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June 9, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Morning links: OTAs finish up this week

The Seahawks wrap up OTAs this week with workouts Monday through Thursday.

The first and last of those are open to the media, and we’ll have our usual coverage following each.

Here are a few things I’ll be watching for this week:

1, The continuing development of The Redshirts: That may be a nickname that sticks forever with the rookie class of 2013, almost all of whom played sparingly last season in anticipation of bigger roles down the road. As has been oft-noted, some of those guys could be thrust into key spots this year, such as RB Christine Michael, DLs Jesse Williams and Jordan Hill and CB Tharold Simon. All have been healthy and active throughout the OTAs, the first necessary step toward getting on the field more in 2014 (especially for the latter three, each hampered last season by injuries). Their progress hardly stops with OTAs, obviously. But we’ll get another chance this week to see where some of those guys are.

2, The backup QB spot: Specifically, where does Terrelle Pryor fit into things. He got a lot of work in the one OTA open to the media last week and from everything we have seen and heard, remains strictly a QB. Now that the team has had a little while to watch him up-close, they may begin to have a better idea of what they have. And it remains worth wondering how long the team will carry five QBs, something that might be hard to do throughout all of training camp.

3, Will we see Marshawn Lynch?: Speaking of Michael, he’s been getting a ton of work with Lynch having so far not attended OTAs (we haven’t seen all of them, but OC Darrell Bevell mentioned during the Town Hall that Lynch has not been there). A reminder — the OTAs are voluntary. Next week’s mini-camp is not, so we will definitely see Lynch then.

4, The backup spots in the secondary: There’s obviously little drama with the starting spots in the secondary, nor with the nickelback, which appears to be Jeremy Lane’s. But while there are some obvious front-runners for some of the backup spots in the secondary, the team continues to mix and match with some guys (DeShawn Shead playing almost exclusively corner last week, for instance).

5, The punt return spot: The big story of the first day of OTAs was the news that Earl Thomas could be the team’s punt returner in 2014. Still, there’s a long way to go, and a lot of other potential candidates for that spot — Doug Baldwin, Richard Sherman, Paul Richardson, Percy Harvin. This almost certainly won’t be settled for a while, but still worth monitoring each time we get a chance.

Now, a few links. …

— FootballPerspective rates Russell Wilson’s 2012 season as the 178th best passing season by a QB in NFL history.

Peter King questions the idea that the Seahawks will be tailback-by-committee in 2014 in his Stat of the Week.

Pete Prisco also questions just how good Lynch was in 2013.

— Nice story on rookie Jimmy Staten.

— Seahawks WR coach Kippy Brown getting a street named after him in his hometown.

— Finally, ESPN’s Louis Riddick with some Tweets on why he’s so high on the potential of Michael:


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