Seahawks head to camp with all eyes on Thomas Rawls, Jimmy Graham

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The Seattle Seahawks open training camp on July 30 at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington. Here's a closer look at the Seahawks camp, which wraps up on Aug. 16.

Top storyline: The focus will be on two players who finished last year on the sideline: running back Thomas Rawls and tight end Jimmy Graham. The organization has said it won't rush either player back, but coach Pete Carroll expects both to be on the field in Week 1 of the regular season. Graham is recovering from a ruptured right patellar tendon injury he suffered on Nov. 29. Rawls is coming back from a fractured left ankle that included ligament damage (Dec. 13).

Rawls has said that he will be ready for camp, but the coaching staff will ease him in and take a closer look at rookies C.J. Prosise and Alex Collins. If healthy, Rawls is expected to be the primary option to replace Marshawn Lynch.

Graham, meanwhile, will look to find his role in the offense. In the first 12 weeks of last season, he was the Seahawks' most-targeted player.

If Russell Wilson doesn't stay healthy, the Seahawks will be scrambling: Tarvaris Jackson has been Wilson's backup the past three years, but he's unsigned and dealing with an aggravated assault charge stemming from an incident last month. Undrafted free agent Trevone Boykin is currently in the No. 2 position, but the team might prefer a more experienced signal-caller as backup. Don't be surprised if the team adds a veteran quarterback in August.

Player who will have fans buzzing: Tyler Lockett. The second-year wide receiver is in prime position to make the leap after a rookie campaign in which he had 51 catches for 664 yards and six touchdowns (plus two more as a returner). Carroll raved about Lockett's work ethic during the spring and said he's "in the middle" of everything the team has planned offensively. The fans in attendance at camp could very well be treated to big plays by Lockett on a daily basis.

Position battle worth watching: Strongside linebacker. Bruce Irvin played a dual role in the Seahawks' defense. He served as the SAM linebacker in their base looks and moved to right defensive end in sub packages. The Seahawks are counting on Frank Clark to fill Irvin's pass-rush void, but the competition to replace him in their base defense is wide open. Mike Morgan, Cassius Marsh and Eric Pinkins will all be battling for playing time.

That rookie should start: Germain Ifedi. The first-round pick lined up at right guard with the starting offensive line all spring, and he should stay there. Second-round pick Jarran Reed is also in line to start at nose tackle.

Veteran whose job is in jeopardy: Justin Britt. The former second-round pick is changing positions for the second straight offseason. He started his career at right tackle before moving to left guard in 2015. Now Britt is lining up at center. He'll have to hold off Patrick Lewis for the starting job there. If that doesn't happen, Britt could be looking at a backup role for the first time in his career.

What about Russell? Wilson led the NFL in passer rating last year and returns his top four pass-catchers. He made great strides in the second half of 2015 and will be counted on to carry the offense for stretches of 2016. Wilson looked fantastic throughout the spring, and while he needs the offensive line to come together, he has a chance for an MVP season.

Paying up: Both Carroll and GM John Schneider are entering the final years of their contracts. They've downplayed the issue whenever asked, but at some point, extensions are expected, and they could be announced early in camp. If they're not, this will become a storyline to monitor in mid-August.

How is Michael Bennett feeling? The veteran defensive end has made it clear he wants a new contract. Bennett didn't participate in OTAs. He showed up for mandatory minicamp but sat out with an ankle injury. It's possible the team will appease Bennett and redo his deal. But if that doesn't happen, how will it affect Bennett, who was one of the Seahawks' best all-around players in 2015?

What fans will be saying after camp: How much are flights to Houston in February? It will be difficult for fans to temper expectations this season. Wilson is in the prime of his career. The defense is young and has led the NFL in fewest points allowed for four straight seasons. The coaching staff comes back completely intact. In other words, the pieces are in place to get to the Super Bowl for the third time in four years. If the Seahawks can get out of August healthy, they'll be on the short list of favorites to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

For daily updates at camp, check out the Seattle Seahawks clubhouse page.