Good morning. I’m glad to be back from vacation and at the kitchen table typing instead of behind a steering wheel driving down I-5 with four kids screaming in the background. But overall it was a good and restful vacation.
I’ll have some other items up throughout this week as we take a look at the main storylines to look for as the Seahawks’ training camp is set to begin this weekend. If you haven’t already checked out the training camp schedule, you can do so here.
Also, our Seahawks Insider gathering is set for Wednesday, 6 p.m. at the Tacoma News Tribune offices on 1950 State Street. If you are interested in attending, find out more details about the event here.
Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network has sorted through his ranking system of the top players in the league this week, ranking the top players for each team and assigning a points system to for each position.
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Well, the final results were not kind to the Seattle Seahawks, as they finished last among the NFL’s 32 teams in Lombardi’s rankings. Players like Lofa Tatupu and Marcus Trufant were dinged because they were not healthy last season, so Lombardi states Seattle’s point total could easily increase if those two players and Matt Hasselbeck can stay healthy.
The Pete Carroll Win Forever book tour has finally winded down. In this video link, he sits down for an extended interview with Aaron Levine of Q13 Sports to talk about the beginning of training camp.
With running back Montario Hardesty signing with Cleveland, the No. 59 and No. 61 overall selections (OT Vladimir Ducasse signed a 4 year $3.225 million deal, with $1.435 million guaranteed with the N.Y. Jets) from this year’s draft have now signed, which should make it easier for No. 60 overall selection Golden Tate to get a deal done with Seattle.
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The Seahawks are ranked 25th in the latest edition of the ESPN NFL power rankings as teams head into training camp.
Clark Judge of CBS Sports believes Charlie Whitehurst has a legitimate shot to unseat Matt Hasselbeck as the starting quarterback for Seattle.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated says in his Monday Morning Quarterback column that Pete Carroll will be one of his training camp storylines to follow early on.
John Lopez of Sports Illustrated writes that tight ends are catching more balls than ever, noting that five tight end were ranked among the top 20 in receptions in 2009.
Dan Pompei of the National Football Post lists the best free agents left at each position in his Sunday Blitz column.