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Who is going to block for Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, et al this season?

Lost amid all — and I do mean ALL — the noise over when or if Russell Wilson signs a contract extension this year is a more fundamental concern: Who will be blocking for him this season?

Finding the five starters on the offensive line remains the Seahawks’ most important task in training camp this summer, at least on the field. Line coach Tom Cable said last month he thinks that’s going to happen sooner rather than later once camp begins July 31 in Renton.

I came across this advanced statistic from Pro Football Focus a couple weeks ago, and

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Jon Ryan goes very un-punter-like American Ninja Warrior Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC

The Seahawks have a bad-ass punter. How bad-ass? A national-television audience is about to find out.

Yes, Jon Ryan wants you to know he is no normal punter. Some evidence: his fake-field goal touchdown pass to Garry Gilliam started the Seahawks’ comeback from 16-0 down in January’s NFC championship Seattle ultimately rallied to win in overtime to advance to Super Bowl 49.

Now this: Monday, Ryan goes national with his offseason, full-body workouts on Monday, Memorial Day, when he appears on NBC’s America Ninja Warrior competition program (8 p.m. Pacific Time, channel 5 in the Seattle-Tacoma area).

How many punters are ninjas?

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Could Seahawks find starting LG and C with first two picks of the draft?

Top-rated offensive linemen in 2015 draft, per

(With the reminder the Seahawks need at least a new starting C and LG):

  1. Andrus Peat, T, Stanford: Won’t be available when Seattle first picks at 63rd overall
  2. Brandon Scherff, T/G, Iowa: Versatile, powerful – and also unavailable to Seahawks
  3. La’el Collins, T/G, LSU: Varying opinions on whether he’ll last past 1st round
  4. J. Clemmings, T, Pitt: Converted DE, 1 year at OT. Recent injury concerns.
  5. Cameron Erving, T, FSU: A DT to All-American OT in 2 yrs. Athletic. Some see as an NFL center. Probably way gone by No. 63

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NFL draft preview: Possibilities for Seahawks at C & G, starting with Penn St.’s Donovan Smith

Start at the 3:24 mark of this interview I did with and NFLDraftScout draft guru Rob Rang of Tacoma to hear what offensive linemen the Seahawks may be interested in selecting beginning May 1.

Remember, for now Seattle does not have a selection on April 30, the draft’s featured first day which has only the first round. The Seahawks sent their 31st-overall pick to New Orleans last month for tight end Jimmy Graham.

They also sent two-time Pro Bowl center Max Unger to the Saints to get Graham and an extra pick

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Giving back: Garry Gilliam returns again to Milton Hershey, the remarkable school that made him

Garry Gilliam’s been at it again this week: Giving back to the remarkable school that gave him the opportunities to earn a scholarship to Penn State and eventually an unlikely place on the Seahawks.

By now you likely know his story, which, honestly, I cannot write about enough: A single, tremendously hard-working and proud mother raising Garry and his special-needs older brother in a bad part of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital city. Thelma “Vene” Shifflett sending her younger son away at age seven, alone to Milton Hershey School, a residency school down the road in Hershey founded more than a

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No baby delievery for Sherman; among Seahawks’ Super Bowl inactives: NFC title game hero Garry Gilliam

Richard Sherman’s (very) pregnant girlfriend is not imminently close to labor with their son, so the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback is indeed full-go for today’s Super Bowl.

Undrafted rookie free agent Garry Gilliam is inactive for Super Bowl 49, two weeks after the former Penn State tight end caught a fake-field-goal touchdown that sparked the Seahawks’ rally past Green Bay in the NFC championship. Gilliam’s mother Thelma “Vene” Shifflett and her older son made the trip from Carisle, Pennsylvania, on Thursday to be here for Gilliam.

Seattle’s other inactvies: third-string quarterback B.J. Daniels, cornerback Marcus Burley, center Patrick Lewis,

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Garry Gilliam’s remarkable story, as told by the kids following him at the Milton Hershey School in Pa.

If you don’t find this adorable and inspiring, go back to bed and re-start your day.

Garry Gilliam’s story, as I wrote there, but this time told by the kids of the Milton Hershey School that are walking the same halls and having the same house parents and teachers the Seahawks’ rookie tackle had in Hershey, Pennsylvania:

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Remarkable rookie Garry Gilliam is playing this Super Bowl for far more than just his Seahawks

Garry Gilliam tricked the Green Bay Packers, shocked the football world and jolted the Seahawks back into the NFC championship game with his stunning touchdown catch on a fake field goal.

It was as improbable as the route Seattle’s undrafted rookie tackle took to get to Sunday’s team arrival in Phoenix for the Super Bowl.

When Gilliam roared at the screaming fans in the south end zone after the greatest play of his remarkable life this past weekend, an entire community in Pennsylvania rocked like it was CenturyLink Field East.

“I knew he was lined up on the left

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