Russell Okung and John Moffitt, both young offensive linemen who ended 2011 on Injured reserve but are expected to be starters in 2012, are “ahead of schedule” in their recovery. While neither are currently cleared to participate in contact drills, both were on the field with their teammates earlier this week for the team’s minicamp practices.
It may not sound like much, but the having the duo out there, even without being able to participate in contract drills, is extremely important. Both are young players that are still learning the ins and outs of Tom Cable’s blocking schemes that were introduced last year. There’s still learning to be done that can help these players once the game’s start.
Okung and Moffitt make up 40% of an offensive line that will need to be much improved if the Seahawks are going to make it to the playoffs in 2012. So having them healthy and participating in these practices is incredibly important.
Of the 5 offensive linemen who ended the 2011 season as starters, only 2 projected to back in the same place at the start of 2012. Max Unger will return at center, and Breno Giacomini will be back at RT. Giacomini, though, is actually a backup himself. He’s filling in for an injured James Carpenter, who wont be fully healed in time for the 2012 season, and will likely begin the year on PUP list. A third, Paul McQuistan has the edge to win the LG spot, but he was the starting LT at the end of the season.