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Tuesday Round-Up: Defensive End Cliff Avril "Very Happy" With Seahawks Pass Rush

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Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, Aug. 2 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Avril Comments on Seahawks Pass Rush

Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril met with the media Monday and was asked about how his team's pass rush has looked through the first three days of training camp.

"It's all about knocking some rust off, as far as for me and [Michael Bennett] and getting the feel for our game," said Avril, who had 9.0 sacks for the Seahawks last year, second-most on the team to Bennett's 10.0. "But to see Frank [Clark] and Jordan [Hill] and see what those guys are doing these first few days, I'm very happy with where those guys are heading. Frank is taking some huge steps, as far as mentally, just picking up the mental part of the game, because physically he has it all. It's great to see those guys and it's all about just continuing to grow, mentally, and understand the playbook and understand the game."

With veteran defensive end Chris Clemons expected to retire ahead of what would have been his 13th NFL season, fourth-year pro Ryan Robinson, who suffered an Achilles injury before the start of last season, could be a player to watch in the defensive line rotation as training camp progresses.

"I've always been impressed with Ryan," Avril said. "Unfortunately he got hurt last year, so he couldn't really go out there and compete for a spot, but I've been impressed with him. He's really athletic, he's explosive, he doesn't say much but he always knows what to do, and that's somebody that you can rely on. It's good to see him out there and hopefully he can continue to get better, continue to compete, and hopefully find a spot on the squad."

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seattle coach Pete Carroll, who sends a note to 12s prior to the fourth practice of camp.

More From Around The Web

Here at, digital media reporter John Boyle eyes the competition at wide receiver behind Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Tyler Lockett and a healthy Paul Richardson. Boyle also details what Kam Chancellor's leadership means to the Seahawks.

Here are six observations from Boyle and myself from Monday's training camp practice, the team's first workout with shoulder pads on.

DJ Supa Sam, the official DJ of the Seattle Seahawks, introduces himself to the 12s and shares which tracks were spinning on Day 3 of camp.

Dave Boling at the Tacoma News Tribune catches up with veteran running back Christine Michael.

Football Outsiders pegs running back Thomas Rawls and linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis among its Top 25 breakout candidates for 2016 (Insider).

On Sherman, Bowen writes: This league that has gotten a little lazy with press-man technique. Too many defensive backs open the gate and try running with wide receivers instead of being physical. Not Sherman. He puts on a clinic when he walks up the line of scrimmage. His footwork, hands and eyes all work together to disrupt the release of the wide receiver. Mirror that release, shoot the hands, kick step to open and take control of the route. That's the way you dictate from the secondary. It's important to understand that nothing about Sherman's technique requires elite athleticism. Sherman put up average testing numbers at the 2011 NFL combine, but he's still able to challenge at the line of scrimmage, get back on the hip of the WR and locate the ball. It's cool to talk about playing press, but if you want to see how it's done, then start studying Sherman's technique.

And on Chancellor, Bowen adds:* A thumper who closes on the ball with speed, Chancellor is an intimidating safety. And he's also a technician in one of the league's lost arts -- tackling. This guy wraps up, drives his legs and dumps guys on the ground. Plus, Chancellor utilizes the "Hawk" tackling technique (rugby style) on contact. That allows him to play with leverage and secure tackles, while also protecting his head. He's a prime example of playing physical football -- at high speed -- while also keeping the game as safe as possible. For young safeties out there, study Chancellor. Please. When he wraps you up, it's over. This is how you tackle in the pros.*

During a one-on-one drill Monday, receiver Tanner McEvoy and cornerback George Farmer compete for a loose ball after Farmer stripped McEvoy following a reception.

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