Pro Football Talk’s Top 100 Players of 2013

Percy Harvin

Wide receiver Percy Harvin, who came in at No. 90 on the NFL Network’s list of the Top 100 Players of 2013, jumps 37 spots to No. 53 on ProFootballTalk.com

If you thought we were done pumping NFL Top 100 player lists to bide the time during this slow part of the offseason, think again.

In response to NFL Network’s list of the Top 100 Players of 2013, ProFootballTalk.com introduced their own century index back on July 1, when they unveiled players ranked in the bottom-fourth (No. 100-76). Having joined forces with several members of the NFL media to generate their list, the PFT staff has continued to unveil 25 players at a time each Monday since. Yesterday, they disclosed players ranked No. 75-51 and will highlight No. 50-26 next week before concluding the following Monday with their Top 25.

Six Seahawks showed up on the NFL Network’s player-driven list – center Max Unger at No. 95, wide receiver Percy Harvin at No. 90, free safety Earl Thomas at No. 66, quarterback Russell Wilson at No. 51, cornerback Richard Sherman at No. 50, and running back Marshawn Lynch at No. 24. Fifty players into PFT’s countdown, Unger and Harvin show up yet again – Unger slightly lower at No. 99 and Harvin considerably higher at No. 53. I like to think Thomas, Wilson, Sherman, and Lynch will all rank somewhere in PFT’s Top 50 in the coming weeks.

The PFT edition also adds a new Seahawks face to the League’s Top 100 landscape, as cornerback Antoine Winfield – one of the club’s notable offseason acquisitions – comes in ranked one spot ahead of Unger at No. 98.


On this date: Seahawks open inagural training camp

Jim Zorn

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on July 9:

1976: The expansion-team Seahawks open their inaugural training camp at Eastern Washington University in Cheney. The team would summer in Cheney until 1985 and then again from 1997-2006.


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Tuesday round-up: How do you stop Earl Thomas?

Russell Wilson’s Passing Academy started up in Spokane yesterday, and Darnay Tripp of KREM.com has the story on day one of Wilson’s two-day camp. You can view photos from Wilson’s Spokane camp here.

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” for today, Tuesday, July 9, about your Seattle Seahawks:

ESPN Insider Matt Bowen has a detailed feature on how to stop free safety Earl Thomas. Bowen looks at what makes the All-Pro/Pro Bowl fourth-year player so unique, pointing to Thomas’ range, speed, hips, and footwork. It’s an ESPN Insider feature, but here is a small snippet from Bowen’s work:

“There is no question this Seattle secondary of Thomas, Chancellor and cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner will be challenged during the 2013 season, especially with the multitude of upgrades to the receiving units of NFC West teams. But Thomas is still the key. He has an ideal skill set for the Seahawks’ defense. And if you want to make some plays versus the free safety (along with the rest of the Seattle secondary), the combination routes and tight end matchups would be at the top of my call sheet on game days.”

Thomas saw the ESPN piece and welcomes the challenge, clamoring for any opportunity to have the ball thrown his way:

ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando returns from vacation and gears back up with his morning look around the NFC West.

Bob Condotta on the Seattle Times joined Sports Radio 950 KJR AM’s Jason Puckett to talk about Richard Sherman’s Celebrity Softball Game and Seahawks expectations heading into 2013 in the podcast below:

Rebecca Wright of The Windsor Star has a story on rookie tight end Luke Willson, who recently returned to his local sports roots of Essex, Ontario, Canada to support the Essex Ravens junior and varsity teams.

Braden Gall of AthlonSports.com ranks the League’s 32 quarterbacks. The Seahawks’ Russell Wilson comes in at No. 12 – what is it about that number, anyway? It’s everywhere. Here’s what Gall had to say about the club’s second-year signal caller:

“Wilson has a lot of Drew Brees to his game. Undersized, savvy, hard-working, underrated athletically and a lightning-quick right arm. Cut from the Rodgers-Luck dual-threat cloth, Wilson is constantly looking to extend the play and make a big throw. He can run around and pick up first downs with his legs if need be, but he’s also adept at throwing on the run. This, and his compact frame, gives him a better chance at staying healthy over other true dual-threats. His statistical and win-loss records as a starter both in college and his first year in the pros speak for themselves.”

Today is the final day to vote in round two of NFL.com’s bracket to determine the greatest uniform in League history, where as of this posting the Seahawks’ current uniforms (No. 6 seed) have more than double the votes of the current jerseys of the New York Giants (No. 3). Voting ends at 3 p.m. PT.

Here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth continues his 2013 positional preview series with a look at the club’s secondary, which includes some compassionate comments from head coach Pete Carroll on Thomas: “…there’s no end to the potential that Earl has, because he’s so fast and he’s so tough. But more than that, he’s just so driven to be great. He’s just driven to be a great player and a great teammate.”

Rex Ryan

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan poses for a photo at Spain’s San Fermin festival (via Jets Instagram)

Team photographers Rod Mar and Corky Trewin bring us a combined 159 frames from Sherman’s celebrity softball game at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium.

In news around the rest of the NFL, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan reportedly ran with the bulls – twice – at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain. According to the Jets, Ryan escaped without injury.

And it’s about a week old now, but Richard Owens of NFL Films has a unique behind-the-scenes Q & A session with NFL Films music composer Dave Robidoux, who has won nine Emmy awards for his work with the organization.


Monday round-up: Richard Sherman puts the “fun” in fundraiser

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” for today, Monday, July 8, about your Seattle Seahawks:

A packed-house of about 7,000 fans came out yesterday to Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium for cornerback Richard Sherman’s inaugural celebrity softball game benefiting helpingahero.org, “Blanket Coverage – The Richard Sherman Family Foundation“, and other local charities. Here at Seahawks.com we covered the event extensively through our social media channels and will have photo gallery and video features up on the website later today. Stay tuned.Richard Sherman

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times has his recap of yesterday’s celebrity softball game.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune details yesterday’s charity event put on by Sherman.

Fresh off of his honeymoon to Thailand, John Boyle of the Everett Herald has his take on Sherman’s inaugural event.

Danny O’Neil of 710Sports.com dissects the Seahawks’ defensive line heading into training camp.

John Breech of CBSSports.com ranks the NFC West as the best division in football.

Clark Judge of CBSSports.com has his Seahawks tranining camp preview.

Wide receiver Golden Tate talks with SiriusXM Blitz in this short audio podcast below:

Mark Schlereth and Cris Carter of ESPN’s NFL Live discuss the club’s biggest weakness heading into 2013, pointing to a lack of a consistent pass rush.

The Seahawks’ current uniforms have made it to round two of Dave Dameshek’s bracket to determine the Greatest Uniform in NFL History, where they are matched up against the current unis of the New York Giants. The Seahawks hold a favorable advantage over the Giants right now, but voting runs through Tuesday, July 9 at 2 p.m. PT, so be sure to keep casting those votes.

In news around the League, six players have been declared eligible for the July 11 supplemental NFL draft.

And Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Austen Lane has taken over Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column for SI.com.


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Greatest Uniform in NFL History – Round 2

Marshawn Lynch

Voting for the second-round of Dave Dameshek’s bracket to determine the Greatest Uniform in NFL History is now live over at NFL.com/greatestuni

The Seahawks’ current jerseys and 1976 throwback digs were featured when Dameshek unveiled the competition earlier this week, but by way of fan vote only the club’s new jersey made it out of the bracket’s first-round. The Seahawks’ College Navy, Action Green & Wolf Grey garb is now matched up against the current uniforms of the New York Giants.

In that first-round, the team’s current jerseys (a No. 6 seed) beat out the current jerseys of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 11), more than doubling up on the Bucs by a final vote count of 51,937 to 25,689. Seattle’s throwback unis (No. 10) couldn’t quite cut it against the throwback digs of the Chicago Bears (No. 7), as they fell by a final vote count of 31,850 to 25,391.

Voting for round two ends on Tuesday, July 9 at 3 p.m. PT. A quick glance at the bracket shows the Seahawks holding a slight edge in votes over the Giants at the moment, so head on over there and make sure it stays that way.


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Is it football season yet?

Russell Wilson

Whether you spent our nation’s 237th birthday flinging off fireworks, manning the meat on your grill, stuffing yourself full of too much potato salad, or sucking down your favorite American brew, I sincerely hope that everyone had a very happy and very safe Independence Day.

But let’s be real. While yesterday did hold special meaning, it’s gone now. And all-in-all, it brought us one day closer to football season. We’re now sitting pretty at just 65 days remaining until the Seahawks kickoff the 2013 regular season on September 8 against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

So, as we do every Friday here at Seahawks.com to help us cope with life without football, here’s a detailed look at what’s going on next week, July 7-13, with your Seattle Seahawks:

Sunday, July 7:Richard Sherman

  • Cornerback Richard Sherman is set to host his celebrity softball game for charity at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium. Seahawks.com will be there bringing you video and social media coverage from the event and you can view a complete list of players and celebs attending here.

Monday, July 8:

  • Quarterback Russell Wilson’s Passing Academy finally makes it’s way to the state of Washington, stopping in Spokane for a two-day camp.
  • Seahawks.com’s Clare Farnsworth continues his 2013 positional preview series with a look at the club’s defensive backs. You can check out past features from Farnsworth here.

Tuesday, July 9:

  • The Seahawks 12 Tour officially kicks off with a visit to Anchorage, Alaska. Seahawks Vice President of Community Relations & Special Projects Mike Flood leads the charge along with kicker Steven Hauschka and long snapper Clint Gresham.
  • Defensive end Greg Scruggs starts day one of his four-day youth football camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Day two of Wilson’s Passing Academy continues in Spokane, Wash.
  • Farnsworth’s 2013 preview series wraps up, as he highlights the team’s special teams unit.

Wednesday, July 10:

  • 12 Tour Alaska continues. From 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. our crew will take part in Camp Shriver Alaska at the Anchorage Dome – a Special Olympics Alaska event that provides sports training for high school and middle school students.
  • Day two of Scruggs’ youth camp continues in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Thursday, July 11:Doug Baldwin

  • A second-leg of the 12 Tour ramps up – this one in Bellingham, Wash. featuring wide receiver Doug Baldwin and defensive end Red Bryant. Baldwin and Bryant will start the day with an autograph session at 11 a.m. at the Outlet Shoppes at Burlington. At 5 p.m., the wideout-D-line duo will join Seahawks digital media host Tony Ventrella at Bellingham’s Lakeway Inn for a fan forum event.
  • 12 Tour Alaska hosts a Play 60 challenge from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Alaska’s AT&T Sports Center.
  • Day three of Scruggs’ youth camp continues in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Friday, July 12:

  • The 12 Tour moves from Bellingham, Wash. to Vancouver, B.C., as Baldwin and Bryant are joined by Sherman north of the border. Click here for a detailed day-by-day rundown of the weekend’s events in BC.
  • Scruggs’ youth camp finishes up in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Saturday, July 13:


Thursday round-up: Happy birthday, America

Happy Birthday America

On this date in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress, announcing the formation of the United States of America – a new nation of 13 colonies liberated from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Who knew that just 200 years later, in 1976, the Seahawks would open their inaugural NFL season in a Kingdom(e) of their own.

Today, we celebrate our nation’s 237th birthday, and with it some Seahawks links in what are widely considered the dog days of the NFL offseason. But I’m here to make those dog days a little more interesting (hopefully), so here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today, Thursday, July 4, about your Seattle Seahawks:

Danny O’Neil of 710Sports.com breaks down the Seahawks wide receiver position, noting the club has one of the deepest corps in the NFL, with the roster boasting four different players who have caught 45 passes or more in at least one of the past two seasons.

O’Neil also has the chat transcript from his Wednesday afternoon “Hawk Talk” available here.

NFL.com Around the League writer Chris Wesseling profiles wide receiver Golden Tate at No. 31 on their list of the top 40 players they see “Making the Leap” in 2013, citing Tate’s ability to make plays down the field as the reason to expect a big year out of the fourth-year pro.

Dave Dameshek of NFL.com has assembled division-by-division All-Pro squads, and his NFC West team features several Seahawks. Dameshek ranks the West as the strongest of the League’s eight divisions.

In honor of the Fourth of July, the staff at NFL.com tries to pinpoint which 2013 matchup is most deserving of it’s own national holiday.

John Clayton’s “Inside the Huddle” video feature for ESPN.com leads by profiling quarterback Russell Wilson. Clayton says the 5-foot-11 Wilson has the hand size of a 6-foot-7 athlete, noting his 10.25-inch hand-span is the seventh-largest hand-span measured at the NFL Combine since 2006.

It got a little dusty in here with this one, but ESPN.com also has a video feature of several military personnel coming home to reunite with their families. At the 5:37 mark, U.S. Army Sgt. Zach Ames surprises his wife, Bri Ames, and their daughter Emersyn with a reunion at CenturyLink Field before the Seahawks’ contest with the New York Jets last season.

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin was involved in yet another football camp for youth, this time down in Pensacola, Florida – just across the bay from his hometown of Gulf Breeze. BLAB TV has video and sound from Baldwin and Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, who was also in attendance.

Richard Sherman joined 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Bob and Groz” show Wednesday afternoon to talk a little bit more about his celebrity softball game for charity taking place this Sunday, July 7, at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium. A complete list participants is available here, but some highlights include Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson, who will serve as the team’s head coaches, several Seahawks and members of the Seattle Mist, Seattle SuperSonics legend Shawn Kemp, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, former NFL wideout Terrell Owens, and 2012 NFL replacement referee Lance Easley.

Here at Seahawks.com, we have a look in photos at the spirit of the 12th Man present in several active-duty military members around the globe.

Clare Farnsworth’s positional series continued yesterday, this time highlighting the club’s young, fast, and athletic linebacker corps.

A friendly reminder that our 2013 training camp dates are quickly filling up. All weekend dates are already sold out and weekday availability is not far behind. Be sure to secure your spot and register while you still can at bingtrainingcamp.seahawks.com.

And I leave you with one last link that I like to come back to every Independence Day, and it comes from the movie title of the same name. As a kid who grew up in the mid-90’s engulfed in science-fiction, fantasy, and everything Will Smith (except Big Willie Style, I skipped that one), this speech from President Thomas J. Whitemore (played by Bill Pullman) still gives me goosebumps, and still makes me damn proud to be an American.

Happy birthday, America.


Wednesday round-up: Richard Sherman launches “Blanket Coverage” family foundation

“Blanket Coverage” on Facebook

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” for today, Wednesday, July 3, about your Seattle Seahawks:

With the help of his close family and friends, cornerback Richard Sherman has announced the launch of “Blanket Coverage – The Richard Sherman Family Foundation.” The All-Pro, Stanford graduate says the foundation will “channel it’s resources to ensure that as many children as possible are provided with proper school supplies and adequate clothing.”Richard Sherman

On his Facebook fan page, Sherman announced a formal dinner to kick the foundation off on Saturday, July 6 at the Columbia Tower Club in downtown Seattle. Special guests include head coach Pete Carroll, quarterback Russell Wilson, and more. It is a VIP event, but general admission tickets are available for $125, with all proceeds going back to “Blanket Coverage.” One day later, on Sunday, July 7, Sherman will host his celebrity softball game for charity at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium, and we’ll have “blanket coverage” from that event here on Seahawks.com.

NFL Network’s NFL Total Access discusses which player will help their new team the most in this short video. Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is the show’s first mention.

NFL.com has rolled out their 2013 fantasy football draft kit, featuring position-by-position fantasy ranks, projections, sleepers, rookies that could surprise, bargain players, and more. It’s a must-read section of their site for you fantasy football gurus over the Fourth of July weekend.

Also on the fantasy front, Adam Rank of NFL.com breaks down the second-tier of fantasy stars for the 2013 season in this short video.

If you missed it on our site yesterday, NFL.com has unveiled their “Greatest Uniform in NFL History” bracket, where the Seahawks’ current uni’s and throwback digs are featured. First-round voting runs through Friday, July 5 at 2 p.m. PT.

And Clare Farnsworth’s 2013 preview series continued yesterday with a look at the versatility along the defensive line.


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Greatest uniform in NFL history?

Seahawks Uniforms

VOTE at nfl.com/greatestuni

“It’s the Super Bowl for pro football get-ups.”

Those are the words from NFL.com personality Dave Dameshek, who for the purposes of this exercise dubs himself, “The Uniform Moderator.”

Dameshek has unveiled.. Err, excuse me. The Uniform Moderator has unveiled a bracket to let football fans determine the greatest uniform in NFL history. The bracket pits current uniforms against each other on one side and select throwback uniforms against each other on the other. The Uniform Moderator has doled out seeds (No.1 – No. 16) for each club’s uniforms and placed them in a four-region bracket reminiscent of NCAA’s March Madness tournament – NFC teams against NFC teams and AFC teams against AFC teams until final round of four jerseys, where the two conferences will finally meet.

The Seahawks’ current uni’s earned a No. 6 seed and are up against the current digs of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 11 seed) in the bracket’s first round, while Seattle’s 1976-79 throwback uni’s earned a No. 10 seed and find themselves the underdog against the throwback get-up of the 1941-48 Chicago Bears.

Voting for the first round runs through Friday, July 5 at 2 p.m. PT. As of this writing, the Seahawks’ 2013 digs had a sizable advantage over the Buccaneers, but the throwback jerseys could use your help against the Bears, so why not log on and cast a vote for both.


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Tuesday round-up: Reviewing the read-option

Brock Huard and Danny O’Neil of 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Brock and Danny” discuss how much the Seahawks will use the read-option in 2013

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” for today, Tuesday, July 2, about your Seattle Seahawks:

Danny O’Neil of 710Sports.com writes about the risk and reward associated with running a read-option offense.

It’s never too early to start thinking about fantasy football, and NFL.com has their list of the Top 30 fantasy football players for 2013. Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin comes in at No. 17, while running back Marshawn Lynch appears at No. 3 behind Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (No. 2) and Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (No. 1).

Former NFL offensive lineman turned NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger says the NFC West is the best division in the NFC in this short video clip.

NFL Network’s Baldinger and former NFL center Shaun O’Hara have a look at the best available free agents remaining and offers some landing spots on which teams they might fit best with.

With football just 10 Sunday’s away, NFL Network’s NFL Total Access crew takes a stab at some Week 1 headlines around the League.

The NFL announced training camp report dates for all 32 clubs yesterday afternoon, and Seahawks rookies and veterans alike will report to Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Wednesday, July 24. The team’s first practice will be held Thursday, July 25 – you can register to attend that session and more by clicking here.

And here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth continues his 2013 preview series with a look at the offensive line, including comments from assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable on the under-the-radar play the club has received from right tackle Breno Giacomini and guard Paul McQuistan.