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.
According 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.
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.
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.
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