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Seahawks: 5 key position battles to watch at 2022 training camp

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Seattle Seahawks will definitely come to training camp one month from today. While this is always a critical time to prepare for the upcoming season, this time they will hosting quarterback competitions for the first time in 10 years. This is just one of several decisive battles that must be resolved before the real games begin in September.

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Here are five of the most important positional battles to watch in camp this year.

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Starting QB: Gino Smith vs. Drew Lock

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The biggest battle, of course, will be for the quarterback, where head coach Pete Carroll will have to choose between Gino Smith or Drew Lock. Smith has the advantage when it comes to experience, having been Russell Wilson’s understudy for the last three seasons and knew the offense and his staff better. Meanwhile, Lok has superb athleticism, hand talent and youth on his side. We bet that Smith will win and start at least at the beginning of the regular season. However, it would not be surprising if Lok gets a chance to lead the attack by mid-October.

Predicted Winner: Gino Smith

Right tackle: Abe Lucas vs. Jake Kurhan vs. Stone Forsyth

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The next most important battle for offensive position is likely to be the right tackle, assuming the team’s top pick Charles Cross left the tackle already blocked. There seems to be a three-way battle going on here between third-rounder Abe Lucas and 2021 rookies Jake Kurhan and Stone Forsythe. Qur’an has an edge when it comes to getting familiar with the system. He started five games last season after Brandon Schell suffered a shoulder injury and has performed well, at least as a blocker. However, Lucas is a vastly superior athlete and we expect him to eventually take over.

Predicted Winner: Abe Lucas

WR3: Dee Eskridge vs. Marchioness Goodwin vs. Beau Melton

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The Seahawks have as good a 1-2 wide receiver as any team in the NFL with DK Metcalfe and Tyler Lockett. They also have many quality options further down the depth chart. It will be very interesting to see if one of them can break away from the herd and establish himself as a true No. 3 option, something Seattle hasn’t seen in years. We’re betting on Marquise Goodwin, who is arguably the fastest athlete on the list and has far more experience at this level than the rest of the competition.

Predicted Winner: Marchioness Goodwin

Outside CB: Sydney Jones vs. Tre Brown vs. Artie Burns vs. Tariq Wulen vs. Kobe Bryant

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The Seahawks ended last season with Sidney Jones and D.J. Reed starting at left and right cornerbacks, respectively. Both places could be up for grabs this year as Reid is gone and a ton of fresh blood has been poured into the game. Returning veteran Justin Coleman will once again take his former seat in the slot. However, both external positions should be considered as open competition. On the left flank, Jones’ experience gives him an advantage. On the right, Kobe Bryant’s ball skills could help him win the position.

Predicted Winners: Sidney Jones and Kobe Bryant.

OLB3: Elton Robinson vs. Mayf Fight vs. Tyrek Smith

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Last but not least, the Seahawks need to figure out what their most effective rotation of wingers will be. For now, we expect Uchenna Nwosu and Darrell Taylor to start the season as outside midfielders. However, the rest of the depth chart is unstable at best. Rookies Boye Mafe and Tyrek Smith may have a chance to earn a significant number of snaps, but Alton Robinson has more games under his belt and has shone often enough to believe he can win.

Predicted Winner: Elton Robinson

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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