It’s finally that time of year again. On Monday, players from the Seattle Seahawks organization will report to the VMAC in Renton, Washington for Organized Team Activities (OTAs). There, on the shores of Lake Washington, the first reps of the season between the offense and defense will occur.
During the previous phases of the 2018 offseason program, the offense was limited to running plays against air, and the defense vice-versa. Now the ‘Hawks defense will get to match up against the O in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.
This will be the first chance for free-agent newcomers and rookies alike to get in on live action. However, unlike in June’s mandatory minicamp, no contact will be allowed between players.
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One of the big storylines to watch will be the debut of first-round draft pick Rashaad Penny and how many reps he gets with the first team offense. As this is a voluntary activity period, there will be plenty of eyes looking out for safety Earl Thomas. There is some question as to whether or not he’ll show up due to frustrations with his current contract.
The first few days of OTA’s will be closed to the media. Thursday, May 20th will be the first practice session open to reporters.
David Rogers covers the Seahawks for Full Press Coverage. Follow him on Twitter.