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July
13th

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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June
3rd

Jimmy Graham’s roaring, dunking start, more absurdly early June observations at OTAs

There was the source of the buzz during the Seahawks’ fifth practice of organized team activities Tuesday in Renton. Yes, it was June 2 and they were practicing basically in underwear and not even in helmets. Still, Jimmy Graham wowed.

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell had him lined up in the slot, on a wing, at the end of the interior line like an “old-fashioned” tight end and on the flanks as a wide receiver. The play caller said after the show that’s how the offense will employ Graham this season, as the Saints

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March
13th

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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Feb.
1st

Question that will follow (haunt) Seahawks forever: Why not Lynch?

Marshawn Lynch had just run four yards behind Russell Okung to the Patriots’ 1-yard line. The Seahawks had 1:06 left, trailed by four late in Super Bowl 49 but were a mere yard from taking the lead. They began letting the clock roll to keep New England’s Tom Brady from getting the ball back in regulation.

As the clock got inside 30 seconds, Russell Wilson sent three receivers out to his right in a bunch formation, with two tight ends a Lynch as the lone back. The Patriots had gone into a beefy, goal-line defense and Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell

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Jan.
15th

Richard Sherman’s frustration at Packers avoiding him last time: “On scale of 1-10? 12″

For the first time in recorded history, Richard Sherman was quiet. He was inconsequential. A nonfactor.

That’s how Green Bay wanted it on Sept. 4 in Seattle. In the NFL’s opener, with every player, coach and fan in the league watching, the Packers had Aaron Rodgers drop back 36 times to pass.

Not one of those throws was in the direction of the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback.

A sign of respect? More like a source of chafing for a star far more used to being dominant and dynamic, not dormant.

Four months after the

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Jan.
11th

How Kam Chancellor — “They call me Batman. Dark Knight” — got well

How wise does the Seahawks’ decision to sit Kam Chancellor for two games in November, home wins over the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders that the team felt it could get even with their Pro Bowl strong safety resting for this playoff run, look right now?

It made him, not self-proclaimed “Superman” Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, look like a Superhero last night. Click here to see all that Chancellor did.

“He can have his Superman. They call me ‘Batman,’” Chancellor said. “Dark Knight.”

Richard Sherman had another description for Chancellor.

“He’s a freakin’ monster,” Sherman said. “He damages people’s souls.

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Jan.
10th

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.

“Impeccable.”

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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Dec.
23rd

The subtle and the sublime: How the Seahawks have stormed back to seize the NFC

So how did they do that?

How did the Seattle Seahawks (11-4) annihilate the first-place Arizona Cardinals by 29 points on the road to seize not only the NFC West but also put themselves one home victory Sunday against St. Louis (6-9) from having home-field advantage throughout the conference’s playoffs?

How have the defending Super Bowl champions won five consecutive games? How have they won eight of their past nine after a 3-3 start? The start that had Sports Illustrated write this just last month under the heading “Season’s story lines:”

“Seahawks repeat. DIED: WEEK 6

How have they done

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