After a week of training camp, the Seattle Seahawks have begun shuffling their offensive line. They continue to search for the right combination of guys to be the starters.
The offensive line is the biggest question for the Seattle Seahawks headed into the 2016 season. If you’ve been paying attention, then you know that the early returns have been both positive and negative. The team has finally began working to address the negative.
The Seahawks have used the same starting 5 on the offensive line since the beginning of training camp. That changed today, as the team tried out a bunch of different combinations at offensive tackle.
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At least for today, J’Marcus Webb is out. He began the team portion of practice with the 3rd string guys, and spend almost the entire drill will the backups.
Rees Odhiambo, who was a college OT but has spent his time in Seattle as a guard, started with the 1s on the right side. Later, Gary Gilliam moved from the left side across the formation to the right side.
When Gilliam was on the right side it was George Fant, and not Bradley Sowell, who took over at LT. It appears that the coaches are not happy with the two free agent linemen they signed in the offseason.
This situation is reminiscent of the situation at LG last year. The Seahawks worked six different guys in at the position before finally deciding to move Britt over from RT.
It is good to see the Seahawks look to find an upgrade over Webb. He’s been far from impressive thus far in camp, so they need to see if one of the younger players is ready to step in.
There was also a change made in the rotation at center. Justin Britt is still the starter, but the Seahawks mixed things up behind him.
2015 starter Patrick Lewis was demoted to working with the 3rd string guys today. Rookie Joey Hunt was elevated to working with the backups.
I don’t think this has much to do with Lewis. He’s a veteran now, and the Seahawks know who what they have in him. I believe that are trying to see what Hunt can do against, and next to, better players.
Overall there was some major upheaval in the rotations all along the offensive line. Who the starters will be for Week 1 is anything but settled.