The Seahawks spent the offseason building their squad through free agency and the draft. They made every move thinking about how the group would look as a team. They finally got to see all their players together on the field for the first time as OTAs (organized team activities) kicked off today.
“It’s exciting to see these guys,” said head coach Pete Carroll. “They were excited to get out here. They’ve worked very hard to get to this point. It was a very, very good first day for us.”
It’s only one official practice, and it’s a little more than three months until the start of the regular season, but expectations are already high for the Seahawks. They’re currently pegged as one of the favorites to win Super Bowl XLVIII.
“Everyone’s going to be talking about how good we’re supposed to be, Super Bowl, all that kind of stuff,” said quarterback Russell Wilson. “You can’t pay attention to that. I think the biggest thing is just focus on the now, focus on the moment. We had a great practice today and let’s see if we can be that much better tomorrow.”
The Seahawks obviously aim to mute the outside world, but internally they’re not afraid to admit they have plenty of potential.
“We know we can be really good, but it’s up to us how good we are,” said wide receiver Golden Tate. “If you watch practice, we’re out here working. Guys are out here running around, making plays on offense and defense. Coaches are working hard. We’re just trying to do everything necessary to be a champion.”
Seattle targeted a championship last year, but they were stopped short in the divisional playoffs against the Atlanta Falcons. After adding guys like defensive end Cliff Avril and wide receiver Percy Harvin to a solid group from last season, it’s obvious why the Seahawks are the talk of the NFL.
“Coach said we have a lot of hype, but he also told us to make it natural,” Harvin said. “We don’t come out here saying we hope to lose, so with a good team comes a lot of talk, but we put all that behind us. We’re out here having fun, we’re competing and that’s how it’s going to be.”
Not everyone was in Renton for the Seahawks first OTA. Running back Marshawn Lynch was a no-show. These are voluntary workouts, but head coach Pete Carroll said after practice that he would love to have everyone in attendance.
Seattle returns to the field for their second OTA Tuesday, May 28th.
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