Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Who steps up? The Seattle Seahawks begin OTA’s next week with a lot of things to sort out. While the team’s starters are already seemingly set barring a Russell Wilson-like takeover at another position, there are still quite a few roster spots up for grabs. With so many players coming to camp, there are going to be some good battles. While I was hoping this didn’t turn into a position battle piece, I am afraid I have almost no choice. With so much depth on the team right now, these spots are going to be heavily competed for. When Pete Carroll is in the mix, it’s always a competition. Let’s take a look, shall we? ROLB The only position that needs to be filled, in my opinion, is ROLB. While I have ZERO issue with Malcolm Smith taking over full time, there are more guys on the roster who could easily take the starting role with stellar camp performances. Smith would be the most logical, but the Seahawks have wiggle room no matter which way they go. Do they bring in a rookie like John Lotulelei? Or will guys like Korey Toomer or Mike Morgan step up? This is the consideration in my mind. If it were me, Smith would be your new starting ROLB. Malcolm Smith has a chance to take over the role of starting ROLB. WR 3, 4, 5, 6 Most teams carry 6 wide receivers on the roster, though some opt for 5 at times. While Sidney Rice has the #1 spot locked down, Percy Harvin will almost certainly become the #2. While sound logic would put Golden Tate 3rd on the depth chart, I believe Doug Baldwin could take it over if he stays healthy. The remaining receivers after the 3rd slot on the depth chart: Baldwin/Tate, Jermaine Kearse, Chris Harper, and Phil Bates. If they didn’t make this list, I don’t think they’ll make the team. Based on this list, Bates ends up on the practice squad. DT 2 With both Allan Branch and Jason Jones leaving Seattle in free agency, the team went out and got Tony McDaniel from the Dolphins. Then they drafted Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams this year. They also have Clinton McDonald who has seen considerable time. With Brandon Mebane a stalwart #1 DT, which of these guys gets to start next to Mebane? It’s most likely going to be by committee, or platooning, because of the versatility and needs in different situations. I like Jordan Hill in the pass rush while any of the other 3 would suffice in run situations. I personally like Jesse Williams and a run stopping regular, but you can’t beat veteran knowledge. TE 2 We all know Zach Miller is the #1 TE on the depth chart. His got much stronger last year after he was able to become a receiver instead of a blocker. Now is the question for who gets to back him up. Is it incumbent Anthony McCoy or will it be rookie Luke Willson? McCoy is big and can block AND receive while Willson is another vertical threat who can do some serious damage in the middle. I honestly think Willson overtakes McCoy and becomes the team’s #2 TE. QB 2, 3 Any season isn’t complete without a little Pete Carroll-era QB controversy. We all know Russell Wilson is the starting, so that’s a given. But the question is…who gets to be his backup? The team brought in Brady Quinn through free agency as well as bringing back Josh Portis the same way. Then they signed Jerrod Johnson. Quinn may have a decent arm, but he’s not nearly as mobile as Johnson or Portis. I believe he’s the odd man out. Johnson takes the #2 slot, Portis grabs the #3 slot. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS BLOG PAGE IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION AT NWSB!
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