The Seattle Seahawks training camp has been in session for two weeks. They played their first preseason game against the Denver Broncos and there are noticeable stand outs and flops on the 90-man roster.
Throughout training camp Brock Coyle has played well at middle linebacker. The 6-foot-1, 243 pound rookie has exceeded coaches’ expectations stepping in for Bobby Wagner who is resting a sore hamstring. Coyle had five tackles in the preseason game opener, one less than Earl Thomas who lead the team. Coyle will make the 53-man roster.
Heath Farwell, K.J. Wright, Malcolm Smith, and O’Brien Schofield will be free agents after this season. Developing and keeping Coyle will fill holes the Seahawks will have, assuming not all four linebackers re-sign with Seattle.
Get used to hearing the name Cooper Helfet. He signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie in 2012. The tight end has improved since his days at Duke as he is running pass routes precisely and making big play catches. He needs to work on blocking and the 6-foot-4, 240 pound player acknowledges as much. He said to Tony Drovetto of Seahawks.com, “I’ve gotten a lot, lot better since I first got here. It’s night and day.” Helfet had one reception for 20 yards against Denver.
Second year cornerback Tharold Simon is physical and fast. After being on injured reserve last season, he has a great chance at becoming a backup cornerback or play in the nickel package. He has what the coaches are looking for in their secondary, but Simon’s ejection in the preseason opener might lose him a spot on the team. There was no reason for him to throw a punch at Gerell Robinson. If I am a Seahawks coach, I would take into consideration that he lost his temper during a preseason game. There is no excuse for his actions.
Kiero Small has shown he can block well throughout training camp. The rookie fullback from Arkansas is no doubt an NFL caliber player, but there may not be room for him on the roster. The Seahawks have a lot of depth in other positions and fullback veterans Derrick Coleman and Spencer Ware are sure to make the team.
An injured Kevin Norwood has not been participating in training camp. This is a loss for the Seahawks because Norwood proved at Alabama he is a clutch third down receiver. He had surgery earlier this week to remove a bone spur in his foot. Head coach Pete Carroll said he is hopeful the rookie receiver will return at the end of preseason.
It will be interesting to see how the 53-man roster unfolds. Who do you think are training camp’s studs and duds? Let me know in the comments.