As we inch closer to training camp, there are several players on the Seahawks who have a chance to shine and solidify their position for the 2009 season. However, there are several players who need to shine in training camp to help keep them on the roster.
As the Seahawks look to bounce back from a 4-12 season, so do some of the players who had very sub par seasons. Some players look to ride some of their success in 2008 into 2009.
Unger has the opportunity to essentially steal one of the starting offensive line positions in training camp this season. Unger was drafted as a potential replacement for Chris Spencer who has not lived up to expectations since being drafted 26th overall in 2005.
Unger also has the opportunity to supplant guard Mike Wahle as the starting left guard. Unger was moved to guard during the Seahawks voluntary mini-camp and looked very comfortable in his new role.
If Unger has a fantastic training camp, he could secure one of the starting offensive line positions for 2009.
The Seahawks third round pick out of Penn State comes to a Seahawks team that was decimated by injuries to their wide receiving core last season. Nate Burleson and Deion Branch are both coming off injuries that limited them last season.
Butler has the opportunity to solidify himself as the fourth wide receiver. However, a very strong training camp and a difficult return for Nate Burleson could leave the door open for Butler to swipe the No. 3 spot.
Josh Wilson really came into his own last season as both a corner and a kick returner. As a kick returner, Wilson led the league in combined kick and punt return yards last season with 1,753. As a corner he started 12 games opposite Marcus Trufant.
He tallied 76 tackles and four interceptions last season, including a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.
Wilson can legitimately challenge Ken Lucas for the starting corner position opposite Marcus Trufant in training camp this season.
Although Lucas is pegged as the starter right now, if Wilson continues to show that he can play like he did last season, he could be the starter coming out of camp.
My next installment will be on the players with the most to lose during this year’s training camp.