5 Things Seattle Seahawks Must Accomplish During OTAs

5 Things The Seahawks Must Accomplish During OTAs

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The defending Super Bowl champions go into the 2014 season with a few questions, holes to fill and the daunting task of playing every game with a bullseye on their back. If they want to fend off all challengers and have a chance at repeating as champions, they must get the team in order. Here are five things the Seattle Seahawks must accomplish during OTAs to make 2014 a successful season.

5. Establish a Backup QB

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5. Establish a Backup QB

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With Terrelle Pryor, Tavaris Jackson, Keith Price and B.J. Daniels currently on the roster, the Seahawks need to determine which one is going to be the backup should anything catastrophic happen to Russell Wilson. The Seahawks traded away a seventh-round pick for Pryor, but he has struggled with his accuracy and consistency in OTAs, so it looks like Jackson, the incumbent, is the front-runner.

4. Get Christine Michael Ready

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4. Get Christine Michael Ready

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With Marshawn Lynch not attending OTAs, Michael has been getting plenty of reps and is showcasing his abilities. The Seahawks need to establish a solid No. 2 RB option to lessen the load on Lynch. The more reps Michael can get, the better accustomed he will become with the offense. Though the team also has Robert Turbin, Michael is expected to be better option coming off the bench.

3. Remake the Secondary

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3. Remake the Secondary

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While they still have Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell and Earl Thomas, the Seahawks lost cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond, and safety Chris Maragos to free agency. They were all quality players whose production will need to be replaced, so they re-signed safety Jeron Johnson and signed CB Phillip Adams. The core of the “Legion of Boom” remains intact, but without suitable role players, it will go bust.

2. Rebuild the Defensive Line

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2. Rebuild the Defensive Line

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The Seahawks must replace the losses of Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Clinton McDonald, because there is no “Legion of Boom” without a solid defensive line. They re-signed DE Michael Bennett who had 8.5 sacks in 2013 and rookie Cassius Marsh who has proven to be a versatile player during OTAs. DT Jordan Hill, expected to replace McDonald, will need to live up to the pass rushing ability he was drafted for in 2013.

1. Find Golden Tate’s Replacement

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1. Find Golden Tate’s Replacement

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They lost arguably their best WR in Tate, but they still have quality talent, including Doug Baldwin, Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice. However, Baldwin has never been the No. 1 guy, Harvin is injury prone and Rice is a middling talent. The focus should be on getting rookie Paul Richardson, who has Harvin-like speed, acclimated to the offense as quickly as possible. Doing so allows Baldwin’s versatility to be utilized more effectively.

Willis Patenaude is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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