5 Things We Learned From Seahawks Rookie Mini-Camp
By Jacob Sosler
The Seahawks 2016 three day rookie mini-camp is in the books. After a stellar draft class, fans were excited to get a small glimpse of Seattle’s new additions. The general public is denied access to rookie mini-camp, other than some sporadic videos, Pete Carroll’s press conference, a select few reports, and a few photos. Based on observing college tape and reports from those in attendance, here are five takeaways from Seahawks rookie mini-camp.
1.Trevone Boykin Seems Like A Long Term Backup At Quarterback
Vernon Adams Jr. was the fan favorite to win the backup job going into the week, but Boykin emerged as the better option. The 6’0, 212 pound Boykin impressed the coaches during rookie mini-camp, outlasting Adams, who left Seattle without a deal. Despite Boykin being a mere undrafted free agent fighting for a coveted roster spot, head coach Pete Carroll threw some lofty praise at the 22-year-old out of TCU,
"His versatility and his style of play is so similar to Russell’s. “He’s got a big arm. He’s a very creative athlete. He’s got great instincts and great vision. His ability to run and make people miss and get out of trouble is very similar to what Russell does. I thought that the opportunity to have both those guys in the same offense, it gives us a chance — if it works out, and we’ve got a long way to go — if it works out, to maintain continuity with one of the backups."
The consensus was that Boykin would eventually move to wide receiver due to his below average arm strength, but his 4.77 40 yard dash and gradual improvement as a signal caller over the past two years (hopefully) crushed those notions. As shown by his $15,000 signing bonus (The largest for any of Seattle’s UDFA this year), Boykin was high on Seattle’s undrafted free agent wish list. His quick release, accuracy, touch and escapability are several above average traits that will give him a good chance to succeed in the NFL. Boykin and Jake Heaps are the only two backup options currently on the roster.
Next: Linebacker depth