Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 9/6/12
Game 1 is here…

That’s right, at long last regular season football is upon us! It’s Season Preview time. Part 1 & Part 2

251 long days since the Seattle Seahawks season ended, it starts again in the same place; Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium.

On that day, the Seattle Seahawks suffered their ninth lose on the season, but it was an exciting season, a season that featured breakout stars Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin.

Who will it be this season?

For that answer AND more, keep reading!

Seahawk Offense Quarterbacks

Russell Wilson – 5’11″, 206.  Matt Flynn – 6’2″, 225.

When Russell Wilson receives that beautiful first snap from Max Unger on the 9th, it will be the first time since 1993 that a Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback has started the season.

And expect there to be many, many more snaps received.

Pete Carroll isn’t a normal coach.  He started a third round rookie over the big money free agent Matt Flynn, so don’t think for one second that Wilson will be on a short leash.

No sir, he will take his bumps and bruises; but at the end of the day he could be back on the field where it all started, in three years time, as a Super Bowl Champion.

Running Backs

Marshawn Lynch – 5’11″, 215.  Robert Turbin – 5’10″, 222.  Leon Washington – 5’8″, 203.  Michael Robinson – 6’1″, 240.

Marshawn Lynchjust signed a big money extension and as a result he will get fewer touches.  He is already over 1100 carries on the career, at just 26.  Last season he carried the football 285 times, and I believe that number will drop to 200-225.

Lynch is over 1100 carries for his career, at just 26

Kickoff specialist Leon Washington will stick around 50 carries again this season, but I think will have a better season statistically.  Rookie Robert Turbin will have upwards of 100 carries this season as the new backup to Lynch.

Returning Pro-Bowler Michael Robinson will bring more of the same this year, and will be more involved with the offense as Justin Forsett didn’t run behind his fullback often, whereas Turbin does.

Wide Receivers

Flanker: Sidney Rice – 6’4″, 202.  Ben Obomanu - 6’1″, 204.  Charly Martin - 6’1″, 212.

Split End: Golden Tate - 5’10″, 202.  Braylon Edwards - 6’3″, 214.

Slot: Doug Baldwin - 5’10″, 189. (Tate & Martin can both play inside as well when called up)

Stay healthy!  That’s the theme for this wide receivers group.

Supposed number one Sidney Rice has all the potential and talent in the world, and this is the season to show it if he can stay healthy.

Same goes for surprise addition Braylon Edwards who has only played a full season in 50% of the seasons he’s been in the NFL.

More of the same from Doug Baldwin this year, as he looks to improve on a rookie season that shocked the NFL and led the Seahawks in catches and yards.

Will this be the season for Golden Tate to breakout?  He set the table for a breakout season with his strong ending after Sidney Rice went down last season.

Tight Ends

Y-Tight End: Zach Miller – 6’5″, 255.  Anthony McCoy – 6’5″, 259.

H-Back: Evan Moore - 6’6″, 250.

Due to the lockout shortened offseason and three new starters, big money free agent addition Zach Miller wasn’t utilized in the passing game last season as much as he was accustomed to from his time in Oakland.

I expect him to bounce back to 40-50 catches this year, barring a healthy and productive offensive line.

Anthony McCoysurprised many in preseason action, where his hands in the passing game looked solid.  He will backup Zach Miller and line up on the offensive line as a blocker often this season, where he is best.

Rookie defensive tackle turned offensive guard J.R. Sweezy. Is he the next big thing? (Photo: Seahawks.com)

Newly signed Evan Moore will slot in as the pass catching tight end in the Seattle offense, a role vacated by Kellen Winslow’s release.  The biggest concern will be his health, which has been an issue thus far in his career.

If he can play a full 16 games than he could put up numbers mirroring Miller’s.

Offensive Lineman

LT: Russell Okung – 6’5″, 310.  Frank Omiyale – 6’4″, 315.

LG: Paul McQuistan – 6’6″, 315.  James Carpenter – 6’5″, 321.

C: Max Unger – 6’5″, 305.  Lemuel Jeanpierre – 6’3″, 301.

RG: JR Sweezy – 6’5″, 298.  John Moffitt - 6’4″, 319.

RT: Breno Giacomini – 6’7″, 318.  Frank Omiyale – 6’4″, 315.

This year seems like a good year for injury prone players to break out.  Sidney Rice?  Yup, sounds about right.  Next on that list? Russell Okung!

Okung was having a great season last year, before it was ended by a cheap shot from Eagles defensive end Trent Cole.

James Carpenter is also back at practice this week, and should see the field this year, recovering from an ACL injury.  Whether or not he starts any games is up to super backup Paul McQuistan who was absolute dynamite last season.

Today during Pete Carroll’s press conference, he announced that rookie defensive tackle turned offensive guard J.R. Sweezy would start the season at right guard.  As a starter.  Wow!

Something I believe the ‘Hawks want to stress is that this is not due to John Moffitt‘s poor performance, just excellent growth shown by Sweezy over the few months he’s been an offensive lineman.

Stay tuned to NWSportsBeat.com for the defensive breakdown!

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