Here are some early impressions about the first couple of days of Seahawks training camp:
Jimmy Graham fully participating in practices
Heading into the 2016 season, many did not expect Graham to be ready for the season after tearing his patellar tendon in 2015. He rehabbed his knee the entire offseason and was ready for the 2016 season. Graham performed very well in 2016, given the circumstances of his knee. However, Pete Carroll told ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia that they had to deal with Graham’s injury throughout 2016.
“We had to manage him the whole year,” Carroll said. “He just kept hanging in there. He played in every game and didn’t miss any time, but he wasn’t at his best.”
Now that he has the injury completely in the past, Graham is able to fully practice, which he never did last year. And so far during training camp, he has been impressive. Most notably, this one-handed grab in double coverage on day three of camp. Graham could be in for a big year now that he has a clean bill of health and able to practice.
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Jeremy Lane impressing
With DeShawn Shead still rehabbing the torn ACL he suffered in the divisional round loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the starting right cornerback is an open competition. But Lane has taken over that spot in the base defense. However, when the Seahawks paly their nickel defense, Lane shifts to cover the slot, where he has played most of his career, and Neiko Thorpe comes in at right corner. With Lane playing as well as he has so far at camp, it will be hard for him to lose the job. Here is what Pete Carroll had to say about Lane coming into camp, from Seahawks.com:
“Jeremy Lane had a fantastic offseason,” Carroll said. “He made a big shift in his mentality and his approach. He is so serious, he studied so much. He has applied himself in his conditioning work, his strength work, his focus on the field. He has been fantastic. You ask anyone in the program and they will tell you Jeremy Lane is on fire right now. I think he sees the opportunity and he wants to go for it and he wants to own it and we couldn’t ask for more. He is off to a great start and he looks fantastic.
Backup QB’s disappointing
The Seahawks decided to not add a quarterback in the draft or sign a high-end backup quarterback during free agency. Seattle decided to stay in-house with second year quarterback Trevone Boykin, and they also signed Austin Davis, who has not played a regular season snap since 2015. And both have struggled since the start of camp.
The Seahawks were looking for Boykin to take his play to the next level, but has not lived up to the expectations. Here is what Carroll said when asked if Boykin has made the progress the team wanted him to make, from the Seattle Times.
“I can’t tell yet. I can’t tell. Too early. We’re just getting started. I don’t know yet.”
When Carroll, an ultra-positive guy when talking about his players, says this, is not a good thing. Boykin will need to improve his play to earn the number two quarterback spot. It will be interesting to see if the Seahawks front office add another quarterback if Boykin and Davis continue to struggle.