On Thursday, the long off-season for the Seattle Seahawks finally ended with the team entering the training camp for the first time. With the team on the field, we can take a look at who is currently at the start for each position.
Obviously, many roles are very loose at this time, as players slide in and out of the depth map as injuries and progress adjust to who holds a particular role at any given time. In any event, Thursday's offensive capability positions looked set to open after Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
First team offense as expected. Brown, Moore, Lockett the WRs, Dickson the TE.
̵1; Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) July 25, 2019
This makes the starting team to attack as follows:
FB: Russell Wilson
RB: Chris Carson
TE: Ed Dickson
WR1: Tyler Lockett
WR2: David Moore
WR3: Jaron Brown
LT: Duane Brown
LG: Mike Iupati
C: Justin Britt
RG: DJ Fluker RTD: Germain Ifedi
No surprises in this group. Obviously there will be plenty of time to change things until the beginning of the season, but with the exception of Iupati, the Seahawks offense in 2018 did not look like Doug Baldwin was available.
The defense is missing another group of surprises. Here, Gregg Bell of the News Tribune reports on the Seahawks' launch defense.
– Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) July 25, 2019
DE: Cassius Marsh
DT: Poona Ford
DT: Jarran Reed
DE: Quinton Jefferson
OLB: KJ Wright
MLB: Austin Calitro *
OLB: Mychal Kendricks
CB: Shaquill Griffin
FS: Bradley McDougald
SS: Tedric Thompson
CB: Tre Flowers
The Asterisk at The middle linebacker for Calitro is obviously there to indicate that this role is Bobby Wagner's as soon as he starts practicing. Wagner is in training camp and does not hold up technically, but he apparently refuses to practice until the Hawks make him the highest-paid ball linebacker in the NFL. Now he is at least there and it's obviously better than Earl Thomas (2018) to persevere with Kam Chancellor (2015) or Marshawn Lynch (2014), but it's a distraction in his own way.
Back to the topic The grid, one Of course, the big questions for the defense, is who will fill the gap at Nickel Cornerback, created by Justin Coleman's departure to the Detroit Lions. Since Seattle plays nickel in about two-thirds of defense time, the nickel vertex is extremely important. What makes 2019 even more important compared to 2018 is the fact that the Cardinals of Arizona may have something akin to an actual offense, and not, whatever it was, that David Johnson was constantly in the middle.
Add that the timetable provides for the replacement of some of the worse offenses against higher offenses, and it could be a dangerous combination of inexperienced secondary offenses trying to stop the most serious offenses. In 2018, Seattle went 3-1 against opponents with a Top 10 crime by the DVOA, and that was when Justin Coleman closed the nickel spot. In 2019, the Hawks have half a dozen opponents on the plan, which ended in 2018 with a passing of the top ten of the DVOA. Between opponents who can score and a young secondary, the Hawks may have to do a lot of Russell Wilson stuff over the course of the 2019 season.