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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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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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Absurdly early — four months before the opener — impressions of organized team activities without helmets

All you need to know about how vitally important today’s OTA practice on the field at team headquarters in Renton will be to the Seahawks’ 2015 season: All-Pro safety Earl Thomas didn’t participate. Franchise quarterback Russell Wilson, prized tight end Jimmy Graham, bedrock running back Marshawn Lynch, key rush ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett and linebacker Bruce Irvin weren’t even in the same zip code during it.

And they weren’t even wearing helmets during scrimmaging.

That latter fact was because the Seahawks, coach Pete Carroll said, asked for input from the league office on the proper “tempo” for these OTAs that

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Why size at wide receiver likely remains a Seahawks draft priority, even after getting Jimmy Graham

For today’s News Tribune I was asked to list my three top weapons at each skill position on offense — not that any of of these players is likely to be available to the Seahawks when they first pick on Friday at 63rd overall at the bottom of the second round.


  1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon
  2. Jameis Winston, Florida State
  3. Garrett Grayson, Colorado State/Heritage HS, Vancouver

Running backs

  1. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
  2. Todd Gurley, Georgia
  3. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

Wide receivers

  1. Amari Cooper, Alabama
  2. Kevin White, West Virginia
  3. DeVante Parker, Louisville

Tight ends

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    Seahawks make qualifying offers to Lockette, Shead; re-sign LB Mike Morgan; SEA’s free agents listed

    UPDATE: Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun is reporting free-agent cornerback Cary Williams, last of Philadelphia, has chosen to sign with the Seahawks. We’ll see what actually gets announced tomorrow after 1 p.m., when the league year begins and free agency officially “starts” — as if it hasn’t already.

    Just confirmed the Seahawks have tendered qualifying contracts for 2015 to exclusive-rights free agents wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and defensive back DeShawn Shead. They did not tender a contract to wide receiver and punt returner Bryan Walters, making the native of Kirkland an unrestricted free agent tomorrow.

    The team also brought

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    As GM John Schneider had said, Seahawks don’t use their franchise tag for 2015

    The NFL’s deadline of 1 p.m. Pacific Time today for teams to identify players upon whom they will place the franchise-tag contract designation for 2015 has passed without the Seahawks using theirs for this year, just as general manager John Schneider had predicted last month at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.

    Some had wondered if Seattle might use its franchise tag to keep starting cornerback Byron Maxwell out of unrestricted free agency. But the one-year tender for using the tag on a cornerback this year is $13,075,000, far too expensive for what else the Seahawks need to do money wise

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    Marshawn Lynch: “Maybe it was good I didn’t get that ball” at end of Super Bowl, for he’d become “the face of the nation”

    Is anyone really surprised the first extensive, public opinions from the always unpredictable Marshawn Lynch about him not getting the ball at the end of the Seahawks’ Super Bowl are coming from … Turkey?

    But here’s what’s being lost amid Lynch telling a Turkish television network that he was expecting the ball on second down from the 1-yard line with 26 seconds left in the Super Bowl Feb. 1 and his Seahawks down to New England 28-24: Lynch publicly raising the question of whether we were all ready for him to be “the face of the nation” had he scored

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    Pete Carroll: “We are really hurt…it will make us grow stronger”; surgeries for Sherman, Lane, maybe Chancellor, Thomas

    The Seahawks are leaving Phoenix this afternoon after one of the most thrilling and ultimately excruciating and regrettable endings in Super Bowl history.

    And there’s been 49 of them.

    Pete Carroll talked informally on a patio outside the team’s Arizona Grand Resort hotel, before the Seahawks left on buses to nearby Sky Harbor Airport for their charter flight that was due to land around 3 p.m. at SeaTac Airport.

    “It’s pretty hard right now for all of us; I think you can all understand,” Carroll said of the 28-24 loss to New England

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