Wednesday Round-Up: Russell Wilson Hosts 'Entourage' Premiere; Jimmy Graham Speaks At The White House

A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks


Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, May 20 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Russell Wilson Makes Big-Screen Debut

Russell Wilson hosted a private screening of 'Entourage' last night at Seahawks headquarters for players, coaches, and staff.

The movie is based off the hit HBO series of the same name and the Seattle signal caller Wilson, who grew up a fan of the show, makes his first cameo on the big screen.

Wilson's viewing party at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center also saw 'Entourage' cast members Kevin Connolly (who plays Eric Murphy), Jerry Ferrara (Turtle), Kevin Dillon (Johnny 'Drama' Chase), and writer/producer Doug Ellin in attendance. The Seahawks quarterback ran the group through a series of on-field football drills and also interviewed them about the film, a video you can find embedded above.

'Entourage' hits theaters on Wednesday, June 3.

The Seahawks players, coaches and staff were treated to a early screening of the Entourage Movie due to come out June 3rd.

Jimmy Graham Speaks At The White House

Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham spoke to foster care youth at The White House on Tuesday during a Champions of Change event.

Graham, a former foster child, shared a bit about his early life story. Check out his full speech in the video embedded above.

True Grit

No, not the movie.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll invited Ph.D Psychologist Angela Duckworth to VMAC on Tuesday to talk with players, coaches, and staff about 'grit' - a central characteristic to Carroll's coaching philosophy.

In individuals, Carroll defines 'grit' through passion, perserverence, resiliency, a drivenness to succeed, and ability to finish. He labels grit as the "best predictor of success in a person's life."

Watch and listen to Duckworth's take on grit in the video embedded above.

Seahawks Receive Offseason Grade

ESPN Insider Mike Sando enlisted the help of fellow NFL experts Bill Polian, Louis Riddick, Matt Williamson, and Field Yates to dole out offseason grades for each of the League's 32 teams.

Following their Super Bowl XLIX loss to the New England Patriots, the Seahawks saw plenty of veteran players depart via free agency. But according to ESPN, the team did well to plug those holes on the NFL's open market and in the 2015 draft.

Seattle earned a B-plus from ESPN's Insider crew. Here's a snippet from Sando's piece:

Analysis: Seattle has yet to invest in Russell Wilson on the contract front, but smoothing over things with Lynch and acquiring Graham from New Orleans counts for a lot.

"Lynch, like Adrian Peterson, is a force multiplier," Polian said. "Then you add Graham to a team that came within a yard of winning the Super Bowl, you have to like what you see. It's exciting because it gives Russell a reliable target who is used to playing with a quarterback like Russell. Drew Brees is not unlike Russell. They are going to develop a chemistry and Jimmy is a guy who mismatches everybody wherever you play him. When you create a mismatch for the quarterback every time you snap the ball in the passing game, you give him a comfort level that is extraordinary."

Off the field, Seattle showed it had a plan in place by quickly moving Kris Richard into the defensive coordinator role upon Quinn's departure. Much of the draft-related analysis will come down to whether the Seahawks were right on Clark, whose involvement in a domestic-violence case at Michigan made his selection in the second round controversial.

"Clark could be the most explosive pass-rusher in the draft," Riddick said. "That could be a home-run pick if they did their diligence on him and he turns out OK. The Lockett addition in the third round gives them run-after-the-catch and speed. The Richard promotion was smart, exactly how you want to do it because it keeps everything humming along. They did not make a ton of moves, but when you've played in back-to-back Super Bowls, you do not have to make a ton of moves."

Tweet Of The Day

https://twitter.com/ThaMonstar/status/600898935482294272

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Jesse Williams, the Seahawks defensive tackle who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Williams, who describes himself as an "amateur photographer" on his Twitter profile, says he's "keeping his mind busy" snapping pics atop the Space Needle.

You can follow more of Williams' photo work on Instagram at @themonstar.

More From Around The Web

Here at Seahawks.com, we recap changes NFL owners approved to extra points for the 2015 season.

NFL.com thinks Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and quarterback Russell Wilson will be two of the Top 5 beneficiaries of the new extra-point rules.

And the NFL has narrowed it down to Miami, Tampa, New Orleans, and Atlanta as finalists to host the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls.

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