Some thoughts on the offensive line after the Seahawks' ninth practice of training camp.
As the Seahawks prepare for Friday’s preseason opener against Denver, the starting offensive line looks a little more unsettled.
Three spots are set — left tackle Russell Okung, right tackle Justin Britt and right guard J.R. Sweezy.
The other two spots, though, suddenly appear even more intriguing.
Drew Nowak worked with the first team throughout practice Monday, as he also did in the scrimmage Saturday, and Seattle coach Pete Carroll said after practice that he has a slight lead on Lemuel Jeanpierre.
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Left guard is getting even more interesting as the Seahawks continue to find more competition for Alvin Bailey, who entered camp as the presumptive starter. Carroll said today Bailey would still get the first snaps in the game Friday against Denver. But he also said the spot is open, with Keavon Milton making a fast push the last few days. Milton got the snaps with the ones in practice on Monday with Bailey working with the twos.
“You want to find your best five and I think (Milton) is starting to work towards that so we are going to give him the opportunity,” OL coach Tom Cable said after practice.
Cable was asked if the competition being found for Bailey is due to others rising their level, and he said “yeah. I think the guys have risen. We are getting some really valuable depth there and what we are looking for is really high, consistent play. So some of the guys are showing more, yeah.” Others who have been used at left guard of late are rookies Kristjan Sokoli and Mark Glowsinki. However, it appeared Glowinski was being used largely at right tackle again on Monday.
Seattle’s other 2015 draft pick, Terry Poole, is now being used primarily at right tackle.
Asked Monday to assess the draft picks, Cable said: “I do like some of the things that are going on with them. I think that Mark is really showing, Kristjan is really showing again. Keavon is really on the come. So we’ll see we need to get Terry into the system where he can be competent at it and confident.”
Poole has been used lately largely with the No. 3 offense.
Here is how the lines looked most of Monday:
Starters, left to right: Okung, Milton, Nowak, Sweezy, Britt.
Second team, left to right: Garry Gilliam, Bailey, Jeanpierre, Glowsinki, Jesse Davis.
Third team, left to right: Kona Schwenke, Sokoli, Patrick Lewis, Will Pericak, Poole.
Asked how soon he would like to pin down the offensive line, Cable said “I suppose in the next couple of weeks so they spend a couple of weeks together.”
Figure on a few more twists and turns until then.