Jul 01, 2022
Seahawks Could Bring Back Ex-Pro Bowl Veteran, Says Analyst
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The Seattle Seahawks could bring back a familiar ex-Pro Bowl veteran, according to one analyst.
In a list compiled by Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus, the PFF analyst picks one player each NFL team should target prior to training camp. According to Kyed, the Seahawks should target linebacker K.J. Wright. Wright is best known for his 10-season tenure with the Seahawks from 2011 until 2020. The former Pro Bowl linebacker spent last season with the Las Vegas Raiders.
“Wright recently said he’d only play for the Seahawks since that’s his home base,” says Kyed. “With Bobby Wagner gone, Wright would add a veteran presence and thread to the old Legion of Boom days for Seattle.”Wright Reveals He Desires Return to Seahawks
It’s no secret that the 32-year-old linebacker desires a return to Seattle. The veteran linebacker recently remarked that the only way he’ll play another season is if he re-signs with the Seahawks. During an interview on Tuesday, June 28 on the “I Am Athlete Tonight” show, Wright stated he does not want to move his family to another location.
Via Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times:
“I mean, I love ball,’’ Wright said. “But I’m not willing to pick up and leave my family like I did last year. Because my family had to stay back. They didn’t come with me to Vegas. I’m not doing that again. And so I think it’s pretty well known where I stand at, how I want to end my career, going into my 12th season. If it’s not in Seattle, then I’ll be all good.”
In 17 games and eight starts with the Raiders last season, Wright posted a career-low 51 tackles — outside of his five-game season in 2018 — two tackles for loss and zero quarterback hits. According to Pro Football Focus, Wright posted a 63.7 defensive grade, 52.1 pass-rushing grade and 57.9 grade in coverage last season. The defensive and coverage grades were the second-lowest marks of his career, while the pass-rushing grade was a career-low mark.
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Wright revealed that it would be a major disappointment if he isn’t able to finish his career with the Seahawks.
“It’ll hurt,’’ Wright said. “I know that walking away from the game will be, you know, that that’s hard to do, but they know where I stand. They know where I stand. But I love my family more than I love football. So I’m not willing to just up and go to a team midseason for five months. I got three kids and I love them way more than just up and leaving them to play some ball. So we’ll see. Seattle knows my heart. It only makes sense for me to go back, and so we’ll see what they end up doing.”
Over the course of his 10 seasons with the Seahawks, Wright helped lead Seattle to a win in Super Bowl XLVIII and another appearance in Super Bowl XLIX. Wright compiled 941 tackles in 144 appearances during his tenure in Seattle, leading the team in tackles during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Considering the Seahawks already have Cody Barton and Jordyn Brooks as the starting inside linebackers, it’s unlikely Seattle adds Wright barring an injury as the season progresses.
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Mets take another series win, crush Phillies 6-0
This time last week, the Mets had just wrapped up four wins in a five-game series with the Braves.
After this weekend in the sun, facing a different playoff hopeful in the National League East, the Mets won another series while holding the Phillies to two total runs.
The Mets’ 6-0 win in Sunday’s rubber match was their second straight shutout of their I-95 rivals. For the first time in the series, the Mets’ hitters matched their mates on the mound, bashing ten hits and inflicting the type of damage that Zack Wheeler hadn’t experienced in a month.
Wheeler, the Phillies’ hurler and ex-Met (who probably should have won the Cy Young last season), had allowed five earned runs total in his last four starts. The Mets only needed four innings to match that total on Sunday.
The third batter Wheeler faced broke a franchise record. Francisco Lindor’s dying quail into right field scored Brandon Nimmo, who missed a leadoff home run by six inches and had to settle for a double. The RBI for Lindor put him at 82 on the season, breaking Jose Reyes’ single season mark for a shortstop. Lindor’s reemergence is one of the myriad reasons why the Mets are also going to flirt with the club’s record for single-season wins. But the fourth inning was truly indicative of the team they’ve become in Buck Showalter’s first season.
With two outs in the inning, Pete Alonso lounging at second base after rocketing a double down the left field line, Mark Canha fell in an 0-2 hole. The third pitch was a tough slider at the knees, but Canha fought it off for a foul. Wheeler’s next pitch was center cut and Canha, not trying to do too much, shot it to the opposite field for a two-out, two-strike RBI.
That’s nothing too exciting or notable on its own, but what followed was a pure distillation of what it means to be a Met in 2022. Not wanting to let the inning die, Luis Guillorme jumped on the first pitch of his plate appearance and produced an RBI single of his own.
Jeff McNeil pumped the bellows next, working a walk to keep the line moving, putting runners at first and second for James McCann. He seemed to be in full swing mode for this fourth-inning opportunity, hacking at a first-pitch sinker that wasn’t even a strike. The inside pitch became another base hit.
As Guillorme scored easily, Phillies’ center fielder Brandon Marsh lazily tossed the ball back into second. Reading the play the whole way, McNeil noticed the lackadaisical effort and decided to sprint home from third base. The Phillies appeared a bit flustered, and though their throw to the plate beat McNeil, catcher J.T. Realmuto couldn’t corral it. That’s how McNeil ended up scoring from first on a single, how the Mets strung together four straight base runners with two outs, how they put this game away, and, in many ways, how they’ve made their bones all summer.
One more run off Wheeler came in the sixth. Daniel Vogelbach, the Mets’ clown prince of milkshakes, padded the lead with a home run off of Wheeler that left the bat at 107.9 miles per hour, and the Citi Field crowd rose to its feet at the speed of sound for the lefty who has quickly become integral part of the squad.
If there’s anything troubling the Mets recently it’s their minor muscle issues. Eduardo Escobar has been at war with his oblique since Friday, and on a day where he was held out of the lineup to rest it, he had to come off the bench to cover another injury. Guillorme’s left groin didn’t agree with him when he ran home on that McCann single. He appeared to pull up a bit right as he was crossing the plate, and a few innings later with Escobar playing third base in his stead, the team announced that Guillorme exited with left groin tightness. He will undergo imaging on Monday to assess the problem.
Chris Bassitt steered the Mets through five innings, then his bullpen notched four innings to complete the shutout. If the Mets repeat this performance next weekend in Philadelphia, it may also put a Vogelbach-sized dent in the Phillies’ playoff hopes.