It’s simply three weeks till the primary practices of 2021 coaching camp for the Seattle Seahawks, and with a roster spot remaining open, there isn’t any scarcity of debate amongst followers relating to what the workforce ought to do. Nonetheless, as followers and observers alike ponder whether or not the Hawks might add a veteran linebacker or quarterback aware of their system, the workforce has simply six operating backs and a fullback on the roster as they gear up for coaching camp.
These seven gamers competing for spots within the backfield signify a decrease quantity than common on the place, and in coaching camps previous positions with fewer numbers had been these with fewer query marks. For instance, in 2020 the Seahawks had simply 9 huge receivers in coaching camp figuring out that Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf and David Moore can be returning and can be the highest three on the place. This season, with simply Lockett and Metcalf again and needing to determine who will play what roles behind them, Seattle now has a full dozen receivers set to compete in camp.
In any case, the gamers set to compete within the backfield are as follows:
- Chris Carson
- Alex Collins
- DeeJay Dallas
- Travis Homer
- Josh Johnson
- Rashaad Penny
- Nick Bellore (FB)
The simplest place to begin is with the 2 gamers who’re locks to make the roster in Carson and Professional Bowl fullback Nick Bellore. The workforce signed Carson in free company to a deal that’s conveniently structured in such a manner that if he performs effectively in 2021 and stays wholesome they’ll convert a lot of his 2022 base wage to signing bonus and lengthen him into 2023 and doubtlessly past.
In the meantime, whereas there isn’t any scarcity of Bellore haters, the straightforward reality of the matter is that past making the Professional Bowl on simply twenty snaps at fullback, he brings different worth as effectively. Particularly, he’s been within the prime three for particular groups snaps in each seasons he has spent in Seattle, on prime of stepping in because the third down again within the Week 8 37-27 victory over the San Francisco 49ers when Travis Homer couldn’t play your complete recreation. On prime of that, Bellore can be the second most skilled linebacker on the roster, having logged 819 defensive snaps for the Jets, 49ers and Lions previous to switching positions from linebacker to fullback.
What meaning is that the opposite 5 gamers are doubtless competing for the final two or three spots on the roster. Homer will doubtless enter camp as the favourite to assert the third down again position he held earlier than accidents derailed his 2020 season based mostly largely on his go safety abilities, some at which he excels.
If that proves to be the case, it successfully leaves the camp competitors to find out who might be Carson’s backup. Penny, in fact, confirmed flashes of what made him a primary spherical decide at occasions in 2019 earlier than a devastating knee harm derailed each his 2019 and 2020 seasons. How effectively he is ready to recuperate and are available again from an harm that reportedly required a observe up process to attempt to clear issues up after this previous season ended might decide the place he falls within the competitors. He gave the impression to be at his finest, with a lot of his larger runs throughout his profession coming in hole scheme the place the purpose of assault was effectively outlined forward of time. If the Seahawks, as many anticipate, transfer to using a big quantity of huge zone underneath new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, which may not play into Penny’s skillset.
Additionally in competitors can be Dallas, who actually struggled at occasions throughout his rookie season, however who flashed simply sufficient operating behind zone blocking in restricted alternatives in 2021 that his efficiency behind the beginning offensive line throughout the preseason is one thing that might be price watching intently.
That is on no account predicting a breakout season for Dallas, simply mentioning that he had a pair of runs in opposition to the Buffalo Payments in Week 9 on which he displayed the persistence and imaginative and prescient that might show useful within the workforce’s new offensive system.
Imaginative and prescient and persistence additionally make the lone rookie combating for a spot on the roster fascinating. After a junior season during which he ran for 1,298 yards and 11 touchdowns on 201 carries (6.5 yards per try), Josh Johnson of Louisiana Monroe had an harm plagued 2020 season during which he averaged simply 3.6 yards per keep it up 88 makes an attempt. If he returns to pre-injury kind and is given a shot, that persistence and imaginative and prescient might earn him a spot on the roster. The largest query, in fact, is how his abilities will translate from the Solar Belt Convention to the NFL.
Now all followers need to do is sit again and benefit from the coaching camp competitors, whereas ready to be taught who winds up taking management of the quantity two spot behind Carson.