A sampling of national-media reaction as the Seahawks begin training camp.

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The Seahawks began training camp on Saturday, with high hopes and high energy.

And with Michael Bennett reporting to camp on time, and speaking out about “Black Lives Matter” after Saturday’s session, things were back in full swing for Seattle.

The Seahawks, and their high expectations, are once again drawing the attention of the national media. Here’s a sampling of what they had to say about training camp and other news the team made this week:

Peter King of Monday Morning Quarterback reacted to Schneider’s new contract:

“I think the NFL can be a gossipy, jealous place very often, and I found it interesting in the past few days to note the genuine happiness that several GMs or scouts had for Seattle GM John Schneider getting rewarded by owner Paul Allen with a new contract that will keep him in Seattle through at least 2021. In this business, fellow general managers and the men who road-scout often diss peers who either haven’t paid dues, or don’t have the work ethic they had at a younger age, or have lousy track records. But there was a happiness for Schneider getting a big deal (reportedly north of $3 million a year) because he puts (his) guts on the line in the draft and free agency with some counterculture picks — some that work and some that don’t — and because he’s still in a film room in Tuscaloosa or Ann Arbor on a Tuesday afternoon of a big game week for his Seahawks.”

ESPN.com’s Sheil Kapadia noted the lack of drama in Seahawks camp:

“Five weeks ago, there were plenty of unresolved issues. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin was entering the final year of his contract. Carroll and general manager John Schneider were in the same boat. And Bennett’s discontent with his contract situation made him a possible holdout. But things have changed. Baldwin, Carroll and Schneider all signed extensions. And while Bennett might not be thrilled with the four-year, $28.5 million deal he signed with Seattle in 2014, he’s shown up and been one of the most active players on the field during the first two practices.”

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated placed Russell Wilson fifth on his list of top 10 quarterbacks:

“A game manager, huh? Thankfully some perceptions die of natural causes. Wilson emerged as a playmaking machine in the second half of last season, doing it all for a Seattle team that needed its quarterback to carry the load without a healthy Marshawn Lynch. Wilson proved that his arm is plenty capable of NFL elite status, and when you combine that with the threat he presents with his legs—on both scripted and improvisational plays—there are only so many ways to defend him. Just remember how Wilson saved the day in the playoffs on that bitterly cold day in Minnesota, when his knack for finding a way to execute even when things were breaking down all around him made the difference for the Seahawks.”

Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop wrote about the Seahawks’ offensive potential:

“But while the setting and the set-up felt familiar, vintage Carroll era in Seattle, there was one obvious difference as the Seahawks began their latest playoff push. And that was the focus this off-season on the offense. Seattle used eight of its 10 draft picks to bolster a unit that caught fire over the last six weeks of last season. The Seahawks selected three linemen, three running backs, a receiver and a tight end. They also signed wideouts Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse to extensions, and soon, they will welcome back two contributors—tight end Jimmy Graham, running back Thomas Rawls—who ended last season on injured reserve.”

USA Today published power rankings heading into training camp and had the Seahawks sixth in the NFL:

“A suspect offensive line and RB Marshawn Lynch’s retirement leave the offense with little margin for error. Seattle is accustomed to letting the defense set the tone, though.”

Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk discussed Michael Bennett’s public stance on “Black Lives Matter”:

“Of course, not every athlete feels the same obligation as Bennett, and some who won’t commit to knowing what they’re talking about perhaps shouldn’t talk. And while singling out one star distracts from Bennett’s point, there are clearly many in the NFL who could exert their influence in that way if they chose to, and do not.”