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#1 Posted : 14 August 2018 04:01:36(UTC)
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For the second time in four seasons Leighton Vander Youth Esch Jersey , the Seattle Seahawks have started training camp with a star safety absent because of his contract situation.

This one may not end as amicably as the last time.

In an offseason already filled with big name departures, the Seahawks opened camp Thursday without safety Earl Thomas, who is trying to force the hand of the only franchise he’s played for in his attempt to get a new contract.

Thomas’ current deal runs through the end of the upcoming season. He announced his intentions in June to skip any team activities until Seattle addressed his long-term security and he held true to that statement by skipping the mandatory minicamp and not showing up for the Seahawks’ first practice.

While Thomas’ teammates seemed to understand what he is doing, coach Pete Carroll seemed less than thrilled to be facing another prolonged holdout.

”We always expected him to be here. That’s kind of how it is. He should be here and he’s not,” Carroll said. ”It’s really about the guys that are here and we’re going to keep moving and grooving and putting it together. It’s unfortunate.”

If this feels familiar, it’s because the Seahawks went down this road before the start of the 2015 season with safety Kam Chancellor. Chancellor unexpectedly decided to hold out as he also sought a new contract even with three years remaining on his deal. Seattle never budged from its position, causing a contrite Chancellor to finally report after the second week of the regular season.

Chancellor eventually got a new contract before the 2017 season.

Thomas may not be as fortunate, especially considering some of his antics late last season indicating he wanted out of Seattle, and one social media post in particular where he asked the Seahawks to trade him if he wasn’t getting a new contract.

”We’re expecting him back. He’s under contract,” Carroll said.

Seattle’s training camp start had a surreal feeling. Carroll was still running around in charge, while Russell Wilson was leading the offense and Bobby Wagner Jordan Howard Bears Jersey , the defense.

But so many of the familiar faces that defined Seattle’s roster for the past half-decade were gone. Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett and Jimmy Graham all have new addresses. Chancellor is unlikely to play again due to a neck injury and had to be placed on the reserve/PUP list Thursday as a procedural move due to his contract. Cliff Avril, another standout in recent seasons, was on the sideline as a sports talk radio co-host with his own neck injury clouding his chances of ever playing again.

Hanging over it all is uncertainty about Thomas, the last player still on Seattle’s roster from the first draft class under Carroll and general manager John Schneider.

Bradley McDougald and Tedric Thompson were both getting time at free safety with Thomas absent. McDougald is expected to be the replacement for Chancellor at strong safety, but has played both safety positions in the past. Thompson is entering his second season after being a fourth-round pick out of Colorado a year ago.

”Right now we can’t focus on him. He’s not here. He has our support but we’ve got to focus on who is here and make sure those guys get right and make sure we’re doing everything we can for the guys that are here,” Wagner said. ”I’ve voiced my support. I understand this is a tough business. Like I said before, it’s not a business that is necessarily in favor of the players … but we’ve got to focus on what we’ve got right now.”

NOTES: Seattle has injury concerns on the defensive line from the start. DE Dion Jordan has an undisclosed injury and is starting camp on the physically unable to perform list after a career that’s been filled with knee issues. DE Frank Clark had surgery on his wrist over the summer and will be limited at the start of camp. Defensive line is one of the big questions for Seattle after losing Avril, Bennett and Sheldon Richardson in the offseason. … TE Ed Dickson is starting camp on the non-football injury list due to a groin injury suffered during his offseason workouts, Carroll said. … Seattle released DL Malik McDowell and CB DeAndre Elliott. McDowell, a 2017 second-round pick Joe Thomas Jersey Youth , never played a down for the team following an ATV accident. McDowell was released with a non-football injury designation, while Elliott failed his physical. … Seattle claimed TE Kyle Carter off waivers from the New York Giants.



The Tennessee Titans‘ draft strategy underscores how close they believe they are to competing for a Super Bowl berth.

Convinced of their depth elsewhere, the Titans traded up to select defensive players they had long targeted and largely ignored their offense .

They ended up with just four draft picks – the fewest of any NFL team this year and the least in franchise history.

”Some of these names we drafted are guys we talked about in February,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.

Vrabel was hired in January to improve a team that went 9-7 and lost to New England in the AFC divisional round after earning its first playoff victory since January 2004 .

”I think we are a more talented roster now, and it’s our job,” general manager Jon Robinson said . ”That’s our job, to try to get as many good football players on the team as possible and let them compete for spots.”

They didn’t take a single offensive player until drafting Pac-12 career passing leader Luke Falk of Washington State in the sixth round with the 199th overall pick.

The Titans’ defensive picks included Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans in the first round, Boston College outside linebacker Harold Landry in the second round and Arizona defensive back Dane Cruikshank in the fifth. The Titans traded up and gave up draft picks to get each of those three players.

That represents a huge change for a team that had taken an offensive player with its first pick every year from 2011-17.

Tennessee already had addressed its major offensive concerns in free agency with the additions of running back Dion Lewis , guard/tackle Kevin Pamphile and guard Xavier Su’a-Filo .

Evans and Landry boost the front seven, the Titans’ top draft priority with Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo entering the final years of their contracts and Avery Williamson having already left for the New York Jets as a free agent.

Cruikshank adds depth to the secondary for a defense that ranked 25th against the pass last season. The Titans already released veteran safety Da’Norris Searcy in March, leaving their depth thin behind All-Pro safety Kevin Byard fellow starter Johnathan Cyprien. Tennessee did sign cornerback Malcolm Butler away from New England in March.

Other things to know about the Titans’ draft:

LONG WAIT

Falk expected to get taken much earlier. The former walk-on set Pac-12 records in yards passing Aaron Rodgers Jersey Youth , total offense, touchdown passes, pass completions and pass attempts.

”I think just the word that came to mind would just be `shocked,”’ Falk said. ”It wasn’t exactly how I thought it would play out, but I’m very grateful. I’m grateful that a team in Tennessee took a chance on me and is giving me an opportunity to compete and go in there and help the football team.”

Falk’s two sisters are aspiring country singers who live in Nashville. Falk gives the Titans someone to groom as a possible backup to Marcus Mariota after signing veteran Blaine Gabbert in March.

MAGIC NUMBER

The 6-foot-4 Falk went to the Titans with the 199th overall pick. That’s the same pick New England used on Tom Brady back in 2000. Falk considers himself a big Brady fan.

”I just think that we kind of have the same similarities and style of play,” Falk said. ”We are not the most mobile guys. We do stuff in the pocket, creating throws in a small space. We are accurate. He’s the best to do it and somebody I look up to and just try to model my game after. It’s a huge coincidence that it is pick 199 and Tennessee took a shot on me.”

VERSATILE CRUIKSHANK

Although he spent much of his college career at cornerback, Cruikshank says he could play anywhere in the secondary and that NFL teams were primarily viewing him as a safety. The Titans are listing him merely as a defensive back for now and praised Cruikshank’s versatility .

”Whatever they need me to play, I’m willing to play,” Cruikshank said. ”I feel like I can do it all.”

PICKING FROM THE BEST

Cruikshank, who is 6-1 and 209 pounds Aaron Rodgers Jersey , picked off three passes for Arizona last season. Two of his interceptions came against first-round draft picks Sam Darnold of Southern California and Josh Rosen of UCLA .

WHAT ABOUT RECEIVER?

The Titans didn’t draft a single wideout and will lean heavily on a batch of young receivers to complement Rishard Matthews, who is entering his seventh NFL season. Tennessee didn’t bring back Eric Decker and signed Michael Campanaro, who’s more of a special teams player with 31 combined receptions in four seasons.

That leaves Corey Davis, the fifth pick overall a year ago, along with Tajae Sharpe and Taywan Taylor. Sharpe spent last year on injured reserve, and Taylor is entering his second NFL season.



AP Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker contributed to this report.



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