The Seattle Seahawks began their last phase of off-season training Tuesday afternoon with day one of the three-day minicamp. This will be the last practice opportunity for the team to gather before training camp in August. Seahawks lineman Germain Ifedi spoke to the media after Tuesday’s practice.
The Seattle Seahawks declined to pick up the fifth-year option on his contract meaning that Ifedi the teams first round draft pick ( 31st overall ) in 2016 will be playing his last season with the Seahawks unless a deal is reached. Rather than focus on something he cannot control Ifedi who started 14 games at right tackle, the last game of the regular season at right guard after missing week 15 due to an injury. Ifedi has been around long enough to know that football in the NFL is a business.
Ifedi like linemate Duane Brown believes the Seahawks have the potential to be the best offensive line in football due to the talent and coaching of offensive line coach Mike Solari.
The Seahawks had the top-ranked rushing offense last with 2,560 total rushing yards with a 160 yard per game average. The Seahawks passing game was another story despite the stellar play of Russell Wilson who threw for 35 touchdowns sixth best in the league. The Seahawks passing offense was ranked 27th in the NFL when it came to total passing yards (3,093). The retirement Doug Baldwin will have a major impact on the Seahawks passing game. How dramatic only time will tell. Tyler Lockett had his best year as a pro last year and the drafting of DK Metcalf and Gary Jennings could lessen the blow but nothing will be known until the team is practicing in full helmet and pads during training camp sometime in August.