The Seahawks don’t take the field until 1 p.m. today and will have what coach Pete Carroll is calling a “mock game.” We presume that includes some work on special teams. Generally these are at least close to live action, although possibly not on kicks and punts.
These are not only a chance to see everybody in game-speed action, but also just part of refining the protocol of getting everybody on the field at the right time with the right units – the sort of thing that can get confusing in early preseason games when there’s so many new and young players.
As we look toward the preseason games, there are few positions that are sources of contention. Right tackle, certainly, remains in doubt. Michael Bowie has been out with a shoulder and could be losing what consideration he had as last year’s fill-in starter when Breno Giacomini was injured. Justin Britt is the second-round draft pick and is likely the player they’d envision taking over the spot in the long run. And Eric Winston is the veteran just brought in.
Britt seems to be playing like a rookie. He has plays where his promise is obvious, and plays where he gets beaten pretty badly. Tom Cable says he corrects his mistakes and plays with a lot of energy and attitude. Winston, at this point, would be the most consistent of the trio. Staff has repeatedly said he’s been brought in as “depth.” But if Bowie can’t get or stay healthy and Britt remains on the learning curve, Winston could be the guy there. The thing Winston has, certainly, is durability, having started 119 games.
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There’s a lot of manpower to figure out on the defensive line, too, as we see where newly healthy Greg Scruggs fits in, along with new free agent Kevin Williams and some young guys like Jordan Hill, Benson Mayowa, Cassius Marsh and others.
Another battle that could have nothing to do with how the team performs during the season is at the backup quarterback spot. Tarvaris Jackson has the league experience and is comfortable with the scheme, but free agent Terrelle Pryor has an abundance of physical gifts and seems to be improving his accuracy as a passer. These are the sorts of things that can be better judged during game situations.
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--Former Seahawks linebacker Dave Wyman looks at the learning experience of some Seahawk rookies.
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