Wagner Seahawks — 2013 Syracuse Football preview

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For Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider, it seems like it has almost become a matter of pride. Over the last few years, the Seahawks have been successful at finding players in the late rounds and in other parts of the football world. Will this success continue in 2013? When a team is going through OTAs, there are a lot of players in camp. Some of the athletes make for nice stories on a short-term basis, but ultimately they are not going to make the team. Given the depth of this Seahawks team, it may be hard for an unknown rookie to earn a job. Still, there is something about the determination of the human spirit that allows for the possibility that anyone can be a surprise. There are currently some intriguing athletes on the roster, and one never knows how they will perform. With that in mind, here are five undrafted Seattle Seahawks players who could prove to be gems in 2013.

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If you’re Russell Wilson, you move on to the next challenge. ERIC D. WILLIAMS; Staff writer ERIC D. PDT — Updated: June 12, 2013 at 3:01 p.m. PDT

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“That’s the crazy thing about it,” Thomas said. “I feel like my life had been blessed way before I even knew it. My grandfather always used to speak great things about me even when I was a youngster. He would never admit it, but I probably was his favorite grandchild. “Of course it had a lot to do with my name, but I used to travel to different churches with him. It was just me and him in the car, one on one. He’s one of the reasons I have ‘III’ on the back of my jersey.” During his first three seasons with the Seahawks, Thomas had that “III” designation only one his practice jersey because the league would not allow it on his game-day jersey. But the arrival of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III last season changed all that. Now Thomas will have “Thomas III” on the back of all his jerseys.

Seahawks coach Carroll reportedly asks Army vet about 9/11 conspiracy theories

Louis Rams teammates became the main event in NFC West smack talk over the past week. Brandon Browner vs. Jim Harbaugh deserves a spot on the undercard. I offered initial thoughts during the NFC West chat Thursday in response to a question about whether Browner, the Seattle Seahawks ‘ right cornerback, had “stepped over the line” by suggesting he’d put his hands around the neck of the 49ers’ head coach if the two lined up against one another as players. The video atop this entry features additional thoughts via my conversation with ESPN’s Michele Steele. Dave Mahler of Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle has the audio for those interested in taking a listen. Harbaugh had previously commented on multiple Seattle suspensions for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Harbaugh cautioned against accepting at face value reports that the prescription drug Adderall was the reason for suspensions. Browner served a suspension for PEDs late last season.

SU will play FCS opponent Wagner in Week 3. Wagner head football coach Walt Hameline (left) HISTORIC SEASON: Wagner had its best season in school history in 2012, finishing 9-4 overall and 7-1 in the Northeast Conference. The Seahawks won their first-ever NEC title, and defeated No. 24 Colgate, 31-20, in the first round of the FCS playoffs before being knocked out by No. 4 Eastern Washington. In the final polls, the Seahawks finished 21st in The Sports Network Poll and 22nd in the FCS Coaches Poll, the first time an NEC team had ever finished ranked in both polls.

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Good morning and Happy Father’s Day. One quick note: I will be starting my furlough beginning on Monday, so I leave you in good hands with my colleague Dave Boling manning the blog for the next week. Speaking of Boling, he has an excellent story on John Nordstrom this morning. The former Seattle Seahawks owner is a regular attendee at team practices, always greeting you with a sincere hello and a handshake. Boling’s meaty profile on Nordstrom provides some great back stories on the beginning of the franchise, and is a must-read this morning. One of those back stories is the fact that the Seahawks initially wanted Bill Walsh to coach the franchise when they began in 1976.

Seahawks guard John Moffitt pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

In particular, Carroll wanted to know whether the attack on the Pentagon had really happened. Chiarelli—who was the top-ranking Army official inside the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into its western side—explained that it had. He said he had lost many colleagues. But Carroll didn’t stop there. He ran through the whole 9/11 truther litany. “Every 9/11 conspiracy theory you can think of, Pete asked about,” said Riki Ellison, the former NFL linebacker who now runs the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance and introduced Carroll to Chiarelli.

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Moffitt reportedly paid a fine of $1,407 and received a suspended sentence of 24 months in jail — meaning Moffitt will avoid jail time provided he stays out of further legal trouble. Moffitt, now entering his third season with the Seahawks, originally faced multiple misdemeanor charges for criminal trespassing and obstruction of law enforcement stemming from a series of incidents that took place at Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square malls in 2012. However, as O’Neil reported, Moffitt on Friday faced a single charge of disorderly conduct. The incidents began in January 2012 , when Moffitt was banned for a year from Bellevue Square and all Kemper Properties after mall security allegedly spotted him urinating from a skybridge between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square. On June 14, 2012, the guard returned to Bellevue Square, and was again allegedly spotted urinating near a vehicle parked near Paddy Coyne’s bar, according to a police report. As officers investigated, they identified two “very large males” running away from the mall, the report states.

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Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen, left, and former Seahawks owner John Nordstrom, right, before the NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

And we’re a little better than we were in those days. “So we bring him back with the thought that he’ll make this a real competitive situation.” Jackson would appear to have an advantage over Quinn because of his familiarity with Seattle’s players, along with six years playing under offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s West Coast-based offensive system. Jackson, 30, has a 17-17 record as a starter, throwing for 7,075 yards, 38 touchdowns and 35 interceptions. He has a career 59.4 completion percentage and a 77.7 career passer rating. Jackson finished 7-7 in his only year as Seattle’s starter in 2011, playing most of the year with a torn pectoral muscle. However, Jackson finished 0-4 in late-game situations where he had a chance to lead the Seahawks to a win at the end of the contest – one of the reasons Seattle traded him to Buffalo for a seventh round selection in August of last year and started Wilson. Buffalo released Jackson on June 10. Quinn, 28, has a 4-16 record as a starter, throwing for 3,043 yards, 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Quinn has a 53.8 career completion percentage, and a career 64.4 passer rating.

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