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Morning links: Rookie minicamp opens today

Post by Eric Williams on May 11, 2012 at 8:06 am with 13 Comments »
May 11, 2012 8:06 am
Nevada's Nick Graziano is tackled by Utah State's Bobby Wagner during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Reno, Nev. on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Reno Gazzette-Journal, Patrick Cummings)

My story today focuses on the beginning of the Seattle Seahawks rookie minicamp, which opens this afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

Of course, we’ll be there and I will file a report this afternoon. All eyes will be on rookies like defensive end Bruce Irvin and quarterback Russell Wilson.

But of particular interest will be Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner, who’s already been penciled in to replace David Hawthorne at middle linebacker.

At 6-0 and 241 pounds, Wagner is an upgrade from Hawthorne athletically. During Wagner’s pro day, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds, had a vertical jump of 39.5 inches and an 11-0 broad jump.

On the field, Wagner led Utah State in tackles three straight seasons, earned all-conference first-team honors three times, and was a four-year starter. He was also named the North team’s most outstanding player at the 2012 Senior Bowl

“He brings a unique skill set in terms of his ball sensibility and versatility,” said Eric Stokes, Seahawks assistant director of college scouting. “He’s played both inside and outside linebacker while at Utah State. He can pass rush, he can drop – the kid can run like the wind.

“We’re really excited about him.”

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Wagner fall into a long line of Seattle linebacker selected in the second round to start at linebacker, including Lofa Tatupu.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post tells rookies heading into this weekend’s minicamp to make sure they’ve studied the playbook before taking the field.

Tom Layman of the Boston Herald writes that former Seahawk Robert Gallery is looking for a fresh start in New England.

Brian McIntyre provides a breakdown of Bruce Irvin’s four year deal. There’s not much difference between Irvin and Mike Pouncey’s deal, the No. 15 overall pick in last year’s draft by Miami.

More McIntyre: He reports that undrafted rookie free agent receiver Lavasier Tuinei received a 15,000 signing bonus, while UW’s Jermaine Kearse received an 8,500 signing bonus.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has Seattle ranked 20th in his latest power rankings.

More Prisco: Richard Sherman makes his list of potential beakout players in 2012.

Tony Ventralla of talks to Richard Sherman in this video link.

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated names Jermaine Kearse and California (Pa.) offensive guard Rishaw Johnson as undrafted rookie free agent who could make some noise in Seattle’s training camp come July.

Morning links
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  1. Definitely looking forward to your analysis later today, Eric. Thanks.

  2. mindnbrad says:

    Hulk not signed yet, though? Let’s get him in here!

  3. Soggybuc says:

    HAHA, Gotta love Sherman! one thing in that video link was seeing Kam next to him. my god Kam is a pretty big dude!

  4. Palerydr says:

    For me I’ll be curious to see what guys stand out in the first day or 2. I also will always compare Wilson to Brock Osweiler as he is the guy I think will be a better QB in the NFL.

  5. chuck_easton says:

    Yes, how dare Turbin not sign and be here for rookie camp!

    Oh wait, most rookies that attend this camp historically have not signed yet and are insured against injury.

    It’s only since the new CBA that we are seeing so many early signings.

    I assume Turbin will be in attendance this weekend.

    He is only barred from attending training camp unless he’s signed. If we are still having this conversation in July then there’s a problem

  6. I find myself rooting for Russell Wilson, but I also want Flynn to succeed. So what happens if they’re both really good QBs (yes, it would be a nice problem to have). In that scenario, you’d have to eventually trade one of them, I suppose.

    Yes, I know I’m jumping the gun. The chances of both being great are slim. Chances are, if Flynn is great, Wilson won’t get much a chance to show how good he is and he’ll sit on the bench for a couple of years. One thing’s for certain (in my mind at least): TJack won’t be starting this year.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    I’m really excited about Wagner. Worst case scenario, he’ll make a very solid Will ‘backer, but I’m hoping he’ll be this year’s Wright. That is, start right from the get-go (at MLB).

  8. “I’m really excited about Wagner. Worst case scenario, he’ll make a very solid Will ‘backer, but I’m hoping he’ll be this year’s Wright. That is, start right from the get-go (at MLB).”

    Me too. A 4-yr starter who leads the team in tackles 3 yrs running, and runs in the 4.4s at 240 lbs? Will be fun to see him in the middle of things.

  9. Macabrevity says:

    It’s easy to write off T-Jack, and while I’m not a big fan of his as a starter (I think he’s earned the respect of his teammates, and really played his tail off – just doesn’t have that extra bit you need) I can see why PC might actually want him in there. He protects the ball, and doesn’t make too many big blunders. He’s a pretty decent fit as a game manager in a ball control offense. I’m sure some of you have your favorite T-Jack misread or bad pass from last season, but I really think overall the ball is pretty safe in his hands… especially if you’re perfectly happy with 3-and-outs. I’m not advocating him as a starter next season, I just think PC and co. haven’t written him off yet.

  10. Ambassador says:

    How do think this squad compares to the 2005 sqaud on paper? IMO our secondary is stronger, LB is untested, not sure about D-line. Offensive line my never again be as strong as 2005, but if Carp and Okung can get healthy we might see something close. Quarterback play remains the x-factor. I’m hoping Flyn comes in and just puts up ProBowl numbers. What do you think?

  11. I think this team has a chance to be great, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think there are many comparisons.

    That team had a QB etched in stone. We have hope that we have our QB of the future but neither of them have yet gone through the growing pains that someone like Hasselbeck had experienced by the start of ’05.

    That team had one of the greatest left sides to an OL the league has ever seen and then two old warriors at C and RG that really gave the unit the all important factor of continuity. We really have no continuity coming back on our OL with respect to each projected starter having a lot of starts right next to the person they will be lined up with next year. That team rode it’s offensive line, good QB play, and great run game to the Super Bowl. That meant its defense didn’t need to be as good as our defense of this year. This years defense will be better than ’05, but it has to be, too, because of the inexperience at QB and the line not being as settled.

    Really, these are two totally different teams. Both will have had a great RB running the ball, starting rookie MLBs, but there aren’t too many similarities, IMO.

  12. chuck_easton says:

    My comparison to 2005 and now is simple.

    2005 – Veteran team, solid throughout (except DB…)

    2012 – Huge, wicked fast, athletic, young.

    As BobbyK said, two entirely differnt teams.

    The 2005 team was like eating comfort food every Sunday. No worry, just sit back and enjoy.

    This team is going to require the FO to install portable defibrillator machines in every section of the stadium. Nothing will be easy, but it’s going to be a wild ride to the finish.

  13. bird_spit says:

    2005 leagues most valuable player (Alexander)…yes a testament to our OL, but Alexander was king at making something out of nothing, sliding through holes that would otherwise have been a broken play.. He was smart as hell that when the play went right, and no hole developed, he would slide left to the comfort zone and vice versa..defenses would stack the left side, so he would run for daylight.. By 2006, not much spirit was left on the OL, and injuries took any magic away.

    More people need to give the guy his due. Once injured, he was never the same. But in his prime, play the guy as your number one RB.

    2012… Marshawn (Beast Mode)…Mr Skittle. Two very different run games..

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