Gorrer signed, Lumpkin released

Defensive back Danny Gorrer has been signed by the Seahawks.

The 6-foot, 180-pound Gorrer entered the NFL in 2009 as a rookie free agent with the Saints. He also has spent time with the Rams, starting one game in 2009; the Saints again in 2010; and the Ravens in 2010 and 2011, when he played in 11 games.

To clear a roster spot, running back Kregg Lumpkin was released.

The club also made practice squad moves, re-signing linebacker Korey Toomer and guard Rishaw Johnson and releasing linebacker Allen Bradford and wide receiver Ricardo Lockette. Toomer, a fifth-round draft choice this year, was released on the roster cut to 53 players, signed to the practice squad the next day and then released last Thursday. Johnson, a rookie free agent, also was with the team during training camp.


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By the (preseason) numbers

Behind a Tom Cable coached offensive line and run game the Seahawks’ 178.3 yards per game on the ground led the NFL in preseason play.

How successful was the Seahawks’ just-completed preseason?

Well, they went 4-0 for only the second time in franchise history. And there are other numbers that indicate they earned the rare distinction.

The Seahawks didn’t just lead the preseason in most points scored (122) and fewest points allowed (44), they tallied 14 more than the second-highest scoring team (the Ravens) and allowed nine fewer than the team that yielded the next-lowest total (the 49ers).

The offense averaged 178.3 rushing yards to lead the NFL, while the defense ranked No. 3 overall (allowing an average of 248 yards), second against the run (78.8) and fifth against the pass (169.3).

The Seahawks tied for the league lead in the all-important take-away/give-away category at plus-7. Only one team (the Steelers) committed fewer turnovers than the Seahawks (three); only two teams (the Titans and Chargers) forced more turnovers than the Seahawks (10).

Kicker Steven Hauschka was the leading scorer in the preseason (42 points) and also had more touchbacks on his kickoffs (13). Russell Wilson’s passer rating (110.3) ranked seventh in the league, and was tops among the rookie quarterbacks. Robert Turbin rushed for 165 yards to rank eighth in the league, third among the rookie running backs. Kregg Lumpkin produced 11 first downs, which tied for fifth in the league. Golden Tate (20.5) and Leon Washington (16.0) ranked 4-6 among the punt returners.


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Wednesday cyber surfing: WR competition heats up with signing of Braylon Edwards

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks on the first player’s day off of Bing Training Camp, August 1.

The story of the day yesterday was the Seahawks signing of wide receiver Braylon Edwards. Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times gives his take on the ‘Hawks signing and Seattle’s wide receiver position, “The competition at wide receiver is going to be among the stiffest on the roster, and not just because the starting job is open at split end. Golden Tate appears poised for a breakthrough, Ricardo Lockette has been singularly impressive through the first four days of training camp, and veterans Deon Butler and Ben Obomanu shouldn’t be overlooked. Throw in [Antonio] Bryant, last year’s fourth-round pick Kris Durham and undrafted rookies like Phil Bates, and a roster spot is hardly a given. ‘Right now I’m just competing to be on the team,’ Edwards said. ‘That’s all I really care about. I’m going to go out there every day and let my play speak for itself.’ “

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune caught up with ‘Hawks running back Kregg Lumpkin, who signed with the team in the offseason. “What gives Lumpkin an added benefit is that he can play both running back and fullback,” writes Williams. “Also, Lumpkin was a core special teams player in Tampa Bay last season. He finished with 31 carries for 105 yards with the Buccaneers in 2011, and he showed soft hands while making a career-high 41 catches for 291 yards. ‘If you can do more than one position, you have a better chance of making the team, so I’m trying to do as much as I can,’ Lumpkin said. ‘I’ve been raised to compete all my life. So I’m just out here trying to have fun and to continue to learn as well.’ “

Williams also details the ‘Hawks signing of Edwards and has his notes from Tuesday’s practice.

Tim Booth of the Associated Press brings us a piece on second-year cornerback Richard Sherman’s growth he has shown from the start of his rookie season, “Sherman played in all 16 games in his rookie season and started 10, taking over after Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond III went down with injuries. While it was a concern at first to throw such an inexperienced player out there, Sherman finished the year with 46 tackles, four interceptions and a forced fumble. According to STATS LLC, which tracks the number of times defenders are burned by receivers, Sherman was beaten 37 times in 88 targets last season for a rate of 42 percent. By comparison, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was targeted 89 times and burned 36, a rate of 40.4 percent. Of cornerbacks with 80 or more targets against in 2011, Sherman’s rate was fifth-lowest in the NFL, according to STATS.”

Brady Henderson of mynorthwest.com has his take on the Seahawks’ signing of Edwards, and provides some comments from ‘Hawks general manager John Schneider, who joined the “Bob and Groz” show yesterday, ” ‘With the release of Mike Williams – who’s a bigger, stronger receiver – we felt like there might be a little bit of a gap there, and [we were thinking], ‘Let’s give this guy a shot and bring him in,’ ‘ Schneider said. ‘This isn’t like a reclamation center or anything, but these are guys that are talented players that we’ll take a look at. During training camp you have an opportunity to have kind of extended tryouts, and these guys both deserve it and the club deserves it.’ “

Henderson also summarizes a segment from the “Bob and Groz” show yesterday in which Seahawks tight end Kellen Winslow joined the show. Included in the link is a short video with Bob and Groz’s impressions and expectations for Winslow this season.

Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM brings us his report from Tuesday’s practice, including a look at the newly signed Edwards and a focus on rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner, “Second round pick LB Bobby Wagner flashed repeatedly during Tuesday’s practice. Wagner intercepted a pass from QB Russell Wilson by undercutting a short route from TE Zach Miller. Wagner almost picked up another interception stepping in front of a pass from QB Tarvaris Jackson to WR Ben Obomanu but it deflected off three defenders before hitting the turf. Carroll spoke highly of the last two practices by Wagner, ‘He’s really good first impression yesterday and had a really good day today, so we’re off to a great start,’ Carroll said. ‘If Bobby can be that guy at our starting mike-linebacker, we are just adding one new guy to our starting defense and he’s really fast and can play, it can really be a big boost to us.’ “

Mike Sando of ESPN.com gives us his take on the Seahawks’ signing of wide receiver Braylon Edwards, “I do not think Edwards, 29, suddenly forgot how to play football last season,” said Sando on Edwards’ play with the San Francisco 49ers a year ago. “A few factors could help explain his statistical decline from 2010 to 2011. Edwards was playing for a new team in a new offense with very little prep time (the 49ers signed him last Aug. 4). Injuries clearly slowed Edwards during his time with the 49ers. He underwent knee surgery and also had a bad shoulder. Edwards didn’t fit with the 49ers, for whatever reason. Now we’ll find out whether Edwards can bounce back in Seattle.”

Sando also brings us an interesting piece on the average age of starters on both sides of the football throughout the NFL. While rosters and starters have not been named, Sando’s age-chart reflects players who he believes are likely to earn the starting job in Week 1. On the Seahawks, Sando writes, “While Seattle ranks 20th-oldest in overall roster age after adding veterans such as Deuce Lutui, Barrett Ruud, Antonio Bryant and the re-signed Marcus Trufant, the Seahawks have the second-youngest starters in the league. That includes the fourth-youngest defensive starters and eighth-youngest offensive starters (with Matt Flynn penciled in at quarterback and Doug Baldwin at receiver).”

On ESPN’s “NFL Live “Tim Hasselbeck and Cris Carter discussed some of the more intriguing quarterback battles around the League, and the Seahawks battle between incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson, free agent acquisition Matt Flynn and 2012 third-round draft choice Russell Wilson makes their conversation.

Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss the ‘Hawks signing of Braylon Edwards on “NFL 32.”

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth brings you his notes from Day Four of camp in his latest edition of ‘Hawkville’. Farnsworth focuses on kicker Steven Hauschka, who with the release of rookie kicker Carson Wiggs yesterday to make room for veteran wide receiver Braylon Edwards remains the only kicker on the Seahawks roster. “Hauschka has a beyond-smooth, oh-so-fluid motion that doesn’t seem like it could generate enough power to get the ball that far, but he hit from 58 yards during the special teams portion of practice and then converted from 57 yards when a drive stalled during a full-team drill,” said Farnsworth.  ” ‘I’ve found for me, swinging hard doesn’t necessarily make the ball go farther,’ Hauschka said. ‘So I just try to hit the ball on the bone and it takes off for me.’ He also kicked field goals of 39 and 19 yards during a two-minute drill and made three other kicks during the special teams period.”

Farnsworth also details the Seahawks QB competition, which came full-circle on Day Four with Tarvaris Jackson taking the majority of first-team reps once again. “In a two-minute drill, Jackson sustained his drive with a third-down pass to tight end Zach Miller, setting up a field goal by Steven Hauschka,” offers Farnsworth. “Flynn then completed three of five passes, including a 37-yarder to just-signed wide receiver Antonio Bryant and a 17-yarder to wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, setting up another field goal by Hauschka. Wilson then displayed nice touch on a 30-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Phil Bates, laying the ball over rookie cornerback Donny Lisowski. But his possession ended when Lisowski intercepted a third-down pass in the end zone. In the final full-team segment, Jackson and wide receiver Doug Baldwin hooked up for an 18-yard gain on a third-and-9 play. The No. 1 unit again settled for a field goal, but it was the only score produced during the defense-dictated drill.”

Lastly from Farnsworth is his piece on the news of the day – Edwards. “Where does Edwards fit?” asks Farnsworth. “That remains to be seen. He joins a group of receivers popping with potential, but also one that comes up short in experience and proven production. There’s Doug Baldwin, who led the team in receiving last season as a rookie free agent. There’s on-the-mend Sidney Rice, another former Pro Bowler who was signed in free agency last summer but then ended the season on injured reserve because of concussions and injuries to both shoulders that required offseason surgery. There’s Golden Tate, a second-round draft choice in 2010 who continues to refine his ample skills. There’s Ben Obomanu, the longest-tenured of the Seahawks wide-outs who caught a career-high 37 passes last season. There’s Ricardo Lockette, who is extremely fast but also extremely raw. There’s Bryant, who like Edwards is hoping Seattle can be his new NFL home.”

In our Seahawks Daily Tony Ventrella provides a run down of Tuesday’s practice, inlcuding a look at newly-signed receiver Braylon Edwards and comments from Head Coach Pete Carroll heading into the team’s day off. Ventrella also talks with defensive lineman Alan Branch on what to expect from the defensive line this year, and speaks with Red Bryant on life as new father.

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com discusses the positive talk surrounding wide receiver Golden Tate and connects it to the recent signing of wide receiver Edwards, “Tate was widely viewed as the favorite for the gig [at starting wide receiver]. One report suggested that Tate was ‘toying’ with cornerbacks. He professed a change in attitude. ‘I never had to work for my position; it was always given to me,’ Tate said via The News Tribune. ‘I was always more athletic, so for the first time ever I felt like I had to work. It wasn’t given to me.’ It’s not going to be given to him this year, either. All the positive talk is about Tate, but Seattle’s signing [of Edwards] says more than all the puff pieces combined.”


Friday cyber surfing: Lynch leads the way

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 8:

Steve Wyche at NFL.com looks at teams that feature a running back who could help lead them to the playoffs in this Era of the QB, and includes the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch: “Lynch rushed for 12 touchdowns and 1,204 yards last season, and the Seahawks still finished 7-9. Not much has changed in that Seattle is still unsteady at quarterback, regardless of whether Matt Flynn, Tarvaris Jackson or Russell Wilson starts. The rising defense could be better and more opportunistic, and if one of the quarterbacks minimizes turnovers, it could provide enough low-risk opportunity for Lynch’s production to translate into wins. Every opponent knows slowing Lynch is the first priority, but that was the case last season, too. If the quarterback play improves moderately, more opportunities could open up for Lynch and he could be even more productive.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com looked at the Seahawks’ backup situation to Lynch during his chat on Thursday: “Seattle used a 2012 fourth-round choice for Robert Turbin. The team also added Kregg Lumpkin in free agency. Both are bigger than former backup Justin Forsett. That was by design. The Seahawks now have multiple backs with the size to carry the ball on early downs, but it’s too early to know whether the team could maintain its physical approach on offense without Lynch. It wasn’t possible last season. Now, it’s possible, but no sure thing.”

Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. has his Top 10 breakout players in the NFC for the 2012 season and Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright is at No. 9. It’s an Insider feature at ESPN.com, so requires registration and a fee. But here’s what he said about Wright: “As a fourth-round rookie in 2011, he did a nice job of replacing veteran Aaron Curry at OLB, and he finished with 65 tackles and eight tackles for loss. He is good versus the run, a physical player and wrap-up tackler, and he has good instincts. He identifies the play quickly, and he is better in pass coverage than you might think. He has the skill set to move to MLB in this 4-3 defense if the Seahawks don’t get more comfortable with their personnel at that position. At strongside LB, he lines up a lot next to sack artist DE Chris Clemons (11 sacks in 2011), forming a tough duo to block for an offensive line.”

The big story Thursday, of course, was Brian Banks performing well enough in his workout with the Seahawks that he was invited back for a tryout in next week’s minicamp.

Sando offers his thoughts and observations on the situation: “The excitement over the possibilities was palpable. Carroll called Banks a ‘solid natural athlete’ with ‘good natural quickness’ and flexibility. But after a wrongful conviction ended Banks’ high school career and sent him to prison for six years, the 26-year-old prospect faces long odds. Carroll: ‘We’re going to support the chance and have a vision for what he could become more than what he is today and see where it goes.’ ”

Also offering their thoughts and observations:

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times: “Now 26, Banks stands 6 feet 2, 239 pounds and can still run 40 yards in less than 4.7 seconds. It was his grace, though, that was most striking when he answered questions after the workout Thursday, wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned, “XONR8.” Instead of looking back at what he’s lost, Banks talked about the possibilities that have opened up in the weeks since his exoneration. ‘The opportunities that I’ve received, men dream of those days,’ Banks said. ‘They get up every morning, they work hard for that type of offer. I just want to make sure that I’m prepared.’ “

Eric Williams at the News Tribune: “Can you blame Brian Banks for feeling like he was floating on air Thursday morning, taking questions from a throng of local and national reporters? Minutes earlier, the exonerated former high school star linebacker had just been told by Seattle coach Pete Carroll that he had earned an invitation to next week’s minicamp after a productive workout at the team’s facility, conducted by Seattle linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. ‘I really don’t have a word for it. It’s just a dream come true,’ Banks said. ‘A lot of people work hard to get to this point. I’ve also worked hard myself. And I’m just thankful for this opportunity.’ ”
John Boyle at the Everett Herald: “And Banks’ feel-good story isn’t over yet. While the 26-year-old knows better than anyone the uphill battle he is fighting to make an NFL roster for the first time, Banks did do enough at his workout for the Seahawks to ask him to come back for a tryout at next week’s three-day minicamp. ’Now, I understand that we don’t know how that’s going to work out yet,’ Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, ‘but I was really proud to be able to say that to him and the light in his eye, the emotion that was running through him throughout the day and at that moment was amazing.’ “

Art Thiel at sportspress northwest: “For every Seattle sports fan pulling mightily against the success of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals, take a break. For a few minutes, try pulling FOR something. If you don’t feel better after pulling for Brian Banks, something’s wrong. You must be Howard Schulz. You don’t even have to know the cruel backstory to appreciate a top-tier athlete who says, ‘I’m more appreciative of this chance than deserving of it.’ As soon as Banks said that Thursday morning at the Seahawks’ indoor practice field, he won over every fan and media skeptic who has had it up to here with entitled athletes.”

Tim Booth at the Associated Press: “From a football perspective, there is still plenty left for Banks to prove. He first must decide whether to accept the Seahawks’ minicamp offer. Banks’ agent, Bruce Tollner, said Thursday afternoon that he had yet to speak with Banks about the offer, but that Banks tentatively has visits scheduled with five other teams. ‘An invitation back to Seattle is a very positive thing that he’ll want to consider, we just need to check his schedule,’ Tollner said.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we’ve got Banks’ big day covered in words and video: “ ‘This is by far the second-best day of my life,’ Banks said. ‘May 24th, my day of exoneration, and just today. To be out here on this field, to workout with the Seahawks, to be given an opportunity to have a tryout, I really don’t have words for it. This is a dream come true. I know a lot of people work hard to get to this point. I’ve also worked hard myself. I’m just thankful for this opportunity.’ Things went well enough during his workout that Banks has been offered a tryout at next week’s minicamp. Somebody definitely owes Banks, now 26, something. But he doesn’t look at it that way. ‘I feel more appreciative for the opportunity than I feel deserving,’ he said.”

You also can watch the Q&A sessions with Banks and Carroll.


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RB Lumpkin agrees to terms with Seahawks

Free-agent running back Kregg Lumpkin has agreed to terms with the Seahawks, the team announced today.

Lumpkin appeared in all 16 games last season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers accumulating 31 carries and 41 pass catches. Lumpkin, 27, entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of the University of George in 2008 when Seahawks GM John Schneider also was with the team.


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