By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on May 27, 2014
The Seattle Seahawks have started OTAs, and they have quite a few decisions to make after the recent NFL draft. Among other things, we will cover Richard Sherman, their backup quarterback situation, and Golden Tate. We will not cover the fact that Marshawn Lynch skipped a chance to meet the President of the United States, that is, unless you count this intro slide. On to the next one!
This is more about their draft picks than anything else. They snagged two at the receiver position, second-round pick Paul Robinson and fourth-round pick Kevin Norwood, and you would expect those guys to make the roster. Will they be able to replace the production of Golden Tate? That remains to be seen. Doug Baldwin and Percy Harvin had better watch their backs.
The Legion of Boom is alive and well, and especially so after Richard Sherman inked a long contract extension. The real question is whether the defensive line will be able to pressure the quarterback enough for the secondary to live up to their name. They lost Red Bryant and Chris Clemons this offseason, and their rotation will be tough to maintain after that.
Folks often forget that Tate was not only a key receiver on this team, but he also drew punt return duties. Sherman was listed at backup at times last year, but I cannot see Pete Carroll putting his defense's key cog into a possible injury situation. If Doug Baldwin makes the team, then the Seahawks could be looking at him as an option.
I know that slide title is fairly long, but I just want to be clear about this point. You will never be able to change who Richard Sherman is or what he is going to say into a microphone. He could be our generation's Muhammad Ali in my opinion, and anyone who tries to cage Sherman would only be a fool. Maybe as a compromise for Seahawks fans, Carroll can get his star cornerback to quit giving their opponents bulletin board material.
The answer to this question is most likely Tavaris Jackson, but the recent acquisition of Terrelle Pryor should make the backup quarterback conversation a bit more interesting. In the end, they will likely only carry two QBs on the roster, and I have a feeling that Russell Wilson might just make the team.
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