Percy Harvin Is Hip To Be Square
The Seahawks training camp kicked off last week. As expected, all tickets were sold out. More surprisingly, every single home game has been sold in less than a day since the start of the sale. This really shows how much hype there is in Seattle for this team, and how much the fans actually like the team.
Training camp started with one major problem: Percy Harvin was put on the physically-unable-to-perform list. He'll undergo hip surgery and the earliest he could return is around Week 13.
“Percy’s got a hip issue that we’re dealing with,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We’re going to try and figure out what are the right procedures to take care of him and get him back on the field.”
Harvin won’t determine how Seattle’s season will go, although it would be a major loss for the Seahawks. The team traded three draft picks to acquire the talented receiver from the Vikings. His six-year, $67 million-dollar deal means that Seattle should be sure Harvin is ready to play before worsening his injury.
Aside from Harvin’s injury, last year's quarterback questions have been sorted out as Russell Wilson emerged as the team’s leader. Now Wilson will have the entire camp to focus on the playbook, rather than worrying about the competition.
It’ll be interesting to see if familiar faces take this camp seriously. One familiar player participating will be Tarvaris Jackson. Signed in June from the Bills, Jackson was Seattle’s quarterback and offensive captain in 2011. He will compete with newcomer Brady Quinn to be Wilson’s backup.
Harvin was probably the biggest offseason move. He had a difficult relation with the coaching staff in Minnesota last year, and he’ll have to adapt fast to his new team. Safety Earl Thomas might be the guy to challenge Wilson's football IQ — he's a hawk back there in the secondary. Harvin will have to adapt to Carroll’s coaching system and Wilson’s trajectories. That is, when and if he returns.
The real battle will be at the defensive end position. With Bruce Irvin suspended for the first four games because of PED use and Chris Clemons still on the injury list, many players and rookies might have a chance to emerge as future starters. Carroll has been known to trust young players, so look out for Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett to be in the mix.
There certainly won’t be a revolution in the Seahawks' starting lineup. The main goal is to establish the second and third units.
Training camp continues through Aug. 8, when they head to San Diego to face the Chargers in the first preseason game.