Recovery from surgery kept Williams sidelined for much of the combine. And while he performed well at Alabama's Pro Day, teams obviously remained concerned about his recovery.

Seattle initially pegged Williams as a three-technique defensive tackle. The Seahawks brought in former Miami Dolphin Tony McDaniel to help replace free-agent defection Alan Branch (Buffalo Bills), but Williams, as well as fellow rookie Jordan Hill, could wrestle away the starting role next to nose guard Brandon Mebane.

Since arriving in Seattle, however, Williams hasn't just impressed at the three-technique position but as a backup to Mebane on the nose and as a five-technique defensive end, as well. This isn't surprising, considering he played both roles well when called upon by Nick Saban and his staff at Alabama.”

ESPN’s Herm Edwards lists former Seattle defensive coordinator and current Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley among his up-and-coming head coaches in the NFL. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.

Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post ranks Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson as No. 2 on his Top 15 list of fantasy football keepers. Fortenbaugh: “This is strictly a value play. Most fantasy owners are halfway drunk by the time they reach the 12th round, so why not hang on to Wilson—who ranked 11th in fantasy scoring at the quarterback position last season—lock up the QB roster spot and spend your sober hours acquiring running backs and wide receivers? With Percy Harvin now in the mix and a full offseason spent in the film room preparing for his sophomore campaign, it’s highly unlikely that Wilson takes a step back this year.”

Huy Nguyen of reports that Wilson is up for an ESPY for Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.

Clare Farnsworth of takes a closer look at Seattle’s impressive receiver group.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle writes that a Super Bowl title would help define Pete Carroll’s legacy as an NFL coach.

Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin reportedly was brought in by the Washington State Patrol for a possible DUI investigation, but not cited yesterday. I have not seen the report yet.

Seattle receiver Sidney Rice has has signed on with Wingstop, the 570-unit chicken wing expert restaurant chain, to open five new locations in the Seattle-Tacoma area.