Matt Bowen of the National Football Post writes that Bruce Irvin is one of his top 10 rookies to watch heading into training camp.
Bowen: Irvin was labeled as a “situational” rusher after the draft and I understand that. Think defensive sub packages (nickel, dime) and the ability to turn the corner vs. OTs. However, no different than talking about (Chicago defensive end Shea” McClellin above, Irvin isn’t going to beat every tackle this season with the speed rush. This is a rookie I want to watch in live game action this August."
Our own Dave Boling of The News Tribune, who covered Cortez Kennedy as a beat reporter during his 11-year playing career, wonders how the soft-spoken former Seattle defensive lineman will do on the bright stage of the Hall of fame induction ceremony next week.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Kennedy’s relationship with his defensive line coach Tommy Basher had a big influence on his development as a player.
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Steve Kelly of the Seattle Times asks the Seahawks to bring some excitement to what has been a joyless year for Seattle sports fans up to this point.
Tony Ventrella of Seahawks.com talks with Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable in this video link.
Former NFL personnel man Andrew Brandt, writing for ESPN.com, gives some interesting perspective on the cut-throat nature of training camp.
ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a closer look at Football Outsiders projected win totals for the NFC West in 2011 compared to the actual results. The discussion is a follow up to Football Outsiders projecting 7.2 wins for San Francisco this season. The Seahawks also are projected to win 7.2 games.
ESPN’s John Clayton lists Seattle settling its three-way quarterback battle as one his top 10 storylines heading into the beginning of training camps this week.
More Clayton: He doesn’t think James Carpenter will play a single snap this season because of a slow recovery from ACL knee surgery.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports ranks Seattle No. 20 in his preseason power rankings.
Greg Rosenthal of NFL.com picks Seattle to win the NFC West.
Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post gives us three stats that the betting public should be paying attention to on Sundays – yards per play, fumbles lost and sack differential.