The first look at the Seahawks offensive line at training camp is ominous. James Carpenter appears to be nowhere close to being ready to play. He has the bulky brace on his left knee and is doing a little bit of running, but he’s in no drills and doesn’t even stretch with the team. After practice, Pete Carroll said that Carpenter’s timetable for a return is hard to calculate. Just giving it the eye-ball test, I’d say it’s not looking good, because not only is he not healthy, he’s also not fit. Even when that knee recovers, it could take him a while to get back into playing shape.
Breno Giacomini, as expected, is at right tackle in his place, with Paul McQuistan working with the first group at left guard. Okung and Moffitt, both coming off injuries, look fine. And Unger, with his new contract in place, appears dedicated to strengthening a leadership role of that unit. He’s the first guy sprinting around between sessions, etc. Having a tough, smart center as a leader up front is huge (i.e. Robbie Tobeck).
The backups, from left to right, were Omiyale, Sweezey, Jeanpierre, Lutui and Fanaika. Quick assessments: Bruce Irvin gave Omiyale a hard time in one-on-one pass drills. Irvin, in fact, looked like a beast. I mean … a beast. Sweezey is getting the hang of staying low on drive blocks, and Lutui has an amazingly powerful punch … that initial double-armed thrust he makes at a defender. Sweezey and Giacomini had false starts during team sessions.