Seattle Seahawks Training Camp: Day 1 Recap

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By: Timothy Gardner

Six months after an abrupt loss in the playoffs to the Falcons, as well as an off season in which the Seattle Seahawks acquired the likes of Percy Harvin, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, and Antoine Winfield, it would make sense that after a long offseason of anticipation Seahawks training camp would be a fan frenzy and indeed it was with the 12th man out in full effect. Every training camp session open to the public is sold out with more then 2,800 fans showing up to get a glimpse of the Super Bowl contenders, and day one didn’t disappoint.

The Good…

Christine Michael, rookie RB from Texas A&M: Michael displayed playmaking ability with lightning quickness and the ability to break the tackle. Michael made big plays on several occasions against the first and second team defenses.

Kenneth Boatright, undrafted free agent DE from Southern Illinois: With his 6’3″ build and 254 lb frame, Boatright displayed the ability to rush the passer on more then one occasion. A promising sign with former DE Bruce Irvin moving over to linebacker position.

Golden Tate, WR: Tate is picking up where he left off from last season. Tate made an incredible catch over CB Brandon Browner and looks in sync with QB Russell Wilson.

Walter Thurmond, CB: The injury plagued Thurmond finally looks healthy.  He delivered and made plays against a talent laden wide receiving unit. Thurmond looked sharp, deflected a couple of passes and read plays extremely well. He could challenge Antoine Winfield for the nickel spot.

James Carpenter, OT: Carpenter looked healthy, in shape and faster than prior years. Carpenter dominated in one-on-one match ups and protected the QB.

The Bad…

Injuries: The Seahawks had several key positions placed on the PUP list. The list includes: TE Zach Miller, WR Percy Harvin, DE Chris Clemons, RB Robert Turbin, CB Tharold Simon, DE Greg Scruggs, and others including back up TE Sean McGrath who injured his hamstring in day one of training camp.

Brady Quinn, QB: Quinn looked very streaky at times, throwing a TD pass to Stephen Williams and then at times having poor reads on the routes his receivers were running, either throwing short or to the secondary. If day one is any indication, Quinn easily will lose the backup spot to Tavaris Jackson.

The Tight End position: With Miller on the temporarily PUP list with a foot injury, and the injury of backup Sean McGrath. The TE position currently has rookie 5th round draft pick Luke Willson, newly acquired TE Michael Palmer and Darren Fells on the depth chart. This position is the greatest weakness of the team and that was evident on day one.

Verdict:

The team clearly has more positives than negatives. With strengths at the skilled positions, injuries will be key factors going into the season as with any team. The loss of Harvin isn’t a good start, but it’s not critical to the team’s success with Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin being more than capable of filling that slot and flanker positions respectively.