Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, July 29 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Rawls on Lynch: "I Can't Ever Replace Him, So There's No Point In Trying. I Can Only Be Myself"
In a contribution to BleacherReport.com, Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls explains what he learned from his first year in the NFL.
From the build up to the 2015 NFL Draft to what made him sign with Seattle as an undrafted rookie free agent, to getting his first carries in the Seahawks' backfield, playing alongside quarterback Russell Wilson, and looking ahead to 2016, Rawls bears it all in great detail.
Rawls, who excelled in place of injured starter Marshawn Lynch last year before suffering a season-ending ankle injury of his own, goes on to explain what he learned from Seattle's 'Beast Mode' back, who retired from football this offseason. Seattle drafted three running backs this year in C.J. Prosise, Alex Collins, and Zac Brooks, and Rawls says the relationship he had with Lynch has helped him pass down certain things to the rookie runners.
I tell them all the time that we aren't competing against each other. The organization may feel that way from a front-office standpoint, but I tell them we're competing against ourselves, trying to get better.
It's one of the things I took from playing with Marshawn. You have to be true to yourself. He and I have a similar mentality on how we approach the game. That dog mentality that I'm going to bring it to you every play. That you can't stop me.
But the biggest thing I took from him was just to be yourself. There was a lot of talk during the season of "Beast Mode Jr." or "Beast Mode 2.0." I'm not Beast Mode. I'm Thomas Rawls. He wore 24. I wear 34. I don't have to do anything out of character. I don't have to be like him.
He told me that—told me to just be myself. He told me to just let the game come to you—and then take it. Take over the game. Finish the game 10 times harder than you started, and no matter how hard it is out there, make it look easy.
Marshawn was the premier guy on a premier team. I can't ever replace him, so there's no point in trying. I can only be myself.
Rawls closes his account by adding:
I know with Marshawn gone, some fans worry. All I can say is don't. When I'm in the backfield, I'm going to give it all I've got. Try to lead by example. Make good choices on and off the field.
I may not know why I wasn't drafted last year. But this I do know: I'm going to bring everything I have to the table for the Seattle Seahawks in 2016.
Don't miss it.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from KING 5 reporter Jake Whittenberg, who shares video of the Seahawks' Drew Ferris long-snapping a loaf of sourdough bread into a shopping cart at Safeway. Head over to Ferris' Instagram page for more video of his long-snapping skills, including an unconventional fish toss at Seattle's Pike Place Market.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle details Seattle's organizational continuity that has been "huge" for the club's recent run of success and wraps up his 2016 preview series with a look at the running back and fullback position.
GM John Schneider stated Thursday that tight end Jimmy Graham (knee) and running back Thomas Rawls (ankle) are on track to be ready for the team's regular-season opener, but the pair may not practice right away as training camp opens this weekend.
Defensive end Chris Clemons, who was signed by the Seahawks this offseason and set to enter his 13th season, is expected to retire from the NFL.
During a youth football camp he hosted at Eastside Catholic School on Wednesday, free safety Earl Thomas looked ahead to the Seahawks' 2016 season.
Seattle's Richard Sherman is among the top-five highest-rated cornerbacks in Madden NFL 17.
Five Seahawks are featured on the NFLPA's Top 50 Player Sales List, tied for the most of any club.
Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com takes a look at where each of Seattle's 2016 draft picks stands heading into training camp.
Gregg Rosenthal at NFL.com highlights a couple Seahawks training camp battles to watch, including running back and offensive line.
Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times concludes his list of the 16 most-important Seahawks heading into 2016 by taking a look at quarterback Russell Wilson.
And the staff at 710Sports.com shares highlights from Danny O'Neil's latest 'Hawk Talk' chat.
Days before the start of the team's 2016 training camp, Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas hosted a youth football camp at Sammamish, Washington's Eastside Catholic School.