Friday Round-Up: Seahawks Defensive End Frank Clark Among 10 NFL Sophomores Primed To Break Out

A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about the Seattle Seahawks.

Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, June 10 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Clark Among Sophomore's Slated For Breakout Season

Verhei's criteria for a breakout candidate doesn't include players who excelled in their initial seasons, and for that reason, Seattle wideout and return man Tyler Lockett and other top rookies from 2015 were kept off the list. But defensive end Frank Clark, who the Seahawks selected in the second round of last year's draft, makes Verhei's list at No. 10.

Here's what Verhei had to say about what type of production to expect this upcoming season from the Seahawks' second-year pro:

The Seahawks have led the NFL in scoring defense for four years in a row now, so it's understandable that their front seven is so deep that they had little room for a second-round rookie, even one as athletically gifted as Clark. Despite playing only 333 snaps, though, Clark managed three sacks, seven hits and 18.5 hurries. Bruce Irvin's offseason departure to Oakland should give Clark more of an opportunity to make an impact, though Irvin's vacated position in Seattle's defense is a hybrid role that demands run-stuffing and coverage ability, in addition to pass-rushing skill. That will limit Clark's statistical ceiling somewhat, but he still figures to be a key cog in a defense that is going for its fifth consecutive scoring title.


Cliff Avril's Family Fun Day

Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril is hosting his third annual Family Fun Day in Florida later this month. The event, which will run from 1 - 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at Paul C. Armstrong Park in Middleburg, Florida, promises to feature free food, music, bounce houses, 3-on-3 basketball, flag football, kickball and much more.

If any Florida-area 12s are interested in attending, you'll need to register in advance at

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from The Sunshine Kids, a foundation that visited Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Thursday to provide a group of children with cancer an opportunity to meet with Seahawks players and coaches.

More From Around The Web

Here at, digital media reporter John Boyle says wideout Doug Baldwin is focused on expanding his leadership role this year.

Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark will be in Cleveland for Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night, and he'll be rooting for former college rival - and friend - Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors.

Dave Boling at the Tacoma News Tribune shares takeaways from the Seahawks' final OTA.

And Matt Williamson at lists Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as one of 15 potential MVP candidates for the 2016 season.

Photos from the ninth and final set of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) that the Seahawks held at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Thursday, June 9.

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