Good morning. The Seahawks will have a mandatory minicamp beginning on Wednesday and running to Friday this week, and we'll be there covering the three-day camp. Here's a few links to check out this morning.
Dan Arkush of Pro Football Weekly calls the NFC West the most underrated division in the NFL, and says the Seahawks could be breathing down the Cardinals necks in 2009. Here's an excerpt.
The Seahawks look like a team that could be breathing very heavily down the Cardinals' necks all season after making what look like major improvements in both the draft (OLB Aaron Curry) and free agency (T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cory Redding, Colin Cole, Ken Lucas). I would agree with the widely held belief that the Seahawks were snakebitten by injuries more than any other team last year, and I think their luck will improve by leaps and bounds this season.
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Bucky Brooks of NFL.com explores the recent history of the fullback position, and says running games coming back in vogue will help stave off the position's extinction.
Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck takes Brian Baldinger of NFL.com on a tour of the team's facility.
The Sporting News' Clifton Brown lists Hasselbeck's back situation as one of five things to watch for during minicamps throughout the league this summer.
The Sporting News projects the 25 best players for 2009, and quarterback Peyton Manning heads the list. No Seahawks made the cut.
Hasselbeck talks to ESPN 710 Seattle's Brock Huard and Mike Salk in this audio link.
ESPN's John Clayton talks to Seahawks fullback Owen Schmitt about working toward a starting job and the switch to the zone blocking scheme in this audio link. The interview starts at the 16:30 mark.
Greg Johns of the Seattlepi.com notes that Hawks head coach Jim Mora and CEO Tod Leiweke plan to climb Mount Rainier on July 5 to raise money for the United Way.
The Vikings reportedly have imposed a deadline of the end of the week for Brett Favre to make a decision on if he will come out of retirement.