Seattle Seahawks Hope Cory Brandon will Add Strength at Tackle

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Right tackle has become the Seattle Seahawks‘ biggest concern. They appeared to have two young guys competing for the spot: Michael Bowie, in his second year, and rookie Justin Britt.

Bowie injured his shoulder on the first day of training camp. He needs surgery and will be out the rest of the year. Seattle placed him on the waived/injured list. The Cleveland Browns promptly snatched him up.

Britt missed Saturday’s scrimmage with shoulder injury. He spent the day with ice on it. Reports say it’s nothing major.

Former Arizona Cardinals tackle and NFLPA president Eric Winston was added at the end of July. His eight years of experience and 119 consecutive start streak bring a lot of stability to the position.

And today, here comes Cory Brandon, also from the Cardinals. Brandon has been on the practice squads of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears. He was waived on August 1, the same day Arizona signed Max Starks. They seem content with Starks backing up Bobby Massie.

Seattle is not so content with its offensive line. Russell Okung and James Carpenter are nursing minor injuries. All last season, the starting offensive line was shaken up. The Seahawks will need depth. They need a starter at right tackle.

Pete Carroll believes in competition and he’s got it. Alvin Bailey is in his second year. He backed up at both guard and tackle last year when injury required. Overall sixteen players, including rookies Nate Isles and Garry Gilliam are fighting for jobs on the offensive line. Right tackle is glaringly the biggest need.

My gut says Carroll will trust the experience of Winston early in the season. Britt needs to learn from the veteran and prove he deserves the job. All the other guys are there to keep Winston and Britt working hard.

I’m not excited to add castoffs from a division rival, but it’s better than nobody at right tackle.

Eighty Six is a Seattle Seahawks writer for RantSports.com .  Follow him on Twitter @86ThePoet , like him on Facebook  or add him to your network on Google .


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