The Seahawks will be back on the field Wednesday for another OTA open to the media. Here are a few quick thoughts heading into that workout.
The Seahawks will be back on the field for an OTA (Organized Team Activity) open to the media Wednesday, scheduled to run from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
It’s the fifth of the nine OTAs on the team’s schedule. OTAs conclude next week and then the team will hold a mandatory mini-camp June 14-16 before taking off for the summer.
I wrote last week about five things to watch for during OTAs and also five players to watch. While those things and players haven’t changed, here are a few other quick thoughts of what to look for heading into the second open OTA.
- The offensive line. Any of us who cover the team will likely write this before any and all chance to see the team between now and the first game of the season. But assessments at the moment will remain somewhat limited since from what we heard last week, both of the projected starting tackles (Garry Gilliam, surgery for cyst on knee, and J’Marcus Webb, calf) are likely to remain out. Still, any and every chance to see the OL may reveal something.
- The backup QBs. Trevone Boykin appeared to be a clear number two last week behind Russell Wilson (and ahead of Jake Heaps), and turned in a few plays along the way that seemed to reinforce the team’s apparent growing confidence in him. But pro sports is all about doing it again and again and again and Boykin will remain under a watchful eye throughout the off-season, and particularly for as long as Tarvaris Jackson remains unsigned (and here’s your friendly reminder that Jackson also was unsigned throughout OTAs last year, so it wouldn’t break precedent for him to still sign on on at some point).
- Who’s there and who’s not. Along with Webb and Gilliam, DeShawn Shead was also among those sidelined last time, while Chris Clemons was, to use Pete Carroll’s words, taking advantage of the fact that OTAs are officially voluntary.
- Who will stand out? During the OTA open to the media last week, the offensive standout may have been receiver Kasen Williams, who made several impressive catches. Russell Wilson was quick to point out Kenny Lawler had been a standout of an OTA two days prior. The no-contact nature of these workouts tend to make it easier for receivers to stand out.
As always, we’ll have full coverage later, including our impressions and notes and quotes.
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