Seahawks: 5 takeaways from the first day of mandatory minicamp

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The Seattle Seahawks began their three-day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, but the best player on the team was nowhere to be found.

Here are a few takeaways from the media.

No D.K. Metcalf

As first reported by Ian Rapoport at NFL Network, star wide receiver DK Metcalf was not present for the first day of practice.

Not long after, the Seattle Times reported that Metcalf’s absence was not excused. Therefore, we can probably assume this is related to the fact that Metcalf is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

Second-year wide receiver Dee Eskridge was also missing in action, as was tight end Will Dissly, who was excused due to an illness.

No comment from Pete Carroll

We were hoping to hear from head coach Pete Carroll yesterday so that he could shed some light on Metcalf’s situation. However, Carroll was not made available to the beat reporters who are usually on-hand at the VMAC.

That may have been the plan all along regardless of Metcalf’s absense. We will certainly hear from Carroll at some point this week, either after today’s practice or tomorrow’s.

Jamal Adams, Quandre Diggs still rehabbing

Seattle has the best and most expensive starting safety combination in the NFL right now, but both are on the sideline as minicamp begins. Jamal Adams is rehabbing from a laundry list of injuries, while Quandre Diggs continues to recover from his broken fibula in Week 18. Adams gave updates on both of them while speaking with reporters yesterday.

Both are expected to be fully participating by training camp. In the meantime, Diggs is at least in good spirits.

Geno Smith still leading QB competition

While it would make more sense to just hand the keys to Drew Lock and see what he can do as Seattle’s starter, the team is apparently embracing a real QB1 competition this summer for the first time since 2012. They will be rotating reps with the first-team offense, but for now Geno Smith is still in the lead for this particular position battle.

Smith is 31 years old and looked sharp as Seattle’s starting QB last season while Russell Wilson was out. Meanwhile, Lock had a very promising run in Denver at the end of the 2019 campaign but hasn’t shown much since.

Rookie OTs running with the starters

Finally, Seattle’s two most-important draft picks this year appear to be on pace to start Week 1 against the Broncos.

Charles Cross was the starter at left tackle, while Abe Lucas was also a part of the first-team offensive line at right tackle.

Haynes is a solid backup guard but we should assume the veteran Gabe Jackson will replace him once we get closer to the actual games.

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