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CHAWK LINES -- Texans at Hawks

The Seahawks continue to call about left tackles and reportedly are willing to deal Jimmy Graham — although Pete Carroll emphatically refuted that report and John Schneider also shot it down.

The Texans are in turmoil, and the Seahawks had a few things to say about it. The Texans have a demonstration planned.

The Seahawks are thankful to have Paul Allen as their owner.

Justin Britt will be a game-time decision, but signs point to him playing.

Rookie QBs are 2-10 in Seattle, meaning Deshaun Watson will have a tough time.

Will Watson play into the Seattle pass rush’s hands?

Five things to watch in #HOUvsSEA, from John Clayton. And three keys, via Seahawks.com.

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Hawks’ full depth will be tested this week

logo-tampa-bayThe Seahawks’ overall depth this year has been considered the best since 2013, when they won the Super Bowl.

They have had to dip into those reserves here and there throughout the season — especially covering for Thomas Rawls, Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett and Luke Willson.

But this week, as the Hawks try to stay on the heels of the Dallas Cowboys with a win in Tampa, the depth is being tested at every level.

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Earl Thomas will miss a game for the first time since Seattle drafted him in 2010.

Doug Baldwin was fined for flipping the bird at Darrell Bevell last Sunday.

The Seahawks promoted George Farmer to bolster their backfield. Zac Brooks is back, too.

Eleven players missed practice Wednesday — and at least half seem likely to miss the game in Tampa Bay.

Find out why Doug Baldwin playfully flipped off Darrell Bevell before the reverse pass to Wilson for a TD vs. Philly.

What does the release of J’Marcus Webb mean?

Russell Wilson is protecting the ball better than ever.

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter says Wilson does things the coach would never want Bucs QB Jameis Winston trying.

The Bucs, run by John Schneider’s friend Jason Licht, are trying to emulate Seattle’s approach to building a consistent winner.

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Backs in action: Returning runners ‘a real boost’

Training camp logo2It was Running Back Day at Seahawks camp on Monday.

As Christine Michael continued to receive accolades for his performance in Kansas City, Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise and Zac Brooks all returned to practice — and the Hawks released Cameron Marshall and moved Kyle Coleman to fullback.

On top of that, Alex Collins — limited by an ankle issue in Kansas City — is ready for more of a load this week.

So, as they prepare for their preseason home opener vs. Minnesota, the Hawks finally have all of their backs back.

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Hawks at Kansas City: What we’re watching

At Kansas City logoIt’s finally time. For most of the wannabe Seahawks anyway.

The Seahawks kick off their 2016 preseason Saturday in Kansas City (1:30 pm PT), and Pete Carroll and his coaches will take the next step in evaluating these guys.

“There (are) so many things to see, so many areas to watch,” he said Friday. “For the coaches, so many exciting guys that see challenge for the first time in a game situation and we’ll start making sense of this thing. This is one huge opportunity to do that.”

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Not a ‘knucklehead’ anymore, but is it too late for Michael?

Michael to CowboysIt took Christine Michael a long time to figure out how not to be a “knucklehead.” But is it too late now?

The 2013 second-round pick never cared enough to try to unseat Robert Turbin as Marshawn Lynch’s backup. And then, last year, he lost his roster spot to undrafted Thomas Rawls, who was such a revelation that he is expected to replace Lynch permanently as Seattle’s No. 1 back.

It took injuries to Lynch, Turbin (waived injured last summer) and Rawls for Michael to finally get some playing time in Seattle. And that happened only after he was traded to the Cowboys, released, picked up by the Redskins and released again.

Michael did well in his return to Seattle, averaging 4.9 yards per carry in the final three games of the season and rushing for 70 yards in the playoff win over Minnesota (Lynch returned for the loss to Carolina, so Michael did not get a carry in that game).

Michael recently told USA Today that he started taking the game more seriously.

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CHAWK LINES -- Training camp new

The countdown is well underway, with camp starting in about two weeks. Let’s look at some pre-camp player reports from some of the local outlets:

Bob Condotta looks at the importance of first-round pick Germain Ifedi working out.

Thomas Rawls said he is aiming to be ready for the start of camp.

John Clayton thinks Alex Collins could challenge Rawls for carries.

Collins is among 710 ESPN’s 25 Most Intriguing Seahawks.

Others on that burgeoning list include Jeremy Lane, Jordan Hill and rookie Tyvis Powell.

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Rawls knows he needs to get back ASAP or risk losing the No. 1 spot

Rawls out for seasonIt should be no surprise that Thomas Rawls is fighting hard to be ready for the start of training camp: After all, he has a lot of competition to stave off.

Sure, Pete Carroll said Rawls remains the main man replacing Marshawn Lynch — a right Rawls earned by the way he played as a rookie last season (830 yards in 12 games). But the Seahawks drafted three running backs, and Carroll has said they have big plans for third-rounder C.J. Prosise.

Carroll’s overarching theme is ComPete, and Rawls knows it is entirely possible that he loses the No. 1 job if he is slow to get back on the field and Prosise and fifth-rounder Alex Collins excel in his absence. There are only so many carries to go around — even in Seattle’s run-heavy offense.

While everyone else is taking a few weeks off before camp, Rawls is working hard to come back from the broken ankle he suffered against Baltimore in Week 14.

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Looking at the value (picks & cash) of Seattle’s draft class

Jarran Reed on stageEveryone always laughs at the instant draft grades handed out by analysts — the argument being that it is impossible to know how well a team did until its draft class has shown itself over a couple of years.

That part certainly is true. But the one part of the draft that can be judged immediately is the value a team received for its picks.
The Seahawks haven’t always gotten great value for their picks. It’s why they were judged harshly in 2011 and 2012 — even though they found future stars in both of those drafts.

This draft has pretty unanimously been judged a success — both because the Seahawks seemingly picked up good players who filled roster needs and because they got some great value along the way.

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CHAWK LINES -- Draft

Seahawks.com runs down every draft pick, with quotes, photos, audio and more.

Even as the Seahawks put together their most conventional draft under John Schneider, they still managed to go in a different direction than the rest of the league.

With Marshawn Lynch retiring, the Seahawks drafted three running backs.

The Seahawks took a lot of linemen and running backs because that is where the draft led them.

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