*This is part six of my 8-part Seahawks Training Camp series*
Current Safeties on Roster (6): Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Winston Guy, Jeron Johnson, Chris Maragos, Ray Polk
At the end of training camp, it is likely that there will be only one safety that will get cut. Last season, Ray Polk was the only safety not on the Seahawks roster. Let’s take a quick look back at the impact the other five players had. Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor were the starting safeties. Thomas made the pro bowl while Chancellor put up a season that was worthy of a 5-year, $35 million contract extension which he signed back in April. Winston Guy got playing time at the end of last season and showed off his incredible speed and ability to drop back into coverage during the playoffs. Jeron Johnson and Chris Maragos played exceptionally well in special teams, with Johnson returning a blocked punt for a touchdown against Dallas.
This Season the Seahawks return all five of their safeties from last season. Here is what I will be looking at during training camp.
Thomas and Chancellor are the starters and will see the most snaps in practice. The player I will have my eye on the closest is Winston Guy. Guy is the backup free safety to Earl Thomas and he is coming into his second season. Guy has the opportunity to prove how much he has learned from year one to year two during camp. I expect to see him get a lot of playing time during the preseason. If Thomas is lost to injury this season, Guy will step in to the starting lineup and will have to prove he is capable of filling his incredibly big shoes.
Ray Polk is the unknown man coming into training camp. Polk is an undrafted rookie from Idaho who had a strong rookie minicamp back in May, especially among the undrafted rookies. If Polk can survive the first couple weeks of camp, I think we will get a good long look at him at the end of training camp and how he performs in the preseason game against Oakland, where he will get to play most of the game.
Tomorrow I will take a look at the youngest position groups on the team, the linebackers.