Seattle Seahawks: Who Starts Out of Training Camp?

Zachary HabnerCorrespondent IJune 15, 2009

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 07:  Wide receiver Deion Branch #83 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a touchdown catch against Ellis Hobbs #27 of the New England Patriots on December 7, 2008 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 24-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

In my third installment detailing the Seattle Seahawks heading into training camp, I take my shot at predicting who makes the starting lineup for the 2009 season.






Matt Hasselbeck is attempting to bounce back from a herniated disk that really limited him last season.  Hasselbeck was injured in the Week Four matchup against the New York Giants and really never found a groove. 


Seneca Wallace filled in admirably for the Seahawks, who went on to finish 4-12.


Look for Hasselbeck to come back with a vengeance this season.


Projected Starter:  Matt Hasselbeck




Running Back


This could be a running back by committee offense this season. 


Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett look to improve from last season and jump start the Seahawks' rushing offense.  Jones gets the starting nod with Duckett used for short yardage situations


Projected Starter:  Julius Jones






This week, Jim Mora announced that Owen Schmitt will enter camp as the starting fullback, and Justin Griffith will enter as a “mentor” to the young fullback out of West Virginia. 


Training camp battle could be intense, but it appears as if it’s Schmitt’s job to lose.


Projected Starter:  Owen Schmitt




Wide Receiver


T.J. Houshmandzadeh was the big addition to the offseason for the Seahawks and will be the Seahawks' No. 1 receiver this season.


Deion Branch, if healthy, should be the No. 2 receiver. 


The camp battle will be between several players for No. 3 and No. 4, including Nate Burleson, Deon Butler, Ben Obomanu, Courtney Taylor, and Jordan Kent


Projected Starters:  T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Deion Branch, and Nate Burleson




Tight End


No camp battle here. 


John Carlson will be the starter, especially since he was one of the only bright spots last season. 


A wildcard for back up could be seventh round pick Cameron Morrah, who could be the blocking tight end for this team.


Projected Starter:  John Carlson




Offensive Line


Walter Jones looks to come back from knee surgery in the offseason. 


Jones and Sean Locklear are the only starters not in danger of losing their starting jobs in training camp.  Wahle could be supplanted by Unger, and Spencer could lose his job to Vallos. 


Rob Sims and Ray Willis battle for right guard.


Projected Starters: Walter Jones, Mike Wahle, Chris Spencer, Rob Sims, and Sean Locklear




Defensive Line


With some new additions in Colin Cole, Cory Redding coming in, and the return of Patrick Kerney from season ending shoulder surgery, this could be the deepest position for the Seahawks. 


Darryl Tapp and Lawrence Jackson will battle for a starting position in camp.


Projected Starters:  Darryl Tapp, Brandon Mebane, Colin Cole, and Patrick Kerney






Barring any injuries, these three spots are reserved for Aaron Curry, Lofa Tatupu, and Leroy Hill. 


This is another deep position for the Seahawks with D.D. Lewis, David Hawthrone, and Will Herring as the backups.


Projected Starters:  Aaron Curry, Lofa Tatupu, and Leroy Hill






With the left side being manned by Marcus Trufant, the real battle will be between Ken Lucas, Josh Wilson, and Kelly Jennings. 


Unfortunately, for Wilson and Jennings, I think Lucas gets the nod because of his experience and size.


Projected Starters: Marcus Trufant and Ken Lucas






This is probably the thinnest position for the Seahawks entering training camp.  Deon Grant probably holds his starting job as the strong safety, but Brian Russell could be in danger of losing his job as the free safety. 


Courtney Greene, Jamar Adams, C.J. Wallace, and Jordan Babineaux all could challenge Russell to start this season.


Projected Starters:  Deon Grant and Brian Russell






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