Seattle Seahawks: 5 Standouts from Training Camp

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With the Seattle Seahawks‘ training camp coming to a close, there have been many surprises and stories that have come out of the woodwork. Today we will focus on the top-5 standouts of training camp and the preseason so far.
#1  Benson Mayowa – DE (UDFA) Idaho

With the injury to Chris Clemons as well as Bruce Irvin sliding over to linebacker, the defensive end position depth was one of the questions going into the training camp — even with the additions of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett.

Benson Mayowa — a rookie undrafted free agent out of  the University of Idaho — has not only turned heads in camp, but in his debut in the NFL preseason opener vs San Diego, Mayowa recorded 1.5 sacks and was relentless in rushing the quarterback. Mayowa, also has been the talk of camp for his work ethic and his willingness to learn. He has the size (6-3 252 lbs) speed, high motor, and playmaking potential that fits seamlessly into new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn’s system.

 

#2  Alvin Bailey – T (UDFA) Arkansas

Another question going into training camp was the lack of depth on the offensive line for the tackle position. With starters Breno Giacomini and Russell Okung already solidifying their respective spots, the question was who would back up either one in case of injury? Seattle drafted tackle Michael Bowie in the seventh round from Northeastern State and also have veteran tackle Mike Person battling for the spot. But the surprise of camp has been Alvin Bailey. Bailey, 6-3 320 has been impressive with his run blocking ability as well as in the pass protection.  He’s opening the eyes of coaches Tom Cable and Pete Carroll. I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes the final 53-man roster.

 

#3  Stephen Williams – WR (UDFA) Third-year, Toledo

With Percy Harvin going down with a hip injury early in training camp and questions surrounding the health of Sidney Rice. Williams a former Arizona Cardinal stepped into stiff competition coming into camp with the likes of Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, rookie Chris Harper, and Jermaine Kearse. Williams (6-5 208lbs) has not only shined in camp, but looks like a playmaker. Williams had two receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown vs. the Chargers. Coach Pete Carroll is really impressed with Williams speed and hands. He’s a lock to win a roster spot.

 

#4  John Lotulelei- – LB (UDFA) UNLV

Probably the biggest question going into training camp was the lack of depth at the Linebacker position. With the starting linebacker spots anchored by MIKE Bobby Wagner and the OLB  K.J .Wright, the question was who would fill Leroy Hill’s shoes? Malcolm Smith has made the most of his opportunities and is a lock to make the team. Heath Farwell is a special teams specialist and a coach Carroll favorite.

That leaves the competition between Allen Bradford, Mike Morgan and John Lotulelei. Bradford has had a really good camp, but Lotulelei has been the one out of the three that has made the biggest statement with his ability to get after the ball, tackling ability, and high motor. Lotulelei (5-11 233) could edge out Morgan and Bradford if he maintains his high level of play as displayed in the first preseason game and in camp.

 

#5  Jermaine Kearse – WR (UDFA) Second-year, Washington

Kearse has been spectacular in camp and could really make a big impact at the receiver position this year. Kearse had lasik surgery in the offseason and looks completely different from last year. Kearse (6-1 209lbs) has displayed great hands to go with his great speed. He should be a lock to make the team because of his special teams play. Also, look for some big catches this season. It’s looking more and more like the team will keep six wide receivers on the roster.