NFC Notes: Cardinals, 49ers, Rams, Seahawks

     

Cardinals

  • Per Darren Urban of the team website, Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins said his game-winning, Hail Mary catch on Sunday against the Bills probably was the best of his career: “It was on three people. They were in position. It was just a better catch by I.”
  • Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury said he didn’t have an update on DT Corey Peters‘ knee injury but it didn’t look good Sunday and didn’t look any better on Monday. (Urban)

49ers

  • 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan told reporters that RB JaMycal Hasty sustained a fractured collarbone. (Matt Maiocco)
  • 49ers placed DL Arik Armstead on the COVID-19 list. (NFLTR)

Rams

  • NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says the Rams are optimistic LT Andrew Whitworth‘s knee injury won’t be season-ending and the veteran could return for the playoffs. 
  • According to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, Rams S Taylor Rapp is believed to have an MCL sprain and is getting an MRI to confirm. 

Seahawks

Much to the delight of the fanbase, the Seahawks fully embraced QB Russell Wilson as the focal point of the offense this year and Wilson is delivering. He has 28 touchdown passes, most in the league, and is completing 71 percent of his passes at an astounding 8.6 YPA clip. Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer was initially hired a few years ago to re-establish the run in Seattle, but admitted he was blown away by Wilson. 

“I honestly didn’t realize what a great player Russell Wilson was,” Schottenheimer via NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. “I mean, I’d played him in St. Louis. But he gets this moniker of a great run around/scramble guy. No, this guy is one of the best passers I’ve ever been around, it’s unbelievable. My point is, after Year 1, we’re like, ‘Damn, this guy is pretty good.’ And go into Year 2, we’re evolving.”

It wasn’t lost on the outside world how Wilson started pushing for more control of the offense and better weapons this offseason. Schottenheimer said figuring that out without completely losing their identity as an offense was the priority in 2020. 

“In the offseason, we started the dialogue — like what would this look like?” Schottenheimer said. “The biggest thing, we never wanted to lose our ability to still be physical. But let’s give the guy the keys to the car a little bit. He’s earned that. And we’re all saying he’s one of the best players in football and so, we went into it with that mindset, knowing we’d still be able to run the football. But when in doubt, we’d want Russ to have the ball.”

However, Wilson has cooled off quite a bit from his early-season pace the past few weeks. He has four interceptions and three lost fumbles the past two weeks as the Seahawks have lost to the Bills and Rams, and he didn’t have any touchdowns in the loss to Los Angeles Sunday. 

“I just got to get better,” Wilson said via Adam Jude of the Seattle Times. “I’m not going to make it overly complicated. It’s not on anybody but me. I put it on my shoulders, and we’ll get it fixed.”

  • CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora notes if Seahawks HC Pete Carroll decides to shake up his defensive coaching staff this offseason, former Falcons HC Dan Quinn and Chargers DC Gus Bradley are seen as two potential candidates. 
  • Seahawks RB Chris Carson has an excellent chance to play Thursday against the Cardinals. (Adam Schefter)
  • Carroll told reporters that S Jamal Adamshad to man up today. His shoulder was hurting … he’s going to be sore.” (Curtis Crabtree)
  • Adams went into more detail on the extent of the injury: “I was out there with one arm. I was in a lot of pain and I won’t sit here and lie to you. Still in a lot of pain but you know it is what it is.” (Crabtree)
  • However, Adams indicated he won’t sit out Thursday night’s game against the Cardinals: “Hell nah…I’ll be there.” (Michael-Shawn Dugar)
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