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What to watch for as Seahawks wrap up OTAs

Does Seahawks line coach Tom Cable have any more surprises up his sleeve?
Does Seahawks line coach Tom Cable have any more surprises up his sleeve? Staff photographer

Any more O-line surprises? Who’s healthy? Who’s gaining ground as backup running back and cornerback?

There will be plenty to sort through today as the Seahawks wrap up the OTA phase of offseason workouts with their ninth meeting of the voluntary session.

It sets up next week’s three-day (Tuesday through Thursday) mandatory minicamp, which will be the final practices before the start of training camp.

As line coach Tom Cable reminded us last week, this isn’t “real” football, only preparation for training camp.

Especially when it comes to evaluating offensive and defensive linemen, not much can be gathered until they reach the “combative” portion of practices come training camp, Cable said.

But we can see who’s out there and on the hoof.

▪ Both of the presumptive tackles in the newly reconfigured offensive line have been out of action through last week. Today will be the first time the media will be allowed to watch practice since last week when left tackle Garry Gilliam (knee cyst) and J’Marcus Webb (calf strain) were still recovering.

How these two fit in to new positions for the Hawks will be a story that will develop through training camp. The line in its entirety deserves watching as not one among the leading candidates to start has started an NFL game at their current positions.

▪ While running back Thomas Rawls (broken ankle) and tight end Jimmy Graham (knee) were expected to be eased back into action during training camp, each has seemed to be well into his recovery in earlier OTA action. Both have been jogging without apparent problems.

In the meantime, it’s given younger running backs more time opportunities to run the ball, although several of the rookies have dealt with minor physical problems. Meanwhile, rookie tight end Nick Vannett will be watched for proof he can be effective as both a receiver and blocker -- a dual-threat at that position they haven’t had since Zach Miller’s days.

Defensive backs Tharold Simon and DeShawn Shead have been limited recently, too. The battle for depth chart spots in the secondary remains one of the most interesting with the Hawks this off-season.

▪ We’re expecting Pete Carroll to meet with the press afterward to wrap up OTAs and offer some projections for minicamp.