Questions about Christine Michael, the defensive line and Chris Matthews in this edition of the Seahawks mailbag.

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Time to answer some more Seahawks’ questions from Twitter (and consider this a Russell Wilson-Michael Bennett-contract free edition). …

Q: @IanDavidson23 asked: Who is impressing most on the offensive line? And is Christine Michael maturing enough to possibly jump Robert Turbin this offseason?

A: The biggest riser on the offensive line during OTAs and mini-camp had to be Drew Nowak, a third-year player who spent last season on the practice squad. During the final OTA that was open to the media and the one-day mini-camp we got to see, Nowak was splitting reps with the starting offense at center with Lemuel Jeanpierre. And afterward, coach Pete Carroll said Nowak was a legitimate contender for the starting job. Nowak’s story is sort of interesting. For one, he’s left-handed, and played defense at Western Michigan before converting to the offensive line in the NFL. For another, he’s from De Pere, Wis., the same hometown as Seattle GM John Schneider — each was honored at a banquet in 2014.

As for Michael, he was a little harder to read in the spring as he missed some of the workouts with a hamstring injury. Michael is entering his third season, and as many have written, this looms as a really key year for him to begin living up to the expectations that greeted his arrival as the team’s first pick in the 2013 draft. He had a chance to get all the reps with the first team at tailback in the spring with Marshawn Lynch sitting out and Robert Turbin rehabbing a hip injury. But Michael’s own injury limited what he could do. So for now, I think it’s status quo entering training camp. Camp and preseason games, though, will provide yet another opportunity for Michael and this time, he’ll have increased urgency to take advantage.

Q: @SkiffFeldspar asked: Do you know of any particular reason why the Seahawks didn’t bring Kevin Williams back?

A: The biggest is that the Seahawks signed Ahtyba Rubin to do basically the same thing as Williams did a year ago — serve as a backup at the tackle spots inside and be available to fill in as much as needed. What also happened is that Brandon Mebane recovered well enough that the team is confident he’ll be ready for the season, as well. Every dollar counts right now, and after paying Rubin — who at 28 is seven years younger than Williams — up to $3.1 million for this season, and  with every other starter on the defensive line returning and making some fairly big money, the cap for the line started to fill up. The Seahawber of young players they hope can emerge to take on more significant roles up front and do so a little more cheaply. But the biggest reason was getting Rubin, who as noted, was basically brought in to do the same thing Williams did last season but is younger and may have more upside at this point.

Q: @EthanOrloff asked: Chris Matthews’ role is?. …

A: Still to be determined, but potentially significant. Matthews was the breakout star of the Super Bowl with four catches for 109 yards. That performance sets some high expectations for this season, and the Seahawks undoubtedly share in those, hoping that Matthews can become the big outside receiver to complement Jimmy Graham inside. Through OTAs and mini-camp, Matthews usually worked as a starter in Seattle’s three-receiver sets along with Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, a role he could easily keep into the regular season. But it’s worth keeping his Super Bowl performance in some perspective. The Seahawks knew the Patriots were likely to use Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner on Baldwin and Kearse, and crafted some plays to get Matthews in some advantageous one-on-one matchups with smaller corners, such as Logan Ryan, the man Matthews beat for his touchdown at the end of the first half. The Patriots put Browner on Matthews early in the second half and he had just one catch the rest of the way. The point being that while the Super Bowl showed the promise Matthews has, the jury is still out if he can be that productive on a game-in, game-out basis against the best corners the other team has to offer. As such, monitoring his progress this season ranks as among one of the many intriguing storylines to follow in 2015.