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Seattle Seahawks Position Battle: Left Guard

The left guard is one of the few positions on the Seahawks roster that has a bit of uncertainty. The Seahawks still have James Carpenter, who split the duties this year with FA Paul McQuistan. But, the position could use an upgrade from last year. One thing I know for sure is that there will be some serious competition during training camp at the left guard position. Here are the players that will be competing.

James Carpenter: Carpenter is going into the final year of his contract with the Seahawks. This may mean some extra motivation to have a good year. Carpenter has been solid for the Seahawks over the past few years, but not elite. James Carpenter is still only 24 years old and has the potential to become a full time starter. It will be interesting to see if he will step up this coming year and show that the coaches that he can start at left guard.

Michael Bowie: Bowie started in the Seahawks playoff game against the New Orleans Saints and did a very good job. He also started several games at right tackle when the injury bug hit the Seahawks offensive line. Right now the popular pick for replacing Breno Giacomini at right tackle is Michael Bowie. But, Alvin Bailey can also play right tackle. He played in many games for the Seahawks and played 16 snaps in Super Bowl as an extra blocker usually for run plays. If Michael Bowie doesn’t end up filling in at right tackle, then he would compete and have a very good chance to start at left guard.

Greg Van Roten: Van Roten has been on the Green Bay Packers roster for two years. In 2012 he was on the practice roster until week 5, when he was bumped up to the active roster and was the Packers backup center and guard. He also got a few snaps as an extra blocker in the Packers playoff game against Minnesota on Jan. 5 2013. Tom Cable does a great job at getting the best out of his offensive linemen and I believe that Van Roten in his third year in the NFL, will compete for a position at left guard for the Seahawks.

Stephen Schilling: The Seahawks latest FA grew up in Bellevue, Washington and has had some experience playing left guard for the San Diego Chargers. In 2011 during his rookie year he actually started two games. Since then he has gotten action in several games as a backup. Schilling went to the University of Michigan and was projected to go in the 4th-5th round in the draft. He ended up getting picked by the Chargers in the sixth round. Watch for Schilling to stand out during training camp. He is a kid with a lot of potential that hasn’t gotten a full opportunity yet.

Jared Smith: Smith was drafted in the seventh round last year. He played DT in college, but just like JR Sweezy the Seahawks coaching staff decided to change his position to offensive guard. He will provide depth to the position, but I wouldn’t expect Smith to challenge for the starting spot quiet yet. But, who knows… competition will bring the best out of any player and I will never say never to any player on the Seahawks roster as long as Pete Carroll is the coach and John Schneider is the GM.

Draft Pick: The Seahawks could decide to draft a player with their first round pick or maybe one of their mid-round picks. If they do decide to draft an offensive guard, I would expect that player to have the same success that Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey did last year in their first year as a Seahawk. A popular pick for the Seahawks in mock drafts so far is guard out of UCLA Xavier Su’a-Filo.

Here is a good article on Greg Van Roten: http://www.thedp.com/article/2012/11/greg-van-roten-playing-on-packers-first-team

12 thoughts on the Seahawks Offseason

1. Re-signing Michael Bennett was Huge. He even took a bit less money to play for the Seahawks, and one of the main reasons was the 12th Man.

2. It’s sad to see Golden Tate leave and play for a different team. He did so much for the Seahawks. But, the Seahawks can’t afford to pay Tate big money. Especially given the fact that the Seahawks are a run first team. If Percy Harvin can stay healthy, this loss should not be a problem next year.

3. If Sidney Rice re-signs, then I think the Seahawks are set at WR. I don’t think they would need to draft a WR. I think the WR’s will have some serious competition come Training Camp. Lots of depth.

4. Henry Melton (Rated the #2 Free Agent at the DT position) is visiting the Seahawks. This would be a huge addition for the defense. Vance Walker DT is also visiting the Seahawks. He started for the Raiders last year.

5. Jermichael Finley would help stretch the defense and would give Russell Wilson a receiving TE. It would be nice to be able to keep Miller. Might have to restructure Zach Miller’s contract for that to happen.

6. We could use a veteran DE to replace Chris Clemons. Maybe Jared Allen. But, don’t forget that Bruce Irvin could be playing a lot of the DE/LEO position.

7. O’Brien Schofield’s contract didn’t work out with the Giants because of a failed physical. It would be great if the Seahawks could bring him back. Good special teams player and can also rush the passer.

8. Re-signing Tavaris Jackson was big. One of the best backup QB’s in the league. If RW ever goes down, Jackson can step up and play without losing too much.

9. Watch for these 12 players to have breakout seasons for the Seahawks next year: Gregg Scruggs, Jordan Hill, Bruce Irvin, DeShawn Shead, Benson Mayowa, Christine Michael, James Carpenter, JR Sweezy, Ricardo Lockette, Taylor Price, Chris Mathews, Michael Bowie

10. Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport know everything about the NFL and Free Agency.

11. It would be nice if we can sign Doug Baldwin long term.

12. In Pete and John we trust. They have a plan that will make sense in a few weeks. I think they will be able to sign a few players for good prices. Players want to play for Pete Carroll and will take a bit less money to get a great opportunity to get a SB ring. Watch for a DT, WR and possibly a DE to get signed in the next couple weeks.

Go Hawks!

Media Day

Well I won’t be at Media Day, but many more reporters from all over the world will be. There will be 17 Seahawks players that have there own podium to answer all sorts of questions. Marshawn Lynch won’t have a podium and is questionable to even show up. Do you think he needs to talk at Media Day? I don’t think so. The NFL can’t force him to do something he doesn’t want to do. Lynch is a team player and never has made his success in Seattle about himself. I encourage you to read Michael Silver’s article titled “Marshawn Lynch’s quiet power behind Seahawks’ Super run.” Here is the link: http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/story/0ap2000000318651/article/marshawn-lynchs-quiet-power-behind-seahawks-super-run

Here is my prediction for the Seahawks that will have there own podium to speak on tomorrow:

Offense: Russell Wilson, Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Russell Okung, Max Unger, Michael Robinson, Zach Miller, Derrick Coleman

Defense: Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor, Brandon Mebane, Red Bryant

Soak all of this Super Bowl fun in. It’s great to see the Seattle Seahawks achieve so much this season! Maybe one day I will be one of the reporters at Media Day. Go Hawks!

O’Brien Schofield- An Unsung Hero

The Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl! That sounds so good. It has been a complete team effort the whole entire season and it has been great to see the Seahawks players make it so far. One particular player that I want you to take note of is outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield.

Schofield has played a big part in the Seattle Seahawks season. O’Brien went to school at the University of Wisconsin and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 4th round of the 2010 NFL draft. Schofield became a starter for the Cardinals in the 2012 season. But, to the Seahawks surprise he was released by the Arizona Cardinals on July 25, 2013. The Seahawks knew the talent that Schofield had and didn’t waste any time; they claimed him off waivers on July 27, 2013.

In preseason he impressed many with his athleticism when rushing the quarterback. A point of emphasis for the Seahawks in the offseason was improving the defensive line. More specifically, the Seahawks needed a better pass rush. Schofield was exactly what the Seattle Seahawks were looking for.

In the regular season, Schofield started 2 games and has had 1 very nice sack against Cam Newton. But, his real impact has come on special teams. Having someone as athletic and skilled as Schofield is important to have on the special teams unit, and is a reason why the Seattle Seahawks are such a complete team.

Schofield is also one of the more positive people I have heard on the team. On Seahawks.com they have a program called “All Access” where you can hear the players before and during the game. Schofield is a regular on the show, talking before the game, showing that he has the positive energy and passion that Pete Carroll wants.

In my opinion he could start on any other team, but this season the Seahawks have been fortunate to have someone like O’Brien to provide the excellent depth. Unfortunately, with the amazing talent on this Seahawks team, Schofield was inactive against the 49ers. As we inch closer to the Super Bowl, Seahawks fans can count on Schofield working his butt off in order to make it on the field. And, if that isn’t meant to be, we can still count on him to be on the sideline giving his team energy by his positive attitude and his passion for the game. I wish O’Brien Schofield the best, and I hope that he continues to play in a Seattle Seahawks uniform for many years to come. Go Hawks!

12 Thoughts on Last Night’s Game

1. Doug Baldwin is clutch and above average.
2. Steven Hauschka is both smart and productive.
3. Kam Chancellor had yet another HUGE hit on Vernon Davis.
4. Cliff Avril = strip sack.
5. Michael Bennett has mastered the skill of being in the right place at the right time.
6. Lynch showed that he can out run defenders while stumbling.
7. L.O.B. Sherman, Thomas, Chancellor, Maxwell, Thurmond and Lane all played fantastic.
8. Ricardo Lockette is a beast on special teams.
9. Alvin Bailey provided an excellent block to break Lynch free for his TD.
10. How about Warren Moon’s shriek when Malcom Smith got his big time interception
11. Richard Sherman somehow always makes a play when a play needs to be made.
12. Coach Pete Carroll and John Schneider have put together one heck of a team.

Go Hawks!!!

The Seattle Seahawks Wide Receivers

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The Seattle Seahawks have one of the best wide receiver groups in the NFL. They all play with a chip on their shoulder and make clutch catches. They are sometimes overlooked by other NFL writers, but Seahawks fans know that we have a receiving crew that will give us a chance to win every single game.

Let’s start with Golden Tate. The Seattle Seahawks drafted Tate in the year of 2010 in the second round. Golden Tate played his college ball at Notre Dame and made a lot of plays during his college career. Tate is a playmaker at both the receiver position and when returning punts. When he has the ball in his hands, Seahawks fans know something exciting is going to happen. He ended the season with his best game as a pro with 8 catches for 129 yards and 1 touchdown. As we enter the playoffs Golden Tate will be a difference maker and will make a lot of plays that will give the Hawks momentum throughout the game.

Next up we got ‘Angry Doug’ Baldwin. Baldwin was signed by the Seahawks after going undrafted in 2011. Baldwin played his college ball at Stanford and was teammates with Richard Sherman and Andrew Luck. And, he was coached by current San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. In his rookie season Baldwin played fantastic, he had 51 receptions for 788 yards and 4 touchdowns. Not bad for an undrafted rookie. The next season his yards dipped a bit, but this season he has played very well. Doug Baldwin plays like he’s angry and has a huge chip on his shoulder. He plays like he has something to prove and Seahawks fans love his attitude.

Jermaine Kearse has been a pleasant surprise this year. Kearse is a local boy and played at the University of Washington. He was singed as an undrafted free agent by the Seattle Seahawks. In only his second season, Kearse has stepped up and played like someone who has someone to prove, just like Baldwin. This season he has caught 22 passes for 346 yards and 4 touchdowns. Kearse has become one of Wilson’s favorite deep threats. He has also had a huge impact on special teams. Jermaine Kearse is a classy individual and Seattle loves to cheer for him. He consistently makes big catches and will be a great player for the Seattle Seahawks for many years.

New Orleans Saints v Seattle SeahawksRicardo Lockette has also been a solid contributor to the Seahawks offense and special teams. He is famous for his HUGE hit in the St. Louis game, where he used his ‘hit stick’ on the punt returner. He played college football at a small university, Fort Valley State. Lockette was signed by the Seahawks in 2011 and, after bouncing around a few organizations, he arrived back to the Seattle Seahawks this year and hasn’t looked back since. Having a good receiver at the bottom of the depth chart is huge for a football team that plans on winning the Super Bowl. Lockette brings great depth to the Seahawks receiver group.

l3Y1n.AuSt.5[1]And, finally, we have the one and only Percy Harvin. After only playing against the Vikings this season, and making one spectacular catch and an amazing return, he was shut down for the rest of the regular season. But, now after almost being placed on the IR, Harvin is going to play and will be a difference maker. Harvin has lightning speed and will make life more difficult for the Saints. Having his impact will also open up space for Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. Watch out for Percy Harvin in the game tomorrow. If Harvin returns a kickoff for a touchdown, Seahawks fans will go nuts and cause an earthquake once again.

All of these receivers play with a chip on their shoulder and play like they have something to prove. They also have an amazing quarterback in Russell Wilson, who throws accurate passes for the recivers to catch. Seahawks fans should be excited for the kind of passion and energy that this receiving group brings. Hopefully they will all have a big day on Saturday and will help the Seahawks beat the Saints.

Go Hawks!!!

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Will the Real Luke Willson Please Stand Up

If you haven’t heard of Luke Willson, then you better start paying attention. No, I am not talking about the actor, the one that’s the brother of Owen Wilson. I am referring to the backup tight end for the Seattle Seahawks, who was the fifth round draft pick in 2013 and has exceeded expectations during his rookie year.

All Canadian Seahawks fans should know about the real Luke Willson. Willson grew up in LaSalle, Ontario and was a natural athlete as he played many different sports. He played high-level ice hockey, but decided to quit when he got offers for football. Willson also played for the junior national Canadian baseball team and signed with the Toronto Blue Jays. And, of course, Willson played football at Rice University.

At Rice, Willson was overshadowed by San Francisco’s 2013 second round draft pick tight end, Vance Mcdonald. But, the Seahawks saw something in Willson that they really liked and made a great decision by drafting him. In fact, this year Luke Willson’s numbers are superior compared to Mcdonald’s. Willson has 20 receptions for 272 yards and 1 TD. Mcdonald, on the other hand, has only 8 receptions for 119 yards and 0 TD. This is a true testament to the hard work that Luke Willson has put in and it is most definitely paying off.

Anthony McCoy, who was this season’s projected number 2 tight end for the Seahawks, went down with a torn Achilles tendon before the season had started. Willson, all of a sudden, had to step up and learn the playbook quickly while still playing at full speed. He did just that, and Seahawks fans have been pleasantly surprised by the production that Willson has put up. He has made many excellent catches and has blocked very well. His first touchdown came in a huge game against San Francisco. On that play, Luke Willson used his top notch athleticism to beat pro bowl linebacker Patrick Willis and caught a nicely thrown ball by Russell Wilson, and didn’t stop running until he reached the end zone.

After that game fans got to see a bit more air time on Luke Willson. He responded well to all the attention and stayed humble throughout the process. He dressed for success in interviews and he stayed positive, even after the disappointing loss to the 49ers. Willson also has been actively involved in the community, recently volunteering at Tent City 4, which is a homeless encampment. Luke Willson is a great role model for young fans and continues to put smiles on their faces through his play, both on and off the field.

Pete Carroll has been impressed with the production of Willson. “To play so early and contribute in such a variety of ways, and he’s really just getting started. He’s a tremendous prospect for us for the years to come.” Carroll is obviously excited to watch Luke Willson as he continues to improve throughout the years in a Seattle Seahawks uniform.

Watch as Willson plans on quickly coming back from his high ankle sprain that he suffered in the last game of the season. Luke Willson tweeted this on January 1, “I’m all about the Canadian quick healing blood.” Seattle fans can count on Willson being a difference maker as the Seahawks continue to compete for the final prize. So, will the real Luke Willson please stand up, and put all of your fingers on each hand up. And, catch another touchdown pass, from your quarterback, Russell Wilson. Touchdown Seahawks! Wilson passes to a wide open Willson! A last name worth mentioning twice, in one sentence.

Go Hawks!!!

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