Top 5 Positional Battles To Watch In Seattle Seahawks’ 2014 Training Camp

5 Positional Battles To Watch In Seattle Seahawks' 2014 Training Camp

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As training camp opens in Seattle for the defending Champs, several positional competitions will be heavily scrutinized by both coaches and spectators alike. After losing several big-name free agents like Golden Tate, Chris Clemons and Red Bryant over the course of the offseason, Seattle will need help from new faces if they hope to return to the playoffs. With that in mind, here are five positional battles to watch throughout training camp.

5. Defensive Tackle

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5. Defensive Tackle

Tony McDaniel
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The key to Seattle's success along their defensive line has been their versatility. When defensive coaches have lineman who can play multiple positions like the Seahawks, it makes their jobs much easier. While Brandon Mebane will probably remain the anchor in the middle of the defense, Tony McDaniel will need to fend off young talents like Jordan Hill and Greg Scruggs if he hopes to retain his job as the other starting DT this year.

4. Right Tackle

Justin Britt
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4. Right Tackle

Justin Britt
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Seattle drafted offensive lineman Justin Britt in the second-round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the idea he would become the eventual starting tackle on the right side. While Britt could easily become the starter by the end of the year, he may not be ready for that role immediately; after all, he is a rookie. Michael Bowie will be his primary competition for the job throughout training camp, and it should be a fairly close battle up until Week 1.

3. Wide Receiver

Paul Richardson
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3. Wide Receiver

Paul Richardson
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Understandably, the big news for Seahawk fans this year, as far as the wide receiver position goes, is the return of Percy Harvin. Unfortunately, they will be missing their leading target from last season, as Golden Tate signed with Detroit as a free agent. In his absence, Seattle will look to WR Jermaine Kearse, as well as rookies Kevin Norwood and Paul Richardson, for stability on the depth chart behind Harvin and fellow starter Doug Baldwin.

2. Strong-Side (SAM) Linebacker

Bruce Irvin
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2. Stong-Side (SAM) Linebacker

Bruce Irvin
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The SAM linebacker position in Seattle has been a heated competition for over a year now. Both Malcolm Smith and Bruce Irvin have the necessary talent to be the starter, and that showed as they split-time last season. While Irvin was labeled the starter, Smith may have had the bigger impact (Super Bowl MVP). Plus, with Chris Clemons leaving via free agency, Irvin might move back to more of a pass-rushing role, leaving Smith as the starting SAM.

1. Running Back

Christine Michael
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1. Running Back

Christine Michael
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Of course, the biggest news out of Seahawks Training Camp so far this year has been the absence of Pro-Bowl RB Marshawn Lynch. While "Beast Mode" has been the Seahawks' offensive backbone for years, he is holding out for a contract extension this season. It remains to be seen if the Seahawks will dip into their pockets, but it seems unlikely with talented second-year back Christine Michael and third-year back Robert Turbin behind him.


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