Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, Aug. 18 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
From The MMQB.com
Peter King at TheMMQB.com was on site at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Monday for the 13th practice of Seahawks training camp presented by Bing. The NFL-centric site is touring all 32 NFL camps this summer and yesterday's stop brought King to the shores of Lake Washington.
We have covered a lot of these takeaways the past couple weeks, but after his visit here's three things King thinks you need to know about the Seahawks:
1. The secondary looks downright bizarre.When the first nickel defense took the field this morning, here's who it was: rookie fifth-round pick Tye Smith at left corner, veteran free agent Cary Williams (Ravens, Eagles) at right corner, ex-Colt Marcus Burley at slot corner, undrafted 2014 free-agent Dion Bailey at free safety, undrafted 2015 rookie free-agent Ronald Martin Jr., at strong safety. The entire secondary's a double take this summer. Richard Sherman should be back at left corner in a day or two—his hip flexor's sore—but who know when strong safety Kam Chancellor (holding out with three years left on his contract) comes back, and it's likely but not certain that free safety Earl Thomas (shoulder labrum surgery) will be back for the opener. It's a weird dynamic here in the secondary. Maybe three-quarters will be back for the opener in St. Louis in less than four weeks, but you hate to hear two guys from such a great position group entering the season a little ouchy.
2. Jimmy Graham gives Russell Wilson the power-forward target he's never had.In practice this morning, Graham leaped high above a safety—didn't catch his number—and finger-tipped a catch a good 10 feet off the ground. He looked like a forward snaring an alley-oop pass for a basketball dunk. Graham's also working to disprove the worries of him as a blocker. When I watched him with the tight ends in blocking drills, he worked harder there than he did in receiving drills.
3. You could easily make the argument than Tom Cable is the most important assistant coach in the NFL this year."I can see your point," Pete Carroll told me this afternoon. In a little more than two weeks of training camp, the Seahawks have had five starting left guards—today it was converted tackle Justin Britt—while struggling to maintain control of the middle of the line. Gone, too, is center Max Unger (in the Jimmy Graham trade with New Orleans), and so career backup Lemuel Jeanpierre steps in at center. "The good thing about Tom," said Carroll, "is he's very good at getting guys ready to play early." This will be a vital part of the early season for the Seahawks, who open at the defensive-front-strong Rams and at powerful Green Bay.
Click here to read King's full report.
Who Are Your 40 Favorite Seahawks?
In honor of the team's 40th anniversary, the Seahawks are inviting fans to vote for their Top 40 favorite players in franchise history. The 40 players who receive the most votes will be recognized in a special halftime ceremony at Seattle's 2015 regular-season home opener on Sept. 27 against the Chicago Bears.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from us - @Seahawks, who share a photo of Utah Jazz head coach and Mercer Island native Quin Snyder attending the 14th practice of training camp as a guest of Seattle coach Pete Carroll. Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, visited Seahawks training camp last summer and his team went on to win the NBA title.
More From Around The Web
The Sea Gals unveiled their 17-month swimsuit calendar infront of a live audience at the Triple Door.
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle highlights the recent shuffle along the offensive line that has Justin Britt starting at left guard and Garry Gilliam starting at right tackle as the club looks to get its five best linemen on the field at the same time. Boyle also shares a few observations from the 13th practice of training camp that saw B.J. Daniels shine at wide receiver.
The Seahawks waived long snapper Nate Boyer and bolstered their quarterback depth by signing Jake Waters, who played with Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett at Kansas State.
Coach Pete Carroll provided plenty of injury updates yesterday on quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, wide receiver Chris Matthews, cornerback Richard Sherman, free safety Earl Thomas, and more. Carroll also shared a few more thoughts on how his team performed in the preseason opener.
Here's a fun read citing 12 things you probably didn't know about Seahawks linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis.
Here's 12 songs we overheard playing at Monday's training camp practice.
And Gregg Bell at the Tacoma News Tribune rehashes Garry Gilliam's road to the NFL.
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