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Wednesday Round-Up: NFL practice squads expand to 10 players; Kam Chancellor's greatest hits
Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, August 20 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
NFL Ups Practice Squad To 10 Players
The NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed to expand club practice squads from eight to 10 players for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, it Ctrl+Click to follow link" href="http://www.seahawks.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"http://nflcommunications.com/2014/08/19/nfl-practice-squads-expand-to-10-players/">http://nflcommunications.com/2014/08/19/nfl-practice-squads-expand-to-10..." target="_blank">was announced Tuesday.
Absent a further agreement between the two sides, the eight-man squad will return in 2016, meaning we'll essentially receive a two-year trial of the new rule. In that time, it should provide greater roster flexibility for each of the League's 32 clubs, giving team's more time to develop young talent they would otherwise be forced to part ways with.
We'll see how it works out when team's are mandated to trim their rosters down to 53 players on Saturday, Aug. 30 and then allowed to establish their now-10-man practice squads on Sunday, Aug. 31.
Kam Chancellor's Greatest Hits
Kam Chancellor's exploits on the football field have been Ctrl+Click to follow link" href="http://www.seahawks.com/videos-photos/videos/Top-100-Players-of-2014-Kam-Chancellor/37a8547f-501a-4a11-8e2b-32d6cbd0df7c" target="_blank">well-documented over the years, but which of his punishing hits have been his favorite?
710 ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Salk" caught up with the Seahawks All-Pro strong safety on Tuesday and asked him exactly that. Check out Ctrl+Click to follow link" href="http://www.seahawks.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"http://mynorthwest.com/292/2591031/Seahawks-Kam-Chancellor-revisits-his-greatest-hits">http://mynorthwest.com/292/2591031/Seahawks-Kam-Chancellor-revisits-his-..." target="_blank">his answers in the podcast embedded above.
Steven Hauschka Not A Fan Of Longer PAT
Kicker Steven Hauschka, or "Hausch-Money" as he's referred to by his Seahawks teammates for his ultra-consistent approach, isn't a fan of the NFL's preseason experiment that placed points after touchdowns at the 33-yard-line.
"I think it's a bad idea," Hauschka said after Tuesday's practice. "Obviously the percentage is going to go down, which is what the NFL wants to make it more of an exciting play. But I think enough games are already decided on field goals."
According to ESPN NFL reporter Field Yates, Ctrl+Click to follow link" href="http://www.seahawks.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"https://twitter.com/FieldYates/status/501731974030323712">https://twitter.com/FieldYates/status/501731974030323712" target="_blank">kickers missed eight extra points during the League's two-week preseason experiment, as opposed to missing just seven extra points throughout the entire 2013 regular season.
Tweet of the Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" Ctrl+Click to follow link" href="http://www.seahawks.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/502104093134184448">https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/502104093134184448" target="_blank">comes from ESPN Stats & Information, who shows the number of defensive illegal contact penalties called through the first 33 preseason games in 2013 (8) and the number of defensive illegal contact penalties called through 33 exhibition games this season (55).
Back on Aug. 5, Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor let us know how he and his "Legion of Boom" teammates are responding to the League's added emphasis on illegal contact.
"One thing we do here is emphasize the rules that the league is dishing out," Chancellor said. "It started with the helmet-to-helmet contact; the coaches took us to the side and explained to us what it was and how not to do it as well as the proper way to do it. They’re doing the same thing with illegal contact, showing the corners the proper way to do it – or whoever is going to be in man coverage the proper way to do it. I think guys are adjusting to it and practice is going well."
More From Around The Web
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com shares Ctrl+Click to follow link" href="http://www.seahawks.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000380061/article/russell-wilson-seattle-seahawks-offense-primed-for-big-season">http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000380061/article/russell-wilson-se..." target="_blank">three reasons why Seahawks fans should be excited for their team's offense in 2014, providing an extensive film breakdown of the team's first two preseason games.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman comes in at No. 6 on Ctrl+Click to follow link" href="http://www.seahawks.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/writer/jason-la-canfora/24668295/most-interesting-players-these-guys-make-covering-the-nfl-a-blast">http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/writer/jason-la-canfora/24668295/most-inter..." target="_blank">CBSSports.com's list of the 10 most interesting players in the NFL.
Former Tacoma News Tribune Seahawks beat writer Todd Dybas has Ctrl+Click to follow link" href="http://www.seahawks.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/90470914/kam-chancellor-earl-thomas-duo-is-as-potent-as-ever#!bGPiiz">http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/90470914/kam-chancellor-earl-thomas..." target="_blank">a longform piece for SportsOnEarth.com on "Football's Most Dynamic Pairing" - strong safety Kam Chancellor and free safety Earl Thomas.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald Ctrl+Click to follow link" href="http://www.seahawks.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140820/SPORTS/140829948">http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140820/SPORTS/140829948" target="_blank">profiles the play of the often under-looked Seahawks running back Robert Turbin.
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com takes a closer look at the Seahawks' talent at linebacker.
And Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times Ctrl+Click to follow link" href="http://www.seahawks.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"http://seattletimes.com/html/jerrybrewer/2024345777_brewer20xml.html">http://seattletimes.com/html/jerrybrewer/2024345777_brewer20xml.html" target="_blank">looks at the man behind the "Legion of Boom" - Seahawks secondary coach Kris Richard.
Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto