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Today, on a beautiful Seahawks Blue Friday in Seattle, it’s all about the number 12.

Unfortunately, I’m not talking about the number of days remaining until the Seahawks kickoff the 2013 regular season on the road against the Carolina Panthers – there’s still 58 of those. Nor am I talking about the number of days remaining until the team’s first preseason game on the road against the San Diego Chargers – there’s still 27 of those. And as close as we are, I’m not even talking about the number of days remaining until the club’s first training camp practice – there’s still 13 of those.

What I am talking about is today’s date – July 12 – and how it coincides with the continuation of the Seahawks 12 Tour in Vancouver, B.C., how it falls one day after the release of our “Spirit of 12″ 12th Man-oriented section of Seahawks.com, as well as one day after Russell Wilson came in at No. 12 on ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski’s rankings of the League’s 32 quarterbacks. Really, the number 12 is everywhere, or perhaps we’re just really quick – and at times obsessively compulsive – to point it out.

All right, that’s enough 12ing (for now). Let’s get down to what’s in store for the week ahead with your Seattle Seahawks, as together we inch closer and closer to answering the all-too-often-uttered question: Is it football season yet?

Sunday, July 14:

  • 12 Tour Vancouver, B.C. rolls along with a family festival at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Events include a Gatorade Junior Training Camp, a flag football tournament, a Q&A session with defensive end Red Bryant and wide receiver Doug Baldwin, live entertainment, and more
  • 12 Tour Yakima – a one day Gatorade Junior Training Camp event
  • Cornerback Jeremy Lane celebrates his 23rd birthday. Send your well wishes to Lane on Twitter @StayingInMyLane
  • Russell Wilson’s Passing Academy tour wraps up at the University of Washington

Monday, July 15:

  • 12 Tour Victoria, B.C. – a one day trip featuring wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who will sign autographs from 4-6 p.m. at Jersey City – Mayfair Centre and who will follow that up with an appearance at a season-preview party at 7:30 p.m. at Victoria’s Strathcona Hotel
  • ProFootballTalk.com will unveil players ranked No. 50-26 on their Top 100 Players countdown

Tuesday, July 16:

  • There’s not too many Seahawks-related activities going on, but this nugget of knowledge might come in handy for your Tuesday night trivia session: On this date in 1968, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders is born. Sanders will celebrate his 45th birthday.

Wednesday, July 17:

Thursday, July 18:

  • The 12 Tour ramps back up again, this time making it’s way to the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Wash.), where cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman will host a Seahawks fan forum at 6 p.m. at Kennewick’s “The Pub” on Clearwater Ave.

Friday, July 19:

Saturday, July 20:

  • 12 Tour Vancouver, WA – Cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman will host a Seahawks fan forum at Vancouver’s “Big Al’s” on SE 18th St.

Marshawn Lynch to host Bay Area charity weekend

Marshawn Lynch

Hot off the heels of cornerback Richard Sherman’s celebrity softball game for charity at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium, running back Marshawn Lynch will host a star-studded community benefit of his own in his hometown of Oakland, Calif.

The Seahawks’ “Beast Mode” back and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Josh Johnson – Lynch’s cousin – will put on a three-day event in support of their Fam 1st Family Foundation at Oakland Technical High School, where both Lynch and Johnson attended.

The action kicks off on Thursday, July 11 with their second annual talent show for youth ages 4-18 who submitted videos showcasing their skills to Lynch’s foundation. Twelve entries were chosen to participate in Thursday’s live show in front of a panel of celebrity judges. Cash prizes, a scholarship to the Art Institute of San Francisco, autographed jerseys, gift baskets and more will be presented to first-, second-, and third-place finishers. Tickets to Thursday’s event will be sold at the door – $5 for youth ages 5-17 and $10 for ages 18 and up.

On Friday, July 12, Lynch and Johnson will entertain a family bowling night at Albany Bowl in Albany, Calif. Tickets for Friday’s event supporting Lynch’s foundation are $30 in advance and $40 at the door, if available.

The Bay Area celebration culminates on Saturday, July 13, back at Oakland Tech where Lynch and Johnson will put on the seventh annual Fam 1st Family Youth Football Camp. The free camp runs from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will give 600+ youth the chance to work with professional athletes on their football skills, sportsmanship, teamwork, and how to better themselves off the field. Registration closed off last month, but Lynch’s charity website notes they will be accepting day-of-camp applications.


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.


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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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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Monday round-up: Russell Wilson in Wisconsin; ESPN lays out bright future

Russell Wilson’s Passing Academy made it’s stop in Madison, Wis. over the weekend, as the Seahawks Pro Bowl quarterback instructed hundreds of youth players looking to improve both on and off the field

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” for today, Monday, July 1, about your Seattle Seahawks, as well as a look back at what you may have missed last week, June 25-28, when I was a little under the weather:

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune notes offensive guard James Carpenter’s health is a key component for the ‘Hawks in 2013, and offers a detailed look at the competition along the O-line.

Danny O’Neil of 710Sports.com delves into the uncertainty – and upside – present along the interior of the Seahawks’ offensive line.

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com highlights rookie defensive tackle Jesse Williams in his Finding the Fits series, which identifies one unheralded player per team who appears to be a good fit schematically, and in turn could be a surprise contributor early on.

We have the podcast from Dave “Softy” Mahler’s Friday conversation with cornerback Richard Sherman, who spent the weekend down in Orange, Texas at free safety Earl Thomas’ football camp for youth. Sherman previews his Celebrity Softball Game next weekend at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium:


Avi Zaleon of the Beaumont Enterprise recaps Thomas’ aforementioned weekend youth camp.

Matt Williamson of ESPN.com says Thomas is the player the Seahawks can least afford to lose.

Tom Mulhern of SportsMadison.com recaps quarterback Russell Wilson’s Passing Academy in Madison, Wis.

Adam Rank of NFL.com has his list of 12 must-see stadiums throughout the League, and Seattle’s CenturyLink Field pops up at No.2.

In a bit of obscure off-the-field news, wide receiver Sidney Rice has signed on with Wingstop to open five new franchises in the Seattle-Tacoma area.

In case you missed it last week over at ESPN.com, a slew of their NFL Insiders projected the Top 10 players at each position group for the 2016 season. We already told you where Russell Wilson projects among 2016 quarterbacks last week, courtesy of NFC West blogger Mike Sando. As a refresher, the site’s positional projections were exercises that followed their Future Power Rankings, which evaluated the core of each franchise as they project in 2016 -  the Seahawks ranked at No. 3.

Each positional piece is an ESPN Insider feature, but I’ve pulled the Seahawks mentions and what ESPN’s panel of experts had to say about each player in several snippets below:

Top 10 running backs in 2016No. 5, Christine Michael – ESPN’s Matt Williamson writes: “The selection of Michael seemed like an odd one, but Marshawn Lynch, with his extremely violent running style, probably isn’t going to last long in this league. Michael is a first-round caliber talent, but has a lot of questions off the field. Expect Pete Carroll and company to harness Michael’s great talent by bringing him along slowly. By 2016, he will be a total stud and a true every-down running back. Ignoring their extenuating circumstances, Lattimore and Michael are the most talented all-around running backs from this latest draft class.”

Top 10 wide receivers in 2016 - No. 6, Percy Harvin – ESPN’s Field Yates writes: “There have been some injury and attitude concerns for Harvin during his first four seasons in Minnesota, but a change of scenery has him ready to explode in Seattle in 2013. His rare open-field elusiveness, coupled with great strength for a player of his stature, makes him a rare breed. He can take carries from the backfield, too, and he’ll now play with a quarterback who can deliver the ball on a rope; that will only help the electric Harvin.”

Top 10 safeties in 2016No. 1, Earl Thomas – Williamson writes: “Thomas is an essential member of the league’s best secondary and what I expect to be an elite defense overall. He has outstanding range and is best as a center fielder, but he truly excels in all facets of safety play. Thomas will only be 27 years old when the 2016 season begins, which could be the peak of an outstanding career.”

Top 10 safeties in 2016 – No. 9, Kam Chancellor - Williamson writes: “Chancellor recently turned 25 and his best football should be ahead of him. A punishing hitter, his career might not be as long as some of the others on this list. But Chancellor already has established himself as one of the best safeties in the league, and he paired with Thomas to be a foundational unit for the Seahawks to build around.”

Top 10 cornerbacks in 2016No. 2, Richard Sherman – ESPN’s Herm Edwards writes: “Another corner with very good length, it’s really hard to beat Sherman deep. Seattle’s system is perfect for him, because he can press receivers and disrupt them at the line of scrimmage — which plays right into his confidence. With eight interceptions last season, he’s only going to improve moving forward.” (And because I know you’re dying to know, the Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson is the only player that ranks ahead of Sherman on this list).

Top 10 linebackers in 2016No. 3, Bobby Wagner – Yates writes: “Kuechly took home NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors last year, but you wouldn’t have heard any complaints from me if Wagner was the recipient instead. Relatively unknown out of Utah State, all Wagner did was lead one of the NFL’s best defenses in tackles with 147, while also recording a pair of sacks and picking off three passes. The 22-year old has already shown he can do it all.”


Is it football season yet?

Red Bryant

Happy Summer Solstice, Seahawks fans.

But wait, hold on. Did you know that while your calendars mark today – Friday, June 21 – as the first official day of summer, those of us on the West Coast actually made the jump from spring to summer late Thursday night? The change of season occurred at 1:04 a.m. ET – that’s 10:04 p.m. PT. So technically, those of us here on the left side of the states were finally able to experience something before our east coast friends. Take that little tidbit to whatever weekend gathering you’ve got on deck.

Now, let’s get to some football – sort of. As defensive end Red Bryant lets you know in our graphic above, there are just 79 days until the Seahawks kickoff the 2013 regular season against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. And to help us cope with life without football, here’s a detailed look at what’s going on next week, June 23-28, with your Seattle Seahawks:

Sunday, June 23:

Monday, June 24:

  • The 16th annual Rookie Symposium starts up in Aurora, Ohio, where all 254 members of the 2013 NFL Draft class will report to learn about life in the NFL prior to training camp starting up in late July. AFC rookies are scheduled to report June 23-26 with NFC rookies following suit June 26-29.
  • Seahawks rookies are scheduled to workout at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
  • Our resident reporter Clare Farnsworth will start up a well-deserved and hard-earned three-week vacation. But the football-content-starved fear not, as Farnsworth has graciously left us with a slew of stories previewing the upcoming season to run in his absence. First up is part one of his nine-part positional series with a look at the club’s quarterbacks – namely, second-year signal caller Russell Wilson.

Tuesday, June 25:

  • Seahawks rookies are scheduled to workout at VMAC.
  • Farnsworth’s positional series continues with a look at the running back group.
  • Wilson’s Passing Academy changes venues, as he hosts day one of his two-day camp in Raleigh, N.C.

Wednesday, June 26:

  • Seahawks rookies are scheduled for their final workout at VMAC before training camp – their pre-training-camp break begins shortly thereafter.
  • Farnsworth will highlight the club’s wide receivers in his positional series.
  • Wilson’s Passing Academy continues in Raleigh, N.C.

Thursday, June 27:

  • Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner celebrates his 23rd birthday. Be sure to wish last year’s AP Defensive Rookie of the Year runner-up a happy birthday on Twitter @Bwagz54.
  • The first of nine Gatorade Junior Training Camps takes place at Cedar River Park in Renton, Wash.
  • Farnsworth will take a break from the positional series on this “Throwback Thursday” – chronicling cornerback Richard Sherman’s time as a track star at Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif.

Friday, June 28:

  • Free safety Earl Thomas kicks off his football camp for kids in Orange, Texas.
  • Second-year cornerback DeShawn Shead salutes his 25th birthday – you can wish Shead happy-quarter-of-a-century on Twitter @dshead24.
  • Farnsworth’s positional series kicks back up with a look at the team’s tight ends.

Saturday, June 29:

  • Thomas’ camp continues in Texas, Wilson’s Passing Academy makes it way to Madison, Wis. and defensive end Cliff Avril hosts his inaugural youth football camp in Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • Kicker Steven Hauschka celebrates his 28th birthday.