Seahawks Return to Camp
Prepare to Defend the Title
~ Return to Camp ~
Following a miracle season which was capped by the Seattle Seahawks winning Super Bowl XVIII, the squad and staff have returned to work and headed into training camp. The roster has had its changes from its Championship winning side, but the new Seahawks look just as capable. The team is in the early stages of training camp and any suggestion of compliancy is being worked out of the team.
A fresh and healthy James Hartle returns to the team following a injury plagued season which saw him miss half the season along with the playoffs. He returns as the Seahawks starting quarterback and will lead a offence which was ranked the best in the league for most of the year.
~ Draft Recap ~
1.23 - Ohio State Linebacker Ryan Shazier
The Seahawks didn't impress anyone with their linebacker corp last season. Rookies such as Patrick Peterson were relied on to play well above their level and did so. But help has arrived in the form of Shazier, touted as the best line backer in the draft he will add speed to this defence.
2.32 - Missouri Guard Norman Crane
A hole in the offensive line heading into next season needed filling and Crane will be more than capable. A big body and quik off the mark, Crane has great blocking skills for a rookie and will look to quickly become a established member of the Seahawks offensive line.
5.32 - Nevada Kicker Jason Wiggins
After the disappointing departure of Dave Dennis, the 'Hawks needed to fill the spot. The rookie will get the chance to make the spot his own, it's hoped he will get more chances at extra points than field goals in his rookie year.
6.32 - Marshall Defensive End Kory Williams
A well rounded defensive end, Williams will provide depth behind the likes of Brandon Graham, Cameron Jordan and Timothy Terry.
7.32 - Fresno State Guard Jevon Jackson
Mr. Irrelevant joins the Seahawks offensive line and will sit behind William Ballard for the right guard spot.
~ New Faces ~
Besides the rookies, there are plenty of new faces spending their first time at camp in Seattle. Former first round pick and journeyman Quarterback Lou Bishop joins the team after a deal with the New England Patriots. Last season proved how vital depth at quarterback is, with the departure of hero Vincent Jimenez the team needed a veteran backup. Bishop has spent time at six teams and will bring plenty of experience and stability.
A deal before the draft saw fan favourite AJ Green depart for New York City to join the Jets, in return came receiver Reuben Randle and defensive end Cameron Jordan. Randle is entering his third season and is coming off a breakout year when he gained over 1,000 yards and 9 touchdowns. Randle will be a vital addition and will be relied on to continue his development. Cameron Jordan isn't the first talented defensive end to join from the Jets, with current Seahawks star Timothy Terry starting his career in New York. Jordan joins a talented defensive line and adds even more skill and speed to a unit which will terrorize offences this season.
~ Training Camp Standouts ~
CB Daniel Larsson (+1 SPD)
After joining the team midseason, Larsson is making the most of his first training camp with the Seahawks. He looks to have gained a step to add along with his imposing 6'3" frame.
WR Rueben Randle (+1 SPD)
Another new face who is impressing in camp. Randle who was rated as a average speed receiver has surpassed expectation and has been seen to beat defenders with his speed.
OLB Ryan Shazier (+1 SPD)
He was known for his speed during college and confirmed it at the combine. But he is looking as fast if not faster with the pros, he will be a welcome addition beside Justin Houston.
CB Sean Allen (+1 SPD)
Last years first round pick had a solid first season as he quality game time and showed he was ready to compete. He has worked hard in the off-season and has gained a step which will only improve his coverage skills.
SS Eric Reid (+1 SPD)
After missing most of his rookie year due to injury, Reid got his chance to complete a full season and impressed with his physical play. Another training camp under his belt has seen him improve on his speed and he will be a enforcer for this defence.
~ Projected Starting Line-up ~
1. James Hartle
2. Lou Bishop
Hartle returns as the starter and will beat out Bishop for the job. But Bishop will need to stay ready as Hartle has struggled with injuries. Both will likely see game time this season. Look for the Seahawks to add another QB before pre-season.
1. Kyle Parsons
2. Mike Hoffman
3. Michael Paxton
Parsons remains the ball carrier in Seattle, his lightning speed and tackle busting ability make him a favourite. He will be backed up by veteran Mike Hoffman who will help carry the load.
1. Stanley Havili
The six year veteran has been the Seahawks starting fullback since his rookie year. He will once again be the lead blocker for the Seattle offence.
1. Micheal Bishop
2. Reuben Randle
3. Julius Geier
4. Vick Allen
5. Kirk Morse
6. T.J. Jackson
7. Mitchell Gill
Following the departure of AJ Green, the main threat will be the pocket rocket Bishop who has proven he is able to carry the weight. Opposite him will be the new comer Randle, who will see the most game time of his short career. Veteran Julius Geier likely in his last season will be the number three receiver.
1. Robert Housler
2. Clark Morgan
Both players have yet to post huge numbers. However Housler's athleticism will give him the go ahead to be the number one tight end. Its his final year of his rookie contract and a less than stellar year could prove to be his last.
1. Kyle Warner
2. Nicholas Cooper
The big bodied Warner was extremely impressive last year and the left tackle position is his to lose. Cooper provides great depth but is unlikely to play many snaps.
1. Norman Crane
2. Shawn De'Torres
The rookie will be given the first chance at left guard, he joins a young line which has lost some veterans over the past year. De'Torres will provide depth.
1. Marshawn Wright
2. Camden Wentz
The former fifth round pick gets another opportunity to cement his spot on the line. He has yet to excel but he is making progress and this season could be his break out year.
1. William Ballard
2. Jevon Jackson
The longest serving member of the Seahawks line, Ballard has owned the right guard position for six seasons and will once again hold his spot. He is backed up by the final pick in this season draft in Jevon Jackson.
1. Nickolas Mcalpin
2. Lanny Rodriguez
After the retirement of the long serving Joe Thomas after seventeen seasons, the Seahawks turned to free agency to fill the void. They added two veteran tackles, with Mcalpin to start and Rodriguez to play backup.
1. Cameron Jordan
2. Kory Williams
Two new faces in Seattle. The talented Jordan gets the start as Brandon Graham was shipped to Washington in a post draft deal. Rookie Williams provides depth.
1. Arlen McDaniels
2. Jared Crick
3. Adrian Taylor
Long time anchor Evander Hood was released from the team which gives McDaniels the primary spot on the defensive line. Free agent addition Jared Crick slots in as the number two.
1. Timothy Terry
2. Lenny Waters
The extremely talented Terry teams up with Jordan to pose a lightning quick set of defensive ends. Terry has seen time before at line backer but he is expected to spend the season with a hand on the ground.
1. Patrick Peterson
2. Nigel Bradham
3. Roy Lopez
The second year Peterson played well above his expectations last year and has progressed quickly. He earns back his starting spot and Bradham will see time behind him.
1. Justin Houston
2. Kirk Bishop
The former first overall returns for his fourth season in Seattle where he has found his home. He will be the leader of this defence and will look to have another big year.
1. Ryan Shazier
2. Matt Doubront
The Seahawks first round pick, Shazier gets a immediate chance to prove he was the best linebacker in the class. He will be backed up by Matt Doubront.
1. Martin Crawford
2. Daniel Larsson
3. Sean Allen
4. Jing Yao
5. Takari Parker
6. Peter Mauer
A strong corner group returns which proved vital in the Seahawks Champion run. Two of the Seahawks first rounders in Crawford and Allen have proved to be great picks and the mid season trade for Larsson has looked to have paid off. A strong pass defence is expected with these three starters.
1. Eric Reid
2. David Williams
Reid has enjoyed his first full season after injury cut his rookie season short. He has made strides the past season and starts this season in the best shape he has been in.
1. Josh Taylor
Josh Taylor is the other young safety who completes the defensive backfield. Entering his fourth season he is becoming more and more a student of the game. Depth has yet to be filled at Free Safety.
1. Jason Wiggins
Following the departure of Dave Dennis, the Seahawks drafted Wiggins to become their sole kicker. He is expected to make mistakes but the 'Hawks will push on though his rookie year.
1. Ryan Donahue
Somewhat of a veteran, Donahue returns as the 'Hawks punter. He will once again put in a solid punting season.