Found July 25, 2013 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Final Preparations Well, Seahawks fans, we’re finally here. After an offseason that saw us replay those final 30 seconds of Seattle’s game against Atlanta last year over and over, we can finally shed off the excess weight of last season and focus on what is to come. For, if you hadn’t heard, the Seahawks’ training camp began today, a day that officially kicked off the final preparations before the start of the 2013 NFL season. While many of us have had countdowns running throughout the offseason, we are now just 45 days away from Seahawks vs. Panthers. And, just like we did last year, we’re hear to keep you informed of everything that is going on throughout Seattle’s 2013 training camp. Small Observations Seattle kicked off training camp today in front of a sold out crowd. (Rod Mar/Seahawks.com) The biggest news and observation to be made about Seattle’s first training camp of the year was that Percy Harvin was listed on the PUP list due to a reported hip ailment. While players such as Chris Clemons, Zach Miller, Robert Turbin, Tharold Simon, and Greg Scruggs also found themselves on the list, the Harvin injury was a bit perplexing. Yes, he’s been prone to injury, but all reports were that he was in full health and had been gearing up for an outstanding season. Now on the list, Harvin’s absence creates doubt surrounding his potential contributions during the season. While we still have yet to hear the official word on his injury and how long the recovery process will be, it has been postulated that Harvin has a slight tear in his labrum and will be getting a second opinion on it next week. Should he require multiple weeks to recover, it’s likely that Seattle’s offense will not be as potent as anticipated (though they will still be dominant). Offense Aside from the injury to Harvin, the rest of the offense looked smooth and more ready than ever to tackle the upcoming season. Russell Wilson looked like the leader he was towards the end of last season, the flow of the offensive unit was great, and James Carpenter was looking healthy and played well with the 2nd team. It’s still pretty early to say just how good this unit will be day-in and day-out, but from the looks of it they will handle themselves very well on the field. Should Carpenter remain healthy, Seattle’s offensive line could be one of the best in the league. Defense The defense pretty much seemed to be on the same page as the offense, with the first unit looking like a group of guys who were just ready for the season to start already. Questions will still remain surrounding the defensive line, but it appears as though the entire unit is just ready to get out there and hit somebody. Backup Quarterback Competition Unlike last season where Wilson was competing for the starting quarterback position with Matt Flynn, this year’s quarterback position looks to be one for the backup spot between Brady Quinn and Tavaris Jackson. Today we saw Quinn working with the second unit while Tavaris worked with the third. As I stated above, when the Hawks are still just beginning training camp we really can’t read into things too much. That said, players, coaches, and reporters have praised both for their poise heading into camp and their potential role with the Seahawks in 2013. Said Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN: T Jack eased right back into things today. Carroll reiterated the respect the locker room has for him. He’ll speak to the media Fri. — Liz Mathews 710 ESPN (@Liz_Mathews) July 25, 2013 It will be very interesting to watch how this competition plays out over the coming weeks. What they’re saying Obviously all the talk is about Percy Harvin and his potential injury, with much of the talk being centered around whether or not he will require surgery. Pete Carroll did address that to a certain extent, essentially reiterating that the injury still needs to be looked at a second time before anything is set in stone. Chris Carpenter, meanwhile, said that he is feeling 100% and that the guard is his position to control, even though he was working with the two’s today. The first training camp for the Seahawks has already brought us a bunch of speculation and news heading into the 2013 season. Let’s hope, from now on, that the news is more positive. CLICK HERE CHECK OUT OUR SEAHAWKS BLOG AT THE NWSB!
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