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May 26  |  Nick Patterson
One of the story lines of Seahawks OTAs is the offensive line. There's a reasonable chance the Seahawks will have no starters on the offensive line returning to the positions they played last season. In addition, Seattle has both its presumptive starters at tackle out with injuries -- Garry Gilliam had a cyst removed from his knee and J'Marcus Webb has a pulled calf muscle. Therefore, Thursday's first-team offensive line consisted of, from left to right: Bradley Sowell, Mark...

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May 26  |  Nick Patterson
Thursday was the third of the Seahawks' nine OTAs over the next three weeks, but it was the first that was open to the media. Therefore, the most pertinent news concerns who was there and who wasn't, as OTAs are technically voluntary for the players. Let's put those into three categories:

Those who chose not to attend: Defensive ends Michael Bennett and Chris Clemons.

- Bennett has been open about his dissatisfaction with his contract, and it...

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May 23  |  Nick Patterson
This morning I came across the following tweet:

Since April 13th @Mariners own the best record in MLB- 24-11

Allowed fewest runs in AL- 117
Tied for 2nd most runs scored in AL- 173



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May 23  |  Nick Patterson
The Seahawks begin phase three of their offseason program Monday, holding the first of their OTAs (organized team activities).

Teams are allowed to hold a maximum of 10 OTAs over a three-week period. Seattle is holding nine this year. The dates:

WEEK 1
- Monday
- Tuesday
- Thursday
WEEK 2
- May 31
- June 1
- June 3
WEEK 3
- June 6
- June 7
- June 9


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May 22  |  Nick Patterson
I've sort of been the Herald's designated go-to guy to cover high school boys soccer playoffs since arriving in 2003, and given Snohomish High School's perennial success, it means I've covered the Panthers more times than I can remember.



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May 20  |  Nick Patterson
When the Mariners held their pre-spring training press conference in January, they opened by announcing that the Mariners and Safeco Field would be hosting a Billy Joel concert during the season. Today is the day, so here's a taste of what's to come at Safeco tonight.



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May 17  |  Nick Patterson
Michael Bennett says he'll be at training camp.

The Seattle Seahawks' star defensive end was interviewed on 710 ESPN Radio on Tuesday, and in parting he was asked if he'll be at training camp this year. His response:

"Why wouldn't I be at training camp? ... I'll see you there for sure."

Bennett has made no secret about his...

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May 16  |  Nick Patterson
I have a little egg on my face.

My column Sunday was about how well the Mariners and Sounders were playing, and that I thought their play warranted more attention than some of the offseason Seahawks news. Because of high school assignments I had to have that column filed on Friday, meaning it didn't take into account the weekend's results. I had a smidgen of concern that the...

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May 11  |  Nick Patterson
TALKING POINTS

Another day, another hero for the Seattle Mariners.

Chris Iannetta blasted a walk-off homer, giving the Mariners a 6-5, 11-inning victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon at Safeco Field. The victory completed a three-game sweep for the Mariners.

Whether it's been Robinson Cano, Dae-Ho Lee or whomever, the Mariners have been receiving late-game heroics from any number of sources during their recent run,...

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May 11  |  Nick Patterson
The Seahawks have announced a press conference for 1 p.m. Thursday at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for receiver Ricardo Lockette. Then Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network tweeted the following.



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May 11  |  Nick Patterson
Mariners vs. Rays lineups: Seattle goes for sweep Here's the lineups for the Mariners' game Wednesday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field:

SEATTLE (20-13)

Norichika Aoki, LF
Ketel Marte, SS
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nelson Cruz, DH
Kyle Seager, 3B
Seth Smith, RF
Adam Lind, 1B
Chris Iannetta, C
Leonys Martin, CF

Starting pitcher: Right-hander Taijuan Walker (2-2, 1.97 ERA).

Notes: The...

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May 11  |  Nick Patterson
The Sounders just added a high-profile opponent to their schedule.

The team announced Wednesday it will host the English Premier League's West Ham United in a friendly match on July 5 at CenturyLink Field. The Tuesday night game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Thursday, though the game is already included in season ticket packages.

West Ham is in the midst of its best season since in England's top division since 1999, currently sitting in sixth...

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May 10  |  Nick Patterson
Taniela Tupou came to last weekend's Seattle Seahawks rookie minicamp with zero certainty. The Archbishop Murphy High School graduate wasn't a signed player, instead being one of nearly 30 undrafted rookies trying to convince the Seahawks he deserved a roster spot more than someone who already had one. He didn't even have certainty with regards to his...

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May 8  |  Nick Patterson
Here's some notes from the third and final day of Seahawks rookie minicamp:

- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll described it as a "real good three days." He was high on Seattle's draft class, mentioning guard Germain Ifedi, defensive tackle Jarran Reed and running back C.J. Prosise unprompted. Carroll was also complimentary of all three quarterbacks who were in camp -- Jake Heaps, Trevone Boykin and Vernon Adams -- saying the team was going to have to make difficult decisions...

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May 7  |  Nick Patterson
Britt to center, plus notes from Seahawks rookie minicamp Saturday was the second day of the Seahawks' rookie minicamp, but the biggest news of the day didn't involve a rookie.

Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable told ESPN's John Clayton earlier in the day that Justin Britt is being moved to center.

Britt, a second-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, was Seattle's starting left guard last season. The year before that he was the Seahawks' starting right tackle. Therefore, this will be Britt's third position in three...

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May 6  |  Nick Patterson
Here's some highlights from the first day of the Seahawks' rookie minicamp:

- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said it was the best first day of rookie minicamp he can remember. He said it was very clean, which is a rarity on the first day after bringing in 60-plus newcomers.

- Quarterback is a position under the microscope, with Russell Wilson being the only sure thing currently on the roster. The players who are trying to impress this weekend are Trevone Boykin,...

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May 6  |  Nick Patterson
Seahawks confirm 13 undrafted rookie free agent signings The Seahawks announced the official list of their undrafted rookie free agent signings just before Friday's opening session of their rookie minicamp commenced. Here's the list:

QB Trevone Boykin, TCU
FB Brandin Bryant, Florida Atlantic
CB DeAndre Ellott, Colorado State
TE/T George Fant, Western Kentucky
DE Christian French, Oregon
DT Lars Koht, Florida International
OLB Steve Longa, Rutgers
RB Tre Madden, USC
T Lene Maiava,...

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May 5  |  Nick Patterson
It's now official. The Beast Mode era has come to an end in Seattle.

The Seahawks placed running back Marshawn Lynch on the reserve/retired list, the team announced Thursday.

Lynch, Seattle's star running back since arriving via trade from the Buffalo Bills in 2010, indicated his intentions to retire during the Super Bowl. As of last weekend's draft, Lynch still hadn't filed his retirement paperwork with the league, but Thursday's actions make it official on...

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May 5  |  Nick Patterson
The Seahawks' rookie minicamp takes place Friday through Sunday at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, and on Thursday Seattle apparently signed the first of their 10 draft picks.

The agency for defensive tackle Jarran Reed, selected in the second round of last weekend's draft, tweeted the following:



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May 4  |  Nick Patterson
The Seahawks waived five players Wednesday. They were:

RB Cameron Marshall
C Drew Nowak
TE Ronnie Shields
LB Josh Shirley
WR Tyler Slavin

The big name on this list is Nowak. It was just six months ago that Nowak was Seattle's starting center. Now he's on the waiver wire.

Nowak was a central part of Seattle grand offensive line experiment, as the Seahawks inserted the converted defensive tackle into the starting lineup to start...

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May 2  |  Nick Patterson
The Seahawks entered the draft with just one quarterback on their roster, starter Russell Wilson. Now they've reportedly secured three for next weekend's rookie minicamp.

Seattle added another quarterback to the mix Monday afternoon with the announcement the Seahawks have signed free agent Jake Heaps.



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May 2  |  Nick Patterson
Seahawks general manager John Schneider spoke to 710 AM radio Monday in the wake of the weekend's NFL draft. Here's the highlights of what he had to say:

- This was our first chance to get concrete information about the undrafted free agents Seattle signed immediately following the draft. Schneider said the Seahawks signed 13 undrafted free agents and that all13 received draftable grades from Seattle. He did not list all the signings, but did mention TCU quarterback...

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April 30  |  Nick Patterson
The third and final day of the NFL draft has arrived. Rounds 4-7 take place today, but the Seahawks done enter the fray until late in the fifth round.

Here's Seattle's remaining picks:

Fifth round, 147th overall (acquired from New England)
Fifth round, 171st overall
Sixth round, 215th overall
Seventh round, 225th overall (traded to New England)
Seventh round, 243rd overall (acquired from New England)
Seventh round, 247th...

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April 29  |  Nick Patterson
OK, here's a roundup of the rest of Day 2 of the draft, following a slew interviews that included Seahawks general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll:

First a quick additional note on Jarran Reed, who I wrote a lot about earlier in the day. The most significant thing Schneider said was that when the Seahawks were picking at No. 31 in the...

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April 29  |  Nick Patterson
It's day 2 of the NFL draft. Rounds 2 and 3 take place Friday, beginning at 4 p.m. Teams have seven minutes to make selections.

The Seahawks will be significant players in today's action as they own four picks: one in the second round (56th overall) and three in the third round (90, 94, 97). That's good news for Seattle, considering Seahawks general manager John Schneider has said this is the strongest draft since he took over in 2010, and Seattle coach Pete Carroll...

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April 29  |  Nick Patterson
First, let's look at the aftermath of the Seahawks selecting Texas A&M tackle Germain Ifedi with the last pick of the first round of the NFL draft. The Seahawks' website did a survey of how various media outlets graded Seattle's pick. It's ridiculous to be handing out grades at this point as it is -- just look at

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April 28  |  Nick Patterson
The Seahawks have once again traded down in the first round of the NFL draft. But at least for now they'll still pick in the first round.

Seattle traded the 26th-overall selection to the Denver Broncos during Thursday's first round, in exchange for the 31st-overall pick and a third rounder (94th overall). Not a bad return for moving down five spots in the first round. The Seahawks now own three third rounders and five picks in the top 100.

The trade makes it...

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April 28  |  Nick Patterson
The NFL draft has arrived, and hope springs eternal for the fans of every NFL team.

The three day draft It begins at 5 p.m. Thursday night with Round 1. Rounds 2 and 3 are Friday beginning at 4 p.m. Rounds 4-7 are Saturday starting at 9 a.m. Teams are allowed 10 minutes to make selections in the first round, seven minutes in rounds 2 and 3, five minutes in rounds 4-6, and four minutes in round 7.

Here's a quick reminder of where the Seahawks stand heading into...

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April 27  |  Nick Patterson
So this came across late Wednesday morning:

Major breaking news. Sources say major shakeup at Mariners ownership with Howard Lincoln retiring. Not confirmed by team.

— Mike Salk, 710 ESPN (@TheMikeSalk) April 27, 2016

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April 27  |  Nick Patterson
This is the eighth part of an eight-part series examining each position in the NFL draft and what the Seattle Seahawks' needs are at those positions. The players listed are the top prospect in the draft at their position, with their college, height and weight provided:

KICKER

1. Roberto Aguayo, Florida State, 6-0, 207


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