The Seahawks kicked off their second mandatory minicamp Wednesday. Linebacker K.J. Wright and safety Bradley McDougald spoke with reporters after practice to share some insight. Here are a few takeaways:

1. It’s ‘the circle of life’ for K.J. Wright.

With Earl Thomas’ holdout looming over camp, it’s easy to forget about contract situations with veterans. Linebacker KJ Wright, who turns 29 this summer, is also entering the final year of his deal and knows there’s a level of uncertainty about his future with Seattle. But Wright is also enjoying spending time with the newest linebackers.

“It’s just fun to re-start something and just rebuild with new guys,” Wright told reporters. “For me to be in a position to show my leadership abilities, to show the guys how to play the game, because there’s a lot of guys that haven’t played a lot of football. For me to be in the position I have, going on eight years, it feels good to share my knowledge, share my experience, my scars with these guys. So me and Bobby (Wagner) are just running the show, showing guys how it’s supposed to be done and just keeping the standard going.”

Wright is the senior-most player in the group of 11 linebackers currently on the roster. Asked if it’s awkward to coach up younger talent knowing they’ll eventually push for his starting role, Wright said he embraces the role of teacher.

“I’m gonna share everything that I’ve got,” Wright said. “It’s the circle of life.”

2. Is it misguided to say this defense faces low expectations?

This Seahawks defense enters the year without longtime veterans Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, and Cliff Avril. With Thomas in a holdout and safety Kam Chancellor dealing with a serious neck injury, Seattle could be short five Pro Bowl-caliber names on that side of the ball.

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