Seattle Seahawks Position Battles Going Into 2022 Training Camp

Seahawks Training Camp

The Seattle Seahawks enter training camp on Wednesday, July 27th with the goal of developing their roster for a crucial 2022 NFL season. Despite their massive roster changes, the Seahawks have confidence in their team’s ability to contend for the NFC West Divisional title. There is potential in the roster of the Seahawks in each position group. Seattle will have three main position groups open for competition throughout their training camp session. Two of the competition are two of the most positions on the entire football field. The Seahawks will have to take their time throughout training camp to find the clear, better players to lead the team in the 2022 NFL season.

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Seattle Seahawks position battles going into 2022 Training Camp

Quarterback – Drew Lock or Geno Smith

After so much juggling in deciding to take a quarterback in free agency or the 2022 NFL Draft, the Seahawks narrowed their decision to Drew Lock and Geno Smith. While many fans and analysts believe the Seahawks are tanking for a top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the team is showing confidence in Lock or Smith’s ability to compete.

Lock has the arm strength and the mobility to make some big plays. Smith has the knowledge of the offense after spending the last two seasons with Seattle. He has learned much under offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, especially after his three starts filling in for an injured Russell Wilson last season. These final weeks conclude a long quarterback battle at a critical time for the Seahawks in their first season without Wilson. 

Right Tackle – Jake Curhan, Stone Forsythe, or Abraham Lucas

The offensive line has been the biggest issue for many seasons. While key moves have been made this off-season, with Charles Cross filling in immediately at left tackle, the right side of the offensive line remains in question.

The Seahawks used their third-round pick on Washington State four-year starter Abraham Lucas. He and former undrafted tackle Jake Curhan contend for the starting right tackle job. Last season, Curhan played 15 games while starting in five. One is one of their better, unproven offensive linemen from last season, as he has experience and knowledge of the offense for this season. Lucas has been playing more first-team reps in OTAs while also battling Stone Forsythe. Curhan has been seen playing right guard for the injured Gabe Jackson out. Lucas needs to prove his worth as a full-time starter instead of the Seahawks plugging in unproven players as they have in the past. 

Key pass rusher – Uchenna Nwosu or Boye Mafe

The Seahawks switching to a 3-4 defense opens more room for talented linebackers to contribute. The Seahawks and several media outlets have been high on outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu. After four seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers, he came to the Seahawks via free agency. Last season, Nwosu had his best season as he accounted for 40 total tackles, 17 quarterback hits, eight tackles for loss, and five sacks.

The Seahawks also drafted a future star pass rusher in Minnesota’s outside linebacker Boye Mafe to train or immediately create an impact. With the Seahawks switching to a 3-4 defense, they could have both Nwosu and Maye start at outside linebacker. The biggest question for Seattle is which one of these talented outside linebackers will be the main edge rusher.