We’ll continue our countdown to the July 25 beginning of training camp examining what may be the biggest question on the offensive line — who starts at right guard?
Seattle’s offensive line has been completely remade under the Pete Carroll regime, emerging last year as one of the best in the NFL, helping pave the way for a team-record 2,579 rushing yards, third-most in the NFL.
Three starters are set — center Max Unger, left tackle Russell Okung and right tackle Breno Giacomini. Paul McQuistan also has a pretty strong hold on the left guard spot at the moment, though the Seahawks hope former first-round draftee James Carpenter can recover quickly enough from off-season knee surgery to mount some serious competition there.
If Carpenter makes it back — Carroll said in June he is expected to be ready for training camp — that could allow the Seahawks to move McQuistan to the right side.
For now, though, right guard appears a battle between second-year pro J.R. Sweezy (pictured above in three-point stance) and third-year vet John Moffitt.
Sweezy was one of the surprise players of 2012, morphing from a seventh-round pick into a starter. A defensive lineman in college, Sweezy is regarded as one of Seattle’s most athletic linemen and a quick study, as evidenced by his ability to make the move from college DL to NFL OL in less than a year.
Moffitt, meanwhile, showed up to OTAs having lost a little weight from his listed 319, praised by Carroll for his condition.
As much as determining a starter at RG, the bigger issue is developing a solid rotation up front. Seattle kept nine OLs on its 53-man roster last year, with seven typically active on gameday. Right now, the seven above might be the ones you’d see on Sundays, assuming Carpenter makes it back.
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