Less than 3 weeks!
If you don’t know already, training camp for the Seattle Seahawks begins later this month. (18 days to be exact)
— Northwest SportsBeat (@NWSportsBeat) July 10, 2012
And while the season is just a short distance away, training camp always has many exciting stories that unfold.
Here are five things that I am looking forward to come training camp, and hopefully my questions will be answered by the end.
Will Tarvaris Jackson remain the starter for Week 1?
This has been the talk the whole offseason.
When Matt Flynn got signed, his contract convinced everyone that he is the new big deal in Seattle. But not so fast – returning starter Tarvaris Jackson will be taking first-team reps in training camp.
It will be interesting to see if Flynn can work his way to the top of the depth chart.
I am also curious to see how much Russell Wilson will improve once he gets used to the offensive system.
Not sure I’m a fan of splitting all the QB reps, but I have a feeling it won’t last lone. Someone will stand out early.
Watching Sidney Rice return from injury
As inconsistent as he may be, I am a big believer in wide receiver Sidney Rice. After missing many games last year due to injuries, Rice is ready for a big comeback year.
In 2012 the Seahawks placed Rice on injured reserve, ending the year of Seattle’s $41 million free agent pickup.
At least that was the case in Minnesota when he was plagued by injuries but made personal records the next year. Sidney has played in only 15 NFL games in the last two years.
The Seahawks are desperate for a true No. 1 receiver, and Rice has everything it takes as long as he can stay on the field.
He is easily the #1 man on a “not so special” wide receiver group heading into 2012.
The striving secondary
When everything seems so inconsistent and just plain old average, I look at the secondary to give me signs of hope. After a strong finish last season, the Seahawks had the core of a playoff team – thanks to Earl Thomas and the rest of the boys in coverage squad.
It’s pretty special to have three Pro Bowlers from your secondary.
I am excited to see them work hard to get better and make it even tough for teams to be successful in the air.
If only the rest of the team would ask them how they do it.
What players will step up?
The same should happen this year, and training camp is where it all begins.
Who will make a name for themselves and prove that they deserve a starting role?
Expect a lot of this to happen at many different positions.
Tension and competition
Every team has it.
The competitiveness of the team, when every play is trying to look his best for a spot on the roster, is at an all-time high this time of the year.
There are roster battles at almost every position and the pressure that it brings put everyone in a state of unease.
There have already been minor instances where things got a little too rough and players needed to be broken up.
With all of this comes something great – the bonding of a team.
Mike Holmgren used to hold bowling competitions. Pete Carroll holds a Home Run derby.
Watch what the Seahawks do in 2012 and remember the NFL football season is right around the corner!
Can you smell it?