Time for the 10, on a day when the Seahawks are taking a break. They don’t practice again until Monday. So we won’t have any of the usual training camp reports on here today.
For no1, 10 links/items to hopefully tide you over a while.
1, Here’s our report on what happened yesterday, with the big news being the waiving with injured designation of Michael Bowie. Obviously the team is expecting to get him back and revert him to IR and then let his shoulder heal and try again next year. With Justin Britt also sitting out yesterday with a sore shoulder, the signing last week of veteran Eric Winston is looking like one of the most critical moves this team has made all year. The team signed Winston for the NFL veteran minimum of $855,000 and a roster bonus of $100,000. And suddenly he looms as the team’s starting RT. Assuming the Britt injury isn’t serious, then he’ll go right back into the fray there. Still, the Seahawks will now have to groom someone else as depth at tackle for this season.
Alvin Bailey has been playing LT with Russell Okung out. But Okung is expected back this week, meaning Bailey can maybe get some time at RT if needed. Rookie Gary Gilliam may also get some time there. The Seahawks signed Cory Brandon off the waiver wire Saturday. He’ll likely get a shot there, too. I wrote earlier this week about how the roles on the OL were flipped this year from last season — now, it’s the interior the team feels good about (assuming James Carpenter comes back soon) and the tackles where there are issues (Seattle losing Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan via free agency). Lots of time left to solidify it all. But the Bowie news thins the margin of error a little for now.
UPDATE: Britt with a Tweet this morning that seems to indicate his shoulder is fine and he will be back soon:
I am good to go!
— Justin Britt (@JustinBritt68) August 3, 2014
2, In his Sunday column, Larry Stone ponders if this is really the last season in Seattle for Marshawn Lynch and decides that maybe it isn’t.
“For all the bluster about how the Seahawks were instituting a “next-man-up” philosophy in Lynch’s weeklong absence, and for all the touting of Robert Turbin and Christine Michael as fully capable replacements, Lynch has been, and remains, an essential ingredient in their success.
It will be hard to wave goodbye to that if Lynch thrives in the upcoming season. But the statistics about the decline of running backs as they near 30 are real. So are the challenges of the salary cap, and the near impossibility of fitting in Lynch’s $9 million cap hit at a time they’ll be working on a mega-contract for Russell Wilson.
Something has to give, and cold, hard reality says it’s Lynch. But that’s a problem for down the road. Right now, they have Lynch back in the fold, which should be a beautiful thing for a team trying to hold at bay all the ominous threats to their kingdom.”
4, Real nice piece on Jones here from SI.com’s Greg Bishop.
5, Here’s our daily glance at what happened at training camp.
6, Forbes with an interesting look at Pete Carroll’s leadership style.
7, As worrisome as some of Seattle’s injury issues may be, the 49ers have had more so far. The latest is losing NT Glenn Dorsey to torn left biceps. It’s the latest in a rash of upper-arm injuries for San Francisco defenders.
And SF’s injury issues have former NFL player/turned analyst Ross Tucker pessimistic about the team’s chances this year:
I'd be stunned if Niners get to 4th straight NFC Title Game w/ all the hurdles they have to overcome this year
— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) August 3, 2014
8, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers thinks the passing game will be officiated differently this season. First test comes Sept. 4 in Seattle.
9, 49ers are at the top of Yahoo.com’s Shutdown Corner pre-season power ratings, with the Seahawks at No. 2.
10, Finally, Fox’s Alex Marvez says the Seahawks are ready to build a dynasty
Dion Bailey with a Tweet this morning that seems to indicate the sprained ankle he suffered yesterday may be serious. Pete Carroll said after practice initial x-rays were negative, so we’ll see what this means over the next day or so:
The good Lord always has a plan.. My Faith in him or his plan will never waver!!
— Dion Bailey (@dbailey_18) August 3, 2014