X

Have feedback / suggestions? Let us know!

NFL Seattle Seahawks

The 5 Biggest Seattle Seahawks Rumors Heading into OTAs

The 5 Biggest Seattle Seahawks Rumors Heading into OTAs

Marshawn Lynch
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Fresh off the franchise's first Super Bowl title, the Seattle Seahawks are gearing up for a run at back-to-back championships this season. Here are five rumors surrounding the club as OTAs commence in Renton.

5. Terrelle Pryor Will Be Backup QB

Terrelle Pryor
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

5. Terrelle Pryor Will Be Backup QB

Terrelle Pryor
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

After an up-and-down (but mostly down) nine starts with the Oakland Raiders in 2013, Terrelle Pryor is competing to backup Russell Wilson in Seattle this summer. Pryor may be the early front runner in the open competition with Tarvaris Jackson, who hasn't started a game since 2011, but needs to improve drastically as a pocket passer in OTAs and training camp.

4. Doug Baldwin's Contract Will Be Extended Soon

Doug Baldwin
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

4. Doug Baldwin's Contract Will Be Extended Soon

Doug Baldwin
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

After 778 receiving yards and a career-high five touchdowns in 2013, wide receiver Doug Baldwin is lobbying for a long-term extension in Seattle. He's yet to sign his one-year tender because the Seahakws have reportedly offered him an extension which he has subsequently counter offered. Regardless of what happens long term, Baldwin has said he has no interest in holding out during training camp for a more lucrative deal.

3. Rookie WRs Already Impressing

Paul Richardson
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

3. Rookie WRs Already Impressing

Paul Richardson
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

According to several reports, rookie wide receivers Paul Richarson, a second-round pick, and Kevin Norwood, a forth-round choice, were the Seahawks' two most impressive performers during the club's recent rookie minicamp. Richardson is a deep threat while Norwood fits the possession receiver mold. Both services are needed on a passing attack that ranked 26th in the NFL last season.

2. Christine Michael is Team's Biggest Breakout Candidate

Christine Michael
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

2. Christine Michael is Team's Biggest Breakout Candidate

Christine Michael
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Christine Michael, a second-round pick last April, is an easily forgotten asset in Seattle. After living in Marshawn Lynch's shadow and carrying the football a mere 18 times as a rookie, it's difficult to believe Michael was considered the most gifted runner of the 2013 draft class by many analysts. If he can stay healthy and earn a significant role behind one of the league's best workhorses, Michael could become a breakout star in 2014.

1. Marshawn Lynch's Workload Won't Decrease

Marshawn Lynch
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

1. Marshawn Lynch's Workload Won't Decrease

Marshawn Lynch
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Despite a potentially formidable sidekick in Michael, Marshawn Lynch's workload isn't expected to be reduced in 2014. "You have to use the running-back-by-committee if you don't have a special guy, and we have a special guy," running backs coach Sherman Smith recently told the club's website. Lynch has averaged 300 carries per season over the past three years, so not being more conservative with his touches could spell trouble for his longevity.