4 critical observations from Seattle Seahawks training camp so far

The Seattle Seahawks started practicing with pads this week and have a preseason game next week.
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Seahawks are missing RBs but that's allowed others to shine

About those injured Seahawks running backs. Currently RB1 (Kenneth Walker III) and presumed RB2 (Zach Charbonnet) aren't practicing and there's no real timetable for their return. Maybe if there were real games in the next week or two, Walker could play? But that's just a guess. Charbonnet is dealing with a shoulder problem and could be out for some time.

The frustrating part for 12s (and the Seattle organization) is that Seahawks running backs have a history of getting hurt in the season for several consecutive years now. Dealing with the top two running backs being injured and missing valuable reps in training camp is something new and somehow worse. Their injuries don't bode well for having a healthy running back group for most of the season.

The positive out of this bit of mess, though, is that Walker and Charbonnet being out has allowed Seattle to take a long look at seventh-round 2023 pick, Kenny McIntosh. McIntosh was a three-down back in college at Georgia and a good one. He knows how to block in pass protection well and having played in the SEC faced a lot of future NFL players over his years. He's as ready as a rookie running back could be. McIntosh has been a standout in training camp so far.

DeeJay Dallas is also a solid backup and likely would be the starter in Week 1 if Walker and Charbonnet are still out. The hope is that Walker and Charbonnet are both back before the start of the season, at least Walker. Even if they are, the Seahawks have learned they've got some excellent depth at running back.

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