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Thursday Round-Up: Seahawks offseason earns A-minus; Round 2 of 'Madden' cover vote ends today
Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, May 22 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Offseason Grades For Every NFL Team
Mike Sando of ESPN.com worked with fellow ESPN Insiders Bill Polian, Louis Riddick, Field Yates, and Matt Williamson to provide offseason grades for each of the League's 32 teams. It's an Insider feature, but below is what the group had to say about why the Seahawks earned an A-minus for the way they operated.
"Re-signing Carroll, Bennett, Thomas and Sherman made this a great offseason for the Seahawks' long-term future.
'I gave them an A because when you are in their position, and I have been there many times, re-signing your own is critical, and making sure the right players are re-signed is critical, and they did both,' Polian said.
'Seattle's depth has been compromised,' Williamson said. 'Everyone on draft day says you cannot criticize the Seahawks for taking a fifth-round tackle [Justin Britt] in the second round, but you cannot tell me Bruce Irvin or James Carpenter were worth first-round picks, either. They have hit on guys late in the draft, but will they always? They are not light years smarter than the rest of the league, and they have not had to pay their quarterback.'
Williamson and Riddick agreed that Paul Richardson, the receiver Seattle drafted in the second round, projected as a DeSean Jackson type with the ability to pump welcome speed into the Seahawks' offense.
'They got exponentially faster with Richardson if they can keep Percy Harvin healthy,' Riddick said. '[Richardson] is lightning in a bottle.'"
Seattle's mark was tops in the NFL from the ESPN crew. Joining the Seahawks at the A-minus level were the St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Round 2 Of Madden Cover Vote Ends Today
Seahawks Honored at The White House
Seahawks.com Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth recaps Wednesday's honorary visit to Washington, D.C., where President Barack Obama paid tribute to the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seahawks in a special ceremony at The White House.
The Seahawks were the latest championship team to visit our nation's capital, continuing a tradition that sees title-earning teams and athletes saluted by the President. Normally, the team will present the President with a customized jersey, but the Seahawks bucked that trend, gifting President Obama a large 12 flag instead, recognizing Seattle's passionate 12th Man fan base.
There was plenty of social media reaction to come from yesterday's events, and we did our best to round up player Tweets and Instagram photos for your viewing pleasure.
More From Around The Web
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin joined Sports Radio KJR AM's Mitch in the Morning show today and Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times recaps the conversation. We'll pass along the podcast when it becomes available.comments on the Seahawks' historic visit to The White House.
710Sports.com conducted a fun Twitter exercise to determine which government positions Seahawks players would hold if they ran The White House.
Brian Reich, a Seahawks fan who was in attendance at yesterday's White House ceremony, has several photos from the festivities on his Instagram account.
Will Brinson of CBSSports.com provides over/under 2014 win totals for each NFC team.
And the NFL has released its roster of officials for the 2014 season, a list that includes 12 first-year officials.
Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto