Wednesday Round-Up: Russell Wilson on cover of Sports Illustrated; Seahawks reach 75-man roster

Posted Aug 27, 2014

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

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Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, August 27- about your Seattle Seahawks:

Russell Wilson Graces Cover of SI

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is featured front and center on this week's issue of Sports Illustrated alongside San Francisco 49ers signal caller Colin Kaepernick.

The pair of NFC West rivals represent one-fourth of this week's regional covers that preview the 2014 NFL season in a 60-plus page spread. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Philadephia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford make up the other three covers of this week's magazine.

The issue is on-stands starting today through Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Also from SI, Greg Bishop looks at how the Seahawks are set up to repeat as Super Bowl champions, talking with Wilson about his approach to the new year. Bishop notes the Seahawks quarterback attended Michael Jordan's celebrity golf tournament this summer, and when Wilson met Jordan, he asked the six-time NBA champion what it takes to repeat.

Wilson recalled: "He said the hardest thing is to gather everybody else around you, when you have that in yourself, that drive. That’s what he had to do. Keep those guys motivated. Keep pushing. Bring them with him."

Seahawks Reach 75-Man Roster Limit

The Seahawks reached the League-mandated 75-man roster limit Tuesday afternoon by announcing the following transactions:

Terminated Veteran Contracts

T Wade Smith

CB Terrell Thomas


T Cory Brandon

RB Demitrius Bronson

S Mike Dobson

DE Jackson Jeffcoat

WR Kevin Smith

CB Thomas Wolfe


DT Michael Brooks

WR David Gilreath

LB Horace Miller

Placed On Injured Reserve

LB Heath Farwell

CB A.J. Jefferson

G C.J. Davis

Placed On Reserve/Non-Football Injury

CB Eric Pinkins

By Saturday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. PT, each team must trim their 75-player rosters down to 53 men. Then, on Sunday, Aug. 31, clubs will be permitted to assemble a 10-man practice squad. You can check out the most-current version of the Seahawks roster right here.

Earl Thomas Earns Mention In Defensive Player Of The Year Prediction Around the League writers were asked to predict who will take home NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, and two of the website's four scribes selected Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas.

On the pick,'s Kevin Patra writes: "The last two safeties to win DPOY awards were Troy Polamalu (2010) and Bob Sanders (2007). Like Thomas, both were ballhawks in top-three defenses. For better or worse, winning plays a role. When voters look at the Seahawks' defensive dominance, again they will decide someone on the roster deserves the award. That man is the most important piece: Earl Thomas."

Introducing: Eye Of The Hawk

The next time you're at CenturyLink Field, be sure to check out your Seahawks mobile app for live video and replays featuring unique camera angles of the action on the field. The "Eye of the Hawk" highlight above gives you a good idea of what you'll have access to, check it out.

Tweet Of The Day

Not to be confused with our "Eye of the Hawk" section above, but today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Sports Illustrated's "Extra Mustard" account, which depicts a photo of a Seahawks fan who has the team's logo imprinted on his prosthetic eye. That's serious dedication.  

More From Around The Web

Here at, Clare Farnsworth puts the spotlight on the preseason play of quarterback Russell Wilson and talks with special teams coordinator Brian Schneider about the loss of linebacker and special teams captain Heath Farwell (groin) to season-ending injured reserve.

Seahawks head strength & conditioning coach Chris Carlisle is featured in our latest "Pregame Playlist" ahead of Thursday night's matchup against the Raiders in Oakland.

Defensive end Michael Bennett became the eighth Seahawk unveiled on's countdown of the Top 100 offensive and defensive players of 2014, coming in at No. 34. Bennett joins defensive teammates Brandon Mebane (94), Bruce Irvin (87), Cliff Avril (57), and Bobby Wagner (41) and offensive counterparts Max Unger (84), Russell Okung (65), and Percy Harvin (50).

Chris Wesseling of has his preview of the 2014 Seahawks season, believing Seattle will be the first team since the 2004 New England Patriots to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles.

Chris Harrison of outlines the best and worst case scenarios for each of the League's 32 teams, foreseeing no less than 10 wins for the Seahawks this season.

Chase Stuart of has his 2014 preview of the NFC West, noting Seahawks fans and staff shouldn't be concerned with running back Marshawn Lynch's heavy workload.

Chris Sullivan of gets to know rookie linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, who has an obscure affinity for pet reptiles.

Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune highlights the disruptive force that is linebacker O'Brien Schofield.

Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times details the progression of Seahawks running back Christine Michael in his second season.

With the way the Seahawks offense has been moving the ball, the Associated Press puts the focus on the lack of work for punter Jon Ryan, something coach Pete Carroll is completely OK with.

And Art Thiel and Steve Rudman of have collaborated on a commemorative look at Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's first two years in the NFL.

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