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Focus on: Michael Bowie
When the Seahawks opened their training camp practices last year, Michael Bowie was a rookie harboring hopes of just making the team.
Friday morning, when the Seahawks practice for the first time in their 2014 training camp, Bowie will find himself in a battle for the starting job at right tackle.
Talk about what a difference a year makes, and then some, for the former seventh-round draft choice from Northeastern State in Oklahoma. The 6-foot-4, 332-pound Bowie also enters his second NFL training camp with seven regular-season starts at right tackle on his resume after stepping for an injured Breno Giacomini last season.Justin Britt will be the right tackle this season.
“It’s pretty cool, and it’s happening pretty quickly,” Bowie said. “Hopefully I can make the most out of this camp and be better at everything, compete and get the starting job.”
Bowie is not being handed anything, and he’s aware of the situation. The best man will win the job.
“It’s a great opportunity,” he said. “I can’t complain at all. I’m glad I got blessed and placed with a team like this, because it’s a wonderful opportunity.”
Britt, a second-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft, performed well enough during the rookie minicamp, OTA sessions and full-squad minicamp this spring that offensive line coach Tom Cable says Britt and Bowie will split reps with the No. 1 line in camp.
“They’ll pretty much be 50-50 all the way through,” Cable said. “Justin had a really nice spring. It’s an important time for both of them, and we’ll see where they’re at in terms of conditioning and the carryover from spring football.
“Our expectations are high for both of them.”
“Michael is a year older and a year more mature. He’s had a year in the system,” Cable said. “Is his discipline at a point now where he can prosper from what he gained over the last year? Those are kind of the factors where we wait and see as the new year comes on.”
And as Bowie knows, nothing beats experience – especially on the offensive line.
“It helped just getting value reps against good competition,” said Bowie, who started Weeks 4-10 at right tackle and Week 15 at right guard. “And getting out there early in the season is always helpful.”