I’m home from the Arizona desert and getting back into the swing of things here in T-Town. So I thought I’d post some answers to your questions over the past couple weeks.
The Wash, Stevo and others want an update on the rehabilitation process of Walter Jones: The latest we’ve seen is Jones running wind sprints with trainers at the end of practice during organized team activities. Jones didn’t seem to favor his surgically repaired left knee during the workout, and appears to be on track to be ready for training camp.
We’ve already detailed the number of Seahawks who have been able to return from microfracture surgery for Seattle. Another thing I think that works in Jones’ favor is his injury history. Jones has missed only a handful of games in his career, starting all 16, regular season games seven times during his 13-year stint in the NFL.
And Jones is still a good athlete who is mobile for his size. So I suspect if he returns healthy that Jones can play for at least another two seasons, which is probably the reason the Hawks chose not to draft an offensive tackle in the first round.
Dirtdawg asked about the possibility of trading Brandon Coutu or Olindo Mare for a late-round, 2010 pick.
I think that’s a possibility. They certainly value Coutu. They spent a seventh-round pick to get him in the 2008 draft and they’ve kept him around all this time, so you wonder if they would be willing to part with him. But Mare is a known quantity, and I don’t know how you explain getting rid of a kicker after he had the kind of season Mare had in 2008.
Mare’s agent Drew Rosenhaus, recently said the kicker, who is in the last year of his contract, is looking forward to working on an extension with Seattle. I would think both have some value, but how much remains to be seen. But there could be some interest in one of Seattle’s kickers later in training camp if other teams are struggling to find a quality kicker.
NickLicatasucks asked about the possibility of Jordan Kent and Baraka Atkins making the final roster, and what kind of impact they would have.
I think Atkins has a better chance than Kent right now. I thought Atkins played pretty solid at the end of the season, and I think he offers something unique as a speed rusher coming off the edge. He does look like he’s gained a few pounds since last year, and if Patrick Kerney continues to struggle with his shoulder injury, Atkins could be an option.
I think Kent has steadily improved as a receiver and has looked pretty good during the offseason, but there’s a lot of competition for those last two spots at receiver, and guys like Ben Obomanu and Courtney Taylor are just a little more polished than Kent. But I believe if Kent does not make the team, that he will land somewhere in the league. He has a strong work ethic and is too talented not to wind up somewhere.
When can the public watch training camp? The team still hasn’t put out anything stating that the public will be allowed to watch practice during training camp, which tentatively starts July 31. I think part of the issue is logistics and how they will handle parking for the public. They built a hill on one side of the field that would be ideal for public viewing if they decide to open up practice. When I know more details I will post it here.
Jibo and others have asked to see a picture of my dog, Bahee, so here she is. As I said earlier, she’s a black Russian terrier, and she’s been a great addition to the family. My kids have adjusted to the size of her, and at 110 pounds she does well around them. She’s also a pretty good watch dog. So far, so good.
A couple people have asked about Marcus Tubbs whereabouts after Seattle released him during training camp last year. From what I’ve heard he’s still out of the league, and no team has taken a look on the injury plagued defensive tackle. Perhaps that will change if Tubbs is able to get healthy.
Oceanic asked for a roster update, which can be found here. Seattle currently has 82 players and will need to make a couple moves to get down to 80 before training camp.