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Tuesday Round-Up: Terrelle Pryor acquired; Offseason program underway; Happy birthday "Punkin"

Posted Apr 22, 2014

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, April 22  - about your Seattle Seahawks:

From Silver and Black to Blue and Green

The Seahawks acquired quarterback Terrelle Pryor from the Oakland Raiders for a 2014 seventh round draft pick yesterday, adding a fourth signal caller to a competition that includes entrenched starter Russell Wilson, and backups Tarvaris Jackson and B.J. Daniels.

On Pryor, a running quarterback with exceptional speed who measures at 6-foot-4 and 230-plus pounds, general manager John Schneider said, "Terrelle is an incredibly explosive athlete and we’re excited for him to come in and compete."

Terry Blount of ESPN.com says the trade for Pryor was worth it for Seattle, "This is what the Seahawks do, bring in talented athletes and find a place for them where they can help the team and excel as individuals. Maybe that's still at quarterback for Pryor, maybe it's elsewhere. For Seattle, it certainly is worth the cost of a seventh-round pick."

Doug Farrar of SI.com weighs in on the Seahawks' latest addition, passing along comments from Pryor after the Raiders' preseason game against the Seahawks last season.

Back To Work

Several Seahawks players returned to Virginia Mason Athletic Center yesterday as Phase One of the team's voluntary offseason workout program officially got underway.

Seahawks Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth was on hand, talking with coach Pete Carroll, free safety Earl Thomas, and cornerback Richard Sherman on the team's return to Seahawks headquarters.

“We had a good staging (last season)," Carroll told Farnsworth of his club's return to work. "It was a step toward this, because we had a lot of expectations going into the year. And, of course, we’ll have all of that again. So we just want to take it very normally and really deal with it by working really hard – just by going about recapturing the work ethic that makes us and has been so important to us.”

Happy Birthday, "Punkin"

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch celebrates his 28th birthday today and you're encouraged to send the team's "Beast Mode" back some well wishes on Twitter @MoneyLynch. Lynch's mother, Delisa, and head coach Pete Carroll are likely the only two who can get away with calling the punishing ball carrier "Punkin," but if you're feeling brave enough, be my guest.

Forever Young

Terry Blount of ESPN.com says the Seahawks - who were already one of the youngest teams in the NFL after winning Super Bowl XLVIII - keep getting younger. Twelve (12) players with an average age of 28.4 who were on the roster at the end of last season are gone and nine (9) new players with an average age of 25.7 have been acquired via free agency or trade. Blount makes note Seattle has just three players on the roster who are over the age of 30 - quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (31), linebacker Heath Farwell (32), and punter Jon Ryan (32).

More From Around The Web

Wide receiver Sidney Rice joined 710 AM ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Danny" yesterday to talk about re-signing with the Seahawks and the progress he's made in recovery from the ACL injury he suffered last October.

Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com continues his series looking at Seahawks with the most to gain next season, naming wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. O'Neil writes, "Kearse isn't the fastest receiver on the team nor is he the biggest, but his combination of size and speed and that ability to make plays in traffic makes him the player who is best positioned to see his production skyrocket with Tate gone."

Marc Sessler of NFL.com highlights nine players headed for a bigger role in 2014, and Seahawks defensive linemen Cliff Avril and Tony McDaniel make his list. On the pairing, Sessler says, "Avril was a Super Bowl hero, but the Seahawks want even more next year. Coach Pete Carroll confirmed at the NFL Annual Meeting that Avril will essentially replace the departed Chris Clemons in the starting lineup while McDaniel takes Red Bryant's old role."

Don Banks of SI.com has his Mock Draft 4.0, pegging the Seahawks to select Texas A&M tight end Jace Amaro at pick No. 32 in next month's draft. On the projected pick, Banks writes, "The Seahawks are in the enviable position of being able to sit back and make a desperation-free pick, knowing they have some needs at receiver, defensive line, offensive line and tight end that jive well with the names that remain on the board. While the re-signing of Sidney Rice helps offset the loss of Golden Tate to some degree, Seattle clearly needs more firepower in its passing game given Percy Harvin's injury history. At 6-5, with a skillset that's more receiver than tight end, Amaro could develop into a nightmare matchup for defenses in the NFC West, especially in the red zone. Russell Wilson and a target of that size and athleticism should be able to make beautiful music together."

And USA Today brings us an interesting map showing which professional athlete each state Google's the most. It should come as no surprise that quarterback Russell Wilson leads the way in Washington.

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto

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