The Countdown Begins
OTA…Organized Team Activities
Well, folks, the Seahawks are finally getting ready for 2013. Now before you call me out and say, “Hey! My Seahawks have been preparing all offseason and the rookies already had their minicamp!”, let’s take a step back and realize that the full team is now back together and gearing up for one of the most anticipated seasons in program history.
Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, and Percy Harvin (to name just a fraction of the offensive stars on the roster), give Seattle huge potential heading into 2013. Their defense isn’t too shabby, either, as the Legion of Boom will be back in full force while the defensive line continues to shape-up nicely.
Still with quite some time left before the Seahawks see any opposing team on the field, it’ll be very interesting to see how they handle the pressure throughout the rest of their “Championship Offseason”.
Here’s what I’ve noticed after two days of OTAs.
Spencer Ware and Robert Turbin/Christine Michael
Spencer Ware was drafted by Seattle to play fullback, a position that is currently occupied by standout and fan-favorite Michael Robinson. While this is his first time experiencing the position (he was a tailback at LSU), Ware looks the part of figuring as the next great fullback in Seattle.
This may take some time, however, and that appears to be perfectly fine with the team, Ware, and Robinson.
Robinson and Lynch have been one monster of a duo together, so who would want to break that up?
It seems, at least in my opinion, that the Seahawks are grooming Ware to work in the rotation with Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, Seattle’s running backs of the future.
And I’m not opposed to that whatsoever, as there will come a time when these young guys step up and into the shoes of the Marshawn Lynch and Robinson, allowing for a much smoother transition in the coming years.
By the way. Lynch isn’t in camp. And some aren’t happy.
— Q Smith (@NWSBQ) May 22, 2013
— Q Smith (@NWSBQ) May 22, 2013
Russell Wilson Bigger, Stronger, and Focused
Russell Wilson is a superstar. Taking the Seahawks from a dark-horse pick in the NFC West to becoming one of the top teams last year and a Divisional Round berth in the playoffs, he did everything and then some in his rookie season.
This year, expectations are even higher. After all of his accomplishments in 2012, many expect Wilson to be even better in 2013.
Predicting Seattle to run much more of the read-option, a lot of pressure will be put on the second-year quarterback out of NC State and Wisconsin.
To help himself shoulder the load in 2013 and prepare him for more read-option plays, Wilson has focused on his lower body weight while hoping to enter the season 4-5 pounds heavier than his 210 lb. weight in 2012.
Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin are Fighting for Touches
One of Pete Carroll’s infamous mantras has been “Always Compete”. That may be more important this year than any other for Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin, who will be trying to find touches when Harvin and Sidney Rice aren’t garnering all the attention at receiver.
Apparently the level of early productivity has been great from these two, and this kind of competition will only make Seattle all that much better in 2013.
Percy Harvin is Everything He Needs To Be
Seattle’s “First Round” draft choice this year, Percy Harvin has apparently come into camp and wowed all of those who have watched him on the field.
A top receiver, Harvin gives the Hawks an even more versatile playbook and speed on the edges they haven’t had in past years.
Look for him to make an immediate impact with Seattle, at least as long as he can stay healthy.
Here’s to hoping he goes through an injury-free 2013.