Wed Oct 13 7:41pm ET
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll walks past a photo of quarterback Russell Wilson in action as he arrives to talk to reporters before NFL football practice, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Renton, Wash. Wilson is out with a finger injury and backup quarterback Geno Smith is scheduled to start Sunday on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL football game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
RENTON, Wash. (AP) The revolving door at the most unsettled position for the Seattle Seahawks has now spit out their starting cornerback from Week 1.
Tre Flowers was released Wednesday as the Seahawks struggle to find the right combination in the secondary.
Flowers started the first three games but was benched in favor of Sidney Jones after Minnesota dissected Seattle's secondary in Week 3. Coach Pete Carroll raved about Flowers' performance in earning the starting job during training camp but didn't have many answers Wednesday on why his standing changed so quickly.
''I think it was time for a change for him as well,'' Carroll said. ''He had a couple of guys that are getting some playtime ahead of him. And I love that kid, and I've been working with him as close as anybody I've worked with since I've been here. I feel better for him to get out of here and get going again. There's a lot of teams that need corners and I hope he gets a great shot.''
The entire cornerback situation has been a moving target since early in training camp and remains unsettled five weeks into the regular season, with the Seahawks defense on pace to give up a record number of yards.
Seattle went into camp thinking some combination of Flowers, D.J. Reed and Ahkello Witherspoon would give the Seahawks their starters. But Witherspoon didn't make it through training camp before being traded to Pittsburgh.
For now, Jones and Reed are the starters. But Seattle also acquired Bless Austin late in training camp and could activate rookie Tre Brown off injured reserve to play Sunday against Pittsburgh. Brown has been out several weeks with a knee issue.
''He did a lot of positive things and unfortunately the knee acted up and couldn't respond right then,'' Carroll said. ''So I'm going back to where he was and like I said to him today, `Let's pick up where you left off and show us that you get your stuff together and let's see where that leads you in the competition.' So he'll be battling.''
Flowers was a fifth-round pick by the Seahawks in 2018. He was a safety in college but Seattle moved him to cornerback immediately, intrigued by his size and speed.
But it never fully clicked for Flowers, despite starting 30 games in the 2018 and 2019 seasons combined. Flowers shined in training camp this summer, but that also may have been an indictment of the rest of the players Seattle put together at the position.
''He really exceeded a little bit of the expectations. He came back better, and really effective and aggressive and all of that,'' Carroll said. ''In my opinion, it just didn't stay as much as we hoped.''
There was an unexpected sight during practice Wednesday - QB Russell Wilson in uniform with a helmet on. Wilson was going through the initial Seahawks warmup but with his surgically repaired right middle finger tucked into a handwarmer around his waist. Wilson was listed as a nonparticipant on the official practice report.
Geno Smith will be the starter for the immediate future but Seattle has not yet placed Wilson on injured reserve.
Seattle did add depth at the quarterback position by signing Danny Etling to the practice squad. Etling spent last season on Seattle's practice squad and gives the Seahawks three healthy QBs with Smith and Jake Luton.
New York Giants TE Evan Engram (calf) is active for Week 7's game against the Carolina Panthers.
Fantasy Spin: Engram returned to practice in a limited fashion Friday, Oct. 22, after sustaining a calf injury which had sidelined him on the previous day, so it's not surprising that he was cleared to play this afternoon. He should be viewed as a low-end TE1 option in deeper fantasy leagues.
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (calf) and wide receivers Darius Slayton (hamstring) and John Ross (hamstring), who were all listed as questionable, are active in Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers. Engram and Slayton could have very big roles in the passing game with receivers Kenny Golladay (knee), Kadarius Toney (ankle) and Sterling Shepard (hamstring) all out on Sunday. Slayton is returning after a three-week absence, though, so he'll still be hard to trust in fantasy, even as a deep-league flex play. Dante Pettis saw a much bigger workload last week with Golladay and Toney out, and Collin Johnson and Ross should also be involved as well. Engram will be a low-end TE1 play with upside with so many of New York's offensive weapons on the shelf.
As expected, the Kansas City Chiefs will have wide receiver Tyreek Hill (quad) and tight end Travis Kelce (neck) for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans. With the Titans missing multiple pieces in the secondary, this should be a strong game for the Chiefs passing attack. Even with the injury concerns, fantasy managers should fire Hill and Kelce up as a WR1 and TE1, respectively.
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring) is not active for Week 7's game against the Carolina Panthers.
Fantasy Spin: Shepard was injured during practice Thursday, Oct. 21, although he was able to practice in a limited role the following day, meaning that there is a good chance that he can return to action in Week 8. Expect the likes of WR Darius Slayton and TE Evan Engram to see increased numbers of targets this afternoon in his absence.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (quadriceps) is officially active for the Week 7 game.
Fantasy Spin: Hill did not do much during practice this week but should receive close to his normal workload in Week 7. He should be a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Tennessee Titans WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is officially active for the Week 7 game.
Fantasy Spin: Jones has struggled with hamstring injuries over the last few seasons but will be able to play against the Kansas City Chiefs. He can be considered a No. 3 receiver or flex option in fantasy leagues.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Atlanta Falcons. He last played in Week 4 against the Colts. With Parker out, look for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to focus on wide receiver Jaylen Waddle and tight end Mike Gesicki against a weak Falcons secondary. Gesicki had 115 yards last week against Jaguars and should be a strong DFS play on this slate.
New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson is a healthy scratch again in Week 7, returning to the inactive list after playing for the past two weeks. Considering Stevenson had eight touches, a touchdown, and a 33 percent snap rate last week, him returning to Bill Belichick's doghouse is a bit of a surprise. Damien Harris is the only running back in New England worth anything when it comes to fantasy right now.
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (hamstring) has been ruled out for the Week 7 contest against the Carolina Panthers. He'll be joining running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and receivers Kenny Golladay (knee) and Kadarius Toney (ankle), who were ruled out on Friday, on the sidelines. The good news is that tight end Evan Engram (calf) and receivers Darius Slayton (hamstring) and John Ross (hamstring) will play, but the Giants offense will be missing their best weapons. It will be Shepard's third missed game of the season with his hamstring injury. Slayton will be returning after three straight missed games, so there's no guarantee he'll be the top receiving option in his first game back. Dante Pettis and Collin Johnson figure to be involved in three-receiver sets as well.
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (hamstring, shoulder) has been declared inactive for the Week 7 game.
Fantasy Spin: Jaylen Waddle and Preston Williams probably will be the main receivers for the Dolphins while Parker is sidelined. Waddle should be at least a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues, while Williams can be a flex option in some leagues.
Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson (shin) is active, as expected, in Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers. Cornerback William Jackson III (knee) is out, so Washington's corner depth will be shaky against the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Gibson has been playing through a hairline fracture in his shin the last couple weeks, although he did see only 10 carries in the Week 6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Consider him more of an RB2 than RB1 this week, especially since backup and pass-catching back J.D. McKissic could see more run if Washington is playing catchup against a strong Green Bay offense for much of the day.
New York Jets running back Tevin Coleman (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's Week 7 contest against the New England Patriots. He's joined on the inactive list by tight end Tyler Kroft and wide receiver Jeff Smith. With Coleman out, there should be a few more snaps available for Michael Carter, but Coleman only played five offensive snaps in Week 5 against Atlanta, so his absence doesn't really move the needle here.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Preston Smith (oblique) and cornerback Kevin King (shoulder) are out for the Week 7 battle against the Washington Football Team on Sunday. Smith will break his consecutive games played streak at 102 after suffering an oblique injury in last week's win over the Chicago Bears. King will be missing his second straight game with his shoulder injury. Eric Stokes, Chandon Sullivan and Rasul Douglas will once again serve as Green Bay's starting corners on Sunday. Green Bay's defense loses a little luster with Smith out of the lineup, but they're still on the streaming radar for this weekend against Washington.
The New York Giants have declared CB Sam Beal, RB Saquon Barkley, WR Sterling Shepard, DL Danny Shelton, CB Josh Jackson, WR Kadarius Toney and WR Kenny Golladay inactive for Week 7.
The Atlanta Falcons have declared DB Kendall Sheffield, LB Dorian Etheridge, CB Avery Williams, DL John Cominsky, DT Mike Pennel, QB Feleipe Franks and WR Frank Darby inactive for Week 7.
The Miami Dolphins have declared WR DeVante Parker, DL John Jenkins, OL Greg Mancz, CB Noah Igbinoghene, OT Greg Little and TE Hunter Long inactive for Week 7.
The Kansas City Chiefs have declared OT Prince Tega Wanogho, LB Anthony Hitchens, C Austin Blythe, FB Michael Burton, CB DeAndre Baker and OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif inactive for Week 7.
The Carolina Panthers have declared LB Shaq Thompson, DE Darryl X. Johnson, WR Terrace Marshall Jr., DT Phil Hoskins, CB Rashaan Melvin, OT Cameron Erving and TE Giovanni Ricci inactive for Week 7.
New York Giants WR John Ross (hamstring) is expected to play in Week 7's game against the Carolina Panthers, barring a pre-game setback, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Ross had been listed as questionable on the injury report after participating in two of the team's three practice sessions this week on a limited basis. Although he had a good performance in Week 4's game versus the New Orleans Saints, he has not done much otherwise and can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
The New York Jets have declared S Adrian Colbert, RB Tevin Coleman, WR Jeff Smith, DT Jonathan Marshall, LB C.J. Mosley and TE Tyler Kroft inactive for Week 7.