Lots to get to today in the Top 10 on a day when the Seahawks will again hold and open practice — and just a week away from the team’s first game of the preseason at Denver:
1, We’ll start with Larry Stone’s column on Percy Harvin, who is healthy and happy as his second training camp begins with the Seahawks.
As Stone explains, it wasn’t just Harvin’s health that was an issue last season:
It went beyond that, however. Harvin also believes that he’s mentally stronger. His health wasn’t the only issue he was dealing with last year. Harvin’s girlfriend gave birth to a baby boy in June 2013, just before training camp, and his father was critically ill during the season. It was a lot to deal with when you’re already frustrated by the tribulations of rehab.
Now Harvin says his outlook is completely different.
“My dad passed away from pancreatic cancer, so he wasn’t in pain any more,’’ he said. “That was something I could kind of lay to rest and get my mind right. This year, I can honestly say, I’m just so happy now, because everything is kind of out of the way. Seeing my kid grow up every day, everything is good.”
2, I wrote this looking at how Seattle’s offensive line is coming together, and the difference in the strengths of that makeup from last year to this year. Specifically, a year ago the concerns were inside. Now they are on the outside.
3, And here’s our notebook with an item on K.J. Wright and his thoughts on his contract situation, and Jesse Williams.
Said Wright: “I’m hoping something gets done. But if it doesn’t, then I’ll be fine. This place I really like and enjoy, but you know, good guys leave. Golden (Tate), Walter (Thurmond), those guys had to walk. If they want me here, they will find a way to keep me.”
4, Seahawks,com leads its coverage with a look at cornerback Byron Maxwell tweaking his technique with each day.
5, The Oregonian with a feature on former Oregon Duck Max Unger, who says it’s time to move on from the Super Bowl.
6, ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio says the Seahawks won’t be bothering with Jermichael Finley.
7, Seahawks fans likely not surprised that they didn’t have an offensive lineman who ranked among the top five in pass protection at his position in 2013. And they’ll hope that changes this season.
8, Really interesting stuff here from fivethirtyeight.com, which says the numbers — particularly the team’s youth — show a potential dynasty in the Seahawks’ future.
9, Former Seahawks Chris Maragos, now with the Eagles, says Philadelphia was one team the Seahawks did not want to play last season. They will this year, on Dec. 7, in one of the more intriguing games on Seattle’s schedule this season.
10, Finally, Seahawks running back Robert Turbin, a native of Fremont, Calif., not a fan of all the trades the A’s are making:
What are the A's doing?!
— Robert Turbin (@RobT_33) July 31, 2014