Good morning, 12s. Here’s a look at what’s out there today – Friday, September 16 – about your Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle Seahawks safety Ryan Neal saw his first action of the 2022 season in Week 1’s 17-16 win over the Denver Broncos at Lumen Field. Now with safety Jamal Adams on the IR, the Seahawks will look to both Josh Jones and Neal, the fifth-year man out of Southern Illinois, to step up – and Neal is ready for the call.
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The former Saluki is one of two Southern Illinois alum to currently play in the NFL – along with Carolina Panthers safety and former teammate Jeremy Chinn. Chinn became the first Saluki drafted since 2015 when Carolina selected him in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The duo is now playing on Sundays on separate sides of the country, but Neal is now getting a shot to shine. Neal has participated in 34 contests, starting nine over the past two seasons, making some key plays down the stretch for Seattle in 2021. A few weeks ago, Neal was in a boot dealing with a high ankle sprain that bothered him through the end of the offseason, but he returned to action last week.
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“Whenever you start hitting walls, you’re getting really close to something,” said Neal.
But the Hammond, Indiana native has been focused on this moment throughout. One thing that keeps him grounded is his Midwest roots – and the music he listens to plays a part in his daily routine.
“Right now I really have been on some O.G. stuff, I’ve been listening to a lot of Curren$y and Jay-Z,” said Neal. “One person I’m listening to right now is Curren$y right now, that’s my dog. Of course Gangsta Gibbs too, he’s from the city.”
The high-energy motivational rap keeps Neal juiced to go sideline-to-sideline for big hits and picks.
Coach Carroll took the podium following practice to discuss Neal’s potential impact.
“Ryan is going to play more, and he will be part of what we are doing,” Carroll explained. “Fortunately, he made it back last week, and he is there. We love what Ryan brings… I think at the position, we are going to be okay. We are going to be alright with our guys. We were trying to figure out how we were going to play Ryan anyway going into it until he got hurt. Here we are, so we will see how it works out.”
From here it’s on Neal, who started five games in 2021. But with a positive mindset, a healthy body and plenty of support, Neal gets a chance to answer some questions surrounding the Seahawks in week three.
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The Seattle Times Sports Staff makes Week 2 picks for Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers.
Brandon Gustafson of Seattle Sports 710AM: Ray Roberts says Seahawks rookie offensive linemen ‘Could be amongst NFL’s best.’
All Seahawks Staff of Sports Illustrated on the possible debut of Seahawks rookie running back Kenneth Walker III.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times on Seahawks linebacker Cody Barton’s ‘K.J. Wright Play’ against the Denver Broncos.
The Seattle Seahawks take on the San Francisco for Week 2 of the 2022 season, the 48th meeting between the two teams. Take a look back at some of their previous matchups.
Seattle Seahawks fullback Dan Doornink (33) runs upfield during an NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco, Oct. 7, 1979. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 35-24. (AP Photo/Al Messerschmidt)
San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana (16) passes during an NFL football game against Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Nov. 25, 1985, in San Francisco. The 49ers won the game, 19-6. (AP Photo/Greg Trott)
San Francisco 49ers Ronnie Lott pulls down Seattle Seahawks receiver Steve Largent (80) for a short gain in the first quarter at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Aug. 29, 1986. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Jerry Rice (80) of the San Francisco 49ers dives into the endzone for a touchdown after catching a 30-yard pass from Joe Montana during the second quarter on Friday, Sept. 1, 1989 in Seattle, against the Seahawks. Unable to make the play for the Seahawks in Dwayne Harper (29). (AP Photo/Bill Chan)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg gives the number one sign as he lines up behind Seahawks tackle Andy Heck (66) during the second quarter at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Sept. 1, 1990. The Seahawks beat the 49ers 30-10. (AP Photo/John Mabanglo)
Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Sam Adams (98) fights his way through the blocking of 49ers offensive guard Derrick Deese (63) during a 9 to 13 Seattle Seahawks preseason loss to the San Francisco 49ers on August 26, 1994 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (AP Photo/Paul Spinelli)
Seattle Seahawks running back Ricky Watters (32) evades San Francisco 49ers’ Monty Montgomery on a first-quarter run Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000, in Seattle. Watters made a first down on the play. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander (37) makes touchdown on Saturday, August 25, 2001, in San Francisco, California. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 28-18 in a preseason game. (AP Photo/Al Golub)
Seattle Seahawks defensive back Reggie Tongue (25) moves in to finish off tackle on San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Tai Streets (89) on Sunday, December 1, 2002, in San Francisco, California. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 31-24. (AP Photo/Al Golub)
Seattle Seahawks’ Antonio Cochran (78) celebrates a fumble recovery by teammate safety Ken Hamlin on the first play after the 2-minute warning in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 20-19. At left is 49ers’ Ron Stone. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks’ Ken Lucas (21) grabs San Francisco 49ers Jamal Robertson on a run in the fourth quarter Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, in Seattle. Robertson was held to no gain on the play, and the Seahawks won, 34-0. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
San Francisco 49ers’ Shawntae Spencer, left, pushes Seattle Seahawks’ Joe Jurevicius out of bounds on a first quarter pass reception, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander, front left, is brought down by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Manny Lawson, back, and linebacker Brandon Moore, right, in the second half of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006. San Francisco won 20-14. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) smiles after greeting former teammate and San Francisco 49ers back-up quarterback Trent Dilfer after an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 12, 2007, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 24-0. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks running back Justin Forsett (30) is tackled by San Francisco 49ers running back Michael Robinson (24) during an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) passes under pressure by San Francisco 49ers’ Takeo Spikes in the fourth quarter during an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, in Seattle, Wash. Hasselbeck completed the pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh. The Seahawks won 20-17. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks running back Michael Robinson #26 during an NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers December 12, 2010 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco Ca. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 40 – 21 in regular season week fourteen action. (Ap Photo/ Bill Nichols)
San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith (94) bull rushes the quarterback during an NFL game against Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Robert Gallery (72) on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Seattle. The 49ers won the game, 19-17. (AP Photo/Greg Trott)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) catches a pass in front of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver (29) during the second quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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FILE – In this Jan. 26, 2014, file photo, Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman (25) tips a pass in the endzone intended for San Francisco 49ers’ Michael Crabtree (15) in the final minute of the second half of the NFC championship NFL football game in Seattle. Seattle’s Malcolm Smith intercepted the tipped pass. Sherman was fined $7,875 for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting after he made a choking gesture after the play toward the San Francisco bench that he said was directed at quarterback Colin Kaepernick. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls (34) scores a touchdown between San Francisco 49ers middle linebacker Gerald Hodges (51), strong safety Jaquiski Tartt (29) and linebacker Michael Wilhoite (57) during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner intercepts a 49ers pass near the goal line and heads upfield.
Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith is one of eight Mountaineers to be inducted into West Virginia University’s Sports Hall of Fame Saturday.
Seahawks Legend and Green Beret Nate Boyer directs and stars in “MVP” – a film dedicated to helping athletes and veterans dealing with the transitions of life.
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Seattle Seahawks Safety Quandre Diggs honored to be named a captain ahead of 2022 NFL season.
Following training camp and the preseason, Bleacher Report grades all 32 NFL rookie classes, with the Seahawks receiving an A.
Seahawks Legend K.J. Wright joins Seattle Sports 710AM’s Brock and Salk show every Wednesday morning between 8-9 a.m.
Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett entered the Kansas State University football Ring of Honor over the weekend.
A pair of Seahawks were named to CBS Sports’ preseason All-NFC West team.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll joined 950 KJR’s Chuck and Buck Show Wednesday.
Brookstone School in Georgia named its new stadium after Seahawks Legend and alum Mack Strong.
K.J. Wright shared his excitement about rookie Tariq Woolen while on Seattle Sports 710AM’s Bump and Stacy Show.
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