Mini camp up next
The biggest thing we learned from the Seattle Seahawks OTA’s is the fact that a star player can’t miss an optional team function without the media going into a frenzy.
Yes I’m talking about Marshawn Lynch. He was back in action on the final (on field) day of the activities, and judging by coach Pete Carroll’s attitude toward it, the medias fire was much ado about nothing.
Don’t get me wrong, the star offensive weapon probably should make an appearance at these sorts of functions, especially when a RB was drafted first this past year. But ultimately, it is up to the player on whether or not he chooses to attend or not.
So now that that is out of the way, what else did we learn?
Pete Carroll was so impressed with the way the OTA’s played out that he gave the players and coaches the final day off.
Well, off from the field at least. The team did retreat indoors, using the final day for meetings and “a workout rather than on-the-field stuff,” said Pete Carroll.
All of this culminates in the start of the Seahawks mini camp, what Carroll calls the “final exam” of the off-season.
Good news to hear for Seahawks fans, especially with the injury news and the unfortunate looming suspension of Bruce Irvin for the first four games of the season.
Pete still knows how to have fun
Despite having the teams image drug through the mud this offseason, Pete Carroll still knows a good time when he sees it. And the importance of it too.
With Kenny Chesney set to perform at CenturyLink field, the Seahawks offered the country music superstar a chance to toss around the pigskin at the teams VMAC practice facility.
Pete Carroll has been known to add some celebrity personalities at team functions in the past, and this time he had Chesney taking hot routes from none other than our very own Russell Wilson.
It is nice to be able to let loose for a few moments and have a little fun, especially with the amount of pressure the Hawks have had in their Championship Offseason.
And Chesney repaid the favor at his show by inviting Russell Wilson up on the stage during his performance. Wilson got the bigger applause, of course.
Injuries are nothing new to this squad, and this year is no different.
The Hawks are already suffering at a few vital spots on the field, plus, the suspension to Irvin will leave a hole in what was supposed to be an upgraded position this year.
Chris Clemons, who may or may not be back by week 1, poses the biggest problem for the Seahawks at this juncture of the off-season.
Clemons missed the OTA’s, as did Breno Giacomini, with the injury to his knee that has been lingering since the end of last season.
Add newly signed Cliff Avril to the list, and we have ourselves a little problem at the DE position.
Carroll expects Avril to be able to perform some duties at the mini-camp, but will probably shy away from adding him to any high impact situations.
With the above mentioned Giacomini out, it opened up rookie Michael Bowie the chance to play with the first team. Carroll said he liked what he saw from Bowie, but until he gets into pads and plays at full speed it will be hard to see if he actually is a viable substitute for the first team.
The play of Walter Thurmond has been the talk of the press the past few days.
The CB is finally healthy, and has been able to get a lot of reps in, and, a nice pic of him making a pick is featured on seahawks.com today. How’s that for praise from your team.
The other big story out of Seahawks camp this year has been the play of rookie TE Luke Willson.
He has already made one Hawks veteran expendable, Anthony McCoy, and seems to be an added option for Red Zone opportunities if the Hawks go for a two TE set.
He has shown his nice hands off for the coaches, and Russell Wilson has been on the same page with him on the field. This only means one thing for us, another valuable option for Wilson.
Well that about sums it up Hawks fans. Under 100 days until the Pre-Season Opener!