Today’s opening of training camp for the Seattle Seahawks was all positive, according to players and coaches.
The dawn of each new training camps springs eternal optimism for every team in the NFL. Even the Cleveland Browns have reason to feel good about themselves. The slate is wiped clean, the good teams have lost some of their best players to free agency, while the worst teams have added big names in the draft, presumably all with unlimited futures ahead of them.
Still, things can turn. Players suffer severe injuries during the opening practice, or fail to show up as they protest their current contract.
Last year the Seahawks were experiencing questions on both sides of that coin as they opened camp. Earl Thomas was coming off major shoulder surgery, and Kam Chancellor pulled a fast one and refused to report. Despite all the talent on hand, there was a big of a dark cloud over the VMAC last year; with major questions that needed to be answered.
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This year, the Hawks are coming off an off season that by all accounts seemed overwhelmingly positive, and as they hit the pristine turf in Renton today to open their 2016 camp, smiles, high fives, and superlatives were being tossed around like Skittles after an 80 yard Marshawn Lynch touchdown run.
Pete Carroll talked about his new contract extension, saying he had never felt better:
Most importantly of all, star DE Michael Bennett showed up to camp despite the fact he’s openly voiced his displeasure over his current contract. The News Tribunes Greg Bell and ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia were all over the Bennett angle today:
One first-day standout that nearly everyone agreed on was 3rd year WR Paul Richardson. Is he finally injury-free and ready to cash in on his enormous potential? If today was any indication, he just might be….
Other players who seemed to stand out today were OLB Cassius Marsh, rookie RB Zac Brooks, and our old friend Brandon Browner.
It’s just the first day, and we haven’t seen anyone in pads yet. But other than a couple minor, nagging injuries, by all accounts the first day of camp was nothing but positive.
Now the real work begins…..