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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

Seattle Seahawks Free Agency Tracker

Well so far the Seahawks haven’t done a whole lot in free agency. They have re-signed Michael Bennett. The Seahawks have also signed WR Taylor Price, who hasn’t play in two year due to injuries.

The Seattle Seahawks have lost many veteran players that were big parts in the Super Bowl 48 win. This list includes, Golden Tate, Walter Thurmond and Clinton McDonald. They have also cut Chris Clemons, Red Bryant and Sidney Rice.

Despite these losses the Seahawks are in great shape for next season. John Schneider and Pete Carroll have a plan that will work out in the end.

Here are three of the players that are still on the market that the Seahawks have shown interest in. If the Seahawks can get all three of these players, then that would be spectacular.

Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers:
The Seahawks had Finley in for a visit last week. It sounds like they are going to sign him, but need to wait for medical clearance first. Finley had spinal surgery this past year after suffering a near career ending injury. If signed by the Seahawks, he would provide a big red zone target for Russell Wilson. Zach Miller and Jermichael Finley would provide the Seahawks with a very good tight end duo.

Henry Melton, DT, Chicago Bears:
Melton visited the Seahawks on Saturday and sources said that on Saturday night they were in deep contract negations. He eventually left and went to his next visit which is in Dallas. They have a scheduled meeting on Monday. Dallas doesn’t have as much cap room as Seattle, so the Seahawks have the advantage in that area. Dallas is Henry Melton’s home town, so that might be appealing to him. Melton would replace Clinton McDonald and most likely be an upgrade. He was a pro bowl player in 2012, but tore his ACL last year.

Jared Allen, DE, Minnesota Vikings:
Jared Allen visited Seattle today, but was said to have gone back home without a contract. He is also scheduled to be meeting with Dallas this week. Seattle seems to be a perfect landing spot for Allen. If Jared Allen signed with Seattle, he would instantly be a fan favorite. Seattle has been interested in Allen since the trade deadline, when they were said to have inquired about Allen and were thinking about trading for him. Jared Allen would replace the loss of Chris Clemons and would probably end up being a bit of an upgrade.

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 Big Guys Up Front

Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant are two of the most intimidating athletes in the NFL, and they lead the Seattle Seahawks defensive charge every game. They are the longest-tenured Seahawks on this year’s team and have brought their full effort since day one. Mebane possesses the NFL’s best belly roll sack dance and plugs up running holes. Red Bryant is the defensive captain and fires up his teammates with his inspiring speeches before every game. Both of these players were a big part in holding the Rams to only 13 total rushing yards last week

Mebane was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2007 NFL draft and the Seahawks have gotten more than they bargained for. A true testament to the hard work that Mebane has put in throughout the years is the fact that Coach Pete Carroll kept him when he was hired as the Seahawks coach. Carroll basically cleaned house, but obviously saw something that he like in Mebane. In fact, Mebane is the only player still on the Seahawks from the 2007 draft class. Brandon Mebane has been a solid run stopper as well as providing an interior rush that isn’t to be messed with. All he has done is consistently produce for a Seattle Seahawks defense that has struggled at times, but now, after many years, the Seahawks are the NFL’s #1 defensive team and a big part to do with that is the outstanding play of Brandon Mebane.

Lining up next to Mebane is the heart and soul of the defensive line, Red Bryant. Bryant played his college ball at Texas A&M and was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the 4th round of the 2008 NFL draft. Bryant plugs up running lanes, but also puts pressure on the quarterback. No quarterback wants to see all 323 pounds of Red Bryant coming after him. But, quarterbacks saw more of Bryant after Pete Carroll and his staff decided in 2010 to move Bryant from defensive tackle to defensive end. Not many teams are able to have such a versatile player who is that big and athletic. Bryant took the transition in stride and plays the position exceptionally well. The passion and emotion that Bryant plays with is a key factor in keeping the Seahawks defense playing at a high-level.

Both Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant will have a huge impact in the playoffs. They are a great duo on the line and will continue to give Seahawks fans something to cheer about. They are also two of the most respected players on the Seahawks team, having been with the organization for so long. In fact, John Schneider has already awarded both Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant with significant contract extensions. The 12th man can look forward to watching these big men dominate on the Seahawks defensive line for years to come. Here’s to hoping we get another Brandon Mebane belly roll during the playoffs.