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Tuesday Round-Up: Terrelle Pryor acquired; Offseason program underway; Happy birthday "Punkin"
Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, April 22 - about your Seattle Seahawks: Read
From Silver and Black to Blue and Green
The Seahawks acquired quarterback Terrelle Pryor from the Oakland Raiders for a 2014 seventh round draft pick yesterday, adding a fourth signal caller to a competition that includes entrenched starter Russell Wilson, and backups Tarvaris Jackson and B.J. Daniels.
On Pryor, a running quarterback with exceptional speed who measures at 6-foot-4 and 230-plus pounds, general manager John Schneider said, "Terrelle is an incredibly explosive athlete and we’re excited for him to come in and compete."
Terry Blount of ESPN.com says the trade for Pryor was worth it for Seattle, "This is what the Seahawks do, bring in talented athletes and find a place for them where they can help the team and excel as individuals. Maybe that's still at quarterback for Pryor, maybe it's elsewhere. For Seattle, it certainly is worth the cost of a seventh-round pick."
Back To Work
Several Seahawks players returned to Virginia Mason Athletic Center yesterday as Phase One of the team's voluntary offseason workout program officially got underway.
“We had a good staging (last season)," Carroll told Farnsworth of his club's return to work. "It was a step toward this, because we had a lot of expectations going into the year. And, of course, we’ll have all of that again. So we just want to take it very normally and really deal with it by working really hard – just by going about recapturing the work ethic that makes us and has been so important to us.” Read
Happy Birthday, "Punkin"
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch celebrates his 28th birthday today and you're encouraged to send the team's "Beast Mode" back some well wishes on Twitter @MoneyLynch. Lynch's mother, Delisa, and head coach Pete Carroll are likely the only two who can get away with calling the punishing ball carrier "Punkin," but if you're feeling brave enough, be my guest.
Terry Blount of ESPN.com says the Seahawks - who were already one of the youngest teams in the NFL after winning Super Bowl XLVIII - keep getting younger. Twelve (12) players with an average age of 28.4 who were on the roster at the end of last season are gone and nine (9) new players with an average age of 25.7 have been acquired via free agency or trade. Blount makes note Seattle has just three players on the roster who are over the age of 30 - quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (31), linebacker Heath Farwell (32), and punter Jon Ryan (32). Read
More From Around The Web
Wide receiver Sidney Rice joined 710 AM ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Danny" yesterday to talk about re-signing with the Seahawks and the progress he's made in recovery from the ACL injury he suffered last October. Read
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com continues his series looking at Seahawks with the most to gain next season, naming wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. O'Neil writes, "Kearse isn't the fastest receiver on the team nor is he the biggest, but his combination of size and speed and that ability to make plays in traffic makes him the player who is best positioned to see his production skyrocket with Tate gone."
Marc Sessler of NFL.com highlights nine players headed for a bigger role in 2014, and Seahawks defensive linemen Cliff Avril and Tony McDaniel make his list. On the pairing, Sessler says, "Avril was a Super Bowl hero, but the Seahawks want even more next year. Coach Pete Carroll confirmed at the NFL Annual Meeting that Avril will essentially replace the departed Chris Clemons in the starting lineup while McDaniel takes Red Bryant's old role."