In anticipation of Seattle’s first exhibition game at San Diego on Thursday, the Seahawks released the team’s first depth chart of training camp, which you can check out here, or in the last page of the game notes below.
First off, don’t read too much into where guys are listed on the depth this early in training camp. Things can change quickly, and the depth chart basically serves as a starting point to begin the preseason. There will be a lot of juggling by the time the final roster is set in a month.
Still, I wanted to highlight a couple things that caught my attention.
Offensive line: The obvious one here is J.R. Sweezy is listed as the starting right guard, with John Moffitt as the backup. Sweezy and Moffitt have been splitting time with the first unit, but for now the second-year pro out of North Carolina State is getting the nod. Also, Paul McQuistan remains the starting left guard, with James Carpenter listed as his backup.
Tight end: Rookie Luke Willson is listed ahead of Sean McGrath, which means he could get his first career start on Thursday because Zach Miller still is on the PUP list.
Fullback: As expected, Michael Robinson is listed as the starter, but Derrick Coleman instead of Spencer Ware is listed as Robinson’s backup. That’s a little bit of a surprise, but the coaching staff has said a couple different times that Coleman has been playing well.
Tailback: Even though he has not practiced, Robert Turbin still is listed ahead of Christine Michael on the depth chart. While Michael has flashed at times during camp and has amazing athletic ability, he still has a lot to learn about the position.
Quarterback: Tarvaris Jackson is listed as the No. 2 signal caller, with Brady Quinn as the No. 3. No surprises here, although I would add that this competition is far from over, and Jackson will not be given the job.
Defensive tackle: Tony McDaniel is listed as the starter at defensive tackle next to Brandon Mebane, with Jesse Williams as his backup. Jordan Hill is the No. 3 nose guard behind Mebane and Clinton McDonald.
Defensive end: Mike Morgan is the No. 2 “Leo” defensive end behind Cliff Avril. Michael Bennett is backing up Red Bryant at strong-side defensive end.
SAM linebacker: Malcolm Smith is listed as the starter, with Bruce Irvin No. 2 and O’brien Schofield the No. 3.
Returners: Golden Tate is listed as the starting punt returner, and Will Blackmon is listed as the starting kick returner.