Here we go, with another Top 10
1, Though first, a reminder that the Seahawks are off today. They will return to practice Tuesday and go every day through Saturday before another day off on Sunday. Then, believe it or not, starts something of a game week as Seattle will play at Denver on Aug. 7 to open the preseason.
2, While the team is not practicing, it is still a day of camp, and thus counts as a holdout day for Marshawn Lynch if he does not report. Also, Seattle’s camp officially started on Thursday when players reported. So, today is the fifth day of his holdout, if he doesn’t report. At $30,000 a day, that’s $150,000 he could be fined — fines are at team discretion and can be worked out later. After today, he is then subject to a fine of 15 percent of the $6 million signing bonus he got as part of his four-year contract in 2012. He can then be fined an additional 1 percent of that bonus for 10 days, for a maximum fine of 25 percent of his signing bonus. Then, if he were to miss preseason games, he would be docked one regular season game check. So yeah, it’ll start to add up pretty quickly now, which is why you’ve seen lots of people speculate that this is the week when something will happen. And there continues to be no real indication that the Seahawks are apt to budge from their position.
3, Sunday felt like the first day when the Lynch news wasn’t dominating things. Instead, the team put on full pads for the first time and while it was still not quite real football — no tackling — it was a step toward getting ready for the season. Afterward, Richard Sherman talked to the media. I wrote this story based in part on that session, as well as some other stuff.
4, ESPN writes about something we also touched on the other day — if the NFL is singling out the Seahawks in their apparent new emphasis on illegal contact and defensive holding. Seattle coaches and players seem to really be downplaying any possible impacts of this. Maybe they really think it’s no big deal, or maybe they just don’t know how big a deal it will be until games are played and they see the kind of calls that are made. In that regard, the series when the No. 1 defense is out there in preseason games could take on a little more intrigue. Seattle plays some good passing teams in the preseason, as well, in the Broncos and Chargers and Jay Cutler and the Bears.
5, The Associated Press writes about Jermaine Kearse’s road from free agent to roster lock in just three years.
6, The Oklahoman with a story on DT Kevin Williams. Williams says again he’s fine with decreased snaps.
7, Seahawks.com profiles Jeron Johnson, who is running as the No. 1 strong safety with Kam Chancellor still recovering from off-season hip surgery.
8, The biggest news in the NFC Sunday might again have been an injury to a San Francisco running back. Sunday, it was LaMichael James suffering an apparent dislocated elbow, reminiscent of an injury he suffered while playing at Oregon.
9, Sherman, though, surely won’t have missed this — Arizona CB Patrick Peterson saying again that he thinks he’s the best corner in the NFL.
10, NFL.com with 15 things learned in the NFL on Sunday.