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Friday Round-Up: Grading NFC West lineups
Good morning, and here's what's "out there" for today, Friday, July 19, about your Seattle Seahawks:
ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando breaks down a piece from ProFootballFocus.com that grades out primary personnel packages for each NFL club. Four Seahawks are graded "elite" by PFF - cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Antoine Winfield, linebacker Bobby Wagner, and center Max Unger - good for the highest total of "elite" players in the division.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times examines that same piece from PFF with a focus on free safety Earl Thomas, who was graded as "above average" in the site's report. He also continues the site's "15 questions in 15 days" series, tackling the query, "Who will lead the Seahawks in receiving?"
Sando also has his NFC West chat transcript from yesterday.
During ESPN's John Clayton's "Cold Hard Facts" segment with 710 AM ESPN Seattle's "Wyman, Mike & Moore," Clayton backs up Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll when discussing CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco's NFL coach rankings, where Prisco has Carroll listed middle-of-the-pack at No. 15.
"I think it's too low for Pete Carroll," Clayton says. "You look at the franchise and you look at the team he took over, and here Pete Carroll took over a turnaround team. He basically had to build it, so your record's not gonna be great. Say what you want, but success is ultimately judged with what you do as far as building a franchise, which I think you can see that Pete has done."
NFL.com Around the League editor Gregg Rosenthal offers up four big questions for NFC West ballclubs as they prepare for training camp in the days ahead.
Here at Seahawks.com, Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth threw it back to 1976 on Thursday, with a look 10 players chosen in the Expansion Draft who were featured in the Topps trading card set that season.
In a partnership announced yesterday, Russell Investments will donate $2,000 to quarterback Russell Wilson's charitable foundation for every touchdown pass or run Wilson scores this season. Wilson's foundation benefits youth activities for children in need.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday training camp dates are sold out, and there's limited space available for the rest of the club's open practice sessions. Get in while the gettin's good.
The Seahawks 12 Tour moved on to Kennewick, Wash. yesterday. and started with a surprise visit to Seahawks Wounded Warrior Andrew McMann, which was followed by a fan forum event at The Pub. The 12 Tour continues today in the Tri-Cities with a Gatorade Junior Training Camp before rolling southwest across the state for another stop in Vancouver, Wash. We'll have video up from Kennewick's trip later this afternoon.
In news around the rest of the League, NFL.com columnist Adam Schein singles out the most important player on every AFC team.
And with NFL training camps beginning to open up in the days ahead, Don Banks of SI.com outlines 10 camp storylines to keep an eye on.