3 emerging training camp surprises for Seattle Seahawks ahead of 2023 mock game

The Seattle Seahawks hold their 2023 mock game (i.e. glorified practice) on Friday as part of the team's Football Fest.

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The Seattle Seahawks hold their only mock game of 2023 training camp on Friday. This leads to Seattle's first preseason game next week on Thursday versus the Minnesota Vikings at Lumen Field. Basically, training camp and the preseason feel like they are flying past which means Week 1 will soon be upon us!

The team is still trying to figure out certain starting spots, of course. But there are also position groups that appear to have so much talent (i.e. the secondary) that having too much talent is obviously a good problem to have. High-quality depth is a great thing, obviously.

But while we know that Geno Smith will be the quarterback and he will be throwing to starters DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, plus linebacker Bobby Wagner is back, Seahawks training camp has brought some surprises. Here are three of them that could play a part in Friday's mock game.

Seahawks have Jarran Reed playing nose tackle

I could be very wrong on this, but the idea of Reed playing in the middle of the defensive line seems like a fantastic idea. It also seems like this was the idea Seattle had all along in bringing Reed back after he played with other teams in the last two seasons. Reed might weigh "only" 315 pounds (this is relatively light for an NFL nose guard), but he has the experience and football IQ to know how to use the size he has to be disruptive.

Reed also seems open to whatever the Seahawks want him to do. According to the Seattle Times, Reed said, "Whatever they need me to play I’m going to play it. At the end of the day it’s football and I love playing. I can play the nose, three, end. Wherever they need me to play I’m going to play to the best of my ability."

There could have been a concern that Reed expected to come back to Seattle and start on one side of the nose while fellow 2023 free agent acquisition Dre'Mont Jones started on the other side. But Reed appears just happy to still have a chance to play in the league and happy to be back in Seattle. A problem that we assumed Seattle had this offseason - nose tackle - isn't a problem at all, most likely. Fans will likely see Reed at nose guard in the mock game as well.