Marshawn Lynch only healthy Seahawk missing from first workout

Marshawn Lynch a no-show at Seahawks OTAs

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Which is fitting, considering Lynch wears the number 24. I don’t know whether or not Lynch should be higher than this, but once you get into the top-25 you’re really going to be nitpicking about the specific order – and regardless, you can rest assured we’re talking about the elite of the elite. With about 1700 active players on NFL teams during the season, these are the top one-percenters, and I certainly think Lynch belongs in that group. When you hear so much about Beastmode this, Beastmode that, you forget that there is so much more to his game apart from his ability to break tackles and pick up the extra yard. As the video points out, he’s got great explosiveness, great vision, great anticipation, and in my opinion, has elevated his game to elite levels because he’s become so disciplined in the Tom Cable zone-blocking scheme. He’s truly the workhorse for the Seattle offense and without him, they’d look a lot different. Watch the video above.

In case you missed it: Marshawn Lynch comes in at #24 on NFL’s Top-100

GO HAWKS!! sonoco says: May 22, 2013 1:43 AM Its a smart move to avoid the peer pressure to use PEDs evident in that locker room. geicocaveman says: May 22, 2013 2:28 AM Another positive sign for the Seahawks Corey Jeppesen says: May 22, 2013 2:47 AM OFFENSE! May 22, 2013 6:34 AM He signed up for a Defensive Driving course and it conflicts. toonloonboon says: May 22, 2013 7:53 AM i heard hes competing in an inner beauty contest vikescry1 says: May 22, 2013 7:54 AM no p.e.d tests when you work out by your self, i hear pete carroll puts them in his skittles bpeterson464 says: May 22, 2013 10:01 AM Well he never show up anyway, I dont see why this is a big deal. mobuccsfan says: May 22, 2013 10:13 AM Was going to say what if that isnt skittles but Adderall he is taking?

Marshawn Lynch a no-show so far at Seahawks OTAs

Every member except the teams most potent offensive weapon last year, that is. Marshawn Lynch. (Ted S. Warren/AP Photo) Entering his fourth season with the team and fresh off his best season as a pro, running back Marshawn Lynch took advantage of the optional nature of the annual OTAs, or organized team activities, when he did not show up this week. This is voluntary. Thats what the rules and guidelines are all set up to be, head coach Pete Carroll said after Mondays workout.

Seahawks announce registration info for training camp

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The Seahawks’ heavy use of play action & their possibly changing style “Add the Percy Harvin backfield movement factor into the equation, and as Kenny would say, you got yourself a stew goin’. Part of me wonders whether Seattle’s offense will continue to be predicated on the run, but out of different sets than we’re used to. I think the read-option will still be a ‘curve ball’ that the Hawks can use during games and I also think Seattle will greatly expand their use of the pistol formation. If Washington’s offense from last year is any indication, this means Seattle can even increase their use of play action.” — Danny Kelly, Field Gulls When healthy, Harvin is one of the most explosive playmakers in the league. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has already shown he has a creative side, showing off some read-option and Pistol looks once Wilson got more comfortable with the offense. Harvin can excel at almost any position on the field, and he should shine with Bevell calling the plays and Wilson giving Read Here him the ball. One of the biggest areas Harvin and Wilson could excel in is the play-action game. According to Football Outsiders , the Seahawks ran 35 percent of their plays out of the play-action in 2012, second-most in the league.

Seahawks’ offense fueled by experienced playmakers

Last season, Millers reception total grew to 38 during the regular season and he then added 12 more in two postseason games as rookie quarterback Russell Wilson matured as the season progressed and the entire offense along with him. The capper to Millers second season with the Seahawks came in the divisional playoff game against the Falcons in Atlanta. He caught eight passes for 142 yards and a touchdown after tearing the plantar fascia in his left foot on the Seahawks first series. It took a while (to recover from that injury), Miller said. Really, right when the offseason program started (in April) is when I started feeling good again. CLOSER LOOK AT TEs Tight ends on the 90-man roster: 6 Tight ends carried on the 53-man roster last season: 3, with one on the practice squad Incumbent starter: Zach Miller Victor Marshall Keep an eye on: Willson. As the coaches have been saying since they selected the Canadian-born tight end in the fifth round of Aprils NFL Draft, Willson has the speed to present an element thats been missing from the passing game at the tight end position. He also has to show that he can block at this level, and that wont happen until August in the preseason games. McGrath also will be in the mix to make the roster, in part, because Marshall was a wide receiver in college, while Fells was a basketball player.

49ers TE Vernon Davis: Seahawks are ‘building a dynasty’

San Francisco added Nnamdi Asomugha , Seattle added Cliff Avril . The arms race went through the offseason, and the expected natural development of quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson make the NFC West foes very strong. Vernon Davis, the tight end of a 49ers team who fell just short of a Super Bowl title last year, has noticed what San Francisco’s rival up north has been putting together. “They’re building a dynasty over there,” Davis told NFL.com . “These guys are coming to take us out. I respect them, but we want to win, too. We have to … play each game like it’s our last game.” Maybe the “dynasty” comment is a little bit of gamesmanship, but the 49ers know what Seattle is capable of.

The Seahawks’ heavy use of play action & their possibly changing style

“They’ve got some good players over there. I mean, these guys are starving. So we have to really keep that in mind because these guys are coming to take us out.” Davis isn’t kidding about the Seahawks wanting to take out the 49ers. Just watch the video above: It’s from San Francisco’s 42-17 December loss to Seattle and features Davis getting laid out by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor . “I respect them, just like I respect my team, but we want to win, too. We’re in it to win it,” Davis said.

Vernon Davis says Seattle Seahawks are ‘building a dynasty over there’

ERIC D. WILLIAMS; Staff writer ERIC D. PDT Updated: June 25, 2013 at 2:41 p.m. PDT 0 comments Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in action during an NFL football minicamp Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (ELAINE THOMPSON/The Associated Press) As a rookie during the Seattle Seahawks offseason program, Russell Wilson was immersed in a three-way battle for the quarterback job, relegated to splitting reps three ways with the first-unit offense. The limited reps for Wilson hindered his ability to develop chemistry with the first unit, which played a role in the teams slow start offensively.

Seattle Seahawks: Tarvaris Jackson Will Beat Brady Quinn for the Second Quarterback Spot

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During his time in Seattle, Jackson developed somewhat of a nice rapport with current Seattle wide receivers Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin, which could prove very valuable if anything happens to Russell Wilson this season. But aside from his connections, Jackson is a better fit for the job because of his style of play. Brady Quinn isnt really a good fit for the read-option offense that Seattle runs due to his lack of speed. Thats not to say that Jackson is any kind of burner in the speed department, though. Jackson may not have the same speed as Russell Wilson, but he does possess some agility and elusiveness in the pocket, which is a big plus given Seattle offensive lines inability to give its quarterbacks adequate time in passing situations. Jacksons big arm is another reason he should land the job, as Seattle is planning on throwing the deep ball more frequently this season. Though he struggles with his accuracy at times, very few NFL quarterbacks have a better arm than Tarvaris Jackson. Whichever player the Seahawks coaches decide to give the job to probably wont matter much to Seahawks fans, as long as they dont have to see them enter a game for Russell Wilson.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson nominated for ESPY Award

Russell Wilson. (AP Photo) The ESPYS, ESPNs annual sports-award show, is slated for 6 p.m. Pacific time on July 17. Fans can vote on ESPN.com for nominees in 35 award categories. Wilson is one of five youngsters nominated in the best breakthrough athlete category. He is up against San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, L.A. Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and L.A. Angels outfielder Mike Trout. Also of note for sports fans here in the Pacific Northwest: U.S.

Russell Wilson up for ESPY

Safety Kam Chancellor and cornerback Brandon Browner both have Pro Bowls on their resumes. Seattle’s ability to play physical, man-to-man coverage on the back end of the defense should help new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn create pressure with his front seven. Weaknesses: With leading sack man Chris Clemons’ availability for the beginning of the regular season uncertain after ACL knee surgery in January, along with Bruce Irvin missing the first four games of the regular season while serving a four-game suspension for a PED violation, the Seahawks need production from free-agent additions Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett during the first month of the season. ———————————————– NFL Team Report – Seattle Seahawks – NOTES, QUOTES –The offseason is well underway, but the banter between Seattle and San Francisco continues, fanning flames of the budding rivalry between two NFC West teams expected to compete for the division crown. Asked about the six Seattle players recently suspended for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs, San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh said cheating should not be part of the NFL. “It has no place in an athlete’s body. Play by the rules,” Harbaugh told San Francisco-area reporters. “You want to be above reproach, especially when you’re good, because you don’t want people to come back and say, ‘They’re winning because they’re cheating.’ That’s always going to be a knee-jerk reaction in my experience, since I was a little kid.

Another five laps were contested with close battles throughout the field including Melloways charge into the top three. Binnings hope for a podium finish came to an end when a piece of debris came into his car and kicked it out of gear coming down the front stretch. At the start of lap 17, Melloway sat comfortably in third position but became the latest front runner to suffer mechanical woes as he exited the speedway with three laps remaining shortly after a single-car spin by Dalton Imhoff brought out the final caution flag of the race. For the final dash to the finish, Wilson again drove away from his closest pursuer, Jason Russell in second and multi-grooved running Tommy Cordray, who now occupied third. In the end, no one had anything for Wilson has he scored his second-consecutive victory in as many nights and second in a row at RCR. Russell came away in second with Cordray third, Mudd fourth, and eleventh-starting Larry Winn in fifth.

One thing for sure: Seahawks set at quarterback

Individually, Wilson tied Peyton Mannings 15-year-old NFL rookie record with 26 touchdown passes and then added three more in two playoff games. He also ran for more yards (489) than any QB in franchise history during the regular season and had another 127 rushing yards in the wild-card win over the Redskins and the two-point loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional playoff game. He finished third in voting for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year behind the Redskins Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts, the quarterbacks who were the first two picks overall in last years draft. The best aspect of Wilsons game? He only seemed to get better as the season progressed with the proof being provided by his four-TD pass game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16; the fourth-quarter and overtime drives of 97 and 80 yards that he led in a Week 13 win over the Bears in Chicago; his 92-yard, three-TD rushing effort against the Buffalo Bills in Week 15; and his season-best 136.3 passer rating in the regular-season finale against the St. Louis Rams. In the playoffs, Wilson rallied the Seahawks from a 14-0 deficit to beat the Redskins, 24-14, and then directed three fourth-quarter TD drives running for one score and passing for another against the Falcons to give the Seahawks a 28-27 lead with 31 seconds to play.

Russell Wilson puts some extra mustard on first pitch at Mariners-Yankees game

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to be limited as a passer?

Your browser does not support iframes. Wilson got a little bit of heat on the ball with Hernandez as his catcher (though it was nowhere near the Safeco Field scoreboard reading of 98 MPH — more like 75), and that should come as no surprise to those in the know about Wilson. Before he made a total commitment to football at Wisconsin in his senior season of 2011, Wilson was a second baseman at North Carolina State — and was good enough to be selected in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB draft. Your browser does not support iframes. It was awesome, Wilson told Seahawks.com about the experience. This is my childhood right here. I used to play baseball all the time. He did, but when NC State football coach Tom O’Brien demanded that Wilson stick to football alone, the headstrong quarterback transferred out, used a rule that allowed graduating players to play for another Division I team immediately, and the rest was history — at least from a football perspective. Upon his return to the diamond, did Wilson have any thoughts of what might have been? Nah.

Colin Kaepernick vs Russell Wilson: Who Takes NFC West Crown?

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The 2012 NFL draft class at this position has to be considered one of the best in the entire history of the league. Among the most surprising players of that dominating group was Wilson. What the former North Carolina State and Wisconsin signal-caller did as a rookie was nothing short of amazing. Chris Graythen/Getty Images Cam Newton’s record-setting rookie performance doesn’t compare to Wilson. Cam Newton was considered the trendsetter for rookie quarterbacks after his display back in 2011. The Carolina Panthers starter tallied over 4,700 total yards and 35 touchdowns. He also turned the ball over a whopping 19 times in 643 total touches (runs and passes). Over the course of Wilson’s rookie season, he turned the ball over just 13 times. Postseason included, Wilson tallied just five turnovers in his final 13 games. To give you a bit of a historical look, it’s important to compare Wilson’s rookie campaign to other stellar rookie performances of the past (Dan Marino and Peyton Manning come to mind). But given how much the game has changed over the years, the best comparisons likely come from more recent history, most notably the past two seasons. Newton and the Panthers may have improved vastly from the prior season, but they still only won six games in his first year. That pretty much disables our ability to compare him (or any other 2011 rookie QB, since Newton topped them all) to what we saw from Wilson’s draftmates this past season. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Wilson all led their clubs to the postseason in their rookie campaigns.

While both players certainly made their mark on the league last season, Kaepernick transcended the NFL. He made his mark on society as well, Kaepernicking overtook Tebowing as the new hot fad. Wilson is everything an organization could ever want in a player, as he is talented, humble and the ultimate role model. Kaepernick, however, offers those same qualities. When coupled with his off-the-chart physical attributes, all the makings of the NFLs next big thing appear to be set. Wilson will be a star for the foreseeable future. Kaepernick, however, could become the star of the entire league. With Peyton Manning and Tom Brady both well past the wrong side of 30, the stage is set for Kaepernick to grab the mantle. Winner: Kaepernick Ronald Martinez/Getty Images While Wilson projects to be great, he simply does not possess the same type of upside that we see in Kaepernick. The sky is the limit for the young San Francisco stud.

How Good Can Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson Be in 2013?

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Even with recent additions, Marshawn Lynch continues to lead the way

Marshawn Lynch No. 24 on NFL Network’s Top 100 players of 2013

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It will continue to start with Lynch, for all the obvious reasons. Last season, Turbin was the spot replacement, but he also had 108 yards on 20 carries in the Week 14 romp over the Arizona Cardinals. Coupled with Lynchs 128-yard effort, it gave the Seahawks two 100-yard rushers in a game for the first time since Shaun Alexander (141) and Maurice Morris (104) did it against the Houston Texans in 2005. But with Leon Washington signing with the New England Patriots after being released, the third-down role is open. Just how far can the teams Beast Mode back carry the team? When Lynch scored on a 2-yard run with 31 seconds to play against the Falcons in Atlanta in January, the Seahawks were that close to advancing to the NFC Championship game before losing by two points.

In case you missed it: Marshawn Lynch comes in at #24 on NFL’s Top-100

45), Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (No. 57), Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (No. 62), Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (No. 64), Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (No. 71), and Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (No. 98).

Marshawn Lynch a no-show so far at Seahawks OTAs

Which is fitting, considering Lynch wears the number 24. I don’t know whether or not Lynch should be higher than this, but once you get into the top-25 you’re really going to be nitpicking about the specific order – and regardless, you can rest assured we’re talking about the elite of the elite. With about 1700 active players on NFL teams during the season, these are the top one-percenters, and I certainly think Lynch belongs in that group. When you hear so much about Beastmode this, Beastmode that, you forget that there is so much more to his game apart from great site his ability to break tackles and pick up the extra yard. As the video points out, he’s got great explosiveness, great vision, great anticipation, and in my opinion, has elevated his game to elite levels because he’s become so disciplined in the Tom Cable zone-blocking scheme. He’s truly the workhorse for the Seattle offense and without him, they’d look a lot different.

Marshawn Lynch lands at No. 24 in NFL’s Top 100 of 2013

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Hes working an intense program in his area and he is benefiting from it. Wed love to see everybody here. While Lynch has been arguably the most productive player for the Seahawks over the last two seasons, his absence fits a growing trend of concerns for the All-Pro tailback this offseason. Lynch was absent for the start of the teams voluntary offseason workouts earlier this month, then showed up a week late. Earlier this month, we asked in a poll : Are you worried about Marshawn Lynchs future? More than 7,000 readers answered, and many said yes. Even still, many including ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton say Lynchs absence is nothing to be concerned about. Its probably not a big deal. He came in 10 days ago and showed up, showed hes in good shape and is training on his own, Clayton said on 710 ESPN Seattle on Wednesday.

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Casey) Beast Mode finally made an appearance on the NFL Networks Top 100 players of 2013, as Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch checked in at No. 24 overall , coincidentally the same as his jersey number. Lynch came in at No. 94 last year. Lynch likely brings to a close the amount of Seahawks on the Top 100 at six overall. Seattle players joining Lynch on the list include Richard Sherman (50), Russell Wilson (51), Earl Thomas (66), Percy Harvin (90) and Max Unger (95). Categories: Search for: About Eric D. Williams took over the Seahawks beat and Seahawks Insider blog in December, 2008. Williams has covered the Seahawks, Sonics and high school sports for The News Tribune since joining the paper in 2006.

Seahawks announce registration info for training camp

Seahawks extended GM John Schneider through 2016

Registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and fans 15 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Only fans that register through seahawks.com will be allowed to attend practice. A $7 transportation fee will be charged per person, as fans will be required to park at an off-site location and shuttled to VMAC before and after each practice. The VMAC parking lot will be closed to the public. The Seahawks have partnered with The Landing Shopping Center in Renton to serve as the Seahawks Training Camp Parking and Transportation Center. Guests will receive transportation transfers and training camp passes upon check-in at the Seahawks Training Camp Guest Services Center, which is located at 910 North 10th Place, Suite B, Renton, WA 98057. Practice times, bus schedules and maps will be available on seahawks.com at the time of registration. For more information and to view training camp policies and procedures, visit bingtrainingcamp.seahawks.com .

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The new deal will keep him in Seattle through the 2016 season. Schneider was hired in 2010 along with head coach Pete Carroll and his original contract was set to expire at the end of the 2013 season. Sando writes that the extension has been in place for over a year, however, without any fanfare. The ESPN expert also believes that Carroll, whose contract is up after the 2014 season, will be in line for an extension over the next year or so as well. More Seahawks coverage at Field Gulls Since taking over a team that went 5-11 in 2009, Schneider and Carroll have built one of the best rosters in the league. The Seahawks are popular favorites to win the Super Bowl this season, too, so keeping Schneider around for four more years seems to be an easy choice after the fine work he has done for the franchise.

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Griffin is currently rehabbing after getting torn ligaments in his right knee surgically repaired in January. The news that he has started making cuts is significant, given that it’s about the most taxing thing you can do to your legs in the NFL. For more you might have missed on Friday, read on: Seahawks quietly extend Schneider The Seattle Seahawks elected to extend general manager John Schneider last season, though it was only reported on Friday. His deal will keep him with the Seahawks through the 2016 season. Schneider inherited a somewhat-talented roster when he took over in 2010, but he’s added enough talent to get the Seahawks back to contention in the NFC West, earning a playoff berth as a wildcard last season. As noted by the folks at Field Gulls , head coach Pete Carroll will likely be next when it comes to extensions: So, Carroll is under contract for at least two more years – will likely earn an extension, and Schneider is locked in until 2016. Locking Schneider in is an obvious move by Allen, but it’s nice to hear regardless, and it should be interesting to see when Carroll re-ups as well. Seattle players taking more shots at 49ers’ Harbaugh San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t … a favorite of Seattle Seahawks players.

NFL news roundup: Robert Griffin III begins making cuts, Seahawks extend John Schneider

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M.D. Jennings can’t escape Packers-‘Hawks ‘Fail Mary’ – NFL.com “Man, everywhere I go it always comes up,” Jennings recently told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “If I’m out somewhere and somebody recognizes me, it’s always about the Monday night play. … I wanted to go out there and make another play because I don’t want that to be how everybody remembers me.” Finding the Fits: Cornerback Williams could surprise in San Diego – CBSSports The Chargers (and everyone else) expect their first two picks of the 2013 draft — OT D.J. Fluker and ILB Manti Te’o — to play immediately. Wideout Keenan Allen will prove a steal in the third round. Williams, overshadowed by Allen and others at Cal, could prove the most pleasant surprise of San Diego’s rookie crop. Matt’s Top Fantasy Football Wide Receivers | Fanspeak Fantasy Football The passing game grows more popular each year.

The 7-on-7 games are non-contact and are played on a 40-yard field with a 10-yard end zone. Only passing plays are allowed. At the regionals, Monroe posted a 3-0 record in pool play, beating Foss High School of Tacoma 24-7, Nampa, Idaho, 21-17, and Idaho Falls 31-21. That sent the Bearcats into the single-elimination portion of the tournament as the No. 1 seed. Monroe beat Bonneville High School from Idaho 38-14 to advance to the semifinals, where the Bearcats rallied from a 14-10 halftime deficit with 27 unanswered points to best Idaho Falls 37-14.

How Good Can Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson Be in 2013?

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That pretty much disables our ability to compare him (or any other 2011 rookie QB, since Newton topped them all) to what we saw from Wilson’s draftmates this past season. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Wilson all led their clubs to the postseason in their rookie campaigns. They did so after each of their organizations missed the playoffs the prior season. Let’s take a look at how the three stacked up as rookies this past season. 2012 Rookie Quarterback Comparisons 76.5 Statistically, RGIII had the best season, and it isn’t even that close. By those standards, his rookie performance trumps any in the history of the league. The Baylor product also helped Washington improve a great deal on the offensive side of the ball. The Redskins ranked fourth in the NFL in scoring offense (27.3 PPG) a year after finishing 26th in that category (18.0). On the other side of the ledger, Luck struggled with turnovers (23 total) and completed only 54 percent of his passes. Wilson’s postseason performance, first against Washington and then Atlanta, is what set him apart from the rest of the rookie class. He tallied 699 total yards and four touchdowns compared to just one interception. Wilson also nearly led Seattle back in an amazing comeback effort against the Falcons in the divisional round. In total, he put up 445 yards and three scores in that game. That’s the biggest indicator of success moving forward: the ability to play like that on the road in the postseason as a rookie. The Seahawks offense picked up steam toward the latter part of the season. Where it seemed the plan was to protect Wilson early in the season, the coaching staff showed more confidence in him as things progressed. That’s the best possible way to handle a young quarterback in the NFL. Wilson responded. Seattle averaged 34 points and 400 yards per game in their final seven outings of the regular season.

Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson embracing Seahawks’ expectations

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When we handle it well, we’re going to be really good.” Carroll has reason to believe his players will be able to deal with the pressure in part because of his belief in his 24-year-old quarterback, Russell Wilson. Only a year ago, Wilson was a rookie drafted in the third round, and it was only late in voluntary workouts and at the minicamp in June that he started showing flashes that he might make the competition with Matt Flynn for the starting job an interesting one. PERCY HARVIN: He’s leaving the drama in Minnesota After winning the job and leading the Seahawks to a wild-card berth and a playoff win over the Washington Redskins (before losing to the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional playoffs), Wilson is poised to become the face of the Seahawks franchise for the foreseeable future. Last fall, Wilson would subtly tell teammates he was doing extra film study sessions. Now, they just show up with him. Carroll canceled the final practice of OTAs last week, but a group of wide receivers and tight ends lingered at the facility, delaying their weekends, to catch some passes from Wilson. “They want to learn as much as they can. We have this itch to be great,” Wilson told USA TODAY Sports.

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They will know whatever flaws didn’t emerge in the way Seattle handled him last year. They will be waiting to exploit them every time he lines up under center. Win McNamee/Getty Images Wilson’s Seahawks beat Robert Griffin III’s Redskins in a wild-card game last season. The good news here is that neither laziness nor lack of preparation will be Wilson’s undoing. Even the notion of relaxing in the weeks leading up to training camp seemed strange to him. “I’ll rest later,” Wilson said. “You guys have to remember that I played two sports most of my life [football and baseball].

Russell Wilson: I won’t decline as Seattle Seahawks’ QB

I don’t see him tumbling down the list. Rosey pegged Andrew Luck at No. 1 and named Luck his candidate for a breakout sophomore season. It’s hard to battle that thinking. Luck, Robert Griffin III and Wilson all stand a chance of improving on what they accomplished last season. The same goes for Ryan Tannehill on the Miami Dolphins and Brandon Weeden on the Cleveland Browns . Again, this potentially will go down as the most dynamic quarterback class of our lifetime. But Wilson gets my vote as the surest bet heading into Year 2. He’s a natural leader and tireless worker, prompting Seahawks coach Pete Carroll to say: “His preparation, his habits, his concern and his focus is excellent.” There’s an anecdote about Wilson from last season that reveals a lot.

Colin Kaepernick first pitch: Video, GIF and just general entertainment value

Saturday, June 22, 2013 Colin Kaepernick first pitch: Video, GIF and just general entertainment value By David Fucillo SBNation.com Well, Russell Wilson , how ’bout them apples? A few weeks after Russell Wilson hit 75 mph on the Seattle Mariners radar gun, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took it up a notch, hitting 87 mph on his first pitch to Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo . I can actually confirm that number thanks to a friend of mine who works with the Giants scoreboard crew. Kap threw out the first pitch at Friday’s Giants- Marlins game, and I have to imagine he set a record for first pitch speed. The folks at MLB.com were kind enough to post some embeddable video of the first pitch. Hopefully the NFL will some day join MLB in providing embeddable video. Your browser does not support iframes.

Russell Wilson throws out first pitch at Mariners-Yankees game

This is my childhood right here. I used to play baseball all the time.” Childhood? More like his entire life except for the last two years. I don’t want to make it a whole thing, but Wilson bolted baseball while with the Asheville Tourists (the Rockies Single-A team), wanting to give the NFL dream one more chance. Tom O’Brien, then the coach at NCSU, gambled on two years of Mike Glennon (who likely would’ve transferred if Russell returned for a season) over one year of Wilson (who still kind of wanted to play baseball too). It’s infinitely more complicated than that, but the long and short of it is the decision worked out pretty well for Wilson … not so well for O’Brien. But I digress.

For Wilson, still plenty to prove after stellar debut

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Ive been to 12 they havent lost since last year until now. They havent lost yet. I need to keep going. No kidding. At this rate, the Mariners should forget tinkering with their lineup and focus on a campaign to have Wilson ditch the Seahawks and become a full-time fan. Although, knowing Wilson, hed probably ditch the grandstands and crack a spot in the lineup. A former baseball player at North Carolina State and in the Colorado Rockies farm system, Wilson feared for Felix Hernandezs hand before the two Seattle sports icons hooked up last Friday as a battery for the ceremonial first pitch.

Russell Wilson faces new pressure

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Now, just over a month before training camp, that same city seethed at the failure of a national columnist to include Wilson near the top of the NFL’s next generation of great quarterbacks. “Of all the young star quarterbacks coming off breakout seasons,” Jeffri Chadiha of ESPN.com wrote of Wilson, “he still has more to prove than any of his peers.” The fact that sentiment can inflame an entire city the way it did is testament to just how well Wilson played in December and January. That there are places in the rest of the country that remain unconvinced speaks to the skepticism that endures even into Wilson’s second season. And before we dive into the specifics of the argument, let’s pause for a moment and recognize how great it is for Seattle in general, and Wilson in particular, to have a place at the table in this debate. For the first time in more than five years, there is no doubt about this franchise’s quarterback of the future. The only question is how good Wilson is going to be, and for as much faith as he inspired in this city last season, there remain the unconverted who will point to other circumstances to explain the team’s success. You know the song by now: Wilson averaged only 25 passes per game last season, reaping the benefit of a defense that allowed the fewest points in the league and playing in an offense that ran it more often than all but one team in the league. And don’t forget, Wilson still stands 5 feet, 10 and 5/8 inches. All of that is true.