Examining the Seattle Seahawks' roster:


The first two spots are locked with Wilson and Jackson as his backup, but the third QB spot is a battle between Pryor and B.J. Daniels. Pryor has the advantage because of his size and speed, but he still has to prove he deserves a roster spot.


Lynch is holding out because of changes he wants in his contract. He didn't participate in any of the offseason workouts. Both Michael and Turbin have looked good with the additional reps. Look for Lynch to return soon, but Michael and Turbin are going to carry a bigger share of the load this season.


Coleman and Ware are converted running backs, and the Seahawks might see Ware as more of a running back now. The only true fullback is rookie Kiero Small (5-foot-8, 250 pounds), who could beat out Ware but will likely start the season on the practice squad.


Four of these spots are set -- Harvin, Baldwin, Kearse and Richardson, the rookie speedster from Colorado. But 10 players are vying for the final two spots. Norwood, a rookie from Alabama, has looked sensational, so placing him on the practice squad would be a big risk. Lockette's ability to contribute on special teams, along with his speed, gives him a good chance to make it.


McCoy returns after missing all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon. Free agent rookie Rashaun Allen and third-year player Cooper Helfet will battle McCoy for the third spot.


The one starting battle is at right tackle between Bowie and rookie Britt, but Britt is getting all the first-team reps because Bowie has a bruised shoulder. Rookie tackles Garry Gilliam and Nate Isles, along with rookie guard Bronson Irwin, have a chance to make the practice squad.


This will be a great battle to watch. A surprise cut is coming here. Jordan Hill, the second-year player from Penn State, might be fighting second-year DT Jesse Williams for a spot, but Williams has to prove he’s healthy. Signing Kevin Williams before minicamp was a major addition to the rotation at defensive tackle. Scruggs’ return after missing last season will help the depth at defensive end. The Seahawks are high on UCLA rookie defensive end Marsh, who also can play inside. Rookie Jimmy Staten probably goes to the practice squad, and free agent rookie Jackson Jeffcoat of Texas is the player who could sneak in here with a great preseason showing.

Bruce Irvin (hip surgery) and Toomer (hamstring injury) are on the physically unable to perform list. Whether either player will be ready to start the season is hard to say. I'm assuming Irvin starts the season on injured reserve. Smith also is recovering from ankle surgery, leaving he team thin, for now, at OLB. Pierre-Louis is a super-fast rookie who will contribute a lot on special teams this season. O'Brien Schofield is on the bubble as an outside linebacker/defensive end.


Another tough cut is coming here. Phillip Adams has looked good, and he can return kicks. Lane will start as the nickelback and Shead can play corner and safety. Simon, who missed his rookie year last season with injuries, has impressed everyone in the offseason workouts.


Johnson probably is the first backup at both safety spots. Chancellor is still recovering from offseason hip surgery. Rookie Eric Pinkins might spend the season on IR after injuring his foot. USC rookie Bailey is the surprise pick here. He has played well and probably is battling Terrance Parks for a roster spot.


These spots are set unless an injury occurs.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson sits down with Kenny Mayne to discuss wearing his Super Bowl ring, staying competitive and talking with Marshawn Lynch.

Jets Camp Report: Day 4

July, 27, 2014
Jul 27
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of New York Jets training camp:
  • The Jets received a scare when rookie tight end Jace Amaro went down with a knee injury and wasn't able to finish practice, but the word from the team is that he's fine and will be ready for Tuesday's practice. Proving the "Next-Man-Up" philosophy is alive and well, Zach Sudfeld capitalized on the extra reps, delivering a strong practice. He finished with a team-high three receptions in team drills, showing speed and separation ability. This tight end situation could get interesting. Quite frankly, Sudfeld has outplayed them all, including incumbemt Jeff Cumberland, who has been relatively quiet after reporting late to camp.
  • No surprise here, as right guard Willie Colon was activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list. The big fella didn't do a whole lot in practice -- he stayed out of team drills -- but the plan is to ease him back gradually. It's important to build chemistry with new right tackle Breno Giacomini, whom they signed from the Seattle Seahawks. Remember, Colon missed the entire offseason, so he hasn't had any time to practice alongside Giacomini. They both have a history of being penalty prone, so continuity is imperative. They got some time together in positional drills, but nothing extensive.
  • One day after Geno Smith said he expects to be a top-five quarterback and Dee Milliner proclaimed himself the best cornerback in the league, linebacker Calvin Pace told the New York Daily News they have the best defense. Enough already. It's July.
  • Rookie quarterback Tajh Boyd is a former college star with a lot of charisma and the ability to throw a nice deep ball, but he struggles with short and intermediate throws. Sound familiar? Boyd's head is spinning as he attempts to learn a new offense, so that could explain some of his Tebow-esque throws. It'll be interesting to gauge his progress as the summer progresses. With every rep by Boyd, Matt Simms gets closer to nailing down the No. 3 job.
  • Rush linebacker Quinton Coples delivered another solid practice. Rex Ryan said Coples' last two practices were "off the charts," noting how it's "interesting" that Coples perked up once veteran Jason Babin arrived in camp. Hmm, very interesting, indeed. It's called competition, players pushing players, and somewhere general manager John Idzik is smiling.

Seahawks Camp Report: Day 3

July, 27, 2014
Jul 27
A daily review of the hot topics coming out of the Seattle Seahawks training camp:
  • Wide receiver Phil Bates probably is a longshot to make the team, but he certainly hasn’t hurt his chances the last two days. Bates had two touchdowns catches Sunday. He made a circus-like sideline catch on a 30-yard throw to the goal line, grabbing the ball over cornerback Chandler Fenner. Bates later made a juggling catch in the back corner of the end zone, beating cornerback Akeem Auguste on a pass from Tarvaris Jackson. Bates went back to his high school quarterbacking roots Saturday, completing a pass to Russell Wilson on a trick play off a reverse.
  • It’s easy to take for granted just how good Wilson is when you see him at practice every day, but he was really on his game Sunday. His passes were sharp and on the money. His decisions come quickly as he consistently finds he open man, and he ran the ball well several times when his receivers were well covered. When you watch all the Seattle quarterbacks work, there’s Wilson and then there’s everyone else.
  • The Willson on this team with two Ls in his last name also is putting on a show at camp. Tight end Luke Willson was the team’s top rookie last season, but he looks like a seasoned pro now. Starter Zach Miller may be slightly better as a blocker, but not much better. And Willson is much better as a receiver. He consistently gets separation on pass routes and has great hands. Expect big things from Wilson to Willson this season.
  • It’s rare to see the offense way ahead of the defense at any Seattle practice, but the offense dominated the first day in full pads. All three running backs had big runs -- Robert Turbin, Spencer Ware and Demitrius Bronson. Christine Michael was out with a bruised shoulder. Big receiver Morrell Presley, who was signed two days ago, had a touchdown catch, as did tight end Cooper Helfet.
  • It wasn’t all bad for the defense. Richard Sherman made one of his signature tip deflections on a deep sideline pass intended for Arceto Clark. And defensive tackle Brandon Mebane had been a disrupted force inside the last two days by making several plays in the backfield.
  • Speaking of Sherman, Sunday was the first time he has spoken to the local media in six weeks. Sherman has been upset that the address of his new home was published by a few media outlets, causing some fans to camp out in front of this home.
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael did not practice Sunday, but coach Pete Carroll said Michael is OK.

“He just banged his shoulder a little bit,” Carroll said of Michael. “The trainers think he’ll be back on Tuesday.”

The players have the day off Monday after practicing in pads for the first time at training camp on Sunday.

Receiver Percy Harvin was back full speed Sunday after staying out of team drills Saturday. Carroll said it’s part of a plan to allow Harvin to take a break every few days and not overdo it in camp.

Rookie receiver Kevin Norwood missed practice for the second consecutive day because of a sore foot, but he is expected back Tuesday.

Starting left tackle Russell Okung, who had offseason toe surgery, was in pads Sunday, but did not take part in any drills.

“We talked last night about Okung,” Carroll said. “He probably is about two weeks away so we’re really sure he’s ready to roll.”

Defensive tackle Jesse Williams went full speed Sunday after missing most of Saturday’s practice, but Carroll said they also were resting Williams Saturday.

Rookie defensive tackle Jimmy Staten is out with a hyper-extended knee and a pulled hamstring, which Carroll said could sideline Staten for a while.

Outside linebacker Malcolm Smith (ankle) and strong safety Kam Chancellor (hip) still are recovering from offseason surgery, but both players are expected back soon.
RENTON, Wash. -- Will the NFL allow the Legion of Boom to be who they are this season?

The Seattle Seahawks secondary is known for its aggressive play with tight, press coverage at the line of scrimmage. Opponents often accuse them of grabbing and holding downfield.

The NFL hierarchy, however, made a point in the offseason to say it plans to crack down on overly physical play by defensive backs, which some have said borders on defensive holding or interference. NFL officials have said they plan to throw more flags to limit that contact.

Physical play in the secondary is such a big part of what the Seahawks do that this decision seems deliberately directed at Seattle, so much so that some people are calling it the “the LoB rule.”

“That’s a beautiful thing,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “That’s respect, to me. If that’s the conversation, then it’s a sign of respect and people trying to figure it out. I think we’ve contributed to that.

“The rules that have been emphasized going into this year, there is some attention to the fact of aggressive play at the line of scrimmage. There was some talk of that at league meetings. The adjustments that we’ve made are palatable. We can handle it.”

The Seahawks secondary is an athletically gifted group, so doing whatever is necessary (depending on how tightly the officials call it) probably isn’t a problem.

But Seattle free safety Earl Thomas said the Legion of Boom won’t alter its way of doing things.

“We are who we are,” Thomas said. “People understand that we’re very aggressive. The corners like to do their thing and [strong safety] Kam [Chancellor] and me, we do the same thing. So we can’t worry about that. We’ve got to stay true to who we are. At the end of the day, defense is dictating the pace of what’s going on. We proved that.”

Thomas said he isn’t concerned about officials singling out the Seahawks secondary.

“If they call it, they call it,” Thomas said. “But we’re not playing timid. We’re going to stay on the attack. If you wait to get hit, you’re going to get knocked out.”

Seahawks Camp Report: Day 2

July, 26, 2014
Jul 26
RENTON, Wash. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of the Seattle Seahawks training camp:

  • The play of the day came when quarterback Russell Wilson caught a pass. The trick play started with a fake handoff before Wilson gave the ball to wide receiver Phil Bates on a reverse to the right. Wilson kept running into the left flat when Bates stopped in the backfield, turned and threw a nice pass to Wilson, who made the catch near the sideline past linebacker Mike Morgan.
  • It’s only the second day, but it appears the starting job at right offensive tackle is Justin Britt’s to lose. The rookie from Missouri is expected to battle Michael Bowie for the starting spot, but Bowie isn’t practicing because of a shoulder injury. Britt is taking all the first-team snaps and coach Pete Carroll praised him on Friday. Carroll even mentioned Wally Pipp in reference to Bowie. Pipp is the former New York Yankees first baseman who left a game because of a headache and was replaced by Lou Gehrig, who went on to play in 2,130 consecutive games.
  • Receiver Jermaine Kearse got a second chance at a great play Saturday. Early in practice, Kearse made an outstanding catch diving backwards on a deep sideline throw, but was flagged for offensive interference when the official said he pushed off. Near the end of practice, he got behind cornerback A.J. Jefferson on another deep sideline throw from Wilson and made a similar catch, but that one counted.
  • Left guard James Carpenter doesn’t look like the same player as one year ago, and that’s a good thing. Carpenter is slimmer, faster and healthier than he ever has been since coming to the Seahawks as a first-round draft choice in 2011. During Saturday’s practice, Carroll and offensive line coach Tom Cable made a point to come up and praise Carpenter for a pulling block he threw that enabled running back Christine Michael to get around the end on a sweep.
  • Safety Jeron Johnson, who missed most of last season with hamstring injuries in both legs, is healthy again and it shows. He had an interception Saturday when he pulled a short pass over the middle away from running back Robert Turbin. Johnson is playing strong safety with the first-team defense until Kam Chancellor returns from offseason hip surgery.
RENTON, Wash. -- Russell Wilson said he and free safety Earl Thomas have an unusual goal.

“We talk about trying to be legendary in some way,” Wilson said Saturday.

Some Seahawks fans might say both players already have reached that status after winning the Super Bowl last season. But Wilson’s point is they push each other to be the best they can be.

“Earl and I, we have a connection that’s really good,” Wilson said after Day 2 of training camp. “We talk about football and talk about life.”

Wilson and Thomas also have a contest each day to see which man is the first one to arrive at the team facility and which is last to leave.

“We do things together because I think we feed off each other," Wilson said. “We want to be great players, great human beings and great leaders. So being around each other is a good thing.”

They spent more time together in the offseason, two men who want to make sure the Seahawks don’t get complacent about their success.

“We have something to protect now and we love that,” Thomas said. “All we focus on is getting better.”

Thomas entered the NFL two years before Wilson and has watched Wilson continue to improve.

“He’s a different guy now,” Thomas said of Wilson. “He’s more in control and he’s a great leader. I’m excited to see what he’s going to bring this season.”
RENTON, Wash. – One day after Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin said he’s never felt better, he did not participate in team drills Saturday at training camp.

Rookie receiver Kevin Norwood also didn’t practice. Coach Pete Carroll did not talk to reporters Saturday.

Carroll had said earlier they would not have Harvin practice on three consecutive days.

None of the players who were out Friday returned Saturday. Linebacker Malcolm Smith, offensive tackle Russell Okung and strong safety Kam Chancellor, all of whom had offseason surgery, still are watching practice.

Defensive tackle Jesse Williams appeared to suffer some type of upper body injury during practice and left the field. Rookie defensive tackle Jimmy Staten appeared to suffer a leg injury during drills and limped off the field.
RENTON, Wash. -- The Seahawks made several roster moves Saturday morning, adding rookie safety Steven Terrell and rookie linebacker Brandon Denmark. The team also released defensive tackle Dewayne Cherrington.

Terrell (5-foot-10, 195 pounds) played college ball at Texas A&M. He wasn’t drafted, but signed with the Houston Texans as a rookie free agent before being released at the end of May.

Denmark (6-3, 245) played at Florida A&M. Denmark attended the rookie minicamp of the Green Bay Packers. The Seahawks are a little short at linebacker for now with Bruce Irvin and Korey Toomer on the PUP list, and Malcolm Smith still not practicing after offseason ankle surgery.

The Seahawks were able to add two players and release only one because running back Marshawn Lynch does not count as a roster spot while he’s holding out.
RENTON, Wash. -- Here are few interesting comments from Seattle Seahawks' training camp:

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor put to rest any talk of him playing another position.
“I can’t catch,’’ Pryor said Friday. “I’m either going to play quarterback or I’m going to be out of this league.”

Receiver Percy Harvin said Friday the Seahawks need running back Marshawn Lynch, who is holding out.
“He’s the engine that gets this thing going,” Harvin said. “We’re going to need him out here to piece this thing all together. We know Beast Mode. It’s a business and he has things he’s going to get worked out. Until then, we’re going to keep working.”

Coach Pete Carroll said he believes wide receiver Sidney Rice did the right thing in deciding to retire.
“He took his time figuring it out and I think he’s making a great choice,” Carroll said. “He’s had a series of injuries and problems staying healthy. He’s had a number of concussions and that goes into it as well, so he’s very comfortable with the decision.

“Of course, he’s lament that he’s not going to be able to play, but I think he feels strongly that he’s making a good decision and so we support the heck out of him. We’ll miss him and he’ll always be a part of us."
RENTON, Wash. – If you’re looking for a definitive answer on how the fans feel about Marshawn Lynch’s holdout, it didn’t come in our Sound Off survey Friday.

Voters were given two simple options: Would you make some type of change to Lynch’s contract to try to meet his demands, or would you hold the line, not change anything and tell Lynch to honor his contract?

Of all the votes on ESPN.com, my Twitter page and Facebook, it was almost a dead heat, with a tiny advantage for the voters who wanted to pay Lynch more. The votes were 51.2 percent to change his contract and 48.8 percent to stand firm and not make any changes.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider seemed to indicate Friday that they already rewarded Lynch two years ago (a four-year deal worth $30 million) and expected him to honor the contract.

Lynch is incurring $30,000 a day in fines for each day he skips training camp. If he holds out beyond Tuesday, he is subject to forfeiting 15 percent of the $6 million signing bonus ($900,000) he received in 2012.

In an ESPN SportsNation survey earlier this week, 50 percent of the voters said they were a little worried about Lynch’s holdout, but 81 percent of the voters said they expect him to be the starting running back on Week 1 of the regular season.


John Clayton discusses the fines Marshawn Lynch will incur over the course of his holdout and why he expects Lynch back with the team on Tuesday.

Seahawks Camp Report: Day 1

July, 25, 2014
Jul 25
Here are six observations from the first day of training camp for the Seattle Seahawks:
  • One clear standout was rookie receiver Kevin Norwood. He made one sensational leaping catch on a cross pattern while two defenders were closely covering him. Norwood also made a tough catch on a deep out, then turned and juked his way past linebacker Horace Miller to race down the sideline. Paul Richardson is the rookie speedster who wows people with his speed, but Norwood has been a pleasant surprise with his sure hands, consistent route running and polished skills every time he's on the field.
  • Rookie safety Dion Bailey of USC got a standing ovation from the crowd when he leaped to intercept a Russell Wilson pass on a Wilson bootleg. Bailey was a free-agent signee who is hoping to earn a backup spot behind Earl Thomas.
  • The punt returning job remains wide open. Seven players took turns fielding punts Friday -- Thomas, cornerbacks Richard Sherman, Phillip Adams and A.J. Jefferson, and receivers Doug Baldwin, Percy Harvin and Bryan Walters.
  • Sherman had a deja vu moment in practice when he was covering Chris Matthews on a deep sideline pass to the right corner of the end zone. Sherman reached up and tipped the ball away at the last second. It was similar to his game-saving play in the NFC Championship against the 49ers when he tipped the pass away from Michael Crabtree, which Malcolm Smith intercepted. By the way, Sherman also was wearing neon lime green shoes that were blinding.
  • Harvin had some nice catches Friday, but the biggest thing is just seeing him on the field 100 percent healthy. "This is the best I've felt in a very long time," Harvin said. "I'm doing some things I haven't been able to do in a while."
  • It's just the first day with no pads, but running backs Christine Michael and Robert Turbin took full advantage of Marshawn Lynch's absence and had several impressive runs. Michael really shows off his speed on outside runs around the edge, usually out running linebackers to the sideline before the defensive back can catch him.
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he hopes Marshawn Lynch returns soon and ends his holdout, but he made it clear Friday that he couldn't be happier with what he's seeing from second-year running back Christine Michael.

"Christine had a great offseason," Carroll said Friday after the first day of training camp. "He just seemed to grow up and become really clear about the expectations of the workload, the job and the responsibilities of the position he's playing.

"Now we'll see how he handles it, getting this great shot. It looks like he's absolutely ready and he's really tuned in. Christine has done everything we asked of him and I'm really proud of the progress he's made."

Maybe that was a subtle message to Lynch to try to get him to end his holdout soon. Carroll said he talks to Lynch "on an ongoing basis."

"We wish Marshawn was with us and we're hoping he will be back," Carroll said. "But this is a tremendous opportunity for these guys (Michael and Robert Turbin) getting their shot, and hopefully, they'll take advantage of it."