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Thursday Round-Up: Top 25 players under age 25; Training Camp kicks off
Brock Huard and Danny O'Neil of 710 AM ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Danny" say all eyes will be on the front-seven of the Seahawks defense as training camp unfolds
Good morning, and here's what's "out there" for today, Thursday, July 25, about your Seattle Seahawks:
ESPN.com's Mel Kiper Jr. has an Insider feature highlighting the current top 25 NFL players under the age of 25, and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (No. 4), free safety Earl Thomas (No. 8), and linebacker Bobby Wagner (No. 17) crack his list.
We've heard the endless - and worthy - raves for Wilson and Thomas, so here's a snippet from Kiper on the lesser-talked-about, but equally-impressive Wagner:
"Current: The Seahawks have been in pursuit of a strong middle linebacker since they drafted Aaron Curry at No. 4 in 2009. Wagner, a second-round pick out of Utah State in 2012, almost immediately solidified the position. Wagner isn't big by the standards of the position, but he has above-average speed and quickness and anticipates really well. He was passed over for the Pro Bowl as a rookie, but another season of play at the level we saw in 2012 would get him there.
"Future: He has great support from fellow young linebacker K.J. Wright and from excellent run-stuffer Kam Chancellor. As long as Wagner can stay healthy, it looks as if the Seahawks will have stability here. Wagner won't turn 24 until June, so expect to see him on this list again."
And speaking of "fellow young linebacker K.J. Wright," why not throw some love his way, too? In a related Insider feature from ESPN.com's Chris Sprow, Wright rounds out a list of the 10 next-best players under age 25.
On Wright, Sprow says, "There was a temptation to put Vontaze Burfict in this spot because Wright is nearly two years older and future production factors in, but Wright gets the nod as the more complete linebacker and one of the key members of what could be the NFL's best defense in 2013. Wright is just OK against the run but excels in coverage and combines great instincts and elite closing speed to cause problems for offenses. Next to Bobby Wagner, Wright helps form one of the NFL's better linebacker tandems. Another ho-hum, mid-round draft pick for John Schneider and the Seattle war room."
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com poses five questions ahead of today's first training camp practice, inquiring about the status of guard James Carpenter, how Bruce Irvin will fit into the defense, where Walter Thurmond will compete for playing time in a loaded secondary, and more.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times wraps up the site's "15 questions in 15 days" pre-training camp series by addressing the question, "Can the Seahawks handle the hype?"
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune touches on that same topic in his training camp primer this morning.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald addresses what positions are up for grabs, dissecting that and four other questions heading into today's camp.
NFC West blogger Mike Sando has his daily look around the NFC West. Sando heads to Renton, Wash. this morning, where he'll spend the next three days at Seahawks camp before heading south to cover the Arizona Cardinals.
And over at SI.com, Chris Burke has his preseason power rankings, where the Seahawks come in at No. 3 behind the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens (No. 1) and the defending AFC West champion Denver Broncos (No. 2).
On the Seahawks, Burke writes, "A different team in the second half of last season, Seattle finished the regular season 7-1 after a Week 8 loss in Detroit. All the Seahawks did this offseason was add one of the game's most dynamic weapons, Percy Harvin, and multiple D-line weapons."
Seattle-area hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis shot a music video last night at Dick's Drive-In in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, and for several portions of the shoot Macklemore was wearing a Cortez Kennedy jersey - the former Seahawks defensive tackle who was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year.
Here at Seahawks.com, we will be live streaming about an hour of each training camp practice session, the first of which will kick off at around 10:30 a.m.
With every camp sold out to the general public, there's a good chance that some of you may be following along online. If there's a certain player, coach, or position group you'd like us to focus on during our broadcast, be sure to shoot us a request on Twitter using the #BingHawks hashtag.
Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth and Digital Media Host Tony Ventrella put together a training camp teaser, talking with a few players who were around Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Wednesday for team physicals and meetings.
And lastly, the club announced 2013 broadcast teams and network information yesterday, and former Seahawks quarterback and University of Washington standout Brock Huard will join play-by-play man Curt Menefee in the booth for preseason telecasts on Q13 FOX.