Five OTA Takeaways

The first post-draft organized team activities of the 2015 season took place at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center Tuesday. There was plenty of news, though much of it came off the field, including the signing of rookies Frank Clark and Tyler Lockett, meaning that Seattle's entire 2015 class is now under contract. Here are five quick takeaways to catch you up.

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As far as the Five Takeaways from the OTAs, read on.

5. Many of the team's stars didn't attend

Many of the Seahawks best and most recognizable players did not attend Tuesday's voluntary workouts. As noted previously, Russell Wilson flew to Miami to support new teammate Jimmy Graham at the funeral of the tight end's longtime agent and surrogate mother. Sadly, Cliff Avril also was absent due to the loss of his father. Fellow defensive end Michael Bennett and outside linebacker Bruce Irvin each elected not to attend to send messages of dissatisfaction with their current deals. Running backs Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin did not attend the workout, either. Lynch's absence was somewhat brushed off by Pete Carroll in a "Marshawn being Marshawn" type of way. Turbin is recovering from a hip injury that required surgery and is undergoing treatment elsewhere.

4. Carroll optimistic on players recovering from surgery

One of the primary reasons why some have suggested the Seahawks will struggle to successfully defend their NFC crown is the fact that so many important players are coming off of surgery. After the workout Tuesday, however, Carroll expressed great optimism that his club was healing nicely, characterizing Earl Thomas and Brandon Mebane's recoveries as going "great" and even holding out hope that Turbin and even Jeremy Lane and Paul Richardson could be back in time to participate in camp. With all due respect to the ever-cheery coach, given that Lane and Richardson's torn ACLs came so late in the 2014 season, it seems unlikely that either would be ready.

"Jeremy Lane has had another concern come up in his arm and they're going to stay with it," Carroll said. "His knee's doing great. His arm is going to take a little longer than we thought to heal so there's some stuff they're doing to take care of him but he should be ready for camp. That's the thought."

As for Richardson, Carroll said "Paul could make it back for camp but we'll be careful there. We just want to make sure that we get him back. Same with Jeremy. Paul has a little advantage over him - he's been through it before so we'll see if that helps. But we just have to see how the guys progress through the workload as it increases."

3. Lemuel Jeanpierre the opening day center?

Despite the fact that Patrick Lewis took over last year as the club's starting center while Max Unger dealt with injury, it was Jeanpierre who reportedly took the first snaps Tuesday. Bob Condotta and Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times report that Carroll explained Jeanpierre's insertion in the starting lineup as an acknowledgement of his experience over Lewis, who joined the club just last year. This is very likely to be the one real battle on offense to watch over the course of training camp.

2. Alvin Bailey, Cary Williams stand out

While I did not personally attend Tuesday's OTA, I did reach out to members of the organization to get their feel for players who stood out. Not surprisingly, All-Pros Richard Sherman and Bobby Wagner earned praise but so too did presumptive starting left guard Alvin Bailey and cornerback Cary Williams, who was signed in the offseason to replace Byron Maxwell. That Bailey "looked really good, really fit" isn't a surprise given that he'd turned heads pre-draft workouts with the team. Williams' length and agility caught the attention of staff, as well.

1. The expectation is to win

Carroll and strong safety Kam Chancellor each spoke after practice about how the tough loss in the Super Bowl has just provided even more incentive for the 2015 season. "Oh yeah, I told a lot of people, it feels like this offseason, everybody worked their hardest," Chancellor said. "I've seen guys out here busting their tails, the whole offseason going fast-tempo. Guys are lifting like crazy. It's just like the mindset is just sharpened. It just sharpened even more. We're more focused, more driven. We're just hungry for the first game of the year."

When asked what he thought of Chancellor's comments, Carroll agreed. "I feel it too," he said. "I felt it right since the first days that the guys came back. Each year we challenge ourselves to put together the best offseason we can put together. It starts with the individual and then the guys bring that to their position groups and then to the team. We've had no exception to that. We've had great work and the attitude has been on it. That's all we could ask for. It's been five weeks now coming to this point and you see the result today. We went out and practiced and ran around and guys knew what they're doing and flying around, communicating well and we're off and running. It's exactly the kind of tempo we anticipate seeing if we're on it. So that's a credit to all the work these guys have put forth so far."

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