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Football in May: Seahawks begin nine days of organized team activities

Coach Pete Carroll talks during Seahawks minicamp this month with rookie defensive tackle Jaran Reed at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. That’s where the team is having the first of nine organized team activity days on the field this week.
Coach Pete Carroll talks during Seahawks minicamp this month with rookie defensive tackle Jaran Reed at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. That’s where the team is having the first of nine organized team activity days on the field this week. phaley@thenewstribune.com

The Seahawks’ first organized team activities continued Tuesday with practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

Tuesday was the second of nine days of voluntary OTAs. Those are drills on the field without pads or even helmets in which the offense and defense do individual position work plus pass-and-tap scrimmaging of one unit against the other. Thursday will be the third OTA day.

OTAs continue in Renton next week, on June 1, 3, 6, 7 and 9.

The team posted pictures Tuesday of the second OTA day on its website, including of Russell Wilson running with his tongue out and Richard Sherman in his bucket hat.

And Monday from Day 1:

Chancellor is with the team this week despite the fact he’s been unhappy with his contract that has two years remaining on it.

Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett is also still unhappy with his deal that has two years left on it. He has been skipping all voluntary team activities this spring for the second consecutive offseason.

The one mandatory mincamp of this offseason is June 14-16. Anyone who does not attend that is subject to a team fine.

The first OTA open to the media is Thursday. I will watching to see just how big the right side of Seattle’s new starting offensive line is in person. On paper, it’s large. Top rookie draft choice Germain Ifedi is 6 feet 5, 325 pounds with a wingspan of more than seven feet. He is at right guard next to new right tackle J’Marcus Webb, the 6-7, 331-pound veteran the Seahawks signed as a free agent from Oakland in March. That’s a lot of beef on one side of the line.

The other side has former college tight end Garry Gilliam replacing departed Russell Okung for the first time this week at left tackle, plus a competition at left guard between Mark Glowinski, the 2015 draft pick who started one game as a rookie last season, and perhaps rookie Rees Odhiambo from Boise State and recently signed free agent Bradley Sowell.

The center will also be a competition this preseason, between Patrick Lewis, the starter there the latter half of last season, and former starting tackle and guard Justin Britt.

Suffice to say, the offensive line will remain a story and question well into training camp and the preseason games of August. So nothing will get settled there over this OTAs without pads or hitting.

Rookie Alex Collins and returning veteran Christine Michael are beginning their competition for the backup job to new No. 1 running back Thomas Rawls. Rawls won’t be fully participating on the field for months still following his broken ankle and torn ligaments from December. Rookie third-round pick C.J. Prosise will get many chances to catch the ball out of the backfield in these OTAs and minicamps as the new third-down, receiving back.

With no hitting and the focus on passing and catching, undrafted rookie Trevone Boykin from Texas Christian will get a long look over the next two weeks from coaches trying to decide how much more they want to pursue unsigned free agent Tarvaris Jackson, or any other veteran, as Wilson’s primary backup quarterback. The team pictured Boykin and Wilson together during Monday’s OTA. Boykin and former Skyline High School star Jake Heaps, signed this month, are the only backups on the roster.

Vernon Adams, the former Eastern Washington and Oregon standout, tried out with Seattle in rookie minicamp this month. Adams signed this week with Montreal of the Canadian Football League.

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