Focus on: Justin Britt

Posted Jul 28, 2014

With Michael Bowie sidelined with a shoulder injury, rookie Justin Britt is stating his case for why he should be the starter at right tackle for the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

The expected two-man competition to replace Breno Giacomini as the right tackle for the Seahawks is down to one, for now.

Because Michael Bowie injured a shoulder during Friday’s first practice at the team’s Training Camp presented by Bing, rookie Justin Britt got all the reps with the No. 1 line in the two weekend practices at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

And Britt is showing he has what it takes to stay there.

“Justin has done a very, very good job,” coach Pete Carroll said of Britt, a second-round pick in May’s NFL Draft. “What we’re thrilled to see in Justin is he’s got a great approach. He’s tough. He’s smart. He’s diligent. He’s flexible enough that he looks like he can learn and do the things that we want to do.

“He’s been very sharp in the run game and he’s working on his pass-protection stuff.”

And Britt is working on that while working against Leo end Cliff Avril, who finished second on the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense last season with eight sacks.

“He’s getting great work there,” Carroll said. “So he’s kind of taken command of the opportunity right now because Michael hasn’t been there.”

The players have their first off day of camp on Monday, so it remains to be seen if Bowie can return when they resume practicing on Tuesday.

The advantage the 6-foot-4, 332-pound Bowie has, of course, is the fact that he started seven games as a rookie last season while the since-departed Giacomini was out with a knee injury and another at right guard.

“Michael is a year older and a year more mature. He’s had a year in the system,” line coach Tom Cable said.

For now, however, it’s the 6-6, 325-pound Britt who has a foot in the door.

“Unfortunately, Michael Bowie tweaked his shoulder right off the bat,” Carroll said. “So we don’t have a good barometer on that (competition) as far as he’s concerned, because Mike was right in the middle of the thing.”