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Tuesday Round-Up: OTAs underway
Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, May 27 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
OTAs On Deck
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com highlights four things to watch as the Seahawks begin the first of 10 scheduled OTAs - four of which are open to the media (May 27, June 2, 9, and 12).
Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com recaps a conversation with Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas, who claims he's "nervous" ahead of the team's first OTA session. The full audio of Thomas with "Brock and Danny" is embedded for you below.
Todd Dybas says the battle at wide receiver will be one of five things to look at during the team's OTAs.
And Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times sets up several key questions as the Seahawks begin Phase 3 of the offseason program.
The Hope Index
Mike Tanier of SportsOnEarth.com "calculates" the hope index for each NFL team heading into 2014, allotting points to clubs based on different categories like recent Super Bowl appearances, the presence of a Super Bowl quarterback, Super Bowl coach, Pro Bowl participants, draft improvements, and more. The Seahawks earn the second-highest mark of the League's 32 teams, with the division rival San Francisco 49ers coming out on top.
On the Seahawks, Tanier writes, "More 'afterglow' than 'hope' at this point. Seahawks fans are not Patriots/Yankees fans, who start worrying about the next championship during the parade call-in show. But with John Schneider playing the salary cap like a Gibson Les Paul, the biggest obstacle standing in the way of a repeat performance is that pesky division rival."
More From Around The Web
Terry Blount and Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com debate who's the better cornerback - the Seahawks' Richard Sherman or Arizona Cardinals' Patrick Peterson. Blount also takes a crack at projecting the Seahawks' final 53-man roster.
President Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to troops in Afghanistan ahead of Memorial Day, and during his address he referred to Sgt. Jeff Baker - the Seahawks fan who announced the team's fourth-round draft pick earlier this month. You can check out Obama's mention of Baker around the 5:40 mark of this video.
And Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's younger sister Anna will be representing the U.S. as a member of the U-17 World Championship basketball team. Anna, who currently plays her high school ball in Richmond, Va., has already committed to play for Stanford University.
Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto