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Here’s what we learned during and after the Seahawks’ 14th practice of training camp Wednesday, and the last that was open to the public (the Seahawks officially break camp on Thursday).

1. Expect Dewey McDonald to start at weakside linebacker Friday in place of K.J. Wright
There was no more clarity on Wednesday to the status of Wright, who coach Pete Carroll said on Tuesday is away from the area having “a process’’ done to try to fix a nagging knee injury.

However, defensive coordinator Kris Richard said to expect Dewey McDonald to get the start in place of Wright.

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“We will move Dewey McDonald up and we will allow him to get out there and play and to show what he is capable of,’’ Richard said of McDonald, who was mostly a special teams player a year ago after being acquired in a trade with the Raiders. “He is a really good football player, three-position (linebacker) value between base and nickel and has played some safety in the past. He’s a guy that again, we are looking to see who we can trust with consistency and right now this is going to be his opportunity.’’

Terence Garvin has also played some WLB in the team’s nickel defense and he could see more action in that role on Friday with Wright out, as well. Richard said that for now the team wants to keep Garvin in a role of playing strongside linebacker in the base defense and weakside in the nickel allowing him to have to learn just two roles in what is his first season with the Seahawks. Richard said keeping Garvin to two spots for now “allows him to play fast.’’

2. Tramaine Brock will start out at nickelback

Richard also said that Brock, who was signed by the Seahawks on Wednesday, will begin his Seattle career playing the nickel spot.

Brock played mostly outside during his 49ers career but also said he played extensively at nickel in 2015.

“It may be the easiest thing for him right now,’’ Richard said. “We are essentially in the middle of camp. He’s coming in and we want him to have the most immediate impact that he possibly could and it could easily be inside more than outside.’’

3. Mark Glowinski will start at right guard against the Vikings Friday

In what appears to be almost a true rotation right now, Glowinski will get the start at right guard Friday after Oday Aboushi got the start last week against the Chargers, offensive line coach Tom Cable said after practice.

Cable said the right side of the line remains in some flux but that the rest is just about settled — center Justin Britt, left guard Luke Joeckel and left tackle George Fant.

“Really, I think the biggest pressing issue right now is to solidify that right side,’’ Cable said. “I think we’re pretty solid at center left guard, left tackle. So now we just want to make sure the opportunity is there for everybody to compete, get their opportunity on the right side and then we’ll make that decision. Hopefully sooner rather than later.”

Cable said rookie Ethan Pocic will get some turns at right guard this week as well after playing right tackle last week backing up Germain Ifedi. That sounds like Ifedi basically winning the right tackle job though Cable wouldn’t go quite that far.

“I think he’s probably on schedule,’’ Cable said of Ifedi. “I’m a little disappointed in that week he missed (due to injury from a punch thrown by Frank Clark). I think that would have really kind of been a big deal for him. So we’re trying to play catch up a little bit. But he seems to be doing fine.”
4. Kasen Williams does appear to be moving up the depth chart a little bit

For the second straight day Williams got some significant work with the number one offense at receiver in a week that follows his breakout performance against the Chargers when he caught four passes for 119 yards.

Williams is stepping into the rotation in part in place of Paul Richardson, who was able to do some work today but did not go fully during team drills and seems unlikely to play against the Vikings after hurting his shoulder against the Chargers.

But the receiving corps otherwise is getting healthy as Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett participated fully today. Lockett made a dazzling touchdown catch during an early team drill. Carroll didn’t talk to the media today so there weren’t a lot of player updates but it will be interesting to see if Lockett plays on Friday.

5. Thomas Rawls again did not do team drills

For the second straight practice Rawls participated in some early work and conditioning but then headed into the VMAC for a while and then came back out and watched team drills from the sidelines.
It’s unclear if Rawls is just resting some — which seems likely — or there is some other issue (he did not appear hurt during Sunday’s game). But that had Eddie Lacy again working with the first team offense during team drills and that might foreshadow that the Seahawks will get Lacy work with the first team in Friday’s game against the Vikings. Chris Carson followed Lacy in the rotations and might also be getting set up to play more earlier in the game this week than he did last week.

6. A few more personnel notes:

— Tight end Jimmy Graham was a full participant on Wednesday after getting what appeared to be a rest day on Tuesday. Luke Willson was still out and seems unlikely to play which again might mean significant playing time early for Nick Vannett and Marcus Lucas.

— Jeremy Lane was again the starter at right cornerback in the base defense with Shaquill Griffin then coming in for the nickel, playing outside with Lane shifting inside. So that will likely be the way the Seahawks open on Friday against the Vikings, as well.

— Brock’s addition will obviously shake up the cornerback rotation. DeAndre Elliottt has been running as the backup nickel but it’ll be interesting to see if the team gets Brock out there quickly on Friday. Pierre Desir and Griffin were the backup base cornerbacks today.

— Linebacker Michael Wilhoite did not practice on Wednesday — unclear if he has an injury or maybe getting a veteran’s day off.
— Marcus Smith again practiced fully and despite being listed as a defensive end is working with the linebackers, specifically at SLB.

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When the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Kenny Easley had cleared the barrier that distinguishes the immortal players from those who were consistently competent, a former Seahawks teammate took the news personally.

“I was so giddy,” said Paul Johns, “I felt like I was going into the Hall, too.”

Easley and Johns began their NFL careers together in 1981. The similarities essentially end there.

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Kenny Easley will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 5.
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Easley graduated from UCLA among the most decorated athletes of a school where Jackie Robinson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Arthur Ashe made history before making more history. A safety drafted fourth overall by the Seahawks – and a 10th-round selection of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls – Easley brought a seriously impressive résumé to Seattle.

Johns was an obscure wide receiver from the University of Tulsa, hoping to parlay his training-camp audition into a roster spot.

“Kenny was a phenomenally gifted talent, and I didn’t even get drafted,” said Johns, who for the past 16 years has served as director of the Seahawks youth football and alumni programs. “He could have had this big-time attitude around a guy like me, yet he always treated me as an equal. I’ve never forgotten that.”

Johns landed a roster spot as a backup receiver, and excelled as a punt returner before suffering a career-ending neck injury four games into the 1984 season. Next man up, any volunteers?

10 interceptions for Kenny Easley in 1984. That led the league, and helped earn him the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.
“And Kenny volunteered,” recalled Johns. “Here was the Defensive Player of the Year putting his health at risk by returning punts, but he didn’t look at the role in terms of what kind of negative consequences it might have for an All-Pro like him. He looked at it as, ‘what can I do to help my team win?’ ”

Chuck Knox’s 1984 Seahawks finished 12-4, advancing to the second round of the playoffs. Despite losing star running back Curt Warner to a season-ending knee injury, Seattle thrived with a defense that feasted on turnovers. Easley led the league with 10 interceptions, while averaging 12.1 yards per punt return.

Such versatility surprised nobody familiar with the records he set as a dual-threat, high-school quarterback in Chesapeake, Virginia, where he became the state’s first player to both pass and rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

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Blitzing UCLA safety Kenny Easley blocks a punt attempt by Washington’s Aaron Wilson in the play some say broke the Huskies’ back in September 9, 1978. When UCLA pounced on the ball for a touchdown they would lead Washington by 10 points on a miserable rainy day at Husky Stadium.
Bruce Kellman Staff file, 1978
“UCLA went all the way to Virginia to get him, so that tells you what kind of athlete Kenny was,” said former Pro Bowl guard Reggie McKenzie, who spent the last two of his 13 NFL seasons with the 1983-84 Seahawks. “My first year in Seattle, early in the preseason, I realized the young man was amazing. He had the speed and quickness to play cornerback and, for that matter, any other sport. But he chose football, and was very knowledgeable about it.

“Most of all, he had the confidence of somebody who could walk it and talk it,” continued McKenzie, owner of a building supply company in the Detroit area. “Confidence is so important, because pro athletes – even the greatest of them – are at the top of their game for just a short period of time.”

Houston Oilers running back Earl Campbell, a 245-pound load of unstoppable ferocity, was at the top of his game before a game against the Seahawks. Easley, at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, was renowned as a sure tackler capable of matching up against anybody.

UCLA WENT ALL THE WAY TO VIRGINIA TO GET HIM, SO THAT TELLS YOU WHAT KIND OF ATHLETE KENNY WAS.

Former Pro Bowl guard Reggie McKenzie.

But given the tale of the tape – advantage Campbell, by 40 pounds – Easley figured to be looking at a long and not particularly pleasant Sunday afternoon.

Easley relished the challenge.

“He was all business, focused and intense,” said Johns. “It was like he couldn’t wait to barrel into Earl Campbell, who in those days was punishing anybody in his way. Kenny promised me, ‘there’s gonna be some flesh flying and bones cracking.’ ”

As a member of the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 1980s, Easley’s enshrinement credentials are undeniable. But his election also addressed a need for a more balanced Hall of Fame that has long disregarded the safety, a hybrid job requiring the footwork and speed to shadow receivers, along with the strength and grit to initiate those full-tilt collisions cornerbacks typically avoid.

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Seattle Seahawks safety Kenny Easley (45) drops back in coverage against the Denver Broncos.
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Including Easley, only eight players exclusively identified as safeties have been extended pro football’s ultimate honor. The most recent safety to make the cut for Canton was the Vikings’ Paul Krause, who retired in 1979. Voters needed only 19 years to determine the league’s career interception leader was worthy.

“There have not been enough safeties selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and I don’t know why,” Easley said during a conference call last month, before taking a stab at an explanation. “When people look at defense, they look at the defensive linemen, the linebackers and the corners – particularly the corners, because a lot of them play man-to-man, and sometimes you get nice matchups between the cornerback and the wide receiver.

“Most of the time, the strong safety and free safety don’t match up with anyone. We provide help to the corners and the linebackers. Only about two or three percent of the time do we match up singularly against the tight end. Because of that, the strong safeties and free safeties have been underappreciated when it comes to selecting the Hall of Famers.”

Easley, 58, will be happy to open the door for the likes of Brian Dawkins, Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu and John Lynch, as well as such active safeties as Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

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“You’ve got a host of very good safeties coming down the pike,” Easley said, “and you’re going to have to give due respect to them, because they had long and very prosperous careers.”

Easley’s career was prosperous but not very long: First-round draft pick in 1981, Defensive Player of the Year in 1984 and, finally, Hard Luck Story of the Year in 1988, when he failed a physical exam after the Seahawks traded him to the Phoenix Cardinals.

His kidneys were damaged beyond repair. With football permanently out of the picture, Easley devoted his focus to the somewhat more pressing issue of staying alive. He survived on dialysis treatment for several months while awaiting a kidney-replacement match.

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FILE – In this Jan. 8, 1984, file photo, Los Angeles Raiders running back Frank Hawkins (27) pushes his way across the goal line for his second touchdown of the day despite the defensive efforts of Seattle Seahawks’ Kenny Easley during an NFL football game in Los Angeles.
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Easley traced his kidney ailment to ibuprofen tablets, liberally distributed by Seahawks trainers, after he sustained an ankle injury. He sued the organization and reached a settlement out of court, but when you’re awaiting an organ transplant, any monetary compensation is minimal.

Easley suspended communication with the Seahawks for 15 years, a stalemate that still might remain unresolved had Paul Allen not bought the embattled franchise from Ken Behring in 1996.

YOU’VE GOT A HOST OF VERY GOOD SAFETIES COMING DOWN THE PIKE AND YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GIVE DUE RESPECT TO THEM, BECAUSE THEY HAD LONG AND VERY PROSPEROUS CAREERS.

Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Kenny Easley

Upon assuming control, Allen identified appeasement with Easley as a top priority. A Ring of Honor ceremony was in order, Easley was told, and he considered the request the way any father of grown children would.

The kids knew Easley had played pro football, but he wasn’t the type to flaunt trophies on bookcases designed to hold books.

“I’m glad my children got to be a part of it,” Easley said of his 2002 Ring of Honor induction. “They learned about their father and what he had done, and how successful he had done it.”

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Kenny Easley raises the 12th Man flag before the Divisional Playoff game against the Panthers at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015.
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Throughout a childhood during which he competed on football, basketball and baseball teams coached by his tough-loving dad – a retired Marine, the antithesis of “Little League Father” – Easley wore No. 5. The exception was the season he lined up at left offensive guard in middle school and transformed into No. 55.

At UCLA, same thing: He was a ferocious Five.

Because of the NFL’s draconian policies regarding every aspect of apparel – uniform numbers must be, well, uniform, consistent with positions – Easley, as a defensive back, was prohibited from wearing No. 5 with the Seahawks. He ended up No. 45, keeping the five alive.

On the night before Easley learned of his election into the Hall of Fame, this past February, he woke up from a dream so vivid it induced a cold sweat. He’d envisioned his jersey hanging in the Seahawks Ring of Honor at CenturyLink Field, alongside the franchise’s four other retired numbers: No. 12, for the fans; No. 80, for wide receiver Steve Largent; No. 71, for offensive tackle Walter Jones, and No. 96, for defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy.

Largent, Jones and Kennedy are enshrined in Ohio. Easley interpreted the dream as nature’s way of telling him he was destined to join them. When Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker knocked on Easley’s hotel door a few hours later, “it was almost a formality,” he said. “Almost like it was meant to be.”

Almost like it was meant to be? For the five-time Pro Bowl participant, of course it was meant to be.

The induction ceremony is Aug. 5.

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The Seahawks held their final open-to-the-public practice of training camp Wednesday, entertaining a crowd of 2,447 two days before they will host the Minnesota Vikings in their second preseason game.
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1. Tyler Lockett looks like Tyler Lockett.
Since returning to practice from the physically unable to perform list, receiver Tyler Lockett has been eased back into things, and he was held out of last weekend’s preseason opener. But on Wednesday, perhaps more than at any other time in camp, Lockett looked like the electric playmaker he was over the past two seasons before a broken leg ended his 2016 campaign.
During one-on-one drills, Lockett shook Jeremy Lane with some very impressive route running, leading to a long catch down the left sideline. Later, when the team was working in the red zone, he used his speed to get open, catching a touchdown from Russell Wilson, one of several receptions he had in the practice.
Back in June when he was still rehabbing his injury, Lockett made fun of himself for running a 4.8-second 40-yard dash. It was very evident Wednesday that those days of being a couple steps slow are behind Lockett.

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2. A new face in the secondary.
An already deep group of cornerbacks added even more talent, with veteran Tramaine Brock signing Wednesday. Brock was on the field on his first day of a Seahawk, including some special teams drills, but was limited in his first practice with his new team. Brock noted that one reason for signing with Seattle was the way the Seahawks stayed in contact throughout his free agency process, and the former 49er is also very familiar with the secondary he will be joining.
“I mean, it’s the Legion of Boom, I would love to be a part of it,” he said. “It’s a great team, great coaches. I’m just trying to come out here and make plays and make the team.”

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3. Alex Collins had a good day.
A lot has been made of the competition at running back during camp, and for good reason—it’s a very deep and talented position group, one Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said might be the best he has had in Seattle. And while Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy and C.J. Prosise have been the top three in that group during camp, the depth behind them has impressed as well, and on Wednesday it was Alex Collins’ turn to stand out.
Collins had a couple of nice runs, but what stood out most was a catch that would have been spectacular even if a receiver had made it. During seven-on-seven drills, linebacker Bobby Wagner leapt to get a hand on a Trevone Boykin pass, slightly redirecting the ball. Collins adjusted to the ball and somehow still got his hands on it, then held on despite contact from safety Earl Thomas as he was securing the pass.

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4. Dewey McDonald is getting his chance to shine.
Dewey McDonald has made a name for himself on special teams since coming to Seattle in a trade last September—he was second on the team in special teams tackles last season with eight—but with K.J. Wright currently sidelined, McDonald is currently getting a chance to show what he can do at linebacker.
McDonald has spent time with the No. 1 defense at weakside linebacker—Wright’s usual position—over the past two days, and looked comfortable playing with the starters. Depending on how long Wright is out, McDonald could get a chance to start in Friday’s game.

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5. “Now that’s awesome.”
The Seahawks had some special visitors at camp Wednesday, visitors from the U.S. Army’s 1st Special Forces Group, Airborne. The JBLM-based group was visiting in partnership with USAA, and in addition to the servicemen and women on the field during practice, there was also a post-practice flyover by a Chinook helicopter.
That flyover was impressive enough that offensive line coach Tom Cable’s press conference paused for about two minutes as he and reporters watched the Chinook hover over Lake Washington.
“Now that’s awesome,” Cable said. “That’s probably more interesting than who’s playing right guard.”