Tuesday cyber surfing: Moore in the mix; Carpenter returns

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, September 4.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times reports that with the release of tight end Kellen Winslow, and addition of tight end Evan Moore, the Seahawks still feel comfortable with their weapons at the position, “Expect to see more targets for Zach Miller, more time for backup Anthony McCoy and maybe even a chance or two for Moore. ‘We’ll use all the guys with Zach and with Anthony,’ said Darrell Bevell, Seattle’s offensive coordinator. ‘Then we’ll continue throughout this week to find out exactly what Evan can bring for us and then we’ll fit him in accordingly.’ “

O’Neil also questions the decision to release Winslow, wondering if there are enough offensive weapons for a rookie quarterback to take advantage of, “It’s kind of funny, actually, to think that a team could go from having too many to not enough targets with exactly two roster moves. After all, the Seahawks acquired [Terrell] Owens and [Kellen] Winslow on the premise that they were not risking much. If anything went sideways, they could always cut them. And that’s just what Seattle did, and while the departure of Owens was not all that shocking considering he dropped as many passes as he caught in his two exhibition games, the release of Winslow was an out-of-the-blue shock. At least it was for anyone who has been watching practice. He was very involved with what Seattle was doing on offense. He was the receiving specialist in Seattle’s two tight-end sets, and someone who gave Seattle’s defense fits in practice. He is big enough to give defensive backs problems in coverage, and too precise a receiver to be covered by a linebacker.”

Lastly from O’Neil, he says the Seahawks no longer owe a draft pick to Tampa Bay for Winslow.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune has his practice report from Monday, which includes a note on guard James Carpenter, 2011’s first-round draft pick who practiced yesterday for the first time since his ACL knee surgery last December, “Carpenter spent all of training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list rehabbing his knee. But Seattle head coach Pete Carroll decided to put him on the active roster to begin the season because the organization thinks he’s close to getting back on the field. Now it’s up to Cable to get Carpenter ready. ‘There’s a process that’s just starting,’ Cable said. ‘So when you talk about playing the game and all of that, first you’ve got to figure out where he’s at. He’s been approved from the medical standpoint, but he hasn’t played any football. So there’s six weeks that the players have had, but he’s had none of that. And so that process has now started for him. So it’s a matter of getting him back in the playbook and back into drills. And getting his confidence to where we know he’s ready to play football again. That’s really what the plan is right now.’ “

Williams also details tight end Evan Moore’s first practice as a Seahawk, “New tight end Evan Moore made his first appearance at practice, and looked pretty explosive while getting some snaps in with the first unit. Moore is wearing No. 82, the same number Kellen Winslow wore when he was here. Moore said he flew in Sunday morning, and has been working ever since to learn the playbook so he’s ready to play this week against Arizona. ‘I went through camp, just like all of these guys did,’ said Moore, who was released by Cleveland during final roster cuts last week. ‘So I’m ready to go. Considering these guys just went through camp together, I’m kind of a new guy. You almost feel like a rookie. You walk into the building, and everybody’s looking at you like ‘Who’s this guy?’ There is a learning curve. But fortunately there’s a lot of translation between what we did in Cleveland and what we’re doing here – both terminology and schematically in X’s and O’s and all of that. So I’m fortunate that that’s the case.’ “

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune has a look at a pair of 2012 seventh-round draft choices – J.R. Sweezy and Greg Scruggs – who are excelling at the NFL level thus far, “J.R. Sweezy and Greg Scruggs watched for three days, and heard more than 200 names announced before they were drafted in the seventh round this past spring. Each day was an insult, every name a thorn they won’t forget. Until finally, they were invited by Seahawks GM John Schneider to come to the Refuge of the Overlooked, where Pete Carroll coaches a Roster of the Perpetually Motivated. ‘I am forever grateful to John Schneider and coach Carroll,’ said Scruggs, a Louisville product and the 10th and final player the Seahawks drafted, who has turned into a promising defensive lineman. ‘Those guys saw something in me, and they allowed me to get my reps and to get evaluated. They gave me a foot in the door, so I don’t want to make them look bad. I want to prove every day that they made the right decision.’ “

John Boyle of the Everett Herald recaps Carpenter’s return to the practice field, “…as expected, Carpenter returned to practice playing left guard, not right tackle, the position he played in college and for eight of his nine games last season. The Seahawks decided Carpenter is a better fit at guard — plus they like what they have in Breno Giacomini at right tackle — and Carpenter agrees with that assessment. ‘I’m going to be happy playing guard,’ he said. ‘I feel like that’s what I should be playing.’ When Carpenter is all the way back, he’ll have to beat out Paul McQuistan to earn a place back in the starting lineup. McQuistan, a versatile lineman who filled in at guard and tackle for injured players last season, did well enough to earn a contract extension with the Seahawks, and won’t be easy to displace.”

Liz Matthews of 710 ESPN Seattle has her take on Carpenter’s return, as well as notes from Monday’s practice.

Curtis Crabtree with 950 KJR AM brings us his notes from Monday’s practice, including this on wide receiver Golden Tate, “Although the team isn’t required to provide an injury report until Wednesday, WR Golden Tate did not participate during Monday’s practice. Tate tweaked a knee when he got rolled up returning a punt during Thursday’s preseason finale against Oakland.”

Mike Sando of ESPN.com breaks down where the NFC West stands with their offensive line units, and has a couple of notes on Seattle, “The Seahawks have options, particularly on the interior, after rookie J.R. Sweezy emerged as a surprise candidate at right guard. Incumbent starter John Moffitt can back up the three interior spots if he’s not starting, as can Lemuel Jeanpierre. Former starting right tackle James Carpenter will become a candidate to start at left guard if his knee rehabilitation continues on schedule. He was expected to practice with the backups this week.”

The staff at NFL Insiders answers 20 questions as we head into Week 1 of the regular season, and the majority like the Seattle Seahawks as the team they expect to make “the biggest jump in 2012″, “20. Which team will make the biggest jump in 2012? Seattle Seahawks (6 votes) Carolina Panthers (4)  Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, Tennessee Titans (2) Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts: Coach Pete Carroll has built an exciting young team in Seattle, and there are a lot of Wilson believers among our panel. With Newton at the helm, the Panthers are fully capable of challenging for a playoff spot in 2012.”

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth recaps Monday in Hawkville, with a focus on newly-signed tight end Evan Moore, and also has a look at Carpenter’s return to practice.

From the video side, we have Moore’s press conference following his first practice as a Seahawk, and in our Seahawks Daily Tony Ventrella catches up with Doug Baldwin, who also returned to practice Monday after resting a hamstring through the majority of the preseason.


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Seahawks add tight end Moore

After releasing veteran tight end Kellen Winslow on Saturday, the Seahawks moved quickly to fill his roster spot by signing Evan Moore. The fifth-year tight end signed his contract today.

Moore was waived by the Browns on Friday. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is familiar with Moore because he played at Stanford while Carroll was coaching at USC, and Moore entered the league as a rookie free agent with the Packers in 2008 when Seahawks GM John Schneider was working in Green Bay. Moore spent the 2008 season on the Packers’ injured reserve list with a knee injury.

The 6-foot-6, 250-pound  Moore caught 62 passes for 804 yards and five touchdowns the past three seasons with the Browns and had career-highs in receptions (34), receiving yards (324) and TDs (four) last season.

He joins a tight end group that includes Zach Miller, who was signed in free agency last summer; and Anthony McCoy, a sixth-round draft choice in 2010.


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Monday cyber surfing: Making moves to 53; Practice squad forms

Good morning, and happy Labor Day. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks after a busy weekend of roster transactions. You can take a look at the Seahawks’ up-to-date roster here.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times speaks to the roster’s continuity this season from a year ago, “This season, the subtraction of tight end Kellen Winslow was the only real surprise as Evan Moore will be added to take his place. The fact that things are so much more settled this year speaks to the quality of the roster that coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider believe they’ve assembled over the past two and a half years. There’s not nearly as much turnover on this year’s team. Of the 53 players currently on Seattle’s roster, 15 were acquired over the offseason. Compare that to last season, when 24 of Seattle’s 53 players were in their first year with the team. The year before that, the number was 27, more than half the team.”

O’Neil has a look at the somewhat unexpected release of tight end Kellen Winslow, “The release of Winslow came after he declined to take a pay cut from the $3.3 million he was scheduled to earn. That salary may have been a point of discussion for months now. Seattle is expected to replace him with Evan Moore, a tight end who played the past three years in Cleveland. Moore is 6 feet 6 and caught 34 passes in 2011, scoring four touchdowns.”

Lastly from O’Neil, we have his look at Seattle’s cut to 53 players, which occurred Friday afternoon, “Just as significant as who is not on the 53-man roster, though, is one player who is: offensive lineman James Carpenter. He did not practice at all during training camp as he continued his recovery from a knee injury he suffered in practice last October. Carpenter was last year’s first-round pick, and he was on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list since training camp began. Had he been placed on that list to begin the season, he would not have counted against the 53-man roster limit, but also would have been ineligible to begin practicing with the team until after its sixth game.”

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune comments on the Seahawks’ 53-man roster, noting that Pete Carroll and John Schneider’s roster-churning days appear to have slowed down, “Currently, 37 of Seattle’s 53 players on the roster were with the team last season. Only six players on the roster remain from when Carroll took over the team after the 2009 season. And Seattle still has one of the youngest teams in the league, with only six players age 30 or older. Cornerback Marcus Trufant is the oldest at 31 – he turns 32 on Christmas Day. Linebacker Leroy Hill turns 30 on Sept. 14.”

Williams has a feature on rookie middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, who moved into the starting role this season with the departure of veteran David Hawthorne in free agency and has been making quick progress, “Bradley said he knew Wagner arrived when the headsets on the sidelines went down during the team’s first preseason game against Tennessee, the defensive coordinator had to signal in the calls. Wagner told Bradley he could read his lips from the sideline and get the calls that way. ‘I think for him the big thing is just getting used to using his hands,’ Bradley said. ‘He’s going to have linemen out on him, and he’s getting better at that, and attacking the line of scrimmage.’ “

Williams also comments on the Seahawks’ highly-touted secondary, who has been given the nickname ‘The Legion of Boom‘, “Seattle boasts one of best young secondaries in the league, with safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, and cornerback Brandon Browner all making the trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl after the 2011 season. Seattle finished No. 9 in total defense last season, the first time since 1997 the Seahawks finished in the top 10. While Seattle’s defensive front seven anchors the unit with its stout play against the run, the Legion of Boom creates turnovers, and plays with a ferocity befitting the name. ‘We all got that boom,’ safety Kam Chancellor said. ‘Whether it’s getting interceptions, talking trash, being a ballhawk or just knocking somebody out – it’s everything.’ “

Lastly from Williams, he details the release of Winslow and Seattle’s cut to 53.

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune admires quarterback Russell Wilson’s attitude and drive to be “great”, but says that average will be just fine for Wilson in this offense, as he advises the rookie to not try to do too much, “Average will work on this offense. Good will be just fine. An average-to-good quarterback who avoids turnovers is a better fit for Pete Carroll’s system than a great quarterback prone to the occasional, inevitable mistake. Take last season’s road upset of the New York Giants. The Hawks beat the eventual Super Bowl champions because Charlie Whitehurst, relieving the injured Tarvaris Jackson in the third quarter, didn’t try to out-Eli Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Whitehurst completed only 11 passes in the second half, for 149 yards and a touchdown, but none of his 19 attempts ended up in the hands of the defense. Manning, meanwhile, finished the day with gaudy stats – 24-of-39 for 420 yards and three touchdowns – but undermined by three interceptions. On the best day of Whitehurst’s life – and helping the Seahawks to that 39-26 victory qualifies for the short list – he is not half the quarterback that Manning is. But again, sometimes less can be preferable to more.”

John Boyle of the Everett Herald recaps the Seahawks’ roster reduction, and says wide receiver Braylon Edwards is out to prove critics wrong after a down season a year ago, “That guy you saw wearing Edwards’ jersey last year? That wasn’t him, he’ll tell you. But saying it is one thing, proving it while playing on your fourth team in the last five seasons? Well, let’s just say Edwards knows a strong training camp and a few nice catches in preseason games don’t mean he’s back to being the player who caught 53 passes for 904 yards as recently as two seasons ago. But just getting a chance to show what he can do is a pretty good start. ‘I feel great,’ Edwards said. ‘I feel like I’m full speed, I feel like I can jump however high I need to make plays and get around. I just feel like my athletic ability is there again. Last year I just wasn’t able really to jump, move, make certain cuts, so I’m a much different player this year than last year.’ “

Scott Garbarini of The Sports Network previews the Seahawks 2012 season, “Even before Wilson’s unexpected rise to the starting lineup and Carroll’s latest examples of unconventional wisdom, the Seahawks were being touted as a team potentially on the rise. Seattle went 5-3 over the second half of last year’s campaign, with the surge fueled by a string of productive games from running back Marshawn Lynch and a defense filled with relative unknowns gelling into one of the NFL’s better crews. And if preseason results can be used as an accurate measuring stick, the Seahawks may indeed be ready to take off in 2012. With Wilson leading the way, Seattle prevailed in all four of its warm-up contests and outscored the opposition by a convincing 122-44 margin.”

Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his report on the 53-man roster and release of Winslow.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com has his analysis of the Seahawks’ cut to 53 players, “Most significant move: The Seattle Seahawks emerged from last season with high hopes for Josh Portis as a developmental quarterback. The arrival of Matt Flynn in free agency and new starter Russell Wilson through the draft left Portis on the outside. The Seahawks released him, leaving Wilson and Flynn as the only quarterbacks on the initial 53-man roster. Some teams with rookie starters brace themselves for what they know will be a long season. The Seahawks think Wilson upgrades the position immediately. They appear unworried by rookie walls and all the other ominous metaphors that typically pop up with inexperienced players behind center. The team could always consider adding a third quarterback in the future, but the value wasn’t there given what Seattle thinks about its top two quarterbacks.”

Sando also has a breakdown of the Seahawks’ roster and practice available for download.

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth has a position-by-position look at the newly-crafted 53-man roster.

Farnsworth also details what’s left at the tight end position after the release of Winslow, “Now what? The Seahawks still have Miller, and the coaches have been pleased with the more-consistent performance of third-year Anthony McCoy during training camp and the preseason. McCoy, a sixth-round draft choice in 2010, had six catches for a team-high 106 receiving yards during the just-concluded preseason. ‘Anthony has been a really good prospect,’ coach Pete Carroll said recently of the tight end he also coached at USC. ‘This was a great pick for us a couple years back. He’s really grown into a versatile tight end for us. He’s one of our best blockers. He’s not quite to Zach’s level, but he really does a great job on all the in-line blocking. He moves around well. He’s a great target to throw the ball to.’ “

And finally, to round things out this morning, Farnsworth looks at the seven familiar faces that make up the Seahawks practice squad, “The release-and-return move with [quarterback Josh] Portis is shrewd. Waiving him opened a roster spot for an extra position player, but he’ll still be around to continue developing his raw, but obvious, skills by getting some reps quarterbacking the scout team that works against the Seahawks’ defense in practice. Last year, Portis made the 53-man roster as a rookie free agent, but was inactive for 15 games.”


Winslow released

Veteran tight end Kellen Winslow has been released by the Seahawks.

Winslow was acquired in a trade with the Buccaneers in May and remained with the team after Friday’s roster reduction to 53 players. But he was released today, and it is believed that he declined a salary reduction.

Winslow caught 218 passes for 2,377 yards and 12 touchdowns the past three seasons with the Bucs. With the Seahawks, he was expected to be featured in two-tight end sets with Zach Miller, another former Pro Bowl player who was signed in free agency last year.

Winslow caught three passes for 34 yards and a touchdown during the preseason and his practice time had to be monitored because of a chronic knee problem.

With the release of Winslow, Anthony McCoy joins Miller as the only tight ends currently on the roster.


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Game at a glance: Wilson does his thing, again

KANSAS CITY – A recap of the Seahawks’ 44-14 victory over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Friday night:

PLAYER OF THE GAME
Russell Wilson. Not that the rookie quarterback didn’t have competition, it’s just that he continued to do in his first NFL start what he had done in the second halves of the first two preseason games – which is, move the ball and score.

Against the Chiefs, the third-round draft led scoring drives on the Seahawks’ first six possessions. He threw two more touchdown passes, giving him five. He scrambled twice for 58 yards to extend drives. He played with poise and production.

“I thought the quarterback played really, really well. Again,” coach Pete Carroll said. “I was just excited to watch him play. He just continues to show poise and composure well beyond three-games old. So we’re happy about that.”

Wilson’s line: 13 of 19 for 185 yards for a 134.8 passer rating; a 29-yard average on his two runs.

The team’s line with Wilson at QB: Three field goals by Steven Hauschka on the Seahawks’ first three possessions; his two TD passes on the next two possessions to close the first half; a TD run by rookie Robert Turbin on the first possession of the second half.

PLAYS OF THE GAME


Offense: So many from which to choose, but let’s go with Wilson’s 21-yard TD pass to tight end Kellen Winslow. Because of what happened before the pass was thrown or caught.

“We were going no-huddle,” Wilson said. “I recognized they weren’t matched up right. So I just went up to the line real quick and called for the snap really quickly. Kellen obviously knew he was going to be open. We saw the exact same thing at the exact same time.”

Added Winslow, “I’ve never been that wide open.”

Defense: You intercept a pass and return it 75 yards for a touchdown, you get the nod. And that’s exactly what Pro Bowl free safety Earl Thomas did in the third quarter to make it 37-7.

“I kind of baited the quarterback a little bit,” Thomas said of Chiefs QB Matt Cassel, who had completed 75 percent of his passes in Kansas City’s first two preseason games. “He was a little late on the read. So I was able to make the play. I always think about touchdowns. I want that ball in my hands and when I get it, I try to make something happen.”

Special teams: You return a punt 92 yards for a touchdown, you get the nod. And that’s exactly what Golden Tate did in the third quarter to make it 44-7.

“That was fun,” Tate said. “Special teams, that’s something we take very, very, very, very seriously. And I don’t think we could have executed the return any better. I caught it and I think I set up one block. The rest was a cakewalk. I was just ran down the sideline, no one around. What else can you ask for? All I had to do was catch it and run.”

INJURY REPORT
Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Browner had to leave the field after experiencing leg cramps. Backup safety Chris Maragos took a shot to the shoulder. Rookie defensive lineman Greg Scruggs, who had a sack for the third consecutive game, injured a hamstring.

But Carroll said none of the injuries was serious.

Quarterback Matt Flynn was unable to play because of a sore elbow on his throwing arm.

YOU DON’T SAY
“We got everything that we wanted to get done in all three phases.” – Carroll


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Friday cyber surfing: Camp is wrapped; on to Denver

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 17.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times calls Russell Okung one of the most important players to the Seahawks season, and also one that has gone largely unmentioned through training camp, “Left tackle Russell Okung is fine with that. After the way his past two seasons started, he would actually prefer it. He was injured during Seattle’s first exhibition game each of his first two seasons, so when he made it through the opener Saturday unscathed, it seemed like a good time to ask the big man how he was feeling. He wasn’t interested in answering that question. At least not on the record. It’s a pinch of the old-school approach Okung has taken, choosing to be seen as opposed to heard when it comes to the media. But take it from someone who knows, Okung is a reason to smile so far this year. ‘He has done a fine job,’ offensive line coach Tom Cable said. ‘I’m looking for him to just keep building on it now that he’s kind of accepted the responsibility of playing left tackle and what comes with it.’ “

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune relays information from head coach Pete Carroll that wide receiver Terrell Owens will play this weekend at Denver, “Carroll chose to keep Owens out of last week’s exhibition opener against Tennessee because he felt the veteran receiver was not in game condition after only a few practices. However, Owens is in much better shape this week, putting together several highlight plays over the past two days and showing his trademark running ability after the catch. Owens will play on an NFL field for the first time since the 2010 season, and little more than a year after having ACL knee surgery.”

Scott Garbarini of The Sports Network has a preseason preview of Saturday night’s matchup with the Denver Broncos.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald catches up with defensive back Roy Lewis, who he says wants to take on a bigger role with the defense, “In preparation for the 2012 season, however, Lewis has been a regular on defense as the team’s No. 1 nickel back, and is playing ahead of veteran Marcus Trufant, who was released in the offseason then re-signed specifically to play nickel. ‘Roy has been playing that position for some time,’ Carroll said. ‘He is ahead of everybody else in the learning and the understanding. If you notice, Roy won’t play very much this week in preparation. We know what he can do and we want to see what other guys can do. … That was a one of the major focuses (this week) — to give guys a chance in the competition to show what they can do.’ “

Tim Booth of the Associated Press has his story on Terrell Owens’ debut in Denver, “Owens arrived in camp in excellent shape and has looked impressive at times during practice. But if he’s to make the Seahawks’ final roster, Owens will need to show in a game that he’s fully recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of the NFL for the entire 2011 season. Saturday against the Broncos will be his first NFL game action since Week 15 of the 2010 season with Cincinnati. Owens went without a catch in that final game against Cleveland. ‘He’s ready to go,’ Carroll said. ‘He had two good weeks of work, and he came in in great shape so he’s ready to go.’ “

Bill Swartz of mynorthwest.com has his notes from the final day of Bing Training Camp yesterday, “Matt Flynn took snaps with the number one offense as he prepares to start the first half at Denver in Saturday night’s second pre-season game. Flynn and that unit had one tough series during 11 on 11 drills. Matt’s first pass intended for Kellen Winslow was swatted away by Richard Sherman. Marshawn Lynch was stuffed on a running play by Leroy Hill. Flynn was sacked on the third down pass play. And Steven Haushka missed a 40 yard field goal try.”

Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his practice notes from yesterday’s camp finale, including a thought on the receiving corps, “Owens, WR Braylon Edwards, WR Ricardo Lockette and WR Deon Butler appear to be in the thick of competition for the remaining spots with WR Kris Durham, WR Charly Martin, WR Phil Bates, WR Lavasier Tuniei  and WR Jermaine Kearse appearing to be longer shots at this point. If the team elects to keep both Edwards and Owens, they could short themselves on special teams as neither will likely play on that unit. It creates an interesting situation from a roster perspective. The remaining three preseason games should help make the position somewhat clearer.”

The staff at SportsPressNW.com has their report from the final day of camp and says the Seahawks have a lot of questions to answer at the wide receiver position, “The Seahawks have considerable sorting to do at the receiving spots, with only Doug Baldwin, last year’s catch leader with 51, a healthy starter available so far for the season opener. Naturally, Carroll saw the glass half full. ‘We’re still in the midst of this thing,’ he said. ‘I like our group a lot. We’ve become even more competitive and more experienced with the guys that have come in. We don’t have to do anything right now, just keep giving these guys opportunities in practice and games and add it all up at the end. It’s a really good position group for us right now. To have a guy like Doug Baldwin is just a blessing.’ “

Doug Farrar of YahooSports.com details young quarterbacks who are starting to emerge in QB battles around the League, including Russell Wilson, “Wilson’s improvement has been graphic through minicamps and into training camp, but as Seahawks quarterbacks coach Carl Smith recently told Shutdown Corner, it wasn’t always so. ‘Really, he’s working through a lot of things,’ Smith said. ‘Rookie minicamp, he threw eight picks, okay? But he’s whittling away at a huge mountain of little things, and he’s doing it at a terrific pace. Working in the classroom, working on the field, and he keeps chopping [the problems] off. I’m really happy with his work ethic.’ “

Mike Sando of ESPN.com says there is much at stake for wide receiver Terrell Owens in his Seahawks debut at Denver, “Forget about 10 receptions for 220 yards. We should instead watch to see how aggressively Owens plays, whether he’s a willing blocker, whether he catches the ball well, and how much he plays. Owens has always been a competitor. He has responded well in practice after watching Braylon Edwards, his primary competition for a roster spot, score a touchdown and generally play well against Tennessee last week. Owens was not active for that game, but he knows the stakes. He was fortunate to get an opportunity from Seattle, and must capitalize on the chance.”

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth has his Camp Carroll wrap-up, ” ‘The camp work that we set out to do, the things that we hoped to accomplish, I think we’ve really knocked it all in,’ Carroll said. ‘We’ve seen a bunch of guys; we’ve gotten a lot of information on our young guys. These next few weeks of games will be very important. But as far as the camp process – understanding how these guys learn, do they fit, kind of starting the process of developing roles for them because you know what they can do – all of that is moving.’ “

Farnsworth also passes out his camp honors, naming the best rookie of Bing Training Camp as Robert Turbin, “First-round draft choice Bruce Irvin, second-rounder Bobby Wagner and Wilson got – and deserve – mention. But Turbin, the fourth-round pick out of Utah State, was drafted to fill the need for a physical back to spell Lynch. Turbin looks, and runs, the part.”

Lastly from Farnsworth, he has his final ‘Hawkville‘ post of training camp.

Greg Scruggs sits down with Seahawks.com and recaps his camp experience, life in Seattle, and passion for playing the drums, “I didn’t want anything to do with football [in high school]. Drumming was my thing. I had been doing it since I was 10 years old, and I was good at it. I was more popular than the football players because of my drumming.”

Finally, Tony Ventrella wraps up camp in his Seahawks Daily as he catches up with safety Earl Thomas, wide receiver Golden Tate, and cornerback Richard Sherman.


Thursday cyber surfing: Wright on the rise?

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 2.

Dave Boling at the Tacoma News Tribune talks with second-year linebacker K.J. Wright, who Boling believes is on the brink of something special, “If I had to point to one young Seahawk on the verge of rising into a star, K.J. Wright would be my target,” said Boling. ‘I’m very comfortable now,’ [Wright] said. “I know the scheme, I know what the coaches expect of me, and I’m just trying to develop as a player; to understand more route combinations and make more tackles and more sacks and become a total package.’ “

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times comments on the relative quietness that is surrounding Seahawks training camp this summer – when compared to the last two seasons under Carroll, that is, “The flood of transactions that followed the start of camp the past two years? It’s more like a trickle this year. The suspense about when all the rookies will be signed? Every one of them agreed to contracts months ago. Extensions for veterans like center Max Unger and defensive end Chris Clemons mean the uncertainty about their future as potential free agents ended before it really began. Boring isn’t bad. It reflects a certain satisfaction — if not confidence — with the team as it’s assembled. It has also made things markedly less busy than coach Pete Carroll’s first two years in town, when the start of training camp signaled the beginning of a ticker tape of transactions.”

Scott M. Johnson of the Everett Herald brings us a piece on quarterback Matt Flynn, who Johnson says is a bit of a mystery to ‘Hawks fans at this time. To shed some light on Flynn, Johnson caught up with Flynn’s former Packers teammate Jordy Nelson, ” ‘They’re going to enjoy having him there,’ Nelson said via telephone earlier this week. ‘He’s a playmaker. He comes out and makes plays. They’ve got a good one out there. The games he put together, in the preseason and a couple of regular-season games, he has made plays. He’s not a guy who talks a lot — he’s got a calm demeanor, but he knows he’s going to make plays.’ “

Bill Swartz of mynorthwest.com caught up with rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner after Day Four of camp, “While pass rusher Bruce Irvin and quarterback Russell Wilson grabbed much of the attention during the Seahawks’ 2012 draft, you could argue Bobby Wagner might be the most important rookie in training camp. His speed and tackling instincts could elevate an already solid defense to a different level. ‘It’s crazy and physical, because it was competition Tuesday,’ [Wagner] said. ‘We just tried to get after it and make plays, you know, lots of picks and sacks. I feel like every day is a game. Every time you come out to practice, someone is trying to win a spot. If you come here asleep, somebody might take your job. You can’t have that happen.’ “

Brock Huard of mynorthwest.com shares three observations after Tuesday’s practice in this short video.

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth continues his Cortez Kennedy “Countdown to Canton” series, this time chatting with Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon. “Warren Moon did so many things during his 23-season professional career that spanned four decades, covered two countries and included NFL stops in Houston, Minnesota, Seattle and Kansas City,” said Farnsworth. “Like passing for 40.1 miles (or 70,553 yards) and 435 touchdowns. But there is one distinction Moon was able to avoid: Being sacked by Cortez Kennedy. ‘He did hit me, but he never sacked me,’ Moon said Wednesday. ‘There were a few times when he hit me just as I was throwing the ball. I would smile at him and say something like, ‘Oh you’re just a little bit too late.’ ‘ “

Farnsworth also gives us this short post on Carroll’s praise for rookie DE Bruce Irvin, who shined in Tuesday’s practice before the players day off, ” ‘Bruce probably had the best play of the day, chasing down a reverse and then flying up beside (wide receiver Deon Butler) and knocking the ball loose that was recovered for a fumble,’ Carroll said. It was an oh-yes ending to an oh-no play for Irvin, the pass-rushing end from West Virginia who was drafted to help turn up the heat on opposing quarterbacks this season. ‘(He) got beat on the reverse then came back and took the football out of the guy’s hands because he is so fast,’ Carroll said. ‘That factor is just obvious.’ “

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman gives us a behind the scenes look at the first few days of Bing Training Camp in this “Camp Dayz” video.

Yesterday we welcomed fantasy contributor Scott Engel to Seahawks.com, who kicked off what will become a weekly fantasy contribution with a look at the Seahawks wide receiver corps and how they relate to fantasy football in 2012.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com looks back to the Seahawks’ loss of tight end John Carlson in the offseason, noting that the addition of Kellen Winslow can create that same dynamic combination at tight end with Zach Miller that they envisioned with Carlson, while adding more durability as well, “There is no way to know whether Carlson would have been injured had he remained with Seattle, but a clear pattern is emerging for the player Mike Holmgren once thought would end the Seahawks’ search for stability at the position. As Kevin Seifert notes, Carlson has suffered a serious concussion during a playoff game against Chicago, the shoulder injury in camp last year and now the knee injury — all since January 2011. Winslow has his own injury concerns. He’s practicing every other day to protect a chronic knee problem. But he hasn’t missed a game over the past three seasons. Winslow has played all 16 games in five of the past six seasons.”

Brian Billick and Taylor Jones at FoxSports.com have their Seahawks preseason report in this short video.


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Wednesday cyber surfing: WR competition heats up with signing of Braylon Edwards

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks on the first player’s day off of Bing Training Camp, August 1.

The story of the day yesterday was the Seahawks signing of wide receiver Braylon Edwards. Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times gives his take on the ‘Hawks signing and Seattle’s wide receiver position, “The competition at wide receiver is going to be among the stiffest on the roster, and not just because the starting job is open at split end. Golden Tate appears poised for a breakthrough, Ricardo Lockette has been singularly impressive through the first four days of training camp, and veterans Deon Butler and Ben Obomanu shouldn’t be overlooked. Throw in [Antonio] Bryant, last year’s fourth-round pick Kris Durham and undrafted rookies like Phil Bates, and a roster spot is hardly a given. ‘Right now I’m just competing to be on the team,’ Edwards said. ‘That’s all I really care about. I’m going to go out there every day and let my play speak for itself.’ “

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune caught up with ‘Hawks running back Kregg Lumpkin, who signed with the team in the offseason. “What gives Lumpkin an added benefit is that he can play both running back and fullback,” writes Williams. “Also, Lumpkin was a core special teams player in Tampa Bay last season. He finished with 31 carries for 105 yards with the Buccaneers in 2011, and he showed soft hands while making a career-high 41 catches for 291 yards. ‘If you can do more than one position, you have a better chance of making the team, so I’m trying to do as much as I can,’ Lumpkin said. ‘I’ve been raised to compete all my life. So I’m just out here trying to have fun and to continue to learn as well.’ “

Williams also details the ‘Hawks signing of Edwards and has his notes from Tuesday’s practice.

Tim Booth of the Associated Press brings us a piece on second-year cornerback Richard Sherman’s growth he has shown from the start of his rookie season, “Sherman played in all 16 games in his rookie season and started 10, taking over after Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond III went down with injuries. While it was a concern at first to throw such an inexperienced player out there, Sherman finished the year with 46 tackles, four interceptions and a forced fumble. According to STATS LLC, which tracks the number of times defenders are burned by receivers, Sherman was beaten 37 times in 88 targets last season for a rate of 42 percent. By comparison, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was targeted 89 times and burned 36, a rate of 40.4 percent. Of cornerbacks with 80 or more targets against in 2011, Sherman’s rate was fifth-lowest in the NFL, according to STATS.”

Brady Henderson of mynorthwest.com has his take on the Seahawks’ signing of Edwards, and provides some comments from ‘Hawks general manager John Schneider, who joined the “Bob and Groz” show yesterday, ” ‘With the release of Mike Williams – who’s a bigger, stronger receiver – we felt like there might be a little bit of a gap there, and [we were thinking], ‘Let’s give this guy a shot and bring him in,’ ‘ Schneider said. ‘This isn’t like a reclamation center or anything, but these are guys that are talented players that we’ll take a look at. During training camp you have an opportunity to have kind of extended tryouts, and these guys both deserve it and the club deserves it.’ “

Henderson also summarizes a segment from the “Bob and Groz” show yesterday in which Seahawks tight end Kellen Winslow joined the show. Included in the link is a short video with Bob and Groz’s impressions and expectations for Winslow this season.

Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM brings us his report from Tuesday’s practice, including a look at the newly signed Edwards and a focus on rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner, “Second round pick LB Bobby Wagner flashed repeatedly during Tuesday’s practice. Wagner intercepted a pass from QB Russell Wilson by undercutting a short route from TE Zach Miller. Wagner almost picked up another interception stepping in front of a pass from QB Tarvaris Jackson to WR Ben Obomanu but it deflected off three defenders before hitting the turf. Carroll spoke highly of the last two practices by Wagner, ‘He’s really good first impression yesterday and had a really good day today, so we’re off to a great start,’ Carroll said. ‘If Bobby can be that guy at our starting mike-linebacker, we are just adding one new guy to our starting defense and he’s really fast and can play, it can really be a big boost to us.’ “

Mike Sando of ESPN.com gives us his take on the Seahawks’ signing of wide receiver Braylon Edwards, “I do not think Edwards, 29, suddenly forgot how to play football last season,” said Sando on Edwards’ play with the San Francisco 49ers a year ago. “A few factors could help explain his statistical decline from 2010 to 2011. Edwards was playing for a new team in a new offense with very little prep time (the 49ers signed him last Aug. 4). Injuries clearly slowed Edwards during his time with the 49ers. He underwent knee surgery and also had a bad shoulder. Edwards didn’t fit with the 49ers, for whatever reason. Now we’ll find out whether Edwards can bounce back in Seattle.”

Sando also brings us an interesting piece on the average age of starters on both sides of the football throughout the NFL. While rosters and starters have not been named, Sando’s age-chart reflects players who he believes are likely to earn the starting job in Week 1. On the Seahawks, Sando writes, “While Seattle ranks 20th-oldest in overall roster age after adding veterans such as Deuce Lutui, Barrett Ruud, Antonio Bryant and the re-signed Marcus Trufant, the Seahawks have the second-youngest starters in the league. That includes the fourth-youngest defensive starters and eighth-youngest offensive starters (with Matt Flynn penciled in at quarterback and Doug Baldwin at receiver).”

On ESPN’s “NFL Live “Tim Hasselbeck and Cris Carter discussed some of the more intriguing quarterback battles around the League, and the Seahawks battle between incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson, free agent acquisition Matt Flynn and 2012 third-round draft choice Russell Wilson makes their conversation.

Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss the ‘Hawks signing of Braylon Edwards on “NFL 32.”

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth brings you his notes from Day Four of camp in his latest edition of ‘Hawkville’. Farnsworth focuses on kicker Steven Hauschka, who with the release of rookie kicker Carson Wiggs yesterday to make room for veteran wide receiver Braylon Edwards remains the only kicker on the Seahawks roster. “Hauschka has a beyond-smooth, oh-so-fluid motion that doesn’t seem like it could generate enough power to get the ball that far, but he hit from 58 yards during the special teams portion of practice and then converted from 57 yards when a drive stalled during a full-team drill,” said Farnsworth.  ” ‘I’ve found for me, swinging hard doesn’t necessarily make the ball go farther,’ Hauschka said. ‘So I just try to hit the ball on the bone and it takes off for me.’ He also kicked field goals of 39 and 19 yards during a two-minute drill and made three other kicks during the special teams period.”

Farnsworth also details the Seahawks QB competition, which came full-circle on Day Four with Tarvaris Jackson taking the majority of first-team reps once again. “In a two-minute drill, Jackson sustained his drive with a third-down pass to tight end Zach Miller, setting up a field goal by Steven Hauschka,” offers Farnsworth. “Flynn then completed three of five passes, including a 37-yarder to just-signed wide receiver Antonio Bryant and a 17-yarder to wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, setting up another field goal by Hauschka. Wilson then displayed nice touch on a 30-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Phil Bates, laying the ball over rookie cornerback Donny Lisowski. But his possession ended when Lisowski intercepted a third-down pass in the end zone. In the final full-team segment, Jackson and wide receiver Doug Baldwin hooked up for an 18-yard gain on a third-and-9 play. The No. 1 unit again settled for a field goal, but it was the only score produced during the defense-dictated drill.”

Lastly from Farnsworth is his piece on the news of the day – Edwards. “Where does Edwards fit?” asks Farnsworth. “That remains to be seen. He joins a group of receivers popping with potential, but also one that comes up short in experience and proven production. There’s Doug Baldwin, who led the team in receiving last season as a rookie free agent. There’s on-the-mend Sidney Rice, another former Pro Bowler who was signed in free agency last summer but then ended the season on injured reserve because of concussions and injuries to both shoulders that required offseason surgery. There’s Golden Tate, a second-round draft choice in 2010 who continues to refine his ample skills. There’s Ben Obomanu, the longest-tenured of the Seahawks wide-outs who caught a career-high 37 passes last season. There’s Ricardo Lockette, who is extremely fast but also extremely raw. There’s Bryant, who like Edwards is hoping Seattle can be his new NFL home.”

In our Seahawks Daily Tony Ventrella provides a run down of Tuesday’s practice, inlcuding a look at newly-signed receiver Braylon Edwards and comments from Head Coach Pete Carroll heading into the team’s day off. Ventrella also talks with defensive lineman Alan Branch on what to expect from the defensive line this year, and speaks with Red Bryant on life as new father.

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com discusses the positive talk surrounding wide receiver Golden Tate and connects it to the recent signing of wide receiver Edwards, “Tate was widely viewed as the favorite for the gig [at starting wide receiver]. One report suggested that Tate was ‘toying’ with cornerbacks. He professed a change in attitude. ‘I never had to work for my position; it was always given to me,’ Tate said via The News Tribune. ‘I was always more athletic, so for the first time ever I felt like I had to work. It wasn’t given to me.’ It’s not going to be given to him this year, either. All the positive talk is about Tate, but Seattle’s signing [of Edwards] says more than all the puff pieces combined.”


Saturday cyber surfing: Camp begins

Good morning, here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 28.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune writes about the heightened expectations the Seahawks face as they head into year three under Carroll, “Carroll enters Year 3 of an effort to ultimately build the Seahawks into a regular playoff contender. Seahawks owner Paul Allen did not hire Carroll away from national college power USC three years ago – after giving hometown product Jim Mora only one year to turn things around – just to hover around the .500 mark. Carroll and general manager John Schneider remade Seattle’s roster into one of the youngest teams in the league, cycling through over 500 roster moves since January 2010 on their way to back-to-back 7-9 campaigns. Now, the 60-year-old coach known for his enthusiastic approach is expected to lead this team to the playoffs.”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald gives us seven questions the Seahawks face as they open 2012 training camp. The obvious question heading into camp revolves around the Seahawks quarterback competition, which Boyle is quick to list. But one of the more interesting questions Boyle poses centers around the ‘Hawks running game, which was a strong point during the second half of last season and in order for this team to be successful in 2012 is expected to pick up where they left off, “Marshawn Lynch and the offensive line improved dramatically in the second half of the season, which coincided with more wins. Now can they keep it up? One encouraging sign last season was that the line was able to continue its improvement even as starters James Carpenter and John Moffitt went down with injuries. This year’s line, on paper anyway, looks like it could be the best and deepest Seattle has had in years, but half a season of success hardly makes it a proven unit.”

Brock Huard and Mike Salk of mynorthwest.com suggest a few players to watch during Seahawks training camp in this video. Huard details his excitement for newly acquired tight end Kellen Winslow, who he believes has a chance to “shatter” the single-season record for receptions by a Seahawks tight-end.

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth caught up with Seahawks Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson and defensive end Red Bryant as they entered the VMAC yesterday, discussing the team’s high expectations as they enter the third season with coach Carroll at the helm. Robinson put the team’s mentality best when he told Farnsworth, “It’s time now, this is the moment everybody has been waiting for. It’s time to put on the pads. It’s time to get serious. It’s time to block everything else out and develop that championship mindset.”

Farnsworth also touched based with newly-signed veteran wide receiver Antonio Bryant, who signed with the Seahawks on Thursday. Bryant told Farnsworth he is looking to make the most of the opportunity heading into camp, “I’ve been in this position before,” Bryant said. “Right now, I’m considered trash. But hey, that’s cool. I’ve been in this position before. But one thing people have to remember, they better go back and watch their film. Just know this: I’m something they’re going to have to compete against.”

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post lists Seahawks first-round draft pick defensive end Bruce Irvin as one of his 10 rookies to watch during training camp. Bowen offers his thoughts on the speed-rushing end out of West Virginia, “Irvin was labeled as a ‘situational’ rusher after the draft and I understand that. Think defensive sub packages (nickel, dime) and the ability to turn the corner vs. OTs. However, no different than talking about [Shea] McLellin above, Irvin isn’t going to beat every tackle this season with the speed rush. This is a rookie I want to watch in live game action this August.”

Finally, if it wasn’t already obvious enough, the first of 13 Seahawks training camp practices is open to the public today at 10:30 a.m. You can register for future sessions here. See you at camp.


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Monday cyber surfing: Reaction to Williams’ release

Good morning, here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 16.

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times gives us his reaction to the Seahawks release of wide receiver Mike Williams, noting  the move did not come as a total surprise, but rather a disappointment given Williams’ career revival with Seattle in 2010. “Williams’ release is disappointing, however,” said O’Neil. “His 2010 comeback was nothing short of remarkable as the former first-round pick — who had been out of the league entirely for two years — caught 65 passes to lead the team. He was never going to be mistaken for a track star, but he had size, great hands and an engaging personality. The man is very likeable. He had an ability to cut to the quick and speak honestly. On the subject of the NFL’s comeback player of the year in 2010, he pointed out that Leon Washington was much more deserving considering the severity of the broken leg Washington had to recover from. All Williams did, he said, was recover from being out of shape and sitting on his couch.”

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune has his own take on the release of Williams, as he designates health issues and a lack of production a season ago as factors in the team’s decision, and comments on how the move affects the Seahawks’ competition at wide receiver heading into training camp, “The release of Williams opens up competition for the starting split end spot opposite Sidney Rice, with veterans Ben Obomanu and Deon Butler battling with youngsters Golden Tate, Kris Durham and Ricardo Lockette for the starting job.”

John Boyle of the Everett Herald presents his take on the release of Williams, and also takes a look at how the move affects the Seahawks wideout group heading into camp, “With or without Williams, the battle for roster spots and playing time already figured to be one of the most intriguing position battles aside from Seattle’s three-man quarterback competition. While Sidney Rice is a lock to start, assuming he is healthy, the battle for the other starting job is wide open. Doug Baldwin should remain the Seahawks’ slot receiver, a role in which he thrived as a rookie in 2011. Golden Tate is now likely the front runner to be Seattle’s other starting receiver, but a number of other players could push him for that spot. The Seahawks will have a battle for both playing time and roster spots beyond Rice, Tate and Baldwin, one that will include Ben Obomanu, Kris Durham, Deon Butler, Ricardo Lockette and perhaps a couple of undrafted rookies such as Lavasier Tuinei and Phil Bates.”

Tim Booth of the Associated Press gives us this story on the release of Williams, suggesting that the signing of tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. may have played a role in the team’s decision to let Williams go, “With Winslow and Zach Miller, the Seahawks are likely to use more two tight end sets and limit the need for a second taller receiver on the outside.”

Over at MyNorthwest.com Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of the “Bob and Groz” show provide their own assessment of the Seahawks decision to release Williams, and discuss what’s next for the team at the wide receiver position, and for Williams, in this video.

Rounding out the reaction to Williams’ release is Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM, who shares this piece and predicts what the team might do to replace Williams, “The team could look to bring in another veteran receiver or two to help add security to the position. WR Antonio Bryant had a tryout during mini-camp in June, but the team wanted him to get in better shape before making a decision on whether to sign him to the roster. He could be an option entering camp.”

The guys at ProFootballTalk.com are incrementally releasing their preseason power rankings and the Seahawks have landed at No. 22 on their list. Evan Silva breaks down the ranking in this Seahawks preview, analyzing the team’s strengths, weaknesses, changes the team has undergone, upcoming training camp battles and has provided an outlook heading into 2012, “The Seahawks seem to be a team on the rise, but they’ve yet to exceed seven regular-season wins through two years of the Carroll/Schneider regime. In order to instill confidence in the minds of observers, Seattle needs to take a significant step forward in on-the-field performance. Seattle’s 2012 schedule includes a brutal stretch from Weeks Two through Eight. They’ll square off with four returning playoff teams — the Packers, Patriots, 49ers, and Lions. During the seven-game run, the Seahawks also face the explosive offenses of Dallas and Carolina. We’ll have a very good feel for what kind of team the 2012 Seahawks are following that tough run. Ultimately, we ranked Seattle as the second best team in the NFC West. We like them better than the Cardinals and Rams, but much less than the Niners. The Seahawks are a club that certainly could surprise, especially if they emerge from the aforementioned seven-game stretch with four solid wins.”

Eric Edholm of ProFootballWeekly.com picks out three teams that may not necessarily be division favorites heading into 2012, but could have the potential to surprise and challenge for the division. Among Edholm’s short list are the Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks. Edholm had this to say on the Seahawks, “The Seahawks are fascinating. They have a young, ballhawking defense, some real talent at receiver and a confident head coach in Pete Carroll with a chip on his shoulder. All they need now is to settle on a quarterback. It should be easy, right? They signed Matt Flynn in the offseason, gave him $10 million guaranteed. That should be our sign he’s the starter. But an interesting thing is happening here, with Tarvaris Jackson getting the first-team reps to start training camp and white-hot (and intriguing) rookie Russell Wilson throwing bolts and determined to win the job from Day One.”

At NFL.com Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and guest-analyst and former-teammate of Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings each give their two cents on the Seahawks quarterback competition heading into training camp in this short video.

Finally, here at Seahawks.com registration is now open for 2012 Bing Training Camp, which is set to begin at the end of the month. For more information, including how to register, click here.