As I wrote a week ago, the quick ascension up the depth chart by rookie guard J.R. Sweezy has been the most unlikely story in training camp, not Russel Wilson’s ability to win the starting quarterback job. Yes, Wilson is the biggest story because he plays the most important position in the game, and won the starting job at that position as a rookie who was taken in the third round, but what Sweezy has done has been nothing short of amazing. Sweezy’s story got even crazier Wednesday when Pete Carroll named the rookie the team’s starting right guard for the season opener in Arizona.
If you don’t want to read the story linked above, the quick back story: Sweezy, a seventh-round pick, played defensive tackle in college, but the Seahawks drafted him in the seventh round planning on switching him to guard. Sweezy grasped the position so quickly that he not only moved ahead of Deuce Lutui to start while John Moffitt was out with an injury, but to also keep the job now that Moffitt is back.
“JR earned it,” Carroll said. “He did it the old fashioned way.”