Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 25:
Dave Boling at the News Tribune offers some “camp concerns” as the players and coaching head into their extended break before training camp opens in late July, including: “The young linebackers. K.J. Wright played like a veteran late in his rookie season, but it’s fair to remember he’s still in just his second year. Rookie Bobby Wagner looks to have the lead at middle linebacker, while fellow rookie Korey Toomer made a number of noticeable plays during OTAs, as well. Vet Leroy Hill looks fit and sound, but the rest of them still need to ripen into an effective unit.”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com revisits the situation at quarterback, which hasn’t changed much since coach Pete Carroll decided it would be a three-player competition: “ESPN’s John Clayton noted over the weekend that Tarvaris Jackson would take the initial first-team reps when the Seahawks open training camp. This could seem a bit confusing for those following the team’s quarterback situation from afar. It’s natural to wonder why Matt Flynn wouldn’t open camp as the starter after signing a three-year deal averaging $6.5 million per season. The reason: Jackson is the incumbent, coach Pete Carroll wants a legitimate competition and the order wasn’t going to change during non-contact practices in the offseason.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we check in with wide receiver Sidney Rice, who’s completing the rehab after having surgery on both shoulders and also adding weight: “The hope is that with all that (rehab) almost behind him, Rice can work on getting stronger, and therefore more durable, for the coming season. He already has added 13 pounds – of muscle, he is quick to point out – and now weighs 212. Rice wants to report to training camp at 215 or 216. ‘I’m planning to play around 209 to 212 this year,’ said Rice, who weighed 202 pounds last season. More of Rice is better, because the importance of having him – and having him healthy – can’t be overstated. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell summed up the enormity of that fact in seven little words: ‘We really need to get him back.’ ”
There’s also the final Real Rob Report of the offseason, as Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson makes his way through the locker room – video camera in hand – one last time. For more on how – and why – Robinson started doing this, click here.
Jason Smith at NFL.com is at it again, this time with look-alike actors who could portray NFL players. Included is Matt Damon as Matt Flynn: “Flynn signs with the Seahawks as a quarterback, but he’s also a spy who’s attempting to ferret out a huge NFL conspiracy. He breaks legs, arms and heads regularly – but those are just with his passes in practice. Can he win the big game and save the world at the same time? Bonus casting: Richard Gere as Pete Carroll. WORKING TITLE: BIRD OF PREY
Also at NFL.com, their Top Defensive Plays of the 2011 season in this video report. There’s at least one omission: Brandon Browner’s interception and club-record 94-yard TD return to ice the Seahawks’ upset of the eventual Super Bowl champion Giants in Week 5.
For a look around the rest of the league, there’s Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com, which this week is written by NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith because King is on vacation.