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Seahawks Sign All-AAC Linebacker

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The Seattle Seahawks 2022 season is officially in full swing with training camp underway. While players are trying to prove themselves worthy of a spot on the final 53-man roster, general manager John Schneider is still looking to bring players in to compete at their respective positions.

Aaron Wilson with Pro Football Network reported on Friday, August 5 that the Seahawks had signed former Cincinnati Bearcats linebacker Joel Delbanko to the 90-man roster. Dublanko had been brought in earlier in the week for a workout, and apparently did enough to impress the Seahawks coaching staff.

Seahawks are signing Joel Dublanko following a successful workout, per a league source.

— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 5, 2022

The signing comes shortly after the Seahawks released Ben Burr-Kiven with a failed physical designation. The Seahawks had worked out a handful of linebackers to replace Burr-Kiven, including former first-round pick Rueben Foster, who hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2018.

Joel Dublanko’s Football Career

He might not have been the most recognizable name on a stacked Cincinnati Bearcats roster, but Dublanko has had a successful football career up to this point.

Coming out of the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, Dublanko was a 3-star recruit at linebacker, weighing in a 6’3″ and 235 pounds. He received offers from programs including Washington State, Tennessee, and Mississippi State, but ultimately decided to join Luke Fickell’s program.

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After redshirting his first year at Cincinnati, Dublanko spent his next three seasons as a key member of the special teams unit and a backup linebacker. By 2020, he had secured his spot as the Bearcats starting middle linebacker, then burst onto the scene in his final season.

As a graduate student with an extra year of eligibility due to COVID, Dublanko was named a team captain in 2021 and took a huge step forward in terms of production. He finished the year with 113 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception to help him earn first-team All-AAC honors.

Dublanko went undrafted during the 2022 NFL Draft, but was picked up by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent. He was then waived by the team in May, but stayed patient before the Seahawks gave him another opportunity.

It will be an uphill battle for Dublanko to make the 53-man roster coming in this late into training camp, but his size and experience on special teams could make him a dark horse candidate to survive the final roster cuts.

Who Will Start at Linebacker for the Seahawks?

The Seahawks have lost two of their best linebackers in franchise history the past couple of seasons, parting ways with both K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner. Those are big shoes to fill for any linebackers, but the Seahawks could have another star at the position ready to have a breakout year.

Third-year linebacker Jordyn Brooks will be the team’s signal caller in 2022 after an impressive 2021 season. Brooks led the NFL with 109 solo tackles last year, also having 184 combined tackles with 10 of those going for a loss. The Seahawks will need another big year from Brooks in the middle of the defense, especially with Wagner no longer in Seattle to mentor him.

Although it’s not guaranteed, the other starting inside linebacker spot is likely to go to Cody Barton. A third-round pick back in 2019, Barton sat patiently behind Wagner, Brooks, and Wright waiting for his opportunity. He may not be a star player, but the 2022 season will give Seahawks fans a good look at what he can bring to the table.

Other linebackers on the roster could compete with Barton, but he is likely the other starter alongside Brooks heading into Week 1 given his experience with the team.

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A MAN has been given just a year to live after his use of sunbeds became an addiction and he developed skin cancer.

Jak Howell, now 23, first started using sunbeds when he was just 16 years old, two years younger than the legal minimum.

5Jak Howell started using sunbeds when he was just 16Credit: Triangle News 5Medics initially gave Jak the devastating diagnosis he had just a year to liveCredit: Triangle News 5Jak went to see his GP when he developed an itchy spot on his backCredit: Triangle News

While the man from Swansea, Wales, says he started off using them occasionally, his habit grew to such an extent he would be spending more than 100 minutes a week using the beds, adding he just wanted to fit in with his friends.

His addiction grew so bad he found it “hard to stop” and would do 18-20 minute sessions some five times a week, even though the guidance says you should have at least a 48 hour gap between sessions.

Jak told LadBible: “I was underage to begin with which was very immature and silly of me but I was using them here and there.

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He used sunbeds in this way for around six years before he discovered a spot on his back which had become itchy and he went to his GP.

Jak thought it was just an insect bite but his GP sent him straight to hospital where the spot was removed and examined.

Medics then delivered the devastating news that he had stage 3 melanoma and gave the prognosis he had just 12 months to live.

Jak has since undergone two operations in an attempt to remove the cancer, but neither was a success.

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He has also undergone chemotherapy, which has helped him live past his initial prognosis and has provided a glimmer of hope he can beat the cancer.

Jak has now used his social media accounts to raise awareness about the potential dangers of using tanning beds.

He said: “I’d tell little Jak to be confident in himself and that he doesn’t need to do all these silly things to make himself feel like he fits in.

“I’d tell him to know his worth. I’d tell him to be prepared for things that are coming.”

Health minister James Morris last month agreed to discuss a ban on sunbeds after Labour MP Sarah Owen pressed the Government to take the “dangers of sunbeds seriously”.

Ms Owen, MP for Luton North, said: “Sunbeds continue to be used all-year round at very high risk.

“So does the minister agree it’s time we took the dangers of sunbeds seriously and does the minister support Melanoma UK’s campaign to ban the use of sunbeds – and if not, why not?

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Melanoma UK chief executive Gillian Nuttall said melanomas and other skin cancers are “increasingly common” in Britain.

More than 170,000 cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year, and almost 2,500 die of the disease. 

Since the early 1990s, the incidence of melanoma skin cancer - the most deadly form - has doubled in the UK.

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