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Jimmy Graham’s versatility, rookie Tyler Lockett’s polish may affect crowded race for wide-receiver jobs

Conventional wisdom — plus anyone who saw the Seahawks’ offense try to throw the ball inside the opponent’s 20-yard line last season — said wide receiver would be the position Seattle upgraded first and most this offseason.

The Seahawks appear to have indeed upgraded. Starting with a tight end.

That’s what Jimmy Graham is by title. By actuality, he’s been split out wide the majority of his snaps the last few seasons with the New Orleans Saints. Now that the Seahawks have his unique size and versatility after trading center Max Unger and their first-round draft choice this year, they are

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Pete Carroll on KJR radio: he still gets awakened by Super Bowl; Earl Thomas “absolutely” will be ready for season

Credit host Dave Mahler for going beyond the primary news of the Seahawks’ week — the stunning trade to acquire premier tight end Jimmy Graham from New Orleans, the signing of Cary Williams to likely replace Byron Maxwell as a starting cornerback — and asking a checklist full of roster questions and follow-ups from post-Super Bowl issues to coach Pete Carroll today. The question-and-answer session aired live this afternoon on Mahler’s show on Seattle’s 950 KJR radio.

Here are the highlights of what Carroll said:

–All-Pro safety Earl Thomas “absolutely” will be ready for the start of the regular season

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Oh, Canada! Former CFL WR Chris Matthews’ 2 huge catches have Seahawks tied with Pats at 14 at halftime

The third tie in 49 Super Bowls, and it’s because of one of the most unlikely heroes in the game.

Chris Matthews?

Seahawks’ nickel back Jeremy Lane made the game’s first big play, an end-zone interception of Tom Brady after Michael Bennett hit New England’s iconic QB and made him shy away from what became an awful throw. That saved Seattle at least three points — but cost it Lane. He appeared to fracture his lower left arm on his landing at the end of his interception return.

That meant on the next defensive drive the Seahawks moved starting

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Winds supposed to calm some; SEA pass rush key to NFC title game; the pick

The Seahawks and Packers woke for NFC title game day to high winds around the Seattle area; some areas got gusts up to 40 and 50 mph. But a high-wind warning for Seattle and suburbs ended at 8 a.m., and those winds are supposed to calm somewhat to 16 miles per hour from kickoff at 12:05 p.m. through much of the game.

Even the local Puget Sound Energy folks are in Seahawks game mode while advising about interruptions of service overnight:

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One word aptly sums up what Russell Wilson was for Seahawks against Carolina: “Impeccable”

One word best describes Russell Wilson’s Saturday night in the NFC divisional playoffs against Carolina.


That’s the word Pete Carroll used following Wilson completing 15 of 22 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns — including 8 for 8 for 199 yards and all three scores on third downs — in the Seahawks’ 31-17 victory that puts them in the NFC championship game for the second consecutive January. His 149.2 passer rating was the fifth-highest in NFL postseason history.

“That’s as good as it can get,” Carroll said of his third-year

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Russell Wilson tactic to counter swarming Cardinals: Throw it before they get there

The Seahawks have been working on an antidote to their sickly pass protection.

Throwing it before the bad guys get there.

For two seasons the offense  of coordinator Darrell Bevell has relied on Marshawn Lynch’s power running to set keep defenses “honest” and from teeing off on Russell Wilson trying to pass.

But what happens when a defense stymies Lynch? It’s been able to, well, tee off on Wilson trying to pass.

That’s what happened the last time Seattle played Arizona. The Cardinals throttled Lynch last month with run blitzes and gang tackling, allowing him just 39 yards on 15

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Nothing’s changed for Seahawks; another tag for Doug Baldwin: savvy

As excruciating as it was for you — and the Seahawks — to watch the Rams slink off their home field without scoring a touchdown and losing 12-6 to first-place Arizona last night, nothing’s changed for Seattle.

Even if Timm Rosenbach comes back next to quarterback the Cardinals — Ryan Lindley, c’mon down! — the Seahawks’ task remains unchanged this morning: Beat the 49ers at home Sunday, beat Arizona for the second time in a month next week in the desert and beat the Rams at home in the regular-season finale and they will win the NFC West — no

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QB Russell Wilson, four times, on Seahawks’ sub-200-yard passing games: “It’s on me”

There’s a disparity beyond records and place in the NFC West standings between the Seahawks (6-4) and Cardinals (9-1), who meet in what is essentially a must-win game for Seattle on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

These two teams have vastly differing approaches to their passing games.

Despite completing only 27 more passes than the Seahawks — and despite playing mothballed journeyman backup Drew Stanton in four games with starter Carson Palmer injured and now out for the year — the Cardinals have 601 more yards passing. That’s a huge chunk more.

Why? Arizona’s

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