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May 30, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jason Jones (90) returns to the lockerroom following an OTA practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
May 30, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jason Jones (90) returns to the lockerroom following an OTA practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Training Camp starts today, ladies and gentlemen.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Announcing: Hawk Knocks 2012
I love the Seahawks. I love football. I love writing. This blog is the result of a compulsion that most would consider borderline clinical. It is something that I would do--and did do--with no readers. As I approach 1000 posts, five years of learning, and thousands of great Seahawks fan to interact with, it is time to attempt something new, in addition to the content I already create. I have always wanted to write a book, and the Seahawks 2012 training camp is going to be the starting point. I don't know exactly how it will come together, but I hope that some of you will come along for the ride. All profits from this project will go to Ben's Fund.

Clayton doesn't think James Carpenter will play in 2012 - Blog -
Back in May, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll sounded optimistic about James Carpenter's chances of playing in 2012 when he told 710 ESPN Seattle that the second-year right tackle was "kind of over the hump" in his recovery from a season-ending knee injury. That's no longer likely according to ESPN's John Clayton, who said during Thursday's edition of "Cold Hard Facts" that he now doubts Carpenter will play a single snap in 2012.

A few players to watch at Seahawks training camp - Blog -
Danny O'Neil, who covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times, joined "Brock and Salk" on Friday for a conversation that touched on the new deals for Chris Clemons and Max Unger, Sidney Rice's durability, a potential suspension for Marshawn Lynch, and the battles at wide receiver and in the secondary. - It's all quiet on the 49ers' contract front, for now
With starting FS Dashon Goldson making what he said was a "no-brainer" decision to report to training camp on time after signing his one-year franchise tender of $6.2 million (he made $2 million last year), it’s all quiet on the 49ers’ contract front — for now.

2011 Route Efficiency: Go Routes |
The go route, the fly route, the 9 route, the streak. It has many names and variations but it means one thing to a receiver: if I can get behind you on this route I am simply better than you. No other route in the tree is a more direct shot at the heart of a defender. If a receiver can get behind a corner and stack him, everything is simply down to the quarterback putting the ball in the right spot and the defender literally has no play on the ball. This route, above all others, allows a receiver to use his physical and athletic superiority to turn the game on a single play.

Injuries for some mean opportunities for others as NFL camps open | Audibles
A look at some of the most important, and which players will get increased looks in camp as a result:

Lessons Learned from Seattle Seahawks', John Schneider's 2012 Draft Strategy | Bleacher Report
Seattle finished the 2011 season at 7-9 after a 2-6 start, and that was with an injured quarterback and piecemeal offensive line. The plan put in place by general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll seems to be taking, as the Seahawks are young, aggressive, and enthusiastic on both sides of the ball. What angles would Schneider play in the draft to try to catch the suddenly dominant 49ers?

Skill Players to Monitor in August: Reads Listens Views 7/27/2012 | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
One of the things we discuss regularly on the Thursday night Audible podcast is the importance of following the reports that the media files on players. These stories provide a brick-by-brick foundation about these players. Although these reports aren’t infallible, learning to filter truth from perception can have value. Below are players I’m monitoring this off season.

He played for them?
In light of the Ichiro Suzuki trade to the Yankees, Jason Lisk wrote about other prominent star baseball players who switched teams late in their career. I’m going to do the same for football.

Jerry Rice thinks it’s time for Alex Smith’s diaper to come off | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
I understand if you find that headline a little off-putting. I apologize, but blame Jerry Rice, not me. That's the imagery he chose in making the point that the 49ers should give quarterback Alex Smith more responsibility and freedom to do his thing.

Rams rookie CB Trumaine Johnson in market for alarm clock | National Football Post
Maybe one day Trumaine Johnson will learn a little about former St. Louis Rams cornerback Jacoby Shepherd, who had a short-lived career with the franchise after he did things like miss the team bus to the airport for a preseason game.

Ten rookies to watch during training camp | National Football Post
As camps begin to open around the league, here are ten rookies I am looking at in terms of their development, skill set and role in the game plan early this season.

Aldon Smith '100 percent' for 49ers following stabbing -
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith spoke publicly for the first time since being stabbed in a June incident at his home, saying he regrets "letting everybody down," according to Matt Maiocco of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

A Seattle summer of heightened expectations
The players returned to Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Friday, as the Seahawks opened their third training camp under coach Pete Carroll by taking their physicals and attending meetings.

Will NFL Players Consider A Walkout Over Replacement Referees? -
NFL referees have been locked out by the NFL since June 4 as both sides attempt to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement. As the two sides battle back and forth, the first game of the 2012...

Jim Harbaugh: Randy Moss isn't 49ers' top receiver -
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh decided to back away Friday from a statement he made earlier this offseason that indicated Randy Moss was the team's No. 1 receiver.

5 Things to Look at When Evaluating NFL Tight Ends | Bleacher Report
The tight end position has been transformed in recent years in the NFL. While most tight ends were once hulking bodies acting as essentially a sixth offensive lineman who could be trusted to run a quick hitch or hook route and catch a pass every now and then, now they are becoming unmatched athletes with the kind of skills that give defenders nightmares.

Seahawks beef up receiving corps by signing Antonio Bryant -
The upside for the Seahawks is that even if Bryant doesn't make the team, his knowledge and experience will be an invaluable asset in training camp for younger receivers. The upside for Bryant is that even if he doesn't make the team, he can at least end his career knowing he's better than Braylon Edwards

Why Your Team Will Make The Playoffs This Season, NFC Edition -
Training camps are starting around the NFL and fan enthusiasm is riding high. Here is an entirely too optimistic look at why all 16 NFC teams have a shot at the playoffs this year.