Seattle Seahawks 2014 Training Camp Preview
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
REPORT DATE: July 24
SITE: Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, WA
CAMP CONFIDENTIAL: Super Bowl hangovers are real and Pete Carroll and Co. figure to be searching for the aspirin on more than one occasion this year.
The first headache has been Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch, who is wrangling for a new contract in an era where fewer and fewer running backs are getting big money.
On the field, the reigning Super Bowl champs are loaded everywhere you look with one notable exception, the offensive line. The one real weakness in Seattle is with the big uglies, and that was before the team lost Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan in free agency.
KEY OFFENSIVE ACQUISITION: Seattle didn't have a first-round pick but did have a pair of second-rounders and offensive tackle Justin Britt will be thrown into the mix at right tackle early on.
Britt was certainly a selection at a need position but he was given a late- round grade by most scouts. He isn't very physical and spent most of his time working out of a 2-point stance in a spread-option offense at Mizzou but O- line coach Tom Cable sees something.
"He gets it. Nothing is too big for him," Cable said. "He really has a good background and he's ready for something like this. He's been in the right kind of environments and he's doing really well."
KEY DEFENSIVE ACQUISITION: Veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams is 33 but the five-time All-Pro should still have some gas left in the tank, especially as a rotational player on a deep front.
"I think if I'm playing 500 plays versus 700 plays at this age I can definitely still get after the quarterback," Williams said. "It's an awesome chance to get in and play a limited number of snaps and maximize the ability I have."
PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):
Aug 7 - at Denver, 9:00 PM Aug 15 - vs. San Diego, 10:00 PM Aug 22 - vs. Chicago, 10:00 PM Aug 28 - at Oakland, 10:00 PM
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