4 Biggest Areas of Concern for Seattle Seahawks Heading into Training Camp
The Seattle Seahawks may have a lot more things figured out than most other teams, but they do have problems to solve as opening day looms. Especially with training camp right around the corner, Seattle will need to hammer out some kinks in its roster.
The areas of concern with the Seahawks stem more from uncertainty surrounding a player than a player who underachieves, but both are key in identifying these spots of caution. One notable spot of uncertainty is at the wide receiver position with Percy Harvin—namely his health.
He's had a laundry list of health problems since coming into the league but is once again 100 percent healthy and is ready to take off. Harvin is as talented as any when he's healthy, but if he can't stay on the field, then Seattle's offense will likely sputter like it did last season.
Harvin is just one concern for Seattle but is certainly one of the most pressing; this offense is completely different with Harvin on the field, healthy and with the ball in his hands.
Can the Offensive Line Maintain Its Level of Play from 2013?
Aside from some shaky play on the right side of their line, the Seahawks front blockers did a pretty good job of blocking for Marshawn Lynch last season. Despite not being the best group of linemen, Seattle's unit managed to help pave the way for Lynch to tally 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns.
In 2014, the challenge will be if the unit can continue what it did last year and grow more cohesive as a group.
The Seahawks will benefit from the arrival of Justin Britt on the right side and should take a step forward next season. That being said, there is a chance that Britt struggles with some growing pains and isn't the player they hope for him to be right away.
Britt will benefit from having guys like Max Unger and Russell Okung around and should also get a boost from Tom Cable and his masterful ability to develop offensive linemen.
Will Percy Harvin Be Able to Stay Healthy and Lead This Receiving Corps?
There's no doubt that Percy Harvin is one of the most impactful players on the field each time he's in the game, but he hasn't been able to play a full season since 2011. That was indeed his best season, and we could definitely see similar numbers from Harvin in 2014—if he can stay healthy, that is.
He'll surely have a big piece of the offensive pie and should perform well if he can remain off the bench. Harvin showed how big a difference he makes on offense and kick returns during the last Super Bowl and will continue that level of play if he can stay on the field.
He's an amazing player who has unfortunately been hampered with injury over the course of his career, but now that he's 100 percent healthy again, he should be the playmaker Seattle needs him to be.
Will Byron Maxwell Truly Make Up for the Loss of Brandon Browner?
Byron Maxwell was certainly a pleasant surprise for Seattle after it lost Brandon Browner to suspension in 2013, and he is slated to be its new starter with Browner now a part of the New England Patriots.
Maxwell is a big-bodied corner who played very well down the stretch last season and will be in a pretty unfavorable spot once the season starts. With his counterpart, Richard Sherman, being as good a cornerback as he is, Maxwell is sure to be picked on a lot by quarterbacks, especially when they have a deep corps of receivers.
In a division that boasts receiving tandems like Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, it's of utmost importance for Seattle's secondary to be as dominant as possible.
Luckily for Maxwell, he has a lot of talent around him in the secondary and will more easily transition into this larger role because of it.
Will Russell Wilson Progress Enough to Lead Another Super Bowl Run?
Earning back-to-back championships is a feat that few will accomplish and none can truly expect, but the Seahawks are in a pretty good place as they near the beginning of their title defense.
They were able to get by and succeed with a stellar defense and mediocre offense in 2013, but that will need to change if they are trying to repeat as Super Bowl champions. Balance is the key to success in the NFL, and Seattle needs to find more of that.
Russell Wilson will be the catalyst for this offense's success and will need to take the next step forward in Year 3 of his NFL career. Wilson hit a couple of rough spots last year and struggled at times, but he finished the season strong and further cemented the belief that he has a bright future in the league.
He wasn't that much worse in 2013 than he was in 2012—in fact, he was better in some aspects—but he definitely needs to take the next step forward if this team is to contend for another ring.