Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Tuesday, Aug. 10 – for your Seattle Seahawks.
Damien Lewis Joins 710 ESPN Seattle's "Wyman and Bob"
A typical third-round pick is lucky to start a few games in his rookie season. Seahawks guard Damien Lewis proved he was more than just lucky last year, starting all 16 games -- one of just three 2020 third-round O-linemen to do so (Lloyd Cushenberry, Jonah Jackson).
Lewis was a steadying force all season for Seattle, as he quickly emerged as one of the league's best run blockers. The LSU product earned a 81.5 overall run blocking score from Pro Football Focus, second in the league behind only Colts three-time All-Pro Quenton Nelson. Lewis was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team after his strong first season.
On Monday, Lewis chatted with 710 ESPN Seattle's "Wyman and Bob" ahead of his second NFL season. In the interview, they discussed the differences from Year 1 to Year 2, how Lewis improved in the offseason and his incredible weight room numbers. Lewis also talked about the transition from right guard to left guard, which LSU teammates he keeps in touch with and why he didn't model his game after anyone in particular.
You can listen to the full interview here and read some of the highlights below:
What did you work on in the offseason to improve your game?
"The offseason things that I worked on were initial quickness, coming in on the snap, getting off on the ball, being explosive, moving guys and just doing a better job during pass protection. All around just the little things that hurt me last year, they're going to make me a better player this year."
When was the last time you played center before the Cardinals game last year?
"Man, I want to say middle school. It'd been a while, I never snapped the ball. I never played center. Coach asked me, and like I told them when they drafted me, (I said) 'I'm down to play any position -- left, center, right guard.' I'm just here trying to put in the work.
"Two days before the game, (Pete Carroll) asked me and I had to sit down and tune in on the playbook a lot. Really got no sleep at all because I was too busy studying the plays trying to call everything. Ethan Pocic did a great job mentoring me, helping me learn and see stuff on the field."
How different is the feeling in your second season vs. your first season?
"It feels wonderful, just coming out (to training camp) here with this amazing crowd, the guys on my team, the O-line backing me up. It just feels amazing all around. Coming from my rookie year, learning everything and all the details, trying to put it all together this year."
Social Post Of The Day
The NFL's official Twitter account posted a clip of Russell Wilson's rookie year preseason highlights with the first week of preseason finally upon us:
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Bob Condotta and Adam Jude of the Seattle Times reveal their biggest takeaways from the first two weeks of training camp.
John Clayton of 710 ESPN Seattle looks at who and what stood out during the Seahawks’ mock game.
Corbin Smith of Sports Illustrated with three winners and losers from the first nine practices of training camp.
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