Position Battles to Watch in Seahawks Training Camp

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 14: Thomas Rawls
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 14: Thomas Rawls /

Seahawks training camp is less than a week away.

There will be some new faces in new positions in six days when the Seahawks’ training camp begins at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington.

Rookies, free agent signings, and familiar faces will compete for starting positions all throughout training camp in August.

Most positions are set, but there are still a few question marks regarding who will start where come week one.

Here are some position battles to watch:

Running back

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This position battle is a huge strength for the Seahawks. Between newly signed Eddie Lacy and the third year back Thomas Rawls, the Seattle Seahawks will have a solid starting running back.

The Eddie Lacy signing was brilliant. Not only because of the inability of Seattle running backs to stay healthy, but they also got a very cheap low-risk deal.

Expect Lacy to win the starting job, but do not expect Rawls to just sit on the bench the entirety of the season. It’s possible both Rawls and Lacy share snaps, with second-year back CJ Prosise handling the passing downs.

Also, guys like Alex Collins, Chris Carson, and Mike Davis will battle it out for a roster spot as a reserve back.

Right guard

Germain Ifedi manned this position last season, however by the looks of it, Ifedi is moving back to his natural position of right tackle. Who will fill in for him?

The first name that comes to mind is Mark Glowinski, who played left guard for most of the season last year. With Luke Joeckel expected to play left guard, it would almost make too much sense to put Glowinski at the right guard position.

However, Glowinski wasn’t great last year.

In comes Ethan Pocic, who the Seahawks acquired via the draft in the second round. Pocic is as versatile as they come, with experience at tackle, guard, and center.

Look for a three-way competition for right guard between Glowinski, Pocic, and second-year lineman Rees Odhiambo.

Right cornerback

Deshawn Shead would be the perfect answer here if he wasn’t sidelined with a torn ACL. The good news for Shead is he should return sometime during the season.

However, there will still be competition for the week one starting job.

Our most likely candidate is Jeremy Lane, who started at nickel last season. He is the most experienced, possibly the most talented. However, most importantly, he is the highest paid out of all the candidates.

The Seahawks will probably have Lane opposite Sherman, but it’s not a sure thing thanks to the Seahawks’ highly-valued competition.

If a player like rookie Shaquill Griffin or veteran Neiko Thorpe outperforms Lane in camp, defensive coordinator Kris Richard will have no problem benching Jeremy Lane for the best performer.

Backup quarterback

Trevone Boykin is the favorite to win this job, but newly-signed free agent Austin Davis won’t just quit.

Boykin’s off-the-field issues make him an easy target to release if another player outperforms him, which is a shame considering the potential he has. He seems to perfectly fit the current offense, as he has Russell Wilson’s mobility and arm strength.

Austin Davis would need to have an excellent camp to dethrone Boykin as the #2 quarterback in Seattle.