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Saturday Round-Up: What we learned from Day One of Seahawks Training Camp

Posted Jul 26, 2014

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

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Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Saturday, July 26 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Pete Carroll, John Schneider Focused On "Guys Who Are Here"

With the absence of running back Marshawn Lynch from day one of training camp, general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll emphasized that while they'd love to have the team's Beast Mode ball carrier back in action, they're excited about the guys who are in attendance.

"Without getting into specifics - obviously we don't talk about people's contracts," Schneider told 710 ESPN Seattle on Friday. "We all love Marshawn. He's made a decision not to be here. We're excited about the guys that are here. Everybody's had a great offseason. Everybody's working their tail off."

Carroll would echo Schneider's comments after practice, saying, “I’m disappointed he’s not here, by his choice. I’m really focused on the guys who are here and have been with us and are working really hard.”

With Lynch out, the door is open for third-year pro Robert Turbin and second-year man Christine Michael to make some noise.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for the guys that are getting their shot,” Carroll said. “Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, they’re ready to go and really fired up about this opportunity and will try and take full advantage of it. We’re going to still run the football.”

Seahawks Announce Physically Unable To Perform List

Linebackers Bruce Irvin (hip) and Korey Toomer (hamstring) were placed on the team's physically unable to perform list to start camp, with defensive back Eric Pinkins (foot) listed as non-football injury. Players on the PUP list can return to action at any time, but the designation offers the team some protection should the injury linger into the season.

On Irvin's hip, Carroll said: "We’ll probably work it all through camp to see how the progress goes. We want to make sure we’re right so once that he comes back he’s good and ready to go."

On Toomer's hamstring, Carroll said: "He’s not ready yet. It’s going to be maybe a couple more weeks before he’s ready to go."

And on Pinkins' foot, which Carroll described as a Lisfranc injury, the head coach offered: “It’s going to take four to six weeks before he’ll be able to get back."

In addition to Irvin, Toomer, and Pinkins, linebacker Malcolm Smith (foot), strong safety Kam Chancellor (hip), and left tackle Russell Okung (foot) were among those who did not participate on day one of camp. The trio are still recovering from offseason surgeries, but Carroll said Smith and Chancellor are "close" to returning, with Okung conservatively a couple weeks away.

Christine Michael Calm And Comfortable In 2nd NFL Season

Second-year running back Christine Michael says he feels confident in how he has improved as a pass protector this offseason - an area of his game that kept him from seeing significant playing time last year. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll believes the team's first pick from the 2013 NFL Draft is ready to take the next step.

"He just seems to have embraced this step and this level," said Carroll. "He gets it now. You can just tell. He's much more comfortable."

G C.J. Davis, WR David Gilreath Signed

Prior to the start of 2014 training camp, the Seahawks filled out their 90-man roster by signing offensive guard C.J. Davis and wide receiver David Gilreath. Davis last played with the Broncos in 2012 and fills the spot vacated by 2013 seventh-round draft pick Jared Smith, who was released Thursday. Gilreath, who last played with the Oakland Raiders, fills the open spot left by wide receiver Sidney Rice's retirement.

Kam Chancellor & Earl Thomas Among SI.com's Top 10 NFL Safeties

Strong safety Kam Chancellor and free safety Earl Thomas earn mentions from SI.com's Chris Burke in his ranks of the Top 10 safeties around the League. Chancellor comes in at No. 10 and Thomas tops the list at No. 1.

On Chancellor, Burke says, "Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas form an unmatched duo in the Seahawks secondary. Neither would be as effective without Chancellor, an in-the-box safety who allows the rest of  Seattle's defensive backs more freedom to turn it loose. ... Chancellor's 99 tackles last season were third on the team, behind only linebacker Bobby Wagner (120) and Thomas (105). He was charged with just eight missed tackles, an extremely low failure rate on a high number of chances. The 26-year-old Chancellor may not be as irreplaceable as his higher-profile defensive teammates ... but he's close."

And on Thomas, Burke writes, "If the Seahawks had to choose between either Richard Sherman or Earl Thomas, which way would they go? The answer quite honestly should be Thomas, even taking into account how dominant a lock-down cornerback Sherman has become.

The money spent this offseason on Byrd, Ward, Whitner and others, plus teams' consistent over-drafting of safety prospects highlights just how desperate front offices are to find a superstar at that position. Thomas is there, having started every single game for Seattle since being a first-round pick in 2010, with three straight Pro Bowls and back-to-back All-Pro honors under his belt.

Chancellor's presence certainly offers Thomas incredible support, as does Sherman's propensity for shutting off one side of the field. Both those players are better because they know that Thomas is behind them, with his high-end speed and a brilliant ability to diagnose what's developing in front of him."

Tweet of the Day 

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from NFL Network's Rich Eisen, who was on site for day one of Seahawks training camp and interviewed just about everyone on campus, including Turf - the VMAC grounds crew's pet dog.

More From Around The Web

Seahawks.com's Clare Farnsworth has a look at how the team's wide receiving corps is operating without veteran Sidney Rice and last year's leading receiver Golden Tate.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune comments on day one of Seahawks camp.

Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune provides a Seahawks injury update.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald says Lynch's absence will allow others time to shine.

Bob Condotta and Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times share their impressions from the start of Seahawks camp.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says Marshawn Lynch's no-show doesn't appear to be fazing the Seahawks.

Wide receiver Percy Harvin is feeling good on the first day of training camp.

Steve Rudman of SportsPressNW.com explains why repeating as Super Bowl champions is so difficult to achieve.

Defensive end Michael Bennett shared a little bit about the inspiration behind his sack dance. And Bennett also joined Sports Radio 950 KJR AM's Ian Furness and Jason Puckett for an entertaining interview after practice.

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

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