Seahawks Safety Earl Thomas Says He’s Healthy and Ready for Camp

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Seahawks training camp begins on Monday and All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas says he is ready, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

“I’m feeling really, really good,’’ he said. “I’m feeling solid. That’s all I can ask for going into this part of the season. I’m excited and ready to get back out there with the guys and try to take this thing, take it all the way.’’

Thomas, in fact, said he thinks he will be ready to take on anything and everything the team asks of him from the first day of camp Sunday.

“I don’t think I’ll have any limitations,’’ said Thomas, a first-round pick in 2010 who had not missed a game in his NFL career until sitting out five regular season contests last year and both in the post-season. “The thing about (training) camp is it’s going to put me in a lot of great situations where I can see how I will react and then I can kind of go from there.’’

Though Thomas said he thinks he’ll be without limitations it’s likely the team will make sure he doesn’t overdo it as he comes back from the first significant injury of his career at any level and he could be given some drills and days off here and there.

CB Richard Sherman Speaks Out – Says Issues with Seahawks are Way Overblown

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Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman didn’t deliver any fireworks during a one-on-one interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson that aired Sunday, instead reiterating much of what he told local reporters last month about his relationship with Russell Wilson and that he thinks reports of conflict with the team are overblown, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

As transcribed by ESPN, Sherman said his relationship with Wilson is “professional” and that as teammates they are “phenomenal,” an answer that came in response to a question about an ESPN article in May that said Sherman and some others on defense have felt Wilson is held to a different standard.

“We’re pros,” Sherman said. “We hang out from time to time. We get along. Everybody gets along. But is my relationship with Russell the same as it is with Doug (Baldwin)? Or the same as it is with Bobby (Wagner)? No. But is his relationship with me the same as it is with (Tyler Lockett) or (Justin) Britt? It’s just different dynamics. But as teammates, we’re phenomenal.”

Sherman said again that he thinks the reports are the media trying to create a story.

“Every single person on every single team doesn’t hang out,” Sherman said. “I don’t see anybody getting mad that Tom (Brady) isn’t hanging out with (New England cornerback and teammate) Malcolm Butler. Like, ‘Hey Tom, you and Malcolm Butler hang out? You guys don’t? Hmm … what’s going on there?’ You know what I mean? What are we talking about here? They’re trying to create a story that isn’t there.”

Michael Bennett Says Seahawks Can’t Win Without QB Russell Wilson

Defensive end Michael Bennett defended his quarterback Wednesday, saying the Seahawks can’t win without Russell Wilson under center, Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com reports.

“On a team with competitive people, there are going to be issues that are going to happen,” Bennett said during an interview on 710 ESPN Seattle’s “Brock and Salk” show. “There’s just a lot of alpha males running around, but everybody supports Russell Wilson. We can’t win a game without Russell Wilson. Russell Wilson is a top-five quarterback in the NFL. We cannot win a game without a guy like that.”

Bennett’s comments come weeks after an ESPN The Magazine article about cornerback Richard Sherman, Super Bowl XLIX and division in the Seahawks’ locker room.

Last week, Wilson called Sherman “one of the best teammates” he could ever ask for.

Bennett was asked how Wilson relates to the defensive players on the team.

“Russell relates best to me by just being himself,” Bennett said Wednesday. “I think as a human being, you accept the person for who they are. You don’t try to change them. You don’t make them who you want to make them, who you want them to be. A person that reveals themselves for who they are is who you accept them to be. Russell has revealed himself to me as a great person of great character, a person that gives back and a great leader. Also a great player.”

Seahawks Celebrate the Life of Late Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy

It’s hard to know where to begin when it comes to the life of Seahawks Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy. The former Seahawks big man passed away at the young age of 48 back on the 29th of May.

He spent 11 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and was selected for the Pro Bowl eight times, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Today it was time to honor Kennedy at his “Celebration of Life Service,” as the teams and others paid honor to Kennedy.

“He epitomized the many great values this game teaches which serves as inspiration to millions of fans,” Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker said of Kennedy.

Colin Kaepernick One of the QB’s to Workout for the Seahawks

Colin Kaepernick will finally get a chance to show he can and wants to play football, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning that the Seattle Seahawks are slated to work out reserve quarterbacks soon, barring a change of plans, and Kaepernick is expected to be among them, per sources informed of the situation.

Colin Kaepernick will finally get a chance to show he can and wants to play football.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning that the Seattle Seahawks are slated to work out reserve quarterbacks soon, barring a change of plans, and Kaepernick is expected to be among them, per sources informed of the situation.

Colin Kaepernick a Fit for the Seahawks? One Veteran Player Thinks So

Defensive end Michael Bennett said Tuesday that Seattle would be the “perfect place” for quarterback Colin Kaepernick to sign, Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com reports.

“I think a person that’s dedicating their life to creating change, why wouldn’t you want that type of leadership in your locker room?” Bennett told John Clayton and Gee Scott on 710 ESPN Seattle. “Why wouldn’t you want a young person that’s dealt with people wanting to kill him because of his choices in life? So I don’t know why people feel like that is a problem.

“I think that Kaepernick getting the opportunity to be on our team would be really cool, would really be a good place for him because you have a coach like coach [Pete] Carroll who is up for challenges like that. You have an owner who spends and gives back to the homeless. You’ve got players on your team that give back in the community. You’ve got Russell Wilson, who shows that our team is built around community. So this is a perfect place for him.”

Carroll said Monday that Kaepernick, 29, is among the veteran quarterback options that the Seahawks are exploring.

Last season, Bennett and other Seahawks players such as Cliff Avril, Doug Baldwin, Bobby Wagner and Jeremy Lane publicly supported Kaepernick for his social activism.

“I think he would be very good in our locker room,” Bennett said. “I don’t know why he wouldn’t. I think we all talk about the same issues. It’s just that he had the courage to be able to step up, and I get it.”

Sports Illustrated Gives Their Grade for the Seahawks 2017 Draft Picks

While it could take years for the Hawks and the rest of the NFL to be able to give a grade to the teams’ draft class this year, it’s never early to start throwing out how teams did last week in the annual picking of players.

Chris Burke of SI has thrown out his grades – and he has the following to say about how he felt the Seahawks did last week.

For a while there, it seemed like the Seahawks didn’t even want to pick in this draft. They traded down from 26 to 31 to 34 and finally to 35, before selecting divisive DT Malik McDowell. He might not have found a better spot in which to succeed than Seattle, where he’ll be a great fit in the scheme. Ethan Pocic (pick No. 58) probably winds up at center before his career is done, but he might be a guard or even a tackle for the Seahawks. Regardless, he’s a solid player. Is he as solid as Pat Elflein, who went to the Vikings 12 picks later? Debatable. The secondary is much deeper, thanks to the picks of CB Shaq Griffin (No. 90), S Delano Hill (No. 95) and S Tedric Thompson (No. 111). WR Amara Darboh (No. 106) is athletic enough to be a weapon. GRADE B

A Rundown of All the Seattle Seahawks 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Hawks 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 2, Pick 3 (No. 35 overall)

Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State: Seattle finally decides to use its pick, and with it nabs the prospect in this class with perhaps the most room between his ceiling and floor. Make no mistake about it: McDowell is immensely gifted physically; this is a great scheme for him, too. The Seahawks just have to keep him motivated. Don’t forget, they passed on Forrest Lamp and multiple available CBs here. GRADE: B

Round 2, Pick 26 (No. 58)

Ethan Pocic, C, LSU: On the surface, the plan with this pick would have to be that Pocic will play guard—he was a center for LSU—and Germain Ifedi will kick out to right tackle. Granted, figuring out the Seahawks’ plans up front is a football Rubik’s Cube. Pocic is a solid player. We’ll see how Seattle unscrambles its pieces.? GRADE: B

Round 3, Pick 26 (No. 90)

Shaquill Griffin, DB, UCF: There’s the cornerback—everyone figured Seattle had to take at least one in this draft. Griffin fits the Seahawks’ mold, for sure. He’s a big cornerback who loves to stick his nose in on the action. The scheme out west also should help cover up any flaws in his game. GRADE: B?

Round 3, Pick 31 (No. 95)

Delano Hill, S, Michigan: The Seahawks’ earlier third-round pick, Shaq Griffin, already plays with the type of physical mentality this franchise loves. Ditto Hill, who provides needed depth behind Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas at safety. He’ll be around the ball whenever he’s on the field.? Grade: B+

Round 3, Pick 38 (No. 102)

Nazair Jones, DT, North Carolina: Malik McDowell, the Seahawks’ second-round selection, is a player the Seahawks can move around and ask to get after the quarterback. Jones is more of a space-eater and likely an early-down defender, so that makes for a strong pairing of D-line picks Friday. Grade: A-

Round 3, Pick 42 (No. 106)

Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan: The arrow started pointing way up last year, so if Darboh can keep that momentum going the Seahawks will have something here. He brings size and sub-4.5 speed to the outside, with great body control along the sideline. Seattle might be able to slip him into the slot at times, too. He’s not a No. 1 receiver, but he’s a decent option in a complementary role.? Grade: B+

Round 4, Pick 4 (No. 111) Tedric Thompson, S, Colorado

Round 6, Pick 3 (No. 187) Michael Tyson, S, Cincinnati

Round 6, Pick 26 (No. 210) Justin Senior, OT, MIssissippi State

Round 7, Pick 8 (No. 226) David Moore, WR, East Central (Oklahoma)

Round 7, Pick 31 (No. 249) Christopher Carson, RB, Oklahoma State

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