Wednesday Round-Up: What we learned from the Seahawks' first OTA

Posted May 28, 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 - Wednesday, May 28 - about your Seattle Seahawks after the first of 10 Organized Team Activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

Earl Thomas: Punt Returner?

At the conclusion of Tuesday's OTA, head coach Pete Carroll said Seahawks All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas is the leading candidate to return punts for the team right now. The team is looking to replace wide receiver Golden Tate at the position, who took his talents to the Detroit Lions in free agency. Also vying for return duties are wide receivers Bryan Walters and Percy Harvin, and cornerback Richard Sherman.

“I want to show everybody who I am,” Thomas told reporters after practice. “I want to be able to impact the game as much as possible. This is a great opportunity for me. I just need to capitalize on it."

From Tuesday's OTA

Terry Blount of highlights the play of wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who was a clear standout during the first of 10 OTAs.

Doug Farrar of reviews Tuesday's spirited battle between Seahawks wideouts and defensive backs.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald says complacency won't be an issue for the defending Super Bowl champions.

Brady Henderson of has his take from Tuesday's session, noting wide receiver Percy Harvin's good health.

Art Thiel of recaps day one of OTAs, calling attention to the praise head coach Pete Carroll heaped upon offensive guard James Carpenter.

And Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth recaps Tuesday's fiery competition at Seahawks headquarters - the first full-squad drills since the team's preparation for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Entire 2014 Draft Class Signed

The Seahawks wrapped up the signing of their 2014 draft class yesterday, inking wide receiver Kevin Norwood and linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis to their rookie deals. The pair of fourth-round picks were the final two of the team's nine-member draft class to sign their deals.

More From Around The Web

For a look around the League, Chris Wesseling of brings 12 things we learned from Tuesday's OTAs, when 25 teams returned to the practice field.

Jeff Ireland, the former Miami Dolphins general manager who was hired by the Seahawks as a consultant during the 2014 NFL Draft, will not be retained by the team in a full-time capacity.

Former Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant is hosting a seven-on-seven flag football tournament next month in Tacoma, Wash. Boys and girls grades 1-8 are eligible to participate. For complete details, check out

And we leave you with a parting shot from Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who reminds fans to choose him over San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the semifinal round of the Madden NFL 15 cover vote.

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