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Thursday Round-Up: NFL.com Eyes Seahawks' 2018 Postseason Outlook

Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, June 28 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Why Seattle Will Make The Playoffs

Over at NFL.com, analysts Adam Rank and Marc Sessler are taking a look around the League and offering five reasons why each team will make the 2018 playoffs.

Sessler recently landed on the Seahawks, and pointed to five specific areas for playoff optimism in Seattle: Russell Wilson; getting back to the ground game; Bobby Wagner; a trust in team builders Pete Carroll and John Schneider; and "because everyone's counting them out." 

Sessler expands on each of those five areas in the full story, but here's some of what he had to say about why the Seahawks' recommitment to the run game on offense could have the team playoff bound this upcoming season: 

Why did Pete Carroll hire Schottenheimer? It's a clear-cut signal that Seattle harbors a renewed emphasis on pounding the ball.

"It's a commitment to: That's the style of play and that fits," Carroll said. "You go back to a couple of years ago when [Schottenheimer] had Mark Sanchez back there and [the Jets] ran the football like crazy and they won [there] ... really with a young quarterback based on the commitment to the run and playing defense. Well, you know us, that's something that we do understand about how you play the game of football. [Schottenheimer's] committed to it. He gets us."

If Seattle plans to fend off teams like the Rams and Niners in its own division, game plans will boil down to chewing up the clock and keeping guys like Jared Goff and Jimmy Garoppolo off the field.

This points to a productive, high-touch campaign for first-round runner Rashaad Penny, who's already being talked about as a three-down starter who can do it all for the 'Hawks. Unafraid to play rookies, Carroll's plans for Penny could very well decide how this offense looks in 2018.

With Chris Carson, J.D. McKissic, Mike Davis and C.J. Prosise filling out the roster, the Seahawks are deep with backs on a team threatening to run a bruising attack come September.

Social Post Of The Day

Today's 'Social Post of the Day' comes from Bobby Wagner, who celebrated his 28th birthday yesterday. To watch some of the Seahawks linebacker's best career plays so far, click here.

More From Around The Web

Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle comments on the punter competition, rookie tight end Will Dissly's role, the World Cup, and more in his latest Twitter Q&A.

Fantasy football fans can host their draft at CenturyLink Field later this summer.

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin is putting on a Family Combine on Saturday, July 14 at Renton Memorial Stadium. Proceeds will help Baldwin and the City of Renton build a new Family First Community Center.

And at 710Sports.com, Dave Wyman and John Clayton discuss which departed Seahawks will be difficult to replace.

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