Happy Tuesday everyone. We hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and a bunch of random bowl games this week. The Seahawks are back in action this week in preparation for the Jets, a must for their playoff chances, but before we turn our attention to that game, it’s time again to answer questions from you, the fans. As always, thanks to everyone who asked questions this week, and I apologize if I couldn’t get to your questions this time. And remember, in addition to asking on Twitter, you can also submit questions online at Seahawks.com/mailbag.
@nancygates72 asks, “How’s Tyler Lockett doing, and is it known if he’ll play or not?”
A: I ran into Lockett briefly in the building this morning, and he seemed to be in a good mood, so I’d say Lockett is doing well today.
Oh, I meant his hand, not his general condition, huh?
Well in that case, no, it is not known if he will play this week. When Lockett had surgery last week on his hand, he had it in the hopes that he could return as soon as this week, and as of Monday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the veteran receiver is still hopeful for that outcome. But until Lockett starts catching passes and sees how his surgically repaired hand holds up in it, he and his team won’t know how quickly the comeback can happen.
“I don’t know yet,” Carroll said on Monday when asked if Lockett could play against the Gates Sunday. “I know what he wants to do, he wants to play, so we’ll see… He’s got to find out, is he comfortable with being able to catch up and hold on to the football and all that kind of stuff.”
Carroll said Lockett’s condition likely wouldn’t be known until late in the week, but noted that an experienced player like Lockett could theoretically play on Sunday without practicing during the week.
“He doesn’t necessarily need to practice,” Carroll said. “If someone can follow the game plan in the walkthroughs and all that sort of thing, because he’s not going to miss any of it; We know that answer as of late in the week, but he’ll be willing to go otherwise as far as the game plan goes.”
@kmasterman asks, “What’s the Boyle family’s favorite holiday movie and have the kids watched Die Hard a million times?”
A: I just jumped after “Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?” debate, I see. (For the record, I say if you like watching Diehard at Christmas, this is a Christmas movie for you, and that’s all that matters. Also, it’s a Christmas movie.) And no, my kids definitely haven’t seen it. Our oldest is only 7, so I feel like that would be kind of irresponsible parenting (“Dad, what do you mean ‘Yippee Ki-Yay, (expletive)’?”)
As for a favorite movie, I don’t have one that I have to watch every holiday season, but many that I enjoy (National Christmas Vacation, Elf, Bad Santa, etc.). I will say that I’m having a lot of fun jumping Netflix into the world of Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movies. Are most of those movies really good? Not really, but there’s just something about getting along and wondering if the protagonist will find love and/or save the family’s Christmas-themed business from an evil developer and/or get the holiday spirit to change their perspective and make them realize that there are more important things in life than The profession that makes them miserable.
Spoiler alert: the answer to all of these things is yes.
Normandy Park’s Chuck Dubic asks, “Did the Seahawks have a chance to prevent the Packers from signing Bo Melton to the practice squad by signing them to a 53-man roster?”
A: First, if you missed it, Chuck is referring to the fact that the Packers signed Melton, a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft, out of Seattle’s practice squad and on their 53-man roster on Tuesday. So, could the Seahawks have stopped him? The short answer is no. If a team comes in offering a job on the 53-man roster, that practice squad player is essentially a free agent and can get it. Sometimes teams will respond by offering to sign a player to prevent them from leaving, often the player will make that option due to their knowledge of the team/system etc., but they are under no obligation to do so.
And in the end, even if the Seahawks offered Milton a spot at the 53rd, he may have decided to pursue another opportunity. Melton was a member of the practice squad all season while teammate Dareke Young was seventh on the 53-man roster, and he also saw Laquon Treadwell and Cade Johnson move up in the gameday game ahead of him. None of that means Melton won’t one day be able to become a productive NFL player and have a long career, but so far at least, he’s not had that chance in Seattle, so if the Packers offer a chance to be on the roster, he might. He sees this as his best chance to get on the field soon.
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