Seattle Seahawks training camp notes for Saturday
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks had a short, and closed-to-the public, walk-through Saturday before an open practice on Sunday. There were some interesting developments in the first week of training camp.
Frank Clark and Germain Ifedi
For the second straight day, neither player took part in on-field activities. This may be due to both facing disciplinary issues, or just Clark. Ifedi was the one, of course, who got punched by Clark during practice on Thursday. Ifedi, though, is not immune to getting into scuffles. In his rookie training camp of 2016, he also had a few throw-downs.
Off the field Ifedi is more like a gentle giant than an angry lion. He is calm and thoughtful. His other side comes out on the field, though. This is not necessarily a bad thing. The Seahawks want Ifedi to be aggressive. But more so with another team and not his own teammates. I am certainly not blaming Ifedi for what happened on Thursday. From all accounts, Clark punched him when Ifedi could not defend himself. Still, some maturity on both players’ parts might do well.
The offensive line
The Seahawks continue to tinker with the offensive line in hopes of finding the right pieces in the correct places. Second-year player Rees Odhiambo seems to be making a push to possibly start at left guard. This, of course, is because offseason signee Luke Joeckel is getting some turns at left tackle. George Fant, last year’s starting left tackle for most of the second half of the year, is still getting the majority of reps at the position, however.
One of three things is happening. One, the team is beginning to think Fant may not be the long-term answer at tackle. Two, the Seahawks spent $8 million on a one-year deal with Joeckel and want to give him a try at tackle and guard to see if he is going to be worth having past 2017. Three, Odhiambo has made a big jump from his rookie year to now. (The fourth option, and most likely, is none of these are true because I am not all that smart.)
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Rookie Ethan Pocic has so far not been played at center. This could be a great sign. Possibly the Seahawks are making a move to re-sign Justin Britt to an extension. Or, to the opposite point, the rest of Seattle’s line is simply not good except Britt and the Seahawks are desperate to get all the help they can. Pocic could be an answer at many positions. The hope is he does not simply have to be.