Seattle Seahawks Training Camp: Week 2 Report
With 10 training camp practices in the books, there's enough information to make some informed prognoses on position battles and players on the roster bubble.
Time to delve into the latest news on Seahawks training camp.
Special Teams Issue
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times posted a scanned copy of the Seattle Seahawks depth chart on Monday. There weren't really any shockers for the offensive and defensive units, but Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman top the chart for the team's punt returners.
While the two All-Pro defensive backs have proven adept at returning interceptions, it cannot be preferential to place them in harm's way for punt returns.
With Golden Tate taking his talents to Detroit, the position is likely to take a hit. General manager John Schneider could scour the free-agent list once teams make their final roster cuts.
The Seahawks brought 2012 CFL Most Outstanding Rookie Award winner Chris Matthews into the fold this offseason in hopes of gaining a red-zone target.
Matthews' 6'5", 218-pound frame seemed a perfect fit for the Seahawks' otherwise smallish receivers—especially after Sidney Rice's retirement.
But despite Matthews' success during his rookie year, he has struggled to show any flashes of his ability throughout training camp.
However, during Tuesday's practice Matthews was able to make a leaping catch over Byron Maxwell for a big gain, per Evan Thompson of The News Tribune:
It was something I was brought here to do, definitely. I’m trying to pick up on the little nuances of the game with the receivers and how the (defensive backs) play. I’m slowly but surely trying to figure it out.
It will take much more than one athletic catch to push Matthews up the depth chart, however, and he's running out of time to make a name for himself.
Beast Mode Not in Top Form
With Marshawn Lynch ending his holdout on July 31, he's fallen pretty far behind the rest of his teammates in the fitness category. According to Nick Eaton of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, head coach Pete Carroll had a lot to say on the subject:
We’re gonna take our time, make sure that we do that right. We’ve always been very patient with him, making sure that his body’s in great shape. We’re just gonna bring him along.
He missed a lot of offseason with us. He did work very hard — he had a really diligent routine that he went through, regimen that he went through. But it’s still football shape he’s gotta get in.
Our guys are in shape year-round, they’re in condition — we have to get them in football shape, and that takes some time. These other guys are a long ways ahead of him in terms of working with us all through all the OTAs and minicamps and all that. So we’ll be patient with it.
It's likely not a major concern for Lynch, as four weeks should be enough time for him to work his way into shape.
Competition at Right Tackle Continues
Second-year right tackle Michael Bowie was placed on the waived/injured reserve list earlier this week and was immediately grabbed by the Cleveland Browns.
According to TJ Cotterill of the The News Tribune, Carroll said it was unfortunate they weren’t able to keep him but also mentioned that Bowie had entered camp 20 pounds overweight.
With Bowie's departure, the battle for the starting right tackle spot still isn't over. Rookie second-round pick Justin Britt appears to have control of the top spot, but free-agent acquisition Eric Winton will definitely make things interesting.
Is Percy Harvin Healthy?
We got to see doses of Harvin last year. But more than a full year removed from hip surgery, how fast is Harvin now that he’s truly healthy?
The Denver Broncos got to see just how fast Harvin can be in the Super Bowl, but with Tate and Rice no longer in the fold, Harvin's health is more of an issue.
Per Larry Stone of The Seattle Times, Harvin has been "flying around in workouts, showing off the blazing speed that made his acquisition from the Vikings in March 2013 so enticing in the first place."
The main concern with Harvin is that he never stays healthy.
During his five-year career, Harvin has played in 16 games only once. He's never finished the year with more than 1,000 yards receiving and never caught more than six touchdowns.
Keeping Harvin healthy for a full season would be a major feat for the Seahawks.
Additions and Subtractions
The Seahawks signed 33-year old offensive lineman Wade Smith, to replace the recently cut Bowie, and defensive lineman Andru Pulu to replace Jessie Williams.
The team also snapped up offensive tackle Cory Brandon off waivers last week. To help make room for the signings, wide receiver Ronald Johnson and linebacker Brandon Denmark were cut loose.
Per ESPN's Blount, rookie safety Dion Bailey suffered a severe ankle injury during the team's mock game.
* Info gathered from Fieldgulls.com, if not otherwise sourced.