This is the time of the year when the days are the longest and hottest (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), and the football news cycle is at its slowest. The majority of the offseason is now in the rear view mirror, including free agency, the draft and offseason workouts. With OTAs having wrapped up recently, now is when fans must wait through the long slow doldrums that exist in the post-offseason lull of June and pre-training camp July.
So, during these times of boredom, fans turn their attention elsewhere, like social media. For example some fans might look to the Instagram account of Seattle Seahawks George Fant to keep their mind off the five plus weeks of nothing until training camp. There they’d come across a post like this one, where Fant makes a joke about the turf monster jumping up to get him.
Or this one where he’s firing out of his stance.
Or this one where he appears to be matching up with Barkevious Mingo in a non-contact drill of some kind.
Or one could come across another picture of Fant carrying the ball.
Or even catch Fant lead blocking for Rashaad Penny.
Or one might stumble across a video of Fant showing off his athleticism and ridiculously long arms as he reaches back to snag a seam route thrown just a bit outside.
WHAT!?! Check out 329lb (according to PC) OT/TE George Fant releasing up the seam, fully extending to catch an off-target pass here!!— Magnus Bendixen (@BendixenNFL) June 23, 2019
(found on Fant's IG: george_fant44) pic.twitter.com/CH8ypJIWDE
So, for those fans who were calling for more Fant after the National Fanthem play in 2018, it appears as though the Hawks may actually be practicing getting the ball to Fant. However, based on the fact that multiple members of the coaching staff appear to raise their hands in triumph at the catch, I’m not certain how often the team may actually be practicing this.
Also of note is that at the bottom of the video it’s possible to see Tyrone Swoopes and Ed Dickson standing next to each other. Based on the movements of their helmets and their arm motions, it would appear as though Dickson may be providing some coaching pointers to Swoopes. If Swoopes develops and makes the roster, it could prove fruitful for the Hawks, as he would still technically be a rookie with four full years of team control.
In any case, with the start of the 2019 season slowly approaching, there’s plenty to learn about the team and what it will look like this coming season. One thing that seems certain, however, is that George Fant appears likely be given every opportunity to show what he can do both as an offensive lineman and a tight end during the year.