Good morning. Our Seattle Seahawks season preview debuts this morning.
The main story for this year's section is on Marshawn Lynch, the enigmatic Seattle running back who speaks with his actions instead of his words.
To get some deeper perspective on Lynch, I traveled down to Oakland before training camp, attending his annual football camp at his old stomping grounds, Oakland Tech High. Lynch also put his time in down in Oakland, arriving at training camp in the best shape of his life.
“He’s really worked,” Seahawks running backs coach Sherman Smith said. “And we’ve just talked about him getting better this year, so in the fourth quarter when we go into our four-minute offense, he stays on the field. I told him that’s your job – to win the game for us in the end.
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“So when we have to run the ball 10 times, 12 times – whatever it is – that he’s not on the sideline eating Skittles and drinking water.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that there’s no comparison when judging Russell Wilson heading into his second season.
My story on Wilson takes a closer look at the development of his top-flight decision making skills.
T.J. Cotterill of The News Tribune explores how Seattle’s defense will be different under new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
More Cotterill: Richard Sherman creates a buzz with his words and his play.
John McGrath of The News Tribune says that unlike the 2005 Seahawks' squad that advanced to the Super Bowl, this year's team won't come out of the blue.
And from our daily section, Cliff Avril expresses his frustrations with not being able to get on the field so far during his short tenure with the Seahawks.
More Boling: He catches up with Sidney Rice, who’s ready to play after being rested during the preseason.
Richard Sherman writing for Sports Illustrated gives us an honest take on dealing with friend and teammates Michael Robinson getting cut.
Percy Harvin says on Twitter that he could be back by Week 7, after sitting out the first six weeks of the season on the PUP list.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Chris Clemons got in a few pass rush snaps during individual work in the early portion of practice on Wednesday.
ESPN’s Terry Blount writes the Seahawks are managing high expectations as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl.
Scott Fowler of The Charlotte Observer says Russell Wilson is looking forward to a return home to Carolina, where he played three years at N.C. State.
Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer writes that the Panthers secondary believes they can be just as physical as Seattle’s secondary.
ESPN’s David Newton says that Cam Newton appears to have a chip on his shoulder heading into his third season.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland picks Carolina as one of his ascending teams in 2013.
ESPN’s Mike Sando provides some key statistics in the matchup between Seattle and Carolina in this video link.
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times writes that backup safety Chris Maragos decided to take a pay cut rather than test the market.
Peter Schrager of Fox Sports makes 10 bold predictions, including the Rams will be better than the Seahawks.
Rich Cimini of ESPN New York writes that the Jets are interested in bringing back Leon Washington. He worked out for the team on Tuesday.
Chris Wesserling of NFL.com ranks the running backs. Adrian Peterson stands in a class by himself, while Marshawn Lynch settling in a group below Peterson.
Aaron Wilson of The National Football Report writes that along with Tyrone Walker, the Seahawks worked out receivers Martel Moore, Sammy Stroughter and Lamaar Thomas.
And with the NFL season kicking off tonight, ESPN's Jeff Legwold and Jamison Hensley preview the Denver-Baltimore contest.