A couple of summer activities that slipped under our radar in last week’s blog post on the Seahawks 12 Tour and related player-driven football camps around the nation come from Seahawks punter Jon Ryan, who will host a charity golf tournament and kicking camp north of the border this week in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
For the sixth-year Seahawk Ryan, a native of Regina, SK, his inaugural golf tournament takes place tomorrow, June 20, at Regina’s Wascana Golf & Country Club. The event supports the Bob Ryan Scholarship Foundation – a fund Ryan and his brother Steve set up in their father’s name. The foundation offers financial aid to student athletes playing for the University of Regina Rams Football Club – Ryan’s alma mater – and also helps those in need of cancer care and treatment at the Allan Blair Cancer Centre.
Ryan will be joined at tomorrow’s tournament by fellow Seahawks in free safety Chris Maragos, tight end Sean McGrath, kicker Steven Hauschka, and long snapper Clint Gresham, as well as former Seahawks kicker Jeff Reed and stars from the Canadian Football League (CFL). For Ryan, the golf classic preludes his Saturday kicking camp to be held at the University of Regina’s Rams Field.
So if you’re strolling around the prairie province this week, Ryan encourages you to stop by and say hello to some of your Seahawks, as they enjoy what’s left of their five week break prior to the start of training camp in late July.
Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Aug. 4:
Chris Wells of the News Tribune checks in with Isaiah Stanback. The former QB from Garfield High School and the University of Washington is looking to add his versatile skills to the Seahawks’ passing game – from the other side, as a receiver. Offers cornerback Roy Lewis, Stanback’s teammate at the UW and now with the Seahawks: “I mean, the guy has spent the majority of his life playing quarterback, so he was throwing to wide receivers. I’m pretty sure he has some type of insight on what receivers do, but to go out there and play the position and make the transition, he does a phenomenal job.”
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times catches up with Matt Hasselbeck, the Seahawks’ QB the past 10 seasons who signed with the Tennessee Titans in free agency last week. Just getting there, it turns out, turned into an adventure. Offers O’Neil: “Matt Hasselbeck had a hard time leaving Seattle. The trouble had nothing to do with his 10 years as a Seahawk, though that didn’t make it any easier. His difficulties going to Tennessee were of a quite literal variety. His flight was delayed in Salt Lake City and he was rerouted to Phoenix, where he ended up spending the night before arriving on Friday, the day he signed a three-year contract with the Titans.”
Mike Sando of ESPN.com has his “Camp Confidential” report on the Seahawks after visiting training camp. One of his more-promising/more-concerning observations: “Seven of the 11 cornerbacks on the roster are at least 6 feet tall. Three are 5-foot-11 and one is 5-10. The biggest, Brandon Browner, goes 6-4 and 221 pounds. Impressive? Perhaps, but only three of the 11 have started an NFL game, and none of the three with starting experience stands taller than 5-11.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at the new-look roster — which is even newer because the team made 11 more roster moves after the story was posted yesterday, including adding veteran kicker Jeff Reed.