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Britt’s arrival, Okung’s injury means shuffle (for now) with offensive line

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on May 10, 2014 at 12:12 am with 19 Comments »
May 10, 2014 12:12 am

As expected, the Seahawks grabbed an offensive lineman in the draft. The surprise was that it was Justin Britt.

Britt played all five positions in college. For the Seahawks, he’ll be a right tackle at the start, which he played his junior year at Missouri.

“He’ll compete at right tackle with Mike Bowie,” offensive line coach Tom Cable said.

Pete Carroll and Cable talked about wanting to create a competition at that spot to replace Breno Giacomini. It’s on with Bowie and Britt.

Now, to the other side.

Russell Okung’s foot surgery will likely have him out until training camp. He’s not participating in workouts now.

That means, according to Carroll, Alvin Bailey will be moved to left tackle and be the starter there. When Okung returns, Cable suggested Bailey would be ta versatile backup.

Which leaves left guard.

The Seahawks did not pick up the fifth-year option on James Carpenter’s contract, seemingly signalling to him it was time to produce or he would not be back.

Cable says Carpenter has his weight “under control.”

“Well if you think about what James Carpenter was able to do the last four weeks of the season, what a cool way to end the year,” Cable said. “Then to go into the playoffs and play the best football he’s played since he’s been a Seahawk. So we’re excited in that here the guy is, seems to be completely through the (knee) injury, has got his weight under control, his work ethic has really come on, he smiles every day – so there’s a peacefulness about that big  guy that I start to see why we took him. And he’s healthy and I think that’s really key when you’re a big  person is feeling good about your legs and your body. I’m excited for James. I think it’s going to be a really cool year.”

For now, the Seahawks’ line looks like this: Bailey, Carpenter, Max Unger, J.R. Sweezy and Bowie/Britt.

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  1. SandpointHawk says:

    This post is sure to light the morning fire under some of the regular posters. Who needs coffee when you have Todd to wake up with?

  2. jawpeace says:

    LOL yeah Bobby will be smiling like Carp after he reads this….

    My amateur eye would have like Bailey at left tackle competing with Britt and Bailey at one of the guard spots. With Okung’s injury I guess the only other left tackle on the roster is Hauptmann. So that does mean we don’t have the greatest depth at the tackle spots.

    I am a little concerned with the O line. Last season they were the worst in the NFL in giving up a sack every tenth passing play. Some of these sacks were Wilson hanging onto the ball too long not wanting to make a mistake. However when compared to the number of times Wilson escaped a would be sack because of bad blocking more than makes up for the taking too long.

    To the O lines credit they did not allow a sack in the Super Bowl. Yet a big factor was the Broncos sold out to stopping the run, beat us with the passing game. And the Broncos did exactly that, and we did it to beating them with the passing game. Next season playing the Rams scary front twice is not going to be pretty. It is going to be hard to win home field in the playoffs again playing the mighty NFC WEST.

    No team is perfect from top to bottom on both sides of the ball. We won the Super Bowl with an O line that had lots of injuries and was barely average. Hopefully we can do it again. RW entering his third season should help some.

  3. jawpeace says:

    “My amateur eye would have like Bailey at left tackle” Meant to say Right tackle here. Almost two in the morning give me a break. Time to go to bed.

  4. It’s now or never for Carp. I for one am still hoping that he becomes an asset at guard but time is running real short. Find that fire boy!

    Bailey looked good to my eyes in pass protection last pre-season and as Carroll has said he is Okung’s backup.

    Okung’s toe and Unger’s tricep getting back to a hundo is key.

    Sweezy is entering year 3 and continuing to make progress.

    Bowie vs. Britt at RT will be fun with the “loser” possibly targeting one of the G spots.

    Lem backing up C as always.

    Still 6 more picks and UDFA’s to go so here’s to bringing in more competition. Somebody take that LG spot by the horns and flat out win it.

  5. Macabrevity says:

    I’m telling you guys, they see Britt as a young Breno type…. that doesn’t bode well when you think of Breno minus the experience in Cable’s system. Will they give Britt that long to learn it? Well, they seem to be pretty patient with Sweezy, so why not? He does look decent in pass pro though, although I can see in the highlights he kind of loses the block after the first pop. Those highlights vs Clowney are pretty nice.

  6. Yeah I’m really concerned about the Seahawks O line, they complete suck, all they could do last year is beat the Niners twice and win a super bowl, while rotating players and starting rookies. What a miserable bunch of sucky players. And that Tom Cable must be an idjit.

  7. montanamike2 says:

    I watched the highlights of Britt manhandling Clowney and i watched highlights of the superfast kid we drafted first. We have elusive speed all over the place, kid’s gonna be a good punt returner hopefully, other teams will be scared to kick to us at any time. I think Bowie is competing with Britt just to push him, they don’t want him complacent to start his career the way Carp was. I can’t wait to see who else we coveted in the 4th and 5th rounds that no one has heard of.

  8. pabuwal says:

    The more I read about Richardson, the more I think the Seahawks just drafted a bigger DeSean Jackson.

  9. hoping you’re right pabs . . .should be fun to see that kind of speed on the field. can’t imagine anyone much faster than Percy.

    I never claim to know much about college football, but the year Richardson had is a super productive one for a college player.

  10. Hammajamma says:

    The DJ comparison has merit. Smaller speedster who can stretch the the field. This is the guy I was hoping for as a replacement for Tate. He doesn’t have Tate’s ability to work for YAC in tight spaces, but he is more of a threat to score once he breaks out. Love the value here. Star in the making, in my opinion.

  11. pabuwal says:

    Wilson needs cheap yards and TDs like Andrew Luck gets from TY Hilton. Richardson could be that guy.

    Luck goes through long stretches in a game when he looks terrible and he gets out of them by throwing a few rainbows up to Hilton.

    As far as Britt’s game performance against Clowney, that probably speaks volumes to their NFL career – either Clowney will be a massive bust or the Seahawks just picked up the OL steal of the draft.

  12. TomlPDX says:

    Is there going to be a live draft chat this morning?

  13. I can’t say I am very enthusiastic about what we have accomplished so far in the 2014 draft, but we have three picks in the fourth, so lets hope we can get a couple of d-line and another o-line.

  14. As far as Carp goes, he is now in a contract year. $$ is an amazing driver for a lot of these guys, especially the underachieving ones. Lets hope he realizes he needs the best year ever to continue to get paid (by some other team, no way we are resigning him or any OL long term, too cap$ gone already).

  15. TallyHawk says:

    One thing that JS mentioned in pre draft interviews was wanting to be better about finding players that have a lot of heart/desire/fire. Saying that in some of their misses, moffit comes to mind, that they didn’t have that. Reading Britts comments I get the feeling he’s one of those guys. Only time will tell if he turns out to be any good.

  16. My concerns with Richardson are with his slight build. We will continue to be a run-first offense and to be successful that requires WR’s who can block downfield. Tate and Rice were good blockers and Kearse is getting better, but a 175 pounder will probably just get pounded out there. Imagine him in a meet & greet with Kam. Get out the vacuum.

    We have set a new standard for big CBs that the league is trying to emulate. I wonder about him getting off the line where he can put that speed to use. He’s in for a shock when he lines up against Sherm and ends up on his rear.

    And no, I don’t think we have luxury picks. We need badly need some talent on our OL, and depth at DL, LB, and secondary.

  17. The best game Carpenter played last season did, indeed, come in the final four weeks because he was inactive for the first play-off game which allowed a competent, yet raw, LG to actually be on the field. Factor that game into the other three games Carp actually played in (but wasn’t good enough to keep Paul f’n McQuistan on the bench for because they rotated at LG) and it probably was his best four game stretch as a Seahawk. However, that’s like saying Kelly Jennings had a good four game stretch at one point, too (or Chris Spencer).

  18. pabuwal says:

    You’d figure because today is the day where the Seahawks have the most action there’d be a live chat.

  19. Richardson wont be counted on for very many snaps as a rookie, but Id bet the few chances he gets will be explosive.

    As far as depth on DL and DB goes, remember we do have a bunch of guys that never got to play year due to injuries and depth: Tharold Simon, Jessie Williams, Greg Scruggs, and Jordan Hill.

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