NFL suspended Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin four games for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing substances.
Irvin has no plans to appeal, admitting he took Adderall without a medical exemption. He'll participate in training camp and preseason, then be barred from all Seahawks activities until Week 5. Irvin, the 15th overall pick in last year's draft, registered eight sacks and a forced fumble as a nickel-rushing rookie. For the first month of the season, at least, Seattle is deep enough to withstand Irvin's loss after adding Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett to their pass-rushing corps.
Seahawks signed sixth-round RB/FB Spencer Ware to a four-year contract.
Ware is a north-south runner with some bulk and toughness, and he's expected to spend the majority of his time at fullback with the Seahawks. We wouldn't expect him to see many carries outside of a few short-yardage situations.
Coach Pete Carroll expressed some reservations regarding second-round RB Christine Michael's pass protection.
As we see so often, blocking can be a stumbling block for rookie backs trying to climb the depth chart. ESPN's Mike Sando expects Robert Turbin to stick as Marshawn Lynch's primary backup. "[Michael] has not done as much pass protection work as we'd like," Carroll said. "When we looked at Robert last year, we felt the same way, but Robert came on really strong as a pass-blocker, so we hope to do the same thing with Christine." Michael remains a strong Dynasty stash as a more talented natural runner than Turbin.
Seahawks fifth-round DL Jesse Williams will start off as a three-technique tackle.
Williams played both the five-technique and the nose at Alabama, but the Seahawks need him to help replace Alan Branch. Ideally, Williams will push Tony McDaniel for early-down run-stuffing duties.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says fifth-round TE Luke Willson's 4.51 speed "certainly" shows up downfield.
Carroll said on Friday that Willson had been the "brightest spot" of Seahawks rookie minicamp. Willson is an extremely raw prospect, but a seam-stretcher for a team that's thin at tight end and works to create competition at every position. It's not outside the realm of possibility he'll earn a role on offense as a rookie.
New Seahawks QB Jerrod Johnson has overhauled his throwing motion.
The 2011 undrafted free agent knows he's on his last NFL chance. Thus far, he's impressed coach Pete Carroll. "He can really gun the football down the field," Carroll said. "He's got a great presence in that he's such a big guy in the pocket. Totally different than our other guys." Johnson will get a fair shake at a roster spot with a team that preaches competition, but he's a longshot.
Seahawks fifth-round TE Luke Willson has been "standing out" at rookie minicamp.
GM John Schneider said Willson "tested" the second-best of all the tight end prospects in last month's draft, and the Seahawks view him as a multifaceted tight end whose 4.51 speed can make him a deep threat over the middle of the field. Coach Pete Carroll called Willson the "brightest spot" on Friday. He's someone to keep an eye on in dynasty formats.