Who will have an immediate impact?
Time to take another look at the Seattle Seahawks 2012 draft class, but this time I’m including all of the rookie free agent signings as well.
Same goes for QB Russell Wilson. Barring any injury, his game time will be the fourth quarter of a couple pre-season games. Even if the Hawks get rid of Tarvaris Jackson, Wilson still won’t get any playing time unless there’s an injury to Matt Flynn.
So who else in this group will get any significant playing time? That’s a good question. There’s a ton of new defensive help this season, and I assume a few of them will get some situational snaps each game, but not any starter minutes.
The first name that really jumps out at me for playing time, and impact is Phil Bates WR, Ohio. With the injury problems we have had at this position over the last several years, any body with a WR in front of their name will get a chance to get in the game and make an impact.
I know that management is hoping for another dose of Doug Baldwin with this signing, and I am too, for that matter. Bates is the version 2.0 of Seneca Wallace, a QB by choice, but too much athleticism to be kept off the field, so he is utilized at the WR position as well.
Another player that could get some time, most likely on special teams, or on possible 4 WR sets is, Jermaine Kearse WR, Washington. A product of the Washington Huskies, Kearse has some big game charisma in him.
Kearse probably won’t see a ton of snaps, but it never hurts to have depth or options at this position.
TE Sean McGrath, Henderson State, could also challenge for a spot on this team, especially if the injured Zach Miller isn’t 100% this year.
The rest of the bunch
As my homie Matt Church wrote in his article Keeping up with the Seahawks: rookie free agent signings, another possibility for some decent game time is G Rishaw Johnson.
We do need some O-line help desperately, and this is another option for the Hawks.
K Steven Hauschka just signed a new deal, so I doubt that rookie K Carson Wiggs, Purdue, will get the green light from coach Pete Carroll.
But kicker competition in training camp is just about as exciting as you’re gonna get.
Lavasier Tuinei WR, Oregon,will probably get some decent time on special teams, but I just don’t see him cracking the depth chart at the WR position.
London Durham, CB, McNeese St, and Deshawn Shead, DB, Portland State, will be valuable back-ups, but once again, I don’t see them getting starter minutes.
And this leaves Jon Opperud, OT, Montana, and Monte Taylor, DE, Cincinnati.
It doesn’t look too good for either of these guys to make the team in my opinion. But the practice squad sure beats bagging groceries!
So there it is folks, my take on the new recruits for the Seahawks. Don’t mark my words by any means, but maybe bookmark this article, and come back to it in December to see how I’ve done.