Thursday, December 08, 2022

Seahawks OTAs have a different experience without Wilson, Wagner

Renton, Wash. ( Associated Press) — For the past decade at Seattle, No. 3 and No. 54 were at the front lines in nearly every team drill and every team activity.

That hasn’t happened this off-season and that point was re-emphasized on Monday when the Seahawks moved on to the next leg of an off-season workout. The Seahawks are no longer a team led by Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner, creating a decidedly new vibe in Seattle’s off-season schedule.

“There is a vibe about this group. Every year the team puts on a new make-up and it is shaped by the personalities of the players in the leadership,” said Seattle coach Pete Carroll. “The leadership has changed a bit. Obviously. And so it feels as it is. It’s a new season, it’s a new team and here we go. It’s fun to see it take shape and see people step into roles.”

Wilson and Wagner were always the two constants for almost every stage of the Seahawk’s development since both were drafted by Seattle in 2012. Whether it was an off-season workout or a training camp practice, the two were almost always there and always on the move.

But Wilson is now in Denver, a result of his off-season blockbuster trade that signaled a new direction for Seattle. And Wagner is with the Super Bowl champion Rams in Los Angeles, the result of a salary cap move to save the Seahawks cap space.

The move left Seattle with a roster that has no players left from its Super Bowl championship team in 2013 and is looking to be filled by those who are left. In the case of linebacker Jordan Brooks, he would take over the defensive play call duties that Wagner had previously held.

“It simply means I have to take over my business and make sure I’m doing everything right at all times,” Brooks said. “You can go down the list of great Seahawks who have played here, great leaders from previous teams. I take a little pride in that, so I want to do what is best for my team.”

While Brooks is the clear choice to move into the role of Wagner on defense, the quarterback question at Seattle remains, and will remain the No. 1 question until a decision is made, which will likely come at some point during the summer. It’s clear from Carroll’s comments this season that Geno Smith feels that Seattle is leading the competition with Drew Locke to be Wilson’s successor because of his experience playing in the system.

“(Lock) is right with us. Geno actually has the package, so I have him to measure,” said Carroll. “He’s been hanging out with (Geno) all through this and we’re not holding anything back.”

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Seattle signed WR Marquis Goodwin on Monday, adding the flamboyant veteran to the roster. Goodwin had 20 receptions and one touchdown last season for Chicago. The Seahawks closely followed Goodwin for three seasons when he played for San Francisco from 2017–19. Goodwin’s best season came in 2017 when he had 56 receptions for 962 yards and two touchdowns with the 49ers.

“He’s exceptionally fast. He’s a talented athlete. He just came out here on day one and he still shows he can fly. He’s a real disciplined route runner, and he’s also someone who Have played all the places,” said Carroll. “So I’m thinking he’ll add something to what he brings out athletically, but also his background and his makeup and his versatility.”


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