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Here's a look at what's out there for today – Thursday, July 9 – about your Seattle Seahawks.
Russell Wilson Ranked The League's Second Best Quarterback
Seahawks fans have known for a while that they have a special quarterback in Russell Wilson, and with each passing year, more and more people around the league are recognizing just how good Wilson is.
To preview the upcoming season, ESPN surveyed a panel of more than 50 executives, coaches, scouts and players and asked them to rank their top players at each position, and Wilson checks in at No. 2 on the quarterback ranking, trailing only Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes.
The article, which requires an ESPN insider subscription to access, notes that Wilson's 6.2 touchdown-to-interception ratio was best among quarterbacks who ranked in the top 10 in passing yards.
One unnamed veteran offensive coach says of Wilson, "He can do it all: stand in the pocket, extend plays, kills you on the move, has the magic in him. Stage gets bigger, he plays better."
In no small part due to sports, the state of Mississippi recently decided to change its state flag to remove the Confederate battle cross from the flag. The SEC pressured the state to make the change, announcing the conference would not host championship events in Mississippi as long as the state flew the flag, and most notably, Mississippi State star running back Kylin Hill announced he wouldn't play this season if change wasn't made.
Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright, who is from Mississippi and played at MSU, showed his support for Hill on social media, and he recently caught up with Ben Arthur of SeattlePI.com to discuss his home state's overdue decision to make that change.
"My first reaction was, 'Finally," Wright said. "'Thank you for realizing what that flag means to Black people, what that flag means to people like myself, what it stood for.' I personally thought everybody understood the context behind it, what the flag represented. It represented hatred, it represented supremacy, it represented pro-Slavery. That's how I interpreted it. And it made a lot of people uncomfortable."
Social Post Of The Day
Today's social post comes from The Checkdown, highlighting some of DK Metcalf's physical play as a rookie, a season in which Metcalf showed he was, as teammate Quandre Diggs put it on Twitter, a "grown a** man."
More From Around The Web
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times answers questions in his latest mailbag.
NBC Sports Northwest's Joe Fann looks at Russell Wilson’s MVP chances.
710 ESPN recaps a discussion with Michael Bumpus about the competition that will take place on the offensive line.