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Thursday Round-Up: Seahawks wrap Phase 3 of offseason with final OTA
Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, June 12 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Seahawks Hold Final OTA
Today marks the Seahawks' ninth and final day of Organized Team Activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, wrapping up Phase 3 of the team's offseason program. We'll have a complete recap of the day's events in written stories, videos, and photos later this afternoon on Seahawks.com.
A quick reminder that the team's mandatory three-day minicamp kicks off next week, running Tuesday, June 17 to Thursday, June 19. To this point, all of the Seahawks' offseason work has been conducted on a voluntary basis.
Jordan Hill & Jesse Williams Making Progress
Defensive tackles Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams, selected in the third (Hill) and fifth (Williams) rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft, have been working in tandem during the team's OTA sessions this offseason. Head coach Pete Carroll has dubbed the pair of second-year players part of the team's "red-shirt" class - players that missed time last season to injury, but who are expected to contribute in 2014.
“They’re doing well,” defensive line coach Travis Jones told Seahawks.com Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth. “Both have had a good offseason and trained really well. So they came in in much better shape than either one of them was in last year. It’s been real refreshing and fun to see them running around and competing in drills.
“I’m real pleased with the progress each has shown this spring.”
Cliff Avril Delivers Seattle Mariners Ceremonial First Pitch
Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Seattle Mariners' game against the New York Yankees last night at Safeco Field. Avril, who said he was "more nervous for this than the Super Bowl," was joined by fellow D-linemen Brandon Mebane and Michael Bennett on the field.
12 Tour Schedule Announced
For the second consecutive summer, the Seahawks 12 Tour will travel throughout the Pacific Northwest, making stops in different cities with players, the Sea Gals, mascot Blitz, and the Lombardi Trophy. A full schedule of events, activities, and locations can be found at Seahawks.com/12Tour.
More From Around The Web
Madden NFL 15 has released gameplay footage between the Seahawks and NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers that you can check out in the YouTube video above. The game, which features Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman - and potentially the entire "Legion of Boom" - on the cover, is set for an Aug. 26 release.
Terry Blount of ESPN.com says the Seahawks' biggest challenge in 2014 will be staying humble after their recent success. Blount also highlights six young players who have stood out this offseason.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times details five players who have helped themselves through OTAs, No. 1 of which is second-year cornerback Tharold Simon.
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com wonders whether or not the Seahawks are willing to spend to keep their linebacking young corps together.
And Marc Sessler of NFL.com has nine takeaways from Wednesday's OTAs and mandatory minicamps around the League.
Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto