Wednesday Round-Up: NFL.com Ranks The Best Pass-Rushing Duos

NFL.com ranked Seahawks defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril among the best for this upcoming season.

Good afternoon, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today — Wednesday, August 2 — about your Seattle Seahawks:

NFL.com Ranks The Best Pass-Rushing Duos

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com previewed the best pass-rushing duos that he expects to make the most damage this upcoming 2017 season.

The Seahawks' duo of Pro Bowl defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril checked in at No. 4 on Rosenthal's list:

Two of the best free-agent signings of the decade were executed one day apart, by the same team, on contracts that totaled less than $20 million combined. Bennett and Avril have signed three more contracts overall since then, yet they have still been underpaid for what they've accomplished.

Bennett's versatility makes him a great pass rusher on the edge on early downs and an even better disrupter when the team moves him inside. Avril has essentially defined the edge-rusher "LEO" position in Pete Carroll's defense, to the point where Carroll's acolytes like Gus Bradley and Dan Quinn look for their own versions of Avril.

The Seahawks have the defining defense of the era and I'd submit Bennett has been the most valuable single piece. As terrific as the "Legion of Boom" has been, this run under Carroll never happens without those two free-agent signings one day apart.

Last season, Bennett moved into tenth on Seattle's all-time sack list with 30.5. Avril made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career after posting a career-high 11.5 sacks and tied for second across the league in quarterback hits with 26. He ranks ninth in Seahawks history with 33.5 sacks.

Bennett and Avril were listed after Houston's combination of J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney (No. 1), Los Angeles' Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram (No. 2) and Oakland's Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin (No. 3).

Pro Shop Item Of The Week

This week's featured item at the Seahawks Pro Shop are their bucket hats, which you can find in-store or online to prepare for the abnormally hot weather in the upcoming forecast. 

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Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who announced that a new open practice for trainng camp has been added this month:

More From Around The Web

ICYMI: The Seahawks signed safety Kam Chancellor to a contract extension yesterday.

Carroll said cornerback Jeremy Lane has been fantastic so far in camp.

Peter King of The MMQB believes the Seahawks are the most interesting team to watch this upcoming season.

In their look at players that have a chance to make an impact despite their draft stock, ESPN Insider highlighted Seahawks running back C.J. Prosise. 

How could you watch last year's New England-Seattle "Sunday Night Football" game and not think that Prosise has a chance to be a star? He dominated out of the backfield as a receiver in ways few current non-David Johnson backs do. And this makes perfect sense, as Prosise was a converted receiver playing running back at Notre Dame.

ESPN's Sheil Kapadia noticed Seahawks rookie running back Chris Carson on Day 3's practice.

Finally, Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times dived into how Chancellor has impacted the Seahawks' locker room as a leader. 

Take a look back at some of the best photos of Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor.

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