The Seattle Seahawks have made the playoffs two of the last three seasons, and in 2013, they look to not only put up double-digit wins again, but to also go even further in the playoffs.
On July 25, training camp will officially begin for the team, and every member of the active roster will be competing to be one of the final 53.
The defense will have a new look as defensive coordinator Dan Quinn takes over, with the front seven looking to be just a bit different this coming season. The offensive staff and head coach Pete Carroll remain.
In the following slides, we'll highlight the rest of the major themes and storylines of the Seahawks' 2013 training camp, including the schedule, roster breakdowns and position battles.
Training Camp Schedule
All training camp practices are at 10 a.m. at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center unless noted:
August 2 at 1 p.m.
August 4 at 10:30 a.m.
August 8 at San Diego Chargers
August 15 vs. Denver Broncos
August 22 at Green Bay Packers
August 29 vs. Oakland Raiders
The Seahawks will be spending training camp determining what 53 players will make the final roster. Until then, they have 90 competing for a spot.
When training camp begins, coaches will be watching those who are competing for a spot on the active roster intently, looking for anything that can give them a leg up on the depth chart.
For a complete breakdown of the entire roster as it stands, click here.
Heading into 2013, the Seattle Seahawks have plenty of burning questions on the offense and defense, despite having such a good season last year.
Bruce Irvin will be moving to a linebacker role, and, for that matter, will miss the first four games of the season. Can he make the transition, and how is that going to affect the defense this year, given that they have a new defensive coordinator in Dan Quinn.
They have their issues on offense as well, with the addition of Percy Harvin, meaning others will be competing for the second wide receiver job, and there will be questions about the health of the position as a whole.
For all of the Seahawks' burning questions for training camp, click here.
Every team has at least one major battle during training camp, and most have their fair share, whether it's a battle for a starting job or a roster spot.
The skill positions are pretty much set. Yes, the backup quarterback role and the depth at wide receiver and cornerback need to be decided, but those battles will not be as intense as the ones in the trenches.
There are many different ways the defensive front seven could go, and despite two All-Pros, the offensive line is even more unpredictable.
For analysis of the biggest Seahawks camp battles, click here.
The Seahawks had a lot of selections on Day 3 of the 2013 NFL draft, which means there are going to be a lot of rookies competing for those final roster spots.
They had 11 overall selections, led by Christine Michael in the second round. It's entirely possible no one in the group will be in the starting 22, but they could make up a lot of the backups on the roster.
Beyond that, Seattle brought in a slew of undrafted free agents, who will be competing not just against other rookies, but former practice-squad members getting another chance at being one of the final 53.
For a full analysis of the Seahawks' rookies and UDFAs, click here.
It's clear who most of the starters are on the Seattle Seahawks, and it's somewhat clear who many of the backups will be as well. Still, that leaves a few roster spots of the 53 wide-open.
Players sitting on the bubble include players trying to make a transition to a new position, such as Allen Bradford, late-round draft picks, and those who are on their last chance to stick with a team barring injury, such as Walter Thurmond.
They are not the only ones who could be on the bubble. Players who have talent but may be older and overpaid could be sent packing to make way for younger talent.
For full analysis on the Seahawks' bubble watch, click here.
At the end of training camp, only 53 players will remain as the Seattle Seahawks make their final determinations on who should be on the roster.
Injuries or poor performances can change things greatly, so there may be people on the 53-man roster who seemed to come out of nowhere.
While training camp has not yet begun, one can get a good idea of who is likely to make the roster, even if those on the bubble can change everything.
For projections of the final 53-man roster, click here.