Offensive line analyst Duke Manyweather and Philadelphia Eagles tackle Lane Johnson put on the first ever OL Masterminds summit earlier this month, leading a group that included 26 current NFL offensive linemen. Included in that group were four Seattle Seahawks linemen: FA addition D.J. Fluker, Isaiah Battle and sophomores Ethan Pocic and Jordan Roos.
The OL Masterminds summit was inspired, largely, by similar summits put on by some of the league’s best defenders. Von Miller hosted his second pass rushing summit this past summer, after former Seahawk Michael Bennett started doing something similar in Hawaii a couple summers ago. Richard Sherman held his first cornerback summit this past offseason, as well.
The summit was part on field, part classroom work, and will only help some of the league’s young linemen, in the same way Miller and Sherman are trying to aid young pass rushers and cornerbacks.
As Johnson tells SB Nation’s Geoff Schwartz (a former NFL offensive lineman himself):
“There are two different games being played, seven-on-seven and in the trenches. We need to have more focus on our game as a group. We (OL) need to have a game plan how to attack the DL and this summit can help add tools to the arsenal.”
Schwartz’s entire recap of the event is excellent and well worth your time. Seeing camps like this, led by the league’s best, is always cool to see. Even better so when Seahawks players are involved.
Pocic and Fluker are expected starters for Seattle, at the left and right guard spots respectively, while Roos and Battle will be competing for roster spots in training camp. Learning from a group that boasts 719 combined starts and some of the game’s best offensive lineman will only help to develop their game.