Fans across the country, and even fans in Edward Jones Dome, may not notice. The casual Seahawks fan is unlikely to notice. People, though, that are in touch with Seahawks past and future will certainly notice. Russell Okung is set to take his first snaps of an NFL regular season game on Sunday.

This is a player who showed enough in a single pre-season game to have fans and media salivating over his potential. Teams rarely find Pro Bowl-level left tackles. Finding two of them back-to-back would be pretty darn impressive. But before we get too far ahead ourselves, the guy has to play in a game.

Some might say that his first game, played on the road, should not be used as a strong indicator of his future. Almost any rookie who missed the first week of training camp (holdout), played one pre-season game, then sat out almost 6 weeks with an injury would not distinguish himself in this game. That’s the fun part.

What happens if Okung overcomes all of those challenges and plays a solid or good game? There is another past Seahawks left tackle that showed time and again he could miss an entire training camp without a noticeable drop-off in his play. Okung is not Walter Jones, but playing well on Sunday would go a long way toward proving Okung is a special talent in his own right.

It is easier to picture false starts, slow feet and blown assignments. Just making it through the game healthy is job one. A spot in the starting lineup would be a statement by itself. One thing is certain: I have not been this eager to watch an offensive lineman play since Walter graced us with his presence in 1997.

Good luck on Sunday, Mr. Okung.

4 Responses

  1. Jeff

    My biggets concern is that he stays healthy in this game. Granted the line has played better than expected so far this season, but Okung must be in there and healthy, getting snaps and experience in the league. I'll be sporting my Okung jersey with pride as always…go hawks!

  2. Pablo

    Does anyone know if Tyler Polumbus is in at RT for Locklear? I like this guy! He shows heart, nastiness, and puts guys on their backs. I hope Locklear is watching. Polumbus just might solidify that spot for good. I too am looking forward to watching Okung. Also, is Ben Hamilton set in stone to start at LG? Where and when did Mike Gibson fall off the map? I thought he was pretty impressive during training camp and still don't understand what went wrong. What game did he screw up in?

  3. Jeff

    Pablo, I also like Polumbus. IMO he is miles ahead of Lock, and i hope Tyler gets the RT spot. Lets just hope that Okung stay healthy so we can keep lock out of the lineup and solidify this line! GO hAWKS!

  4. Mr Posh

    Can I swear on this blog? I don't want to blemish it so I'll just factor letters out but all I will say to Okung's day today is a big fat boll****!

    The man is cursed. He'll now be out for another month at least so he'll miss the next 3 games.

    On the flipside, at least Earl T is looking like the real deal.

    And before I sign off, at least we ain't 0-4! Get better soon Russell!