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Tag: J.R. Sweezy

July
6th

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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June
9th

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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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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May
11th

Tom Cable’s conversion of defensive tackles into offensive linemen continues

This weekend coach Pete Carroll remarked his offensive-line coach Tom Cable was “like a kid in a candy store” with all the projects he was leading through the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp.

Fourth-round pick Terry Poole, a plowing, 6-foot-5, 323-pound left offensive tackle at San Diego State, moving to left guard for Seattle. Sixth-round choice Kristjan Sokoli, a defensive tackle at the University of Buffalo, looking impressively athletic at center.

And now Kona Schwenke, a defensive tackle at Notre Dame, on the New York Jets practice squad and on the rosters of the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, to guard.

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May
2nd

Seahawks’ 6th round: high-jumping, triple-jumping WR-turned-DE Obum Gwacham + a 3rd OL pick, Albania native Kristjan Sokoli

Pete Carroll loves athleticism.

Get a load of the athlete the coach and his Seahawks just selected in the sixth round, the 209th overall choice in the NFL draft.

Oregon State moved 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end Obum Gwacham from wide receiver last year for his senior season; Gwacham said the move happened during Christmas break immediately after his junior season.

“I bought in,” he said.

And not just to the position change. He played wide receiver at 220 pounds. He got as high as 255 and is now at 245. He credits visits to Chipotle in Corvallis ”two or three

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April
22nd

Russell Wilson on baseball comments: “I didn’t say I was going to leave the NFL”

Russell Wilson was on ESPN Radio today with Colin Cowherd, and the first question the host asked the Seahawks’ two-time Super Bowl quarterback was “You aren’t going to play baseball and leave the NFL, right?”

Wilson laughed.

“I didn’t say I was going to leave the NFL,” Wilson responded. “Obviously, I love playing the game of football. It’s been something that is a tremendous thing, obviously, to be one of 32 men in the world to get to do what I do. It’s a special, special thing. To have been fortunate enough to win a lot of football games

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Feb.
25th

Draft guru Rob Rang assesses Seahawks needs, talks WRs such as Funchess, Strong at top of draft

Before I left Indianapolis Saturday afternoon I asked Tacoma’s Rob Rang, a senior NFL draft analyst for CBS Sports and The Sports Exchange, to give me a rundown on the video above of what he thinks of this year’s draft class. He also offered what he sees as the Seahawks’ primary needs, and some ideas of wide receivers that may or may be available for Seattle should it choose to go that route with its first couple picks, currently scheduled for 31st and 62nd overall in the first two rounds.

“This isn’t like

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Jan.
31st

Hype, “You know why I’m here” just about over. Let’s talk actual football for Super Bowl 49

Now, for something different: actual football.

The Seahawks are having a walk-through practice today at Arizona State University, where it is again cloudy, damp and cool this morning. They then have a half-hour bus ride west to the site of tomorrow’s Super Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, for a team picture at 1 p.m. local time.

This week I dropped by the Comcast Sports Northwest set inside the NBC television compound in downtown Phoenix at the invite of my pal Aaron Fentress, along with former Seahawk receiver Jordan Kent and former Oregonian columnist Dwight Jaynes. I discussed what I see the top

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