Seattle Seahawks: Training camp preview

On July 25 the Seattle Seahawks will begin training camp.  The Seahawks are known for competitive training camps and this year will be no different.

The Seahawks training camp will be held at Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash. The players are expected to arrive a day before it starts, but the Seahawks training camp officially begins July 25 and concludes Aug. 12. Training camp is open to the public, but all 30,000 tickets sold out in 45 minutes.

The coaches will use the 12 day training camp to see how the rookies and veterans play together. Several players who were on the Seahawks 2013 roster, including those who did not get a chance to play due to injuries, are returning. This will make head coach Pete Carroll have difficulty compiling the depth chart as the players compete for starting positions.

Pete CarrollAccording to the Seahawks website, there are currently 90 players on the roster. Each team is allowed to have 90 players going into training camp, but come late August each team must have a maximum of 75 players. This cut occurs before the final preseason game. After the final preseason game, each team is required to trim the roster to the final 53 players. Any players on injured reserve or those who are physically unable to perform do not count.

The Seahawks have a lot of talent in their wide receivers. Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin are expected to start opposite of each other. Veterans Phil Bates, Arceto Clark, Jermaine Kearse, Ricardo Lockette, Chris Matthews, Taylor Price, Sidney Rice, and Bryan Walters along with rookies Kevin Norwood and Paul Richardson are sure to improve the Seahawks’ offense. Seattle has formed a long list of fast and dependable receivers so there will be fierce competition at this position.

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Seeing the offensive line take shape should be interesting. Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan left for the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns respectively in free agency. Michael Bowie and J.R. Sweezy were behind Giacomini on the depth chart last season, but the Seahawks second round pick Justin Britt has shown his strength and could win a starting job.

The saying, “the more the merrier,” applies to Seattle’s linebacker situation. Veterans Heath Farwell, Bruce Irvin, Mike Morgan, Malcolm Smith, Korey Toomer, Bobby Wagner, and K.J. Wright will give rookie Kevin Pierre-Louis competition for a starting spot. The depth chart for linebacker will be loaded with talent because of the large variety of players.

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The Seahawks are seeking to return to the Super Bowl. In order to do so, they must compete in training camp as they do on game day. The 53-man roster will depend on who performs the best in training camp and in the preseason. Jobs are on the line. It does not matter if a player is a veteran. They can be cut if there are players who can perform better.

How do you think training camp will go in Seattle? What are your predictions for the depth chart? Let me know on Twitter @Holli_Alexa.

  • Alan Craig

    With the NFC West being so strong, Seahawks can’t expect to repeat without resolving weak areas. Offensive line has to pass protect better and even run block better. They need to have better play from LG, RG, and especially RT. Next they need WR Harvin stay healthy and get rookie WR Richardson playing time to open up passing game. In NFC Championship game Seahawks forced turnovers from decision impaired Kapernick yet Niners were in game at the end. Another poor decision, from Kap, throwing to Crabtree instead of TE Davis, cost them game. Seahawks need to finish teams ,like the SB, or they won’t repeat.

    • Max

      I also agree with Alan. Even though the Seahawks may be the best team going into the season, they will have to improve in finishing teams. The Niners came into the NFC championship game last year as the hottest team in the playoffs, so I think everyone expected a close game there. In the Seahawks first playoff game they struggled against the Saints on offense. The Saints last year had a top rated defense and an amazing passing attack behind the great Drew Brees. The Saints also were playing very good in the playoffs, having dismantled the red hot Eagles. The Seahawks defense last year may be remembered as the best defense to have ever played the game. They destroyed just about every offense they faced last year, including the record setting offense of Denver in the Super bowl. The Hawks offense is not as awful as everyone one thinks, it’s just that they played a lot of top ten defenses last year. Three of those defenses played in their division, so that’s a least six games a year. I think if the Hawk’s defense plays at a elite level then they will be in the mix for sure. If the offense improves a good amount (which I think they can) they will be able to be repeat another championship.

  • Michael Jenson

    I agree with Alan, the O-Line needs to improve. Wasn’t Giacomini the most penalized player in the NFL last year, not dirty calls just a lot of holding. McQuistan was not very good either. The thing to remember is Seezy was a defensive lineman two years ago, and has been getting better. If Britt can stabalize the RT spot Sweezy or Bowie will be better at the RG spot. As long as PC is being honest about Carpenter’s progress the LG will be better this year as well. The WR battle will be interesting, a good WR is going to be cut, or some other position is going to be light to carry extra WR. And if light where do we do that, FB? Coleman or Ware, really tough decision. This year is going to be tough to repeat, but we can do it even in the toughest division in the NFL.