Seattle Seahawks rumors present some good news about Jimmy Graham and Thomas Rawls. The Seahawks should have Graham and Rawls back for the summer camps and ready to play in Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season. A report from ESPN.com relays what will come as great news for Seahawks fans. Head coach Pete Carroll spoke about how the injury recoveries for the star tight end and running back of the Seahawks have been going.
“Everything’s really in good shape. As they push to get back, we’ll just have to see what the timeline tells us. So it’s going good.”
Former All Pro tight end Jimmy Graham is battling back from tearing the patellar tendon in his right knee. The injury took place in November of the 2015 NFL season, bringing his first year with the Seahawks to a disappointing end. Thomas Rawls, who had been filling in for an injured Marshawn Lynch at running back, broke his ankle in December. The rookie running back showed some real talent, likely earning himself the starting nod when the team gets back on the field.
These Seattle Seahawks rumors may take a while to play out, but it looks like the team should be back at full strength when the Seahawks play the Miami Dolphins in Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season. That game comes on the road on Sunday, September 11, at 1:05 p.m. PT. It’s the first of two road games that will kick off the new campaign, with the second coming against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, September 18.
The Seahawks acquired tight end Jimmy Graham from the New Orleans Saints in a trade during the past offseason. The Seahawks sent Pro Bowl center Max Unger and a first-round pick in exchange for Graham and a fourth-round pick. Graham started 11 games during the season, catching 48 passes for 605 yards and two touchdowns. When he suffered the leg injury, Graham was in the midst of emerging as a primary target for quarterback Russell Wilson.
Thomas Rawls signed as a rookie free agent with the Seahawks, playing in 13 games before he suffered a broken ankle. Rawls had become the primary running back as Marshawn Lynch dealt with injuries and was leading all NFL rookies in rushing yards. Rawls finished the 2015 NFL season with 830 yards on just 147 carries. That worked out to an average of 5.6 yards per carry, a number that was good enough to lead the entire NFL. Rawls also added five touchdowns, nine receptions, and 76 receiving yards to his stat line.
In addition to the potential returns of Rawls and Graham, there are a lot of Seattle Seahawks rumors about what the team plans to do during the 2016 NFL Draft. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, first-round coverage of the draft begins on Thursday, April 28. The Seahawks have the No. 26 overall selection in the first round and that is just one of the nine picks that the team has this year. The Seahawks received three compensatory picks, due to lost free agents from the last season, that increased the overall total.
There are likely to be many more updates from the team as Jimmy Graham and Thomas Rawls get back to full-speed this summer. With no set-backs in their rehab plans, it appears that the two players should once again become key components of the offense. That should remove a need to devote an early-round selection in the NFL Draft to those positions, enabling the front office to focus on improving the offensive and defensive lines. While there are a lot of Seattle Seahawks rumors about whom the team might select in the draft, it’s also still possible the team trades out of the first round.
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