Game 1 is here…
251 long days since the Seattle Seahawks season ended, it starts again in the same place; Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium.
Who will it be this season?
For that answer AND more, keep reading!
And expect there to be many, many more snaps received.
Pete Carroll isn’t a normal coach. He started a third round rookie over the big money free agent Matt Flynn, so don’t think for one second that Wilson will be on a short leash.
No sir, he will take his bumps and bruises; but at the end of the day he could be back on the field where it all started, in three years time, as a Super Bowl Champion.
Marshawn Lynchjust signed a big money extension and as a result he will get fewer touches. He is already over 1100 carries on the career, at just 26. Last season he carried the football 285 times, and I believe that number will drop to 200-225.
Kickoff specialist Leon Washington will stick around 50 carries again this season, but I think will have a better season statistically. Rookie Robert Turbin will have upwards of 100 carries this season as the new backup to Lynch.
Returning Pro-Bowler Michael Robinson will bring more of the same this year, and will be more involved with the offense as Justin Forsett didn’t run behind his fullback often, whereas Turbin does.
Flanker: Sidney Rice – 6’4″, 202. Ben Obomanu - 6’1″, 204. Charly Martin - 6’1″, 212.
Slot: Doug Baldwin - 5’10”, 189. (Tate & Martin can both play inside as well when called up)
Stay healthy! That’s the theme for this wide receivers group.
Supposed number one Sidney Rice has all the potential and talent in the world, and this is the season to show it if he can stay healthy.
More of the same from Doug Baldwin this year, as he looks to improve on a rookie season that shocked the NFL and led the Seahawks in catches and yards.
Will this be the season for Golden Tate to breakout? He set the table for a breakout season with his strong ending after Sidney Rice went down last season.
H-Back: Evan Moore - 6’6″, 250.
Due to the lockout shortened offseason and three new starters, big money free agent addition Zach Miller wasn’t utilized in the passing game last season as much as he was accustomed to from his time in Oakland.
I expect him to bounce back to 40-50 catches this year, barring a healthy and productive offensive line.
Anthony McCoysurprised many in preseason action, where his hands in the passing game looked solid. He will backup Zach Miller and line up on the offensive line as a blocker often this season, where he is best.
Newly signed Evan Moore will slot in as the pass catching tight end in the Seattle offense, a role vacated by Kellen Winslow’s release. The biggest concern will be his health, which has been an issue thus far in his career.
If he can play a full 16 games than he could put up numbers mirroring Miller’s.
LG: Paul McQuistan – 6’6″, 315. James Carpenter – 6’5″, 321.
RG: JR Sweezy – 6’5″, 298. John Moffitt - 6’4″, 319.
This year seems like a good year for injury prone players to break out. Sidney Rice? Yup, sounds about right. Next on that list? Russell Okung!
Okung was having a great season last year, before it was ended by a cheap shot from Eagles defensive end Trent Cole.
James Carpenter is also back at practice this week, and should see the field this year, recovering from an ACL injury. Whether or not he starts any games is up to super backup Paul McQuistan who was absolute dynamite last season.
Something I believe the ‘Hawks want to stress is that this is not due to John Moffitt‘s poor performance, just excellent growth shown by Sweezy over the few months he’s been an offensive lineman.
Stay tuned to NWSportsBeat.com for the defensive breakdown!