Seahawks Insider Blog

Defending the title begins

Good morning from training camp.

Buses are bringing in fans, the parking lot is full and the sun is out. Football is upon us.

First, general manager John Schneider was just on the air with 710 ESPN. A couple highlights:[HTML1][HTML2]Pro Football Talk reported last night that Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks have been talking contract for about four months.

If Lynch doesn't attend camp, he will incur fines of $30,000 per day, plus a partial forfeiture of his $6 million signing bonus if he holds out five days or more.

Moving on.

Our Dave Boling made a statement in today's column: The Seahawks can do it again. From Boling:

In the moments after the final exhibition game of 2013, when the eager Seahawks pawed and stamped on the threshold of the greatest season in franchise history, coach Pete Carroll gave them a brief but important message.

It’s all there for you, he said.

He didn’t need to say more.

Everybody in that room knew exactly what he meant: The pieces were in place to accomplish everything the National Football League had to offer, and whether they ended up holding the Lombardi Trophy in February would be decided by their own efforts and determination.

As the 2014 Seahawks open training camp with greater expectations than ever, it’s still “all there” for them.

I also wrote about the Seahawks starting their defense here at camp.

Out here, I'm interested in several things, but here are a few notable ones:

SS Kam ChancellorAfter offseason hip surgery, Chancellor's availability for camp is in question. Head coach Pete Carroll said Chancellor should be ready to go at the start of camp. There is a huge dropoff from Chancellor to his only backup, Jeron Johnson. Johnson missed half of last season because of hamstring problems. The Seahawks desperately need a healthy Chancellor.DE Cassius MarshThe rookie out of UCLA didn't participate much in offseason activities because he had to wait for school to end. But, Carroll continues to talk him up and the times he did play, his high motor was noticeable. The fourth-rounder will have to make the adjustment to playing against NFL talent in pads during camp.

CB Tharold SimonSimon made spectacular plays during OTAs and minicamp. His issue is not talent. It's opportunity. The only spot Simon could challenge for belongs to Byron Maxwell. At 6-foot-3, he's the Seahawks' biggest cornerback and could be a more athletic version of Brandon Browner. Maxwell has more experience after replacing Browner last season when Simon was hurt. This could turn into an unexpected camp battle.

LB Korey Toomer
Remember Carroll calling Toomer the hottest guy at minicamp? I'm anxious to see if there is a carryover there. It's one thing to have a hot start, another to maintain.

Of course, we'll also be keeping an eye on the other guys coming off surgeries, like Russell Okung and Malcolm Smith.

A final note: the Seahawks are up to 90 players on the roster after adding guard C.J. Davis and wide receiver David Gilreath.

Time for practice. We'll be back throughout the day with updates.