Training camp for the Seattle Seahawks is set to begin on July 24, the day players are supposed to arrive. The first practice is the following day. While it sounds like camp is a while away, Seattle Seahawks fans are quite eager to watch their team work out at Virginia Mason Atlantic Center. The 12 open field practices during camp, to which fans can purchase tickets, sold out within an hour of registration being made available. So, there’s clearly a lot of excitement to see this team take action, and for good reason. But what exactly will go down at training camp?
Basically, camp is a time for players to be evaluated, and coaches conduct scrimmages, drills, and practice sessions to see how the team is coming together. For the Seahawks, that won’t be hard to see. Much of the Super Bowl winning team is back, so Pete Carroll already knows there is a ton of talent on his and his staff’s hands. What Carroll will most likely be looking at is position battles, as well as who he and his associates believe is showing he can contribute to make the roster.
This piece is more of an introductory nature, so I won’t be getting too in-depth here regarding position battles and training camp sleepers. I will, however, introduce some things I will be following come camp time.
First, I will be watching how Paul Richardson and Percy Harvin work together on the field. Fellow writer Holli Joyce and I have already made numerous comparisons between Harvin and Richardson, Seattle’s top pick in this year’s draft, and I’m eager to see how devastating they can be while on the field at the same time. If the Legion of Boom has trouble handling the explosiveness of both wideouts, other secondaries in the league will surely be decimated by them. The only thing is that seeing those two together will be a rarity, since Harvin will have a very low workload in camp so as to not get injured before the regular season. I guess it’s a smart move, but I still want to see the two speedy receivers together.
Second, watching linemen J.R. Sweezy, Justin Britt, Alvin Bailey, and Michael Bowie is crucial. The loss of Paul McQuistan and Breno Giacomini hurt the offensive line, and the tackle spot especially is up in the air. Yes, Justin Britt has impressed already, but Bowie and Bailey will be fighting him for the spot. Sweezy, meanwhile, is a pure guard, but he was a tad inconsistent last year in making his blocks. The Monday Night Football game at St. Louis highlighted his inconsistency. The question of whether he can improve and ready himself to take on tough NFC West lines like San Francisco’s and St. Louis’s could be clearly answered in training camp.
There is more to watch, certainly, and the isportsweb NFL crew will be giving you in-depth looks at key guys in the weeks leading up to training camp.
Who are you particularly interested in watching come training camp? Leave a comment below.