The Seattle Seahawks have an important training camp ahead of them in preparation for the 2021 season. When does it start, where will it be held, and are fans allowed to attend?
With phase 3 of the 2021 NFL offseason set to wrap up on June 18th, teams are already looking forward to training camp. It is by far the most grueling and pivotal part of a team’s preparations.
Training camps often include busy days for players and coaches, sometimes with 2 practices a day, weight training, team meetings, and film sessions.
Per the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), no contact is permitted during the first 3 days of camp. Days 4 and 5 will see players at full speed in light equipment called “spiders and shells”. Day 6 is a mandatory day off, and finally fully-padded practices start on the 7th day.
When Does Training Camp Start for the Seattle Seahawks?
For the first time in NFL history, there will be a unified start for training camp. 29 franchises, including the Seahawks, will kickoff their training camps on Tuesday, July 27th.
For the first time, the NFL will have a unified start to training camp, with 29 teams set to report Tuesday, July 27 — 47 days before the Sunday of Week 1, as allowed by the CBA — and plans for league-wide practices and fan events Saturday, July 31.
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The Cowboys and Steelers, who will play in the preseason Hall of Fame game, are allowed to begin training camp as early as July 21st. The Buccaneers will also be allowed to start training camp 3 days earlier on the 24th, as they play the season opener against Dallas on a Thursday night.
Where is the Seattle Seahawks Camp Being Held?
The Seattle Seahawks official training camp is at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC) in Renton, Washington.
Due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID pandemic, teams were instructed to conduct camp at their own training facilities.
With the situation looking a little more optimistic, the league has informed teams they can return to outside facilities. However, the teams themselves can decide to do so or not as well.
Seahawks key Position Battles to Watch out for:
The Seahawks currently have roughly 8 cornerbacks on their roster who will be competing for the starting spot.
It is assumed that D.J Reed would continue to be the started like last season, while Akhello Witherspoon will be playing alongside him.
As for the slot cornerback, there will be an intense battle between Marquise Blair and Ugo Amadi. However, players such as Tre Brown, Tre Flowers and other veterans will also be competing for playing time.
While both D.K Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are already locked in, it is assumed that the new draft pick D’Wayne Eskridge will be the 3rd wide receiver.
Nevertheless, Freddie Swain, Penny Hart and newly added players such as Connor Wedington and Cade Johnson will also be looking to earn a starting role.
With the Seahawks continuing to trust in Ethan Pocic, Kyle Fuller will be having an open competition for the starting center role.
In Addition, the Seahawks may also add a center such as Austin Reiter if neither option works out. Reiter should be an automatic upgrade at pass protection which would help quarterback Russell Wilson
The D-line has a very good depth. Carlos Dunlap and Kerry Hyder should be the starting defensive ends. Alton Robinson, Benson Mayowa and Aldon Smith will all be very solid players looking for playing time as well.
At defensive tackle, With Poona Ford set to take a bigger role, L.J Collier, Bryan Mone and Robert Nkemdiche will all have an intense battle for the starting position.
Will Fans Be Allowed to Attend Seahawks Training Camp?
There has been no official announcement on whether there would be fans at camp or not. The organization is still “hopeful” for fans to attend the Seahawks training camp for 2021