NFL training camps are winding down and the preseason is in full force. So what do we expect from the Seattle Seahawks in 2017?

It’s safe to say we’re not shy when it comes to getting you ready for the upcoming NFL season. Since March, we have strung together four different series in preparation for the fall. We have looked at all 32 teams’ most improved area. That was preceded by pieces on a club’s best offseason addition, some facts, figures and feats for each squad, as well as an up-and-coming player for each roster.

So call this one for the thumb. With the regular-season rapidly approaching, we’ll take a look at what we could expect from each team. Every team wants to win the Super Bowl. However, 31 teams will obviously be disappointed. So we have been taking a look at all 32 clubs (in original 2017 draft order) and doing a little analysis. You can play catch up right here. So what are we really expecting from the Seattle Seahawks in 2017?

We have gotten used to seeing the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs since the arrival of quarterback Russell Wilson in 2012. We have also gotten used to seeing the talented field general. He hasn’t missed a game since being a third-round draft choice five years ago. And that’s saying something given the club’s offensive line issues in recent seasons.

The team works hard to rectify those problems this offseason. Signing one-time Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive lineman Luke Joeckel to play inside helps. Keeping Justin Britt at center for a second straight year is certainly a plus. In the preseason win over the Minnesota Vikings, left tackle George Fant goes down for 2017 with a knee injury. Hence general manager John Schneider got Matt Tobin in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.

There’s a new running back in Eddie Lacy, late of the Green Bay Packers. There’s also Thomas Rawls, Alex Collins and C.J. Prosise, to name a few. Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Tyler Lockett and rejuvenated tight end Jimmy Graham spearhead the pass-catching corps.

Defensively, there’s plenty of familiar faces when it comes to this hard-hitting unit. Ends Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and Frank Clark join linebackers K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner and defensive backs Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. In this day and age of free agency, Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll have a great job of keeping this ground pretty much intact.

Summation:

They have that look in their eye once again. Yes, the Seattle Seahawks have some issues to settle along the offensive line. But their always-imposing defense appears to be pretty nasty. And with Lacy, Rawls and more in the backfield, look for the defending NFC West champions to play a little smash mouth once again. Wilson and the offense should be balanced once again. Fending off the Arizona Cardinals won’t necessarily be easy. But it will make the Seahawks a better team. And one very primed for another Super Bowl run.

Russell S. Baxter is the NFL lead columnist for EndZoneScore.com and the founder of ProFootballGuru.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

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