Seahawks' Shead, Terrell seeing opportunities to start training camp
The "Legion of Boom" looks a lot different for the Seattle Seahawks, at least to begin training camp.
Earl Thomas is on the PUP list recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, while Kam Chancellor is holding out for a new contract.
That leaves undrafted players DeShawn Shead and Steven Terrell as the starting safety combination in the secondary.
Shead latched on with the Seahawks in 2012 and has seen sparse playing time since. However, he appeared in all 16 games in 2014 recording 14 tackles. Terrell has previously been with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans before signing with the Seahawks last offseason.
"I’m really excited about DeShawn Shead," head coach Pete Carroll told reporters, via the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "He’s been such a great player on our team and waiting for his opportunity. You dream about playing, and DeShawn Shead’s chance is up right now. Unfortunately Kam is not here, but … we go to the next guy and expect him to play up. We’ve always done that, and now its D-Shead’s opportunity, and we’ll see how he does.”
He echoed similar sentiments about Terrell.
“(Terrell is) going to do everything he can to be the guy that Earl is back there,” Carroll said. “He’s as fast as Earl and he’s about the same size. Our expectation is he’s going to try and fill it like he can. I don’t think anybody is like Earl, but he’s going to do it his way, and we’ll figure out what that means.”
With Thomas and Chancellor out now, this could work out in the Seahawks' favor come fall. The franchise knows how to identify talent and put players in position to succeed. Shead and Terrell are getting an opportunity, even if in training camp. Of course, replicating practice repetitions doesn't equate to game situations.
But if injuries strike, the team should be better equipped in 2015.