Training camps, set to begin July 23, and preseason games give starters and key contributors an opportunity to prepare and build chemistry before the regular season kicks off. For the hundreds of fringe players clinging to jobs—and dreams—it's a platform, a final audition for some, to showcase their value.
After finishing last season on a high note—winners of five of eight—the Seahawks have plans for a playoff run in 2012, and think they have the roster to do so.
I'm inclined to agree, though the next few weeks (and next few decisions) will prove vital to those chances.
As roster battles heat up under the summer sun and what to do—or who to pick—becomes more and more hazy, coach Pete Carroll and his staff are sure to do some serious thinking.
Let me offer my advice: five fringe players that must make the final 53-man roster.