Tuesday cyber surfing: Training camp dates, battles and schedule analysis

Good morning, here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 3.

Last night the  Seahawks announced 13 Bing Training Camp dates that will be open to the general public. Practices that are open to the public will begin on July 28 and end on August 15. Those interested in attending must register through Seahawks.com beginning on July 13 and registration is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Also here at Seahawks.com, Tony Ventrella chats with Seahawks General Manager John Schneider about the Seahawks 2012 first-round draft pick Bruce Irvin. According to Schneider, the Seahawks rated Irvin in their top-three among all defensive players on draft day.

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times dissects the regular season schedule for NFC West teams. On the Seahawks, O’Neil notes that in 2012 they will face five opponents coming off playoff appearances, five opponents coming off 10 or more wins and six opponents coming off of losing seasons.

Additionally, O’Neil breaks down the Seahawks 2012 strength of schedule, noting that the Seahawks face opponents who went a combined 129-127 last season, a collective winning percentage of .504 that is tied for the 11th-highest among the NFL’s 32 teams. There’s a catch, however, as O’Neil is quick to point out, “That doesn’t mean the Seahawks will be playing the 11th-toughest schedule in the league, though. That depends entirely upon what those teams on the docket do this year. For example, a year ago, the Seahawks were seen to have one of the easiest schedules in the league. Their 16 opponents in 2011 had a combined record of 125-131 the year before, which ranked No. 23. The schedule turned out to be much more difficult in large part because of the improvement of San Francisco and Arizona in the NFC West.”

Last week, ESPN Insider KC Joyner named Brandon Browner one of his seven most overrated players in the NFC, which prompted this discussion from Brock Huard and Mike Salk at mynorthwest.com. In a follow up video today, Huard talks about cornerback Richard Sherman and gives his opinion as to why the cornerback who saw success when he entered the starting lineup as a rookie in Week 8 last season may be one of the Seahawks most underrated players.

Mike Sando at ESPN.com takes a look at four NFC West training camp battles, and it is little surprise that the battle Sando touches on for the Seahawks is quarterback-themed, as he writes, “The Seahawks face a dilemma. [Matt] Flynn, [Russell] Wilson and Josh Portis are the quarterbacks they would ideally keep for the long term, but [Tarvaris] Jackson is the only one with meaningful experience. Jackson is the only one they know for sure they could trust to keep the team competitive right now. Flynn and Wilson will earn roster spots. Jackson could win one, too. He could even start, but so could Flynn or Wilson.” After adding some additional analysis of Wilson and Flynn, Sando closes with, “This should be a fascinating battle once training camp begins.” I think the rest of us would agree.

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