–Back in damp, cool Renton for the Seahawks’ final practice of the training-camp portion of the preseason. Today is “family day” at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, with the players’ spouses, girlfriends and family romping around the facility and their kids playing on inflatables during practice. After today, the players — specifically, the veterans — are no longer bound to team hotels and bed checks after meetings each night. (Read here why that has been of particular import this week in the Marshawn Lynch assault accusation.) The players can go to their homes following their work days.
For instance, Bellevue native Stephen Schilling is looking forward to moving back in with his brother Michael in his home 20 minutes up Interstate 405 in Kirkland. The veteran offensive lineman, who played guard last week in Denver but will get time at center Friday night in exhibition No. 2 against San Diego, spend his offseasons in Chicago where his wife is her second year as a lawyer.
–I’ll be watching at practice today whether strong safety Kam Chancellor is scrimmaging full-go with the starting defense for the second consecutive day. His work yesterday was his first full-participation day since he had hip surgery in April. He told me he wasn’t completely feeling normal but was pleased he wasn’t sore. If he is full-go again today that will go a long way toward Chancellor being back as the hard-hitting backstop to the defense in a game.
Coach Pete Carroll said yesterday he could tell fellow safety Earl Thomas was practicing more comfortably with Chancellor back next to him.
–In today’s News Tribune I detailed how all-around good the Seahawks felt about their Tuesday, on and off the field. It started with “bogus” and carried through an apparent injury to wide receiver Percy Harvin that was merely just “a pretty good scrape” of blood on his heel. In the Seahawks’ minds it might have been the best overall day of training camp.
–I also wrote this “Know your Seahawk” box in the paper of free-agent Chris Matthews. The first-year wide receiver, who will be wearing No. 13 again Friday night during the second half, is not a rookie. In 2012 he was the most outstanding rookie in the Canadian Football League. He had 81 catches for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns that year for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Back and turf-toe injuries limited him to just five games with Winnipeg last year. He’s from Carroll’s neck of the woods, having gone to Los Angeles’ Dorsey High School and Harbor Junior College in L.A. before moving on to Kentucky. He is a cousin of late NFL Hall of Fame defensive lineman Reggie White. The Seahawks are intrigued by Matthews’ size (6 feet 5, 218 pounds) and his CFL reputation for catching most passes thrown his way. He’s getting plenty of chances this month to wedge into a crowded wide-receiver hierarchy., S
–Forbes has this summary of the most expensive secondary-market tickets in the NFL. That’s seats sold by brokers and individual scalpers. Guess who is the highest in the league?
“The average price for Seattle Seahawks tickets is $410.15, the highest season average in the NFL,” Forbes writes. “Following the Super Bowl run, the average price for home games in Seattle has risen 22.4% from 2013.”
Which is what you would expect for a defending Super Bowl champion, eh?