Every weekday morning, we'll round up local and national Seattle Seahawks-related links.
Russell Wilson continues to face backlash over some of the NC State anecdotes he told during his commencement address at Wisconsin. One of his former teammates at NC State, Kalani Heppe, ripped Wilson on Facebook, calling him a "me" player. The post has since been taken down, but Tom Fornelli of CBSSports.com has a screen grab of Heppe's comments.
Another former teammate, however, came to Wilson’s defense.
Who is @kalaniheppe. I dont remember him playing on OUR team. Some ppl dont like the truth @DangeRussWilson. Congrats great speech.— Terrell Manning (@Certified_35) May 17, 2016
And Wilson's former football coach sent a three-word comment to Joe Giglio of The Charlotte Observer:
Just got a text from Tom O'Brien with his response to Russell Wilson's speech: "Good for him."— Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) May 15, 2016
Elliot Harrison of NFL.com looks at what the Seahawks' offense might look like in 2016:
Jimmy Graham was lost for the year with a torn patellar tendon in Week 12. From that point on, Seattle's franchise quarterback posted passer ratings of 146.0, 139.6, 128.3, 88.4 and 123.7. In other words, Wilson was phenomenal -- and that was mostly without rookie standout Thomas Rawls, who fractured his ankle in Week 14 after rushing for 830 yards at a whopping 5.6 yards per carry. Rawls racked up 147 attempts in 13 games ... not a small sample size. But can he do it full-time for a full season behind an offensive line that has turned over again? We'll see how he looks in the preseason. As for Graham? Quit pushing it.
C.J. Prosise is one of the more intriguing scheme fits among this year's rookie class, writes Doug Farrar of SI.com:
The Seahawks are looking for a reliable third-down back, which is why Prosise was one of the three backs the team took in the 2016 draft. Yes, the team will need to replace Marshawn Lynch in time, but Prosise is a different type of weapon. He played safety and receiver at Notre Dame until depth issues forced him to the running back position ahead of the 2015 season, and he responded with 1,029 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 157 carries, averaging 2.83 yards after contact and totaling 43 missed tackles on those 157 carries. He’s a projected do-it-all guy for Seattle who will attack defenses as a receiver just as much as he will as a back.