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Monday Round-Up: Bobby Wagner graces list of Top 10 inside linebackers
Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Monday, July 21 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Bobby Wagner One Of NFL's Top 10 Inside Linebackers
Former Seahawks scout turned NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks continues his 'Bucky's Best' series with a look at the 10 best inside linebackers around the League. Third-year Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, who has led the club in tackles in each of his first two seasons, comes in at No. 8 on Brooks' list.
On Wagner, Brooks writes: "The 'Legion of Boom' secondary casts a large shadow over the rest of the Seahawks' defense, but astute observers recognize Wagner's key contributions to the NFL's No. 1 defense. The 24-year-old is a destructive force in the middle, wreaking havoc on opponents with his speed, quickness and explosiveness. Wagner is a tackling machine with exceptional rush skills and underrated coverage ability. He can play a myriad of roles in the Seahawks' aggressive scheme, allowing him to be a true stat-stuffer (120 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions in 2013)."
Seahawks Top Peter King's "Fine 15"
Peter King of TheMMQB.com has his very early "Fine 15" detailing the Top 15 clubs in the League as training camps begin to open, and the Seahawks sit atop King's ranks.
King writes: "1. Seattle. I like the approach of the coach and the defense (“We’re going to win again, and we don’t care who knows it”) and, from being with Russell Wilson a bit this offseason, I know his approach. He’ll enter camp this week thinking he’s got to beat out Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job."
The Green Bay Packers (No. 2), San Francisco 49ers (No. 3), New Orleans Saints (No. 4), and Indianapolis Colts (No. 5) round out King's top five.
More Than 22,000 Turn Out For Richard Sherman Celebrity Softball Game
Local and national celebrities and 22,033 12s turned out to Safeco Field on Sunday for the second-annual Richard Sherman celebrity softball game benefiting Sherman's Blanket Coverage foundation.
"It's a humbling experience, just to see the celebrities that came out for the game, showing their respect, giving back, showing their philanthropy," said Sherman. "But also to see the fans, who are always outstanding and always extremely supportive."
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com comments on Sherman's drawing power that attracted stars like five-time NBA champion and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.
Garrett Scott Opens Up About Heart Condition
Rookie offensive lineman Garrett Scott, who the Seahawks drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, opened up to his alma mater - Marshall University - about the rare heart condition that kept him from participating in Seahawks camp. The team would waive Scott because of the condition, but he has spent OTAs and minicamp in his practice jersey watching from the sidelines.
"They said I had an enlarged heart, like on one of my ventricle walls at first,” Scott told herdzone.com. “But what they’re saying right now, it’s called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, where one wall is larger than the others.
"They say it could have been from strenuous activity from working out hard, like I did to get ready to be drafted and before camp. A lot of stuff can play into it, because when I was here, I was fine. I got a screen here, at Marshall, and everything showed I was fine.
“Your heart is a muscle, so when you work, your heart works. So, those days when I was doing two-a-days, going at it by myself, working to get drafted, I could have triggered something then. That’s why they have me on a period now where I’m not working out at all. Nothing.
“We’ll just see where everything goes."
Legion of Boom To Be Featured On Start Screen Of Madden NFL 15
In case you missed it, EA Sports announced that the entire Legion of Boom will be featured on the welcome screen of Madden NFL 15. The space is traditionally reserved for the game's cover man, which this year is Seahawks All-Pro Richard Sherman. But after seeing Sherman and Seahawks fans petition to get the team's entire Legion of Boom secondary on the cover, Madden offered up a well-received alternative.
Tweet of the Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from @SportsCenter, who shares some quick video of Sherman and Bryant blasting home runs at yesterday's celebrity softball game.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth recaps Jacob Green's annual charity golf tournament, which took place at The Golf Club at Newcastle this past Friday.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times pinpoints five players who could surprise at training camp. Condotta also provides a quick overview of each position as training camp approaches and wonders which member of the 2013 draft class will make the biggest strides this year.
Larry Stone of the Seattle Times says defending the Super Bowl title will not come easy for the Seahawks.highlights 11 things to see and know as you ready to attend Seahawks training camp.
John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune says there are a lot of similarities between Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and former Seattle SuperSonics point guard Gary Payton, who participated in Sherman's celebrity softball game yesterday.
Jim Moore of 710Sports.com shares 10 reasons why the Seahawks will repeat as Super Bowl champions.
And Chicago and Los Angeles are the two cities in the running to host the 2015 NFL Draft.
Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto