The Seattle Seahawks have had somewhat of an up-and-down pre-season, to say the very least.
The Seahawks managed to tie down quarterback Russell Wilson and Bruce Irvin to new contracts, but fellow stars Kam Chancellor and Michael Bennett are unhappy at not receiving theirs.
And then there is the sorry state of the Seahawks offensive line, which completely struggled it's way through the previous pre-season fixtures and looked nowhere near close to a cohesive unit as Russell Wilson was rushed an hit multiple times.
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After the disarray of the first few pre-season games, the Seahawks now finally think/hope they have a solid offensive line, naming the starting five today, according to their official website.
Those five will be, from left tackle to right tackle, Russell Okung, Justin Britt, Drew Nowak, J.R. Sweezy and Garry Gilliam.
Britt started all 16 games last season at right tackle, but was moved inside to left guard after the first preseason game this year. The biggest surprise is Nowak, who will be replacing Max Unger as starting center.
Nowak has never played as an offensive lineman during a real NFL regular season game before. Last year he was on the Seahawks practice squad working to convert from a defensive lineman during his college career at Western Michigan. Pete Carroll seems pretty happy with his new center.
“He looks terrific for how far he has come,” the Seahawks coach of Nowak. “You really shouldn’t be able to learn [center] that fast, almost. It would be a surprise to most people."
Nowak beat out Lemuel Jeanpierre to start at center, while the new right tackle Gilliam used to be the backup left tackle before being moved.