RENTON- The Seattle Seahawks wrapped up their final day of minicamp on Thursday and the Seahawks are looking like a playoff team for another season. Several things jump off the page following the team’s offseason workouts.
Best linebacking corps yet?
Head Coach Pete Carroll didn’t mince words when said that this could be his best linebacking group yet in Seattle. Bobby Wagner was named the third-best player in the league, regardless of position, by Pro Football Focus. K.J Wright knows this scheme and has been successful in it for years, Mychal Kendricks was a great player for Philadelphia before getting in some hot water for insider trading. Shaquem Griffin looks even better his second year, and rookies Cody Barton and Ben Burr-Kirven are turning heads.
Carroll has so much talent at linebacker he said the final day of minicamp that they would be using former No. 6 pick, Barkevious Mingo more as a pass rusher than a strong side linebacker. This gave Griffin snaps at strong side linebacker, the position he played in college. Barton is getting serious praise and he has yet to break free from the second team. This linebacking corps is completely stacked with talent.
What will the defense look like?
There are several guys who are going to play a lot of football for the Seahawks who didn’t suit up this week. Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Mychal Kendricks, Jarran Reed, Bradley McDougald, Ziggy Ansah and Delano Hill, among others have been limited or sidelined during offseason workouts. Although almost all of them are expected to be ready to go by training camp, with the exception of Ansah.
The biggest question marked left by an absent player is the one left by McDougald, since his position will define the entire secondary. Hill and rookie Marquise Blair being limited hasn’t helped clear things up either. “It’s a little bit difficult because Bradley is not out there,” Carroll said. “Bradley really has been the leader and the best communicator for us and just the experience and all of that.”
The defense will be fine, the Seahawks just won’t get a true vision of how it’ll look until training camp.
Receivers looking sharp
Coming out of college the biggest knock on Ole Miss receiver, D.K. Metcalf was that he couldn’t run the entire route tree. The big-bodied, lightning-fast receiver was only ever asked to run deep routes in college. That caused him to tumble down the draft board, despite being a consensus first-round talent. Ever since getting to rookie camp, and throughout OTAs and minicamp, Metcalf has only grown as a player and has shown he can run more routes then we saw in college.
Fourth-round pick Gary Jennings has been sidelined with an injury, which has been bad news for him but good news for the Seahawks as seventh-round pick John Ursua has stepped up. Projected to be an undrafted free agent and doubted by scouts to even make an NFL roster, Ursua has drawn the praise of his head coach.
“As we closed out this time, we were able to get a good look at John Ursua,” Carroll said. “He started to feel comfortable and show us the kind of quicks and change-of-direction stuff that made him one of the big scorers in college football last year… It’s very, very competitive at this spot. So we’ll see what happens, but (Ursua) looked really good.”
On top of that, David Moore has been playing at different positions and Tyler Lockett appears ready to become quarterback Russell Wilson’s go-to target.
The Seahawks have yet to announce when training camp will start, but it will be in mid-to-late July.