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Countdown to training camp: It’s here!

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Wild Card Round - Seattle Seahawks v Dallas Cowboys Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

It’s been more than six months since the 2018 NFL postseason came to screeching halt for the Seattle Seahawks at AT&T Stadium in a disappointing 24-22 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The Hawks rolled into that game on a short winning streak over the Arizona Cardinals and the Kansas City Chiefs, but no amount of momentum could prepare the team for the sputtering the offense would experience in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

In the time since that disappointment, many key portions of the roster are unrecognizable. Doug Baldwin and Kam Chancellor, who were two of the longest tenured members of the team are now officially no longer on the roster. Frank Clark went from being the leading pass rusher for the Hawks to being flipped to Kansas city for a pair of draft picks. There are more fresh faces in the secondary, where the competition to replace the likes of Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and DeShawn Shead is a competition that will be filled with youngsters.

In any case, the key thing for Seattle fans to keep in mind is that the competition for 2019 roster spots will be heated. There are more youngsters and rookies than you can shake a stick at competing for jobs at wide receiver, defensive back and along the defensive line, and the competition is officially on starting Thursday.