Breaking Down Seattle Seahawks' 4 Biggest Training Camp Projects
The Seattle Seahawks have a firm roster as we close in on the 2014 regular season, but they do have some training-camp projects—all of which are pretty promising.
They had a strong draft class, and those rookies are already building opportunities for themselves. Cassius Marsh has been an impressive defender so far and could turn out to be the biggest steal they've had in recent years.
He's extremely versatile and can do many things on the defensive side of the ball, but he will have to prove himself during in-game situations before he's given a big shot to contribute.
Even so, Marsh leads an impressive rookie class that, while still developing, could turn out to be the best group they've had in years.
Kevin Norwood, WR
The Seahawks have a nice corps of receivers, and Kevin Norwood is definitely one of the most overlooked players out of the group. He had a nice career in college and was a great vertical threat for them—especially in the red zone.
Norwood won't be a starter, but if he can catch onto the offense quickly, he could definitely carve himself a solid niche in the offensive game plan.
Norwood has solid size and good speed and really helps fill out Seattle's receiving corps rather nicely.
At worst, Norwood adds great depth to the position and can be a dependable receiver to utilize in multi-receiver sets. He will be especially appreciated if Sidney Rice or Percy Harvin goes down with injury, as they have a history of doing, which would make him quite a steal as a fourth-rounder.
Cassius Marsh, DE
Cassius Marsh is one of the most versatile young defenders along the team's defensive line and has the ability to develop into a pretty great pass-rusher for them.
With Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril at the top of the depth chart, Marsh will have a chance to learn and grow behind two of the league's best. It's apparent he's being groomed to be the next great pass-rusher in Seattle, and he will undoubtedly be given a shot to prove himself before the season.
The coaches will certainly keep a keen eye on the former UCLA Bruin and could use him at more than just defensive end.
Marsh played both defensive tackle and outside linebacker in college, so there's no telling how creative Dan Quinn will get with him. Overall, Marsh is a promising player who should blossom into an extremely reliable part of their defense.
Jesse Williams, DT
Jesse Williams missed the entire 2013 season with injury, but now that he's healthy he's in quite an advantageous position as we near training camp.
Pete Carroll noted recently that Wiliams is in consideration for the defensive tackle spot next to Brandon Mebane, as reported by Terry Blount on ESPN.com, and he may very well capitalize on that look in training camp and preseason.
There's no telling what exactly he can do for the team, but he certainly has the size and potential to succeed in the NFL.
At the very least, Williams will be involved in the rotation at defensive tackle and should fit into a nice contributing role. It may be a big role, but it could also be a small role at first so Williams can assimilate himself smoothly into the starting lineup.
Regardless of what he ends up doing, Williams is a nice piece to have going forward.
Justin Britt, OL
Justin Britt has had a promising start to his career with the Seahawks so far, and he is looking like he'll be the team's next right tackle. He does need to work on some of his mechanics, but the talent and level of nastiness as a blocker are there for him to succeed.
He's already pretty good and has picked up the system well, but he'll greatly benefit from being developed by one of the NFL's best O-line coaches in Tom Cable. Cable recently shared some hopeful words regarding Britt with Seahawks.com's Clare Farnsworth:
He gets it. Nothing is too big for him. He really has a good background and he’s ready for something like this. He’s been in the right kind of environments and he’s doing really well.
If Britt has a strong training camp and preseason then he will have fully cemented his status as the team's right tackle.