In my second installment looking ahead to training camp, I look at some players who have the most to lose in training camp. These players could potentially need a strong training camp in order to keep their starting position or potentially stay on the active roster.
Chris Spencer comes into the 2009 season in a potential three-way battle for center with Max Unger and Steve Vallos. Spencer only played in 11 games last season while struggling through both injuries and inconsistent play.
Spencer has not lived up to the expectations of being drafted 26th overall in the 2005 draft. Expecting to replace long-time center Robbie Tobeck, Spencer has not developed the way the Seahawks had hoped he would.
If Spencer continues to show that he isn’t capable of solidifying the center position, he could be on his way out in Seattle.
While Josh Wilson has earned the right to compete for a starting corner position this past season, Jennings just hopes he can challenge for playing time this season.
Jennings has also struggled in his first three seasons in the NFL.
Jennings, the 31st overall pick in 2006, has not acclimated to the pro game the way the Seahawks had hoped he would. Jennings has struggled to cover bigger wide receivers as his size seems to limit his coverage ability.
Jennings has a big hill to climb in training camp, battling both Lucas and Wilson for playing time. If Jennings doesn’t show improvement in camp, the Seahawks could part ways with the former first-round pick.
Darryl Tapp’s future with the Seattle Seahawks could hinge on this season. He becomes a free agent after this season, and Tapp has been up and down since the Seahawks drafted him in 2006.
He had his best game in 2007 against the St. Louis Rams when he tallied four sacks and forced a fumble. Tapp has looked like he has the potential to be a great defensive end, and other times he has looked a step slow and out of place.
If Tapp does not emerge in training camp this season, the Seahawks could part with him this offseason.
Tapp could have a problem finding his way onto the field in 2009, especially with Patrick Kearney coming back, the addition of Cory Redding, and the hopeful emergence of Lawrence Jackson.
In my final installment of the training camp series, I will go position by position and project the starting lineup for 2009.