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|Pete Carroll insisted through the offseason the Seattle Seahawks would return to their roots of being based around a solid run game.
They'll need to be that way at least in the short term Authentic Dorian O'Daniel Jersey , with wide receiver Doug Baldwin likely out the next couple of games because of an MCL injury in his right knee suffered in the season-opening loss to Denver.
Carroll was evasive about an exact timeline on Baldwin and vague about the specifics of the injury. He said it would be "maybe a couple of weeks" for Baldwin, but would only say it would be difficult for Baldwin to be able to play next Monday against Chicago. As for the injury itself, Carroll said "he does have MCL issues," but provided no other details.
No matter how long Baldwin is out, it's bad news for Seattle's offense, which showed flashes in the opener against Denver but had too much inconsistency, especially on third downs.
"He'll be able to get back from this. He'll come back from it. It just depends. We've got to see it through," Carroll said. "It's really early in the year and we have to take care of him and look after him first and foremost and then we'll only do what he is capable of doing."
Baldwin was injured in the first quarter of Sunday's 27-24 loss to Denver. He was rolled up on from behind and left the game, only to return for a brief stint in the second quarter. Baldwin changed out of his uniform into sweats and watched the second half from the Seattle sideline. He played just 11 of 55 offensive snaps.
To add depth at wide receiver, Seattle moved Keenan Reynolds from the practice squad to the active roster and released safety Shalom Luani, who was acquired in a trade with Oakland at the end of training camp.
While the absence of Baldwin will put more attention on veteran Brandon Marshall and Tyler Lockett, the biggest boost to Seattle's offense would be getting its run game going. Seattle had 16 total rushing attempts against the Broncos, 14 of those by running backs. Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny each had seven carries, although Carson was far more productive and appears to have earned the nod as the primary ball carrier.
Carson finished with 51 yards on his seven carries, along with three receptions. Carroll said Penny is still regaining his form after missing the final couple weeks of the preseason following hand surgery.
"Chris was really good and really aggressive with the plays that he had," Carroll said. "Rashaad looked a little rusty to me and I visited with him about it. He had only one really good week of practice coming back and it wasn't enough. He needs more work. He wasn't as responsive as he was before he had to sit out a little while."
The reasons for Seattle's lack of a run game were plenty, including penalties and down-and-distance situations. But the biggest culprit was Seattle's inability to extend drives. Seattle was just 2 of 12 on third downs and had no conversions in the first half, when it ran a mere 24 offensive plays.
Seattle's first third-down conversion didn't come until midway through the third quarter, when Russell Wilson hit Marshall on a 20-yard touchdown on third-and-7. Carroll was most irritated about Seattle missing on several third downs of five yards or less.
"Every one of them should have been conversions. That changes the complexion of everything about the game," Carroll said.
NOTES: Carroll said there were no other injuries of significance coming out of the game. ... Rookie LB Shaquem Griffin had a rough debut with a few mistakes Jamie Benn Jersey , Carroll said. Griffin had two tackles and saw Austin Calitro take some of his playing time. "He had some problems on some stuff," Carroll said. "He got fooled on a couple of things, but he played hard, played tough."
Mohamed Bamba could be the next Rudy Gobert, and that’s why he’s expected to go very high in the NBA draft.
The towering 7-footer from Harlem, who played his one collegiate season at Texas, worked out individually with Phoenix on Saturday, the third player to do so this week as the Suns weigh their options with the No. 1 overall pick this month in the NBA draft.
Deandre Ayton worked out Wednesday and Marvin Bagley III on Friday.
”Mo had a really good workout,” Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said. ”His wingspan, his standing reach, is off the charts. His ability to protect the rim I think will be elite at the NBA level, in addition to his ability to rebound the ball. Another thing that stood out to us in his workout today is we can tell he’s been working on his shooting.”
Bamba has been working with noted shooting coach Drew Hanlen and has made significant changes to his form.
McDonough described Bamba’s old form as ”a slingshot” approach with the ball released far behind the shooter’s head.
Bamba said the changes have ”made like a night-and-day difference in just my mechanics, getting the ball off smoother and having softer landing on the rim.”
”My makes are all net and my misses are landing very soft and long instead of short,” he said.
Bamba has a 7-foot-10 wingspan, the largest ever recorded at the NBA combine. McDonough said Bamba’s highest vertical jump was 12 1-2 feet, ”which is crazy.”
As for the comparison with Gobert, the shot-blocking center of the Utah Jazz, McDonough said ”honestly I think at 20 years old he’s ahead of where Rudy was.”
”Now Rudy’s made tremendous strides over the last three or four years,” McDonough said. ”The question for Mo is can he fill out his body the way Rudy has. But in terms of measurements, they’re similar. In terms of the willingness and desire to anchor a defense and protect the rim Mark Walton Color Rush Jersey , they’re similar. I think Mo probably is a little more mobile at the same age and Rudy is probably stronger, more physically developed at the same age.”
Bamba loves the comparison.
”He just changed the geometry of the game,” Bamba said. ”When he’s not blocking the shot, he’s in the back of your mind.”
McDonough calls Bamba ”a super-bright guy, one of the smarter guys I’ve seen in the last 10 or 15 years come through the pre-draft process.”
Bamba believes that intelligence will serve him well in the NBA.
”I have the natural ability to pick things up a lot faster than I think most people would,” he said, ”and I think I’ve shown that in the workout that we did today. … IQ is really big. It’s something that you really want to have on and off the court and it takes your game to the next level for sure.”
Bamba weighs 234 pounds.
”He’s super-long but he’s thin so he needs to add some length to his body, especially the lower body,” McDonough said. ”But I think from day one he’ll be able to step on the court and impact games defensively, block shots, rebound and then be an over-the-top lob threat and then build the rest of his game out from there.”
Bamba said he is working out for other teams but didn’t want to identify them. Ayton said the Suns were the only team he’s working out with. Bagley planned to work out with Sacramento and Atlanta, teams with the No. 2 and No. 3 picks, respectively, in the June 21 draft.
Ayton said he knows he will be the No.1 pick. Bagley said he, not Ayton, deserves to be.
Bamba was more diplomatic.
”Everyone feels entitled to it, but I have no entitlement to it,” he said. ”It’s something that obviously I worked my butt off for and my whole thing is to put it in very short sentences – I do more and I require less. The Suns are more than a perfect fit for me.”