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Michael Bennett’s only kinda-sorta OTA protest; Paul Richardson’s progress, more from OTA practice #8

The Seahawks just finished the eighth of 10 organized-team-activity practices on the field here in Renton. How relatively casual did this one feel to the Tuesday ones I witnessed the previous two weeks?:

Sherman spoke to the media afterwards — and chuckled when asked if he’s been talking to teammate Michael Bennett, the defensive end who has skipped these voluntary practices after saying

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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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Rookie minicamp Friday, Saturday, Sunday — likely with some increased scrutiny

The Seahawks announced yesterday their rookie minicamp this week will be on-field practices Friday, Saturday and Sunday at their team headquarters in Renton.

All eight of their draft picks from last weekend plus 12 undrafted free agents who agreed to terms soon after the draft ended last Saturday night are expected to be at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for the first time as members of the two-time defending NFC champions.

That includes Nate Boyer, the 34-year-old ex-U.S. Army Special Forces soldier who served three war tours in Iraq and Afghanistan then walked onto the University of Texas’ team

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Hoping Seahawks’ Saturday to end NFL draft is better than their Friday that began it

Back here at Seahawks headquarters for the team’s final six picks during rounds four through seven of the NFL draft.

Seattle has picks 130th and 134 in the fourth round, 170th in the fifth round, 209th and 214th in the sixth round, and 248th in the seventh round. Four of those six points are compensatory picks awarded by the league the Seahawks cannot by rule trade.

This Saturday has to be better than Friday here.

At least that’s how many outside the Seahawks are viewing rounds two and three yesterday because of Seattle’s initial pick, defensive end Frank Clark from Michigan with

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Misty, foggy Seahawks-Panthers playoff game day in Seattle: Key matchups, and the pick

The Seahawks today are trying to become the first defending Super Bowl champion since the 2004 New England Patriots to win a playoff game in the following season. Kickoff is at 5:15 p.m. Pacific Time on Fox (Channel 13 in the Seattle-Tacoma area).

Reminder: Join colleagues Dave Boling and Kenny Via and me with Seahawks fans around the world for the live game chat from the press box at CenturyLink Field beginning around 4:45 p.m. PT here on the blog.

If you missed it (shame on you!), here’s Mike Wagner, safety on Pittsburgh’s “Steel Curtain” defenses that won four Super

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Earl Thomas on his new “connection” this Seahawks season with Marshawn Lynch, “a man amongst boys”

I’m guessing you may remember last month when Marshawn Lynch broke off a long run against San Francisco at CenturyLink Field and a helmet-less Earl Thomas came off the sideline to share a brief stare-down with the thumping running back.

Wednesday the All-Pro safety was asked what that was all about.

“It’s just a mutual understanding,” Thomas said.

“The biggest surprise for me out of this year is our relationship. I think since I’ve been here, we’ve never really connected. But I just decided to go talk to him and

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Seahawks very familiar with NFC’s other playoff teams. So which one is their biggest threat?

The Seahawks are back on the practice field at team headquarters in Renton this afternoon, after noon-time press conferences with Pete Carroll and Richard Sherman. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is scheduled to speak to the media following practice, one week after he interviewed with the Oakland Raiders for their head-coaching job.

The Seahawks are familar with what’s ahead.

But don’t say they are comfortable.

They are meeting the Carolina Panthers (8-8-1) for the fourth time in three seasons on Saturday night in an NFC divisional playoff at CenturyLink Field. Seattle has won all three of the previous meetings.

Seattle (12-4)

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“We are in the finish mode right now.” Suring Seahawks following Pete Carroll’s mantra. Again.

When Pete Carroll had Steve Sarkisian as his offensive coordinator at USC about a half-dozen years ago Carroll’s one-word edict for their USC Trojans was “finish.”

When Carroll came to coach the Seahawks in 2010 and Sarkisian came to coach the University of Washington the year before both brought that mantra with them to Seattle.

The word “FINISH!” — with the exclamation points — was everywhere at the Seahawks’ headquarters in Renton and UW’s facilities on Montlake. On signs in the weight rooms and locker rooms. In meeting rooms. On the fronts of T-shirts the players wore. Even on the

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