RENTON, Wash. -- A spot starter in 2012, Malcolm Smith wants to parlay that experience into a full-time job this year.
"Going into your third year, you know you have to be a professional all the time," the Seattle outside linebacker said. "You have to be accountable. It's a pivotal time for all of us. Especially on this team -- we really have aspirations to win a lot of games. So we just want to make sure we play our part and do well."
The USC product started three games last year at weak-side, outside linebacker in place of an injured Leroy Hill, and finished with 17 tackles and two pass deflections.
With Hill leaving via free agency, Smith was penciled in as the Seahawks' starting outside linebacker. However, his chance at a starting job will be at a different position, as Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn experiments with moving last year's starting strong-side, outside linebacker K.J. Wright, to replace Hill on the weak-side, and sliding Smith over to strong-side, outside linebacker.
Adding to Smith's confidence is the fact that Seattle surprisingly didn't select a linebacker to replace Hill in this year's draft.
"You look at everything as an opportunity any time you get to play in the NFL," Smith said. "But if there's space for me to get more reps, then I'll definitely do my best to take advantage of them."
Smith's fits Seattle's shift to more of a hybrid, multiple-look up front defensively, where the strong-side, outside linebacker likely will be called upon to rush the passer more.
But Smith will have to compete with second-year pro Bruce Irvin and free-agent addition Cliff Avril for time at that position.
"I think I run pretty well, so I'm going to try and use my strength, which is speed, and aggressiveness as far as decision making and trying to find the ball," Smith said. "I think that's a good spot for me."
Smith, who has one career sack in two seasons, will also have to brush up on his pass-rush skills.
"We'll definitely find out," Smith said, when asked if he can rush the passer. "I've been working on it, so we'll see."
Size and health are also concerns. At 6-foot and 226 pounds, Smith is one of the smallest linebackers on Seattle's roster. And he's had health issues, playing in just 12 games as rookie.
"If you don't play every game, they're going to say something's wrong with you," Smith said. "So the thing is to try and be out there every game. And that's my goal as far as health."
Along with competing for a starting job, Smith is expected to remain a mainstay on special teams. He blocked a punt returned for a touchdown by Jeron Johnson against Dallas in Week 2 last year, and finished with five tackles on special teams.
"Absolutely," Smith said about his role on special teams. "That's going to be my first priority, because I know I'm going to get those opportunities to start the game. So that's definitely where I feel like I can make an impact right away."
-- Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch again was a no-show for his team's organized team activities that were open to reporters on Monday.
Absent when the team began OTA workouts May 20, Lynch reported to the voluntary sessions a week later, but the bruising running back was absent on Monday.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll didn't talk with reporters after practice, so no reason was given for Lynch's absence.
With Lynch out, second-round draft choice Christine Michael took advantage of the extra reps. The Texas A&M running back had been nursing a hamstring injury, and didn't work out during the OTA session open to reporters last week.
-- League representatives were on hand during Monday's organized team activities to watch the Seahawks' practice.
Seattle was punished by the league and the NFL players association for having too much contact during offseason practices, by having two of the team's final OTA days taken away from them during the team's offseason program last year.
"We're aware of it because of what happened last year, and we're trying to do this thing right," Carroll said. "We've learned that there's a whole new tempo about OTA practices that we have to translate and make sense of, so that we can keep practicing and keep the work going.
"So we've spent the whole time just preaching about what's okay, so we can get the maximum out of the tempo, but do it right."
-- Former Seahawks Chad Brown, Ricky Watters and Jeff Feagles, and current Seattle player wide receiver Charly Martin are scheduled to participate in the seventh annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp.
The event will be held June 17-20 at the NFL Films office in Mt. Laurel, N.J.
Quote to note
"Obviously, it's the atmosphere, the players, the coaching staff and the way they treat you. They treat you like a man as long as you act like a man, and I appreciate that. The game is fun here, so I love everything about this organization."
-- Seahawks' new defensive end Michael Bennett, on returning to Seattle in free agency after joining the team as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2009.