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Seahawks 2013 training camp: Position battles to watch

*My 5 most intriguing battles*

I honestly don’t think there has been a time in Seattle Seahawks history where there was so much talent across the board.   Ultimately it is going to lead to the team being forced to cut a lot of very talented players, players who are likely to have success against them in the future.

On the bright side it is going to lead to some amazing position battles during camp.

Since my last minicamp update I have been compiling a list of players and have broken them down into position groups.  I color coated the player in the groups and separated them using 3 colors; green for those who have a locked roster spot (unless something unforeseen happens like injury or arrest), blue for those players who should have a roster spot (unless they get beat out by a surprising talent), and red for those players who really have to show something to earn a roster spot.

Currently on my roster I have 33 spots locked, 10 probable which leaves 47 players to battle it out for the remaining 10 roster spots.

I then broke it down to the numbers by position and guestimated that the Seahawks would have roughly the same amount of players per position as they did last season.

Out of all the position battles the 5 that I am most looking forward to are that of the tight ends, guards, quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers.

Tight End

By the numbers:

  • Locks (1)
  • Probable (1)
  • On the bubble (4)
  • Spots available on 53 man roster (3)
  • Spots up for grab (1)

Zach Miller has a solid foothold as the teams starter but, after Anthony McCoy‘s injury and subsequent release, the battle behind him is wide open.

Luke Willson is the player who I have listed as probable for the final roster.  With his speed, athleticism and hands I cannot see the Seahawks not keeping him on the roster to stretch the field.

With his speed, athleticism and hands I cannot see the Seahawks not keeping him on the roster (Photo: Windsor Star)

With his speed, athleticism and hands I cannot see the Seahawks not keeping him on the roster (Photo: Windsor Star)

That leaves Darren Fells, Cooper Heifet, Victor Marshall and Sean McGrath battling out for 1 spot on the roster.

Currently I have to give the edge to Sean McGrath for a couple reason.  First, he was with the team last season so he should be able to hit the ground running.  I suppose the same could be said for Cooper Heifet who was on the teams practice squad last season.

The second reason I would give Sean the edge is that it is well documented on various blogs and Seahawks.com that he has been impressive during minicamp’s and OTA’s.

It should be a fun battle to watch.  If McGrath wins the spot it will be interesting to see if they put him 2nd on the depth chart or Luke Willson.

Guard

What I am most interested at the guard position is to see who the starters are.  If James Carpenter is going to be ready to play he will be the starter at left guard, I sure hope that is the case.  He has to be one of the top players in run blocking but his pass blocking has room for improvement.

Whether Carpenter comes back or not the right guard position seems up for grabs.  I would say John Moffitt needs to win the starting job if he is going to remain with the team in the future.  Last year Moffitt split snaps with JR Sweezy.

After a year to learn the new position Sweezy could take the starting job flat out from the former 3rd round pick.

I think John has the talent but he hasn’t seemed to have had the drive and focus that it requires to be an NFL success.

I do think the team would like to see someone other than Paul McQuistan starting.  He’s really the type of guy who is better suited to add depth to a contending team.  Either that or the team could look to part ways with him and his $3 million salary, if the younger guys step up.

Quarterback

By the numbers:

  • Locks (1)
  • On the bubble (2)
  • Spots available on 53 man roster (2)
  • Spots up for grab (1)

Russell Wilson, need I say more?

….didn’t think so

Tarvaris Jackson and Brady Quinn will be going head to head and arm for arm to see who gets to ride the pine behind the best young quarterback in the NFL.  I say best based upon Wilson’s work ethic.  Well that and the fact that he is the best.

Call me crazy but I have a feeling Brady Quinn is going to win the job.  It is just a gut feeling and that could easily change in a week or two.  Either way it should be fun to watch, especially since we know who the starter is.

Running Back

I’m most interested to see if Spencer Ware is going to be able to beat out Michael Robinson as the teams fullback. If Ware can, I assume the team will release Robinson and save the cap room to use next season.  I know that will not be a very popular move with the 12th Man.  

Can Spencer Ware beat out Michael Robinson? (Rod Mar/Seattle Seahawks)

Can Spencer Ware beat out Michael Robinson? (Rod Mar/Seattle Seahawks)

The other spot I will be paying close attention to is who is going to be Marshawn Lynch‘s backup.  Will it be second year pro Robert Turbin or will 2nd round pick Christine Michael get the nod?

Time will tell.

Wide Receiver

By the numbers:

  • Locks (4)
  • Probable (1)
  • On the bubble (9)
  • Spots available on 53 man roster (6)
  • Spots up for grab (1)

The majority of this group is set, however the final roster spot will be interesting.  Nine fairly talented young players will have to make every rep count if they want to make the Super Bowl hopeful Seahawks roster.

Those players are:

It is possible that the team only keeps 5 players at wide out which would mean there is a very good chance all these guys will be looking for work elsewhere.

Honestly I will just be happy to talk about things that are actually happening instead of projecting the future or rehashing the past.

Camp start Thursday at the VMAC and I for one cannot wait.

Go Hawks!

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