Seattle Seahawks: Soaring Into 2020 Training Camp
The Seattle Seahawks went 11-5 last season. They were the fifth seed in the NFC. Seattle took down the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card Round 17-10, but then the Seahawks lost to the Green Bay Packers the next week in the NFC Divisional Round 28-23.
Seattle was inches away from winning the NFC West title last season had it not been for Dre Greenlaw‘s goal-line tackle on a fourth-down play for the San Francisco 49ers.
Those two teams will be a top of the NFC West Standings again this season. This team is going to be dangerous once again in the long run. Seattle has not won the Super Bowl since Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos by a score of 43-8 at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The Seahawks last made it to the Super Bowl in Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots. They were going to go back-to-back until Russell Wilson was picked off at the goal line by Malcolm Butler though. Seattle lost that game by a score of 28-24. The Super Bowl was played at The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. It was an interesting game though. What will the Seattle Seahawks potentially look like this season under Head Coach Pete Carroll once again?
Russell Wilson will be the starting quarterback. He is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this Seattle Seahawks team nonetheless. Wilson has carried this team on his back for several years and he already should have won an MVP Award nonetheless.
Geno Smith will be the backup. Rookie Anthony Gordon will be the third quarterback on the roster. Gordon played his college football at Washington State so I see why this is a good fit.
Chris Carson will be the starting running back. Carlos Hyde will be the second running back. Hyde was with the Houston Texans last season. Carson suffered an injury last season. Rashaad Penny will be the third running back on the roster. Travis Homer and rookies DeeJay Dallas, Patrick Carr, and Anthony Jones will compete for the fourth and final running back spot on the roster.
Homer played in some games last season for Seattle and he looked decent at times. D.J. Dallas was a fourth-round pick (144th overall selection) in the 2020 NFL Draft out of The University of Miami.
Nick Bellore will be the starting full back.
D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett will be the starting wide receivers. David Moore and Phillip Dorsett will be the third and fourth wide receivers on the roster. John Ursua, rookie Freddie Swain, Cody Thompson, Penny Hart, and rookies Aaron Fuller, and Seth Dawkins will compete for the other two wide receiver spots on the roster though.
Greg Olsen and Will Dissly will be the top two tight ends on this roster. Olsen signed a one-year deal worth $7 million in the offseason. He was released from the Carolina Panthers after the season was finished though.
The fight for the third tight end spot and maybe the fourth tight end spot on the roster will be very intriguing. The competition will be between these six players: Luke Wilson, rookie Colby Parkinson, rookie Stephen Sullivan, Jacob Hollister, and rookies Tyler Mabry, and Dominick Wood-Anderson.
This is maybe the worst unit on the offensive side of the ball. Duane Brown will be the starting left tackle, Ethan Pocic will be the starting left guard, B.J. Finney will be the starting center, Phil Haynes will be the starting right guard, and Cedric Ogbuehi will be the starting right tackle.
Jamarco Jones, Mike Iupati, Jordan Roos, rookie Damien Lewis, Brandon Shell, Kyle Fuller, Joey Hunt, Chad Wheeler, Jordan Simmons, and Chance Warmack will compete for some backup spots on the roster though.
Lewis was the 69th overall pick (third-round selection) in the 2020 NFL Draft out of LSU. He could compete for a spot on the starting offensive line this year though.
Rookie Jordyn Brooks, Bobby Wagner, and K.J. Wright will be the starting linebackers on this roster. Brooks was the 27th overall pick (first-round selection) from Texas Tech University in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Shaquill Griffin, Tre Flowers, and Quandre Diggs will be the top three cornerbacks on the roster. This is the weakest part of the secondary. Neiko Thorpe, Quinton Dunbar, Ugochukwu Amadi, Linden Stephens, Brian Allen, Jayson Stanley, and rookie Debione Renfro will compete for the fourth and fifth cornerback spots on the roster.
Marquise Blair and Jamal Adams will be the starting safeties. Adams was acquired in a trade on Saturday, along with a fourth-round draft pick in 2022 from the New York Jets for a first-round pick in 2021 and 2022, a third-round pick in 2021, and safety Bradley McDougald.
Adams is only years old and he was the sixth-overall pick (first-round selection) in the 2017 NFL Draft by the New York Jets.
Jason Myers will be the kicker for the Seattle Seahawks.
Michael Dickson will be the punter.
Tyler Ott will be the long snapper.
Tyler Lockett and Ugochukwu Amadi will be the kickoff returners and punt returners though. John Ursua will be on punt return also though.
The Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams will look to be better this season as well. It is Super Bowl or bust at this point for the Seattle Seahawks franchise.
They will begin the season on the road on Sunday, September 13 against the Atlanta Falcons with kickoff set for 1:05 p.m. Eastern on FOX at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
There will be no preseason games this season despite training camps starting on time on Tuesday, July 28.
What do you think of the potential season for the Seattle Seahawks in 2020? Leave a comment below.
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