It’s critical that NFL front offices vet potential personnel meticulously to minimize risk. But that’s all they can do – minimize it.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times answers readers’ questions in an online format he calls “Seahawks Mailbag.”
The just-completed offseason program helped the Seahawks learn a few things about the team they expect to have in 2019.
“Let’s talk kickers,” gushed Pete Carroll, beginning his final press briefing of the Seahawks offseason on Thursday with unabashed enthusiasm over a mundane topic.
Shaquem Griffin will begin his second training camp with Seattle in a different position. Griffin has moved from weak side linebacker to the strong side, where he will play closer to the line of scrimmage. He’ll be playing the same position he did in college while trying to make a bigger impact for the Seahawks.
Bradley McDougald’s versatility has proven to be one of his most valuable assets since joining the Seattle Seahawks before the 2017 season. But he does have a preference on where he would like to play in Seattle’s defense. He wants to be the strong safety.
The list of concerns for the Seattle Seahawks as their mandatory team minicamp began Tuesday started with wide receiver and went through to questions about where the pass rush would come from. There is also uncertainly about the tight end position and how the secondary will shake out. Noticeably missing from the list was Seattle’s offensive line, which is a significant turnaround from previous years.
In his second stint with the Seahawks, the only competition Jason Myers has is himself.
Kicker Jason Myers had Seattle near the top of his destination list after becoming a free agent following a Pro Bowl campaign with the Jets last season. Good thing for Myers that Seattle special teams coordinator Brian Schneider had the kicker as the clear top option for solving the Seahawks’ kicking situation. Myers lost a training camp competition to Sebastian Janikowski in Seattle last season and ended up in New York. Now he’s back but this time there is no competition.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett was already going to face heightened expectations coming off a breakout season during which he became Russell Wilson’s favorite target. Then Doug Baldwin was released and Lockett was left with a new role. Lockett showed last season that he was fully recovered from the broken leg he suffered late in the 2016 season, an injury that still affected him in 2017. His 57 receptions came on just 70 targets.
Left tackle Duane Brown says the Seahawks’ offensive line has a chance to be the best in the NFL.
At this time a year ago, K.J. Wright was entering a contract year with no certainty he would stay with the only team he’d ever played for. Then he got hurt during preseason. And had a setback, and got to the point of resigning himself to the idea his career with the Seattle Seahawks was over. But Wright is still in Seattle. He’s healthy and taking part in offseason workouts after signing a two-year contract that likely means Wright will play his entire career with one team.