By Eighty Six @86ThePoet on July 3, 2014
The Seattle Seahawks are preparing to defend their Super Bowl title. Head coach Pete Carroll must replace departed free agents including Chris Clemons, Red Bryant and Golden Tate. Carroll needs to keep the swagger of a champion from becoming overconfidence. He needs to rebuild the deep, energetic roster that won it all last year.
What stories will we be talking about this July in Seattle?
The Seahawks currently have 13 wide receivers. They only had six on the Super Bowl roster. Golden Tate is with the Detroit Lions while Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Percy Harvin are certain to return. Sidney Rice is healthy again but after that, who knows?
Ricardo Lockette has an edge because of superior special teams play. Rookie Paul Richardson showed exceptional separation speed in the OTAs.
The competition should be fierce.
Pete Carroll has a group he calls his "red-shirt" guys who either missed most of last year because of injury or just didn't play because of depth. Last year's draft picks Tharold Simon (CB) , Jesse Williams (DT) and Jordan Hill (DT) are on that list. So is third-year DE Greg Scruggs (pictured).
These are all players who had no impact on the Super Bowl run. Add them to the rookies and you have lots of new talent on the squad.
The battle to back up Russell Wilson is between Tarvaris Jackson, BJ Daniels and Pryor. Seattle won't keep more than three quarterbacks, so someone has to go.
Jackson has considerable experience with the team. Daniels' advantage is his time spent with the rival San Francisco 49ers. His value as a spy has already been tapped, so it's time for him to play or go.
So what about the 6-foot-4, 233-pound Pryor? Will his athleticism get him a job?
Last year's starting right tackle Breno Giacomini is now with the New York Jets. Of all the free agent departures, I'm worried about this one the least. He collected too many holding and personal foul penalties for my taste.
Second-year player Michael Bowie is competing with rookie Justin Britt for the spot. Last year Bowie did a solid job filling in at tackle and guard. Britt is known for being a brawler with a nasty streak.
Who gets the job?
The veteran fullback was cut but re-signed last year. Currently he is not one of Seattle's three fullbacks. Robinson is the host of the Real Rob Report, which delivers stories from the team's locker room. He has expressed interest in coaching and excels at social media. He is a natural for a broadcasting job.
He continues to be the voice of Marshawn Lynch, who hates to be interviewed. Want to know about Marshawn? Ask Michael.
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