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Seahawks Training Camp Preview: Safeties

22 Jul

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*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.

Seahawks Training Camp Preview: Receivers

18 Jul

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*This is part four of my 8-part Seahawks Training Camp preview series*

Current Receivers on Roster (19): Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Phil Bates, Chris Harper, Stephen Williams, Brett Swain, Bryan Walters, Greg Herd, Justin Veltung, Arceto Clark, Zach Miller (TE), Sean McGrath (TE), Luke Willson (TE), Cooper Helfet (TE), Darren Fells (TE), Victor Marshall (TE)

Many people believe that the wide receiver group is the most improved group on the Seahawks roster. With the addition of Percy Harvin, the Seahawks have the potential to be one of the most dangerous offenses in the National Football League. With all of the talent at the receiver and tight end positions it is hard to figure out who will fit in the Seahawks plans in 2013. All thirteen wide receivers will show over the next month why they deserve one of the five or six wide receiver roster spots. Here is what I will be looking for and what I expect to see out of the wide receivers.

I am very excited to see the different receiver formations during training camp and the preseason. As of right now, Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice are our starting split end and flanker, respectively. Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin are officially the backups with the rest of the wide receivers following. Among our returning wide receivers is Jermaine Kearse, who was active for the Seahawks final 8 regular season games and both of their postseason games last season. Also returning is Phil Bates. Bates spent last season on the practice squad after an impressive training camp last season. New veteran additions include Brett Swain who was signed on April 8th after being released by San Francisco, and Stephen Williams who was signed to a future contract days after our playoff loss to Atlanta. Williams previously spent three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Our rookies at the position include 4th round draft pick Chris Harper from Kansas State and undrafted free agents Greg Herd from Eastern Washington and Justin Veltung from Idaho.

Consistency is the key during training camp at the wide receiver position. If you can make your catches and not make mistakes running routes or catching the ball, the chances of you sticking around longer into camp increase greatly. Phil Bates is the best example of this last season. Having said this, the Seahawks will most likely only keep five or six wide receivers for the 53-man roster. I see Harvin, Rice, Tate, and Baldwin as locks to make the final roster. This means that 9 players will compete for one or two roster spots. As each practice goes by, I will report who is developing as deserving of one of these spots.

The Seahawks are not as strong at tight end from a depth perspective as the wide receivers. With the loss of Anthony McCoy to a season ending injury during OTA’s, the Seahawks only have one tight end, Zach Miller, who caught a pass during the regular season and postseason last year. The Seahawks did use a draft pick on Rice tight end Luke Willson to add depth and they also return backups Cooper Helfet and Sean McGrath, who spent time with the Seahawks during the preseason last year. The Seahawks also signed former pro basketball player Darren Fells, however the jury is still out on his football ability since he has not played football since high school. I am excited to see how Willson fits in to the offense both as a receiver and as a blocker. It would be really cool to see Miller and Willson a two tight end formation similar to what the New England Patriots have done in the past. I could see only two tight ends making the final roster. If that is the case, put my money on Miller and Willson making the team.

For the next four days, I will shift my focus on the Seahawks defense. Up next, a preview of the Seahawks defensive line. Thanks for reading! Go Seahawks!