With the exception of ESPN being at one day of training camp and Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch’s brief training camp holdout the media hasn’t given much attention to the defending Super Bowl champs and that’s just how the 2014 Seattle Seahawks like it. On the shores of Lake Washington in their beautiful training facilities at the VMAC, the Seahawks are building their team like they went 0-16 last year. With key departures from last years championship team (Chris Clemens, Red Byrant, Walter Thurmmond, Golden Tate, Michael Robinson, Breno Giacomini), they have a new crop of talent ready to “compete” and again making them the deepest team in the league.
Let’s take a look at some of the standouts through training camp:
WR Percy Harvin- Injured for most of last year, Harvin looks as healthy and faster than ever. With one just a tweak earlier, he’s going to be a major contributor this year especially with the absence of Golden Tate and will be a deep threat which the Hawks haven’t had since Koren Robinson. More than likely teams will be putting an extra defender on him to avoid giving up the big play.
WR Doug Baldwin- Despite a contract extension, “Dougie Fresh” still has a big chip on his shoulder. He’s seems faster and will have a huge year with so much attention given to Percy. He will have one on one coverage for most of the year and could possibly be the first 1000 yard receiver since Koren Robinson in 2002.
ILB Brock Coyle- A undrafted rookie out of Montana he’s really impressed defensive coordinator Dan Quinn with his motor, instincts and versatility. He can play middle linebacker and weakside linebacker. “He came here ready to compete right from the get go and didn’t back down from any of the challenges in front of him.”
G James Carpenter- In this his contract year Carpenter came into camp in great shape: slimmer, faster, and healthier. Probably a starter this could be the year that he lives up to his expectations of being a first round pick in 2011 out of Alabama.
TE Cooper Helfet- Being the third year in the program he has made tremendous strides this year. Pete Carroll has nothing but high praises for him. “Cooper really is an extraordinary catcher.” Cooper could very well be the successor to Zach Miller.
WR Kevin Norwood- Before his foot injury, Norwood has shown exceptional hands and body control. He is that big body receiver that Pete likes near the goal line. Most probable to take Sidney Rice’s spot on the roster.
Denver Broncos Game Recap:
In the first pre season game that was highlighted by penalties and a lightning storm there were some standouts in the rematch from Super Bowl 48 in which the Broncos won 21-16. Terrelle Pryor made his debut and made the most of his opportunities despite throwing a interception that could of been a game winning touchdown but had some good throws down the middle and showcased his running and scrambling ability.
Brock Coyle is on a mission to make this team with 5 tackles, a huge hit on Bronco running back C.J. Anderson that made him leave the game. He also had a tackle on special teams covering a kickoff.
Second round pick Paul Richardson had a impressive debut as well with 4 catches for 37 yards. Even though he didn’t have the long pass to show his breakaway speed he was able to show off his route running and his toughness by breaking tackles after catches.
Probably the most impressive debut was Cassius Marsh the rookie defensive end from UCLA. His motor just keeps on going and help him get a sack, tackle for a loss, and almost had another sack but unfortunately Brock Osweiler was able to escape.
All in all the pre season has only given Pete and his staff to find more diamonds in the rough and unlike any other teams in the league the Seahawks wish they didn’t have to make any cuts.