3rd Shalom Luani taking advantage of his opportunities
While the Seahawks expect to have Bradley McDougald, Lano Hill and Marquise Blair back for training camp, all were sidelined on Tuesday due to injuries, and Hill and McDougald have been out in OTAs, though both have been present at the workouts. With the Seahawks a bit thin at safety, Shalom Luani has a lot of work with the No. 1 defense, playing strong safety while Tedric Thompson plays free safety. Luani, who was acquired in a trade before the start of last season, has shown the versatility to play both spots, however, which could help the WSU product increase his role on the team in 201
"He's versatile," Carroll said. “He's got no problem playing both sides. He's got no problem. We are able to play him strong and free and move him around and really count on him. He's got good awareness and good savvy – his disguises and his fits and those of things are really natural to him. So it doesn't have any problem playing either side. ”
On a related note, the injuries that have prevented the Seahawks from getting a full look at versatile rookie defensive back Ugo Amadi. Amadi, a fourth-round pick out of Oregon, has been playing almost exclusively at safety with so many safeties unavailable, but Carroll noted that in camp they will take a look at Amadi in the nickel corner role as well.
4 . The backup quarterback battle has been "very competitive."
While the competition backed up by Russell Wilson probably lasts until the final days of the preseason, quarterbacks Geno Smith and Paxton Lynch are already in the middle of what looks to be a close competition.
"They've been very competitive," Carroll said. “They are going back and forth. We keep numbers and stuff like that — they're pretty much pretty much on each other. Both guys are showing a good arm and the ability to throw the ball down the field. They're moving moving well too. Paxton's got some running in his background from his college days; he took off on a real nice one of the day. I've been really impressed with Geno too. We've seen Geno not quite as much. You can feel the experience from him. He's the act of huddle, the line of scrimmage, adjustments and stuff like that. He has benefited from his years. So he brings a little bit of savvy that’s nice to have. We have had a guy like that really since Tarvaris (Jackson) that has played quite a bit as a backup, so that's good. ”