Seahawks well underway with 2012 offseason programs on a positive note

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It has recently been announced that the Seattle Seahawks will be holding their OTAs (Organized Team Activities) on May 22th-24th, May 29th-31th, and June 4th-7th.

The rookies will show up to a minicamp next weekend from May 11th-13th, with the teamwide camp starting on June 12th.

So what has been going on since the draft?

For the past couple of weeks, the Seahawks began Phase Two of their offseason program. During this three week time period, the team will work on plays and on-field strategies without wearing any pads.

All coaches will be in attendance for these workouts.

Since the quarterback position is so competitive this year, Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn will use Phase Two as a chance to get comfortable with recievers and make a name for themselves.

Don’t forget new teammate Russell Wilson will be in the mix too. All three have been taking a considerable amount on snaps, with Flynn receiving additional reps to help familiarize him with the offensive system.

Former third-string quarterback Josh Portis is getting the least out of the four.

Receivers Sidney Rice and Mike Williams, cornerback Walter Thurmond, and tackle James Carpenter are notable names that have yet to participate due to injuries.

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James Carpenter is one of the notable names that have yet to participate due to injuries

Rice was placed on injured reserve last year after he suffered a concussion in an early season game against the Washington Redskins.

He does seem quite optimistic. “I can’t wait to come back and compete,” he says. “I see great things in this team and I want to be a part of that.”

Reports have been good so far

Receiver Golden Tate enters the camp after a strong finish to last season. He made a spectacular one handed catch the other day. He is praised for his consistency, something that has lacked with Seattle receivers in recent years.

The defense is still looking superb, and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley says “We’re continuing to see great attitude and work ethic in all the drills.”

He has been primarily working with defensive tackle Jason Jones.

He can’t wait to get his hands on Irvin. Bradley was recently quoted as saying, “The LEO spot has to provide a rush for us. He has to be FAST (under 4.7) Chris Clemons fills that need, and now Bruce Irvin fits that spot. We have a spot for him.”

Pass rush has been such a concern for this team, but Bradley sees something different with these new players.

“Come game time, opposing quarterbacks will fear us,” he said.

Phase Three is in sight for these players. It includes the OTAs mentioned above and the mini camps.

Helmets will be worn, but pads are still not included.

The four-week program will still incorporate non-contact drills and get the players familiar with playing football again.

With September still months away, it is always nice to hear that the team is working well together and putting in maximum effort to get ready for the upcoming season.

Great news coming out of the VMAC today

The Seahawks have announced that they have signed first round draft pick Bruce Irvin. They have also signed 7 more of their 2012 NFL draft picks.

That’s 8 out of the 10 signed already.

On Friday they also signed WR Raymond Webber off of waivers from the Buccaneers.

Impressive work by Pete Carroll and John Schneider.


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  • NWSportsBeat

    8 out of the 10 signed picks already. That’s is crazy. Love PCJS

  • NWSportsBeat

    8 out of the 10 signed picks already. That’s is crazy. Love PCJS

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