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    November 21, 2018 5:21 PM PST
     Returns To SeahawksAfter not reporting during preseason while seeking a new contract , Earl Thomas returned to Seahawks headquarters Wednesday ahead of Seattle's Week 1 road game against the Denver Broncos.Why Seahawks Rookie Shaquem Griffin’s Success Means So Much To So ManyRookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin has been making plays on the field and changing lives off of it since being drafted by the Seahawks.Wednesday Round-Up: Russell Wilson Gets His Own Wheaties Cereal BoxSeahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will appear on Wheaties boxes in the near future.Seahawks: Earl Thomas ends holdout but cites 'disrespect'Earl Thomas is set to turn to the Seahawks, but the three-time all-pro safety is making his dissatisfaction with his contract known.Seahawks to start rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin in Week 1 vs. Denver Broncos - CBSSports.comThe former UCF star was drafted by the Seahawks in the fifth roundSeahawks: Shaquem Griffin, one-handed LB, to get first start in Week 1Shaquem Griffin, who had a hand amputated at 4 years old due to a congenital birth defect, will start Sunday for the Seahawks against the Broncos.How Russell Wilson Stays Focused When Playing For The SeahawksRussell Wilson, the 29-year-old QB for the Seattle Seahawks can do it all, thanks to a little mental mastery. Here's how he stays sharp on the field.Akiem Hicks: Packers O-line 'can't block Khalil Mack' - NFL.comBears defensive end Akiem Hicks didn't hold back during a Wednesday teleconference with Packers media when asked what he knew about the offensive line heading into Sunday's game.LeSean McCoy focused on Week 1 amid investigation - NFL.comBills running back LeSean McCoy says his focus is on Sunday's game against the Ravens rather than the ongoing investigation into a home invasion robbery that left his former girlfriend hospitalized.Cooper: Raiders might have to score often vs. Rams - NFL.comRaiders fans aren't the only ones worried about the Los Angeles Rams' juggernaut offense in their season opener. "We might have to go out there and score every possession," Amari Cooper told reporters.Shaquem Griffin to start at linebacker for Seahawks - NFL.comShaquem Griffin's inspiring path to the NFL is receiving a new, unexpected wrinkle this week. In his first regular-season game, Griffin will be starting at linebacker, per coach Pete Carroll.Steelers Womens Tre Flowers Jersey , Le'Veon Bell's agent exchange barbs - NFL.comWhile Ben Roethlisberger and other Pittsburgh Steelers players prepare to open the season against the Cleveland Browns, tensions seem to be ratcheting up with Le'Veon Bell and the organization.Le’Veon Bell situation quickly disintegrates – ProFootballTalkAs Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell continues to stay away from the team in advance of the first game of the regular season, his teammates have provided fairly stunning on-the-record criticism of Bell's failure to show up.Maurkice Pouncey fed up with Le’Veon Bell, calling holdout “selfish” – ProFootballTalkOn Monday, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey predicted Le'Veon Bell's return Wednesday. When the star running back didn't show as expected, Pouncey unloaded on Bell. “Honestly, it’s a little selfish,” Pouncey said after practice Wednesday, via the Tim Benz of work out yet another kicker as Roberto Aguayo gets a tryout – ProFootballTalkStop if you've read this before: The Jets' kicking situation remains unsettled with the season opener fast approaching. They worked out Dan Bailey on Monday and were scheduled to work out Matt McCrane this week.Snap Reactions: Notes on the Seahawks’ snap counts from Sunday’s loss to the Rams Despite putting together one of their most impressive performances of the season, the Seattle Seahawks came up short against the L.A. Rams, losing 33-31. Heading into Sunday, there was usage worth tracking on both sides of the ball: Tedric Thompson’s first start Womens Frank Clark Jersey , Austin Calitro back in the lineup, Frank Clark battling illness or George Fant’s role as an eligible receiver. We received clarity on the majority of those topics on Sunday. Check out the snap counts below, and we’ll highlight some points of interest: George Fant as an eligible receiverIn the lead up to Seahawks-Rams, Russell Wilson let it slip that Fant would have a significant role to play. It made sense, with Will Dissly done for the season and a fearsome L.A. front coming into town. The Rams defense wasn’t allowed to completely takeover the game, while Fant played sparingly. In total, Fant came in as an eligible receiver on 12 plays (though the NFL’s play-by-play data credits him for just 11). The 11 plays he is marked as eligible resulted in 34 yards on eight carries, and 2-3 passing, 42 yards and a touchdown for Wilson.The use of Fant as an extra blocker was a pleasant sign of Seattle being proactive in a matchup they have been blown out of all too often. He wasn’t used as often as expected, but Fant’s usage on Sunday was a success. Rashaad Penny’s single snapThere isn’t all too much to add here, but it has to be mentioned. With C.J. Prosise inactive, Mike Davis coming off a big game and Chris Carson returning Youth Ethan Pocic Jersey , Penny saw his snaps drop to just one single snap. On special teams. As one of the three deep on a return. And he didn’t get the ball. Frank Clark again proving athletes aren’t regular peopleEarlier on Monday, I wrote about Clark’s week leading up to Sunday’s loss. It included being hospitalized twice and losing 12 pounds. I mentioned that it seemed as though the week caught up to Clark in the 4th quarter, as he was on the field sparingly. Turns out, the first three quarters more than made up for it. Clark played 82% of the defense’s snaps on Sunday, right around where he was the past couple weeks and where he will be moving forward. In the aforementioned article, I also mentioned how a transatlantic flight on Wednesday may not be conducive to Clark’s recovery from food poisoning. I don’t think we need to worry about that affecting Clark anymore, as he is not human.David Moore’s arrival in the offenseWeek 5 saw Moore become a mainstay in the Seahawks’ three wide receiver sets for the first time this season. He rewarded their faith with two touchdowns and should see his role continue in the next couple weeks. After battling with Brandon Marshall and Jaron Brown for snaps out of the gate, that battle is over. Marshall has essentially been wiped out of the offense, playing just 12% of the offense’s snaps. Moore’s rise over Marshall was perfectly encapsulated during a third down on Sunday: Marshall came onto the field, a TV timeout was called and when it was time to run the third down, Moore had replaced Marshall again. Brown, meanwhile Youth Russell Wilson Jersey , saw more snaps than Marshall at 15%. The clock is ticking on Marshall’s time in Seattle. Barkevious Mingo as the 2nd linebackerAn area of concern for the Seahawks heading into Sunday was Austin Calitro, coming back into the lineup following Mychal Kendricks’ suspension. In my pregame column, I wrote about how dangerous the Rams’ offense can be for a linebacker. Seattle, again proactive in their preparation for L.A., worked around those issues by leaning on Mingo as the second linebacker next to Bobby Wagner. Mingo is more comfortable in space and was less likely to be exploited than Calitro. By the end of the game, Mingo had played a season-high 97% of the defense’s snaps, while Calitro played just 6%. A week after Anthony Barr allowed over 100 yards in coverage against the Rams, the Seahawks didn’t allow the same to happen to their ‘backers. They deserve credit. Seattle has a strange week ahead of them, with a trip to London condensing everything. Following the flight overseas and the extra hype in the lead up to Sunday’s game, the Seahawks will play the Raiders at 10 am PST.