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Catching up with John Lotulelei, future Seahawk?
June 25, 2013 - Robert Collias
Here is the start of my story from today's paper on Baldwin graduate John Lotulelei, who has a good shot of making the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free-agent linebacker:
John Lotulelei is in bring-it-on mode.
The undrafted free-agent rookie linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks out of Baldwin High School and Nevada-Las Vegas knows now is the time that will determine his immediate future with the team.
Organized team activities and minicamp have been completed. The next and final step is training camp, which will open in late July.
"I finished OTAs and minicamp really strong, left a great impression," Lotulelei said last week. "Right now we have workouts and I just can't wait to get back when we come back for camp."
Individual workouts for rookies with Seattle strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle end today. The work is daunting.
"You do 20 push-ups on a bench, 15 on a ball and then 10 on the ground," Carlisle said on the team website in a story published Friday. "When they're done with their two sets of that, they can't lift themselves off the ground.
"But they're enjoying it. There's a lot of teaching still going on with these young guys."
Lotulelei fits that description, being called in for extra work with fellow undrafted free-agent linebacker Craig Wilkins.
"Right now we are trying to learn their version of staying healthy and staying fit," Lotulelei said. "I got along with the players, I got along with the coaches. The coaches have me and this other linebacker coming in early, 6 o'clock in the morning to catch up on plays that the veterans know. It is great experience."
The 5-foot-11, 233-pound Lotulelei likes his chances at becoming just the third Maui County product to claim a spot on an NFL 53-man roster, joining current Oakland Raiders linebacker Kaluka Maiava and retired defensive lineman Kimo von Oelhoffen.
"I am going to do what I have to do," Lotulelei said. "You know what? I do feel confident that I am going to make this roster. I am just trying to take my playing to another step, another notch. Last week at minicamp I feel like I improved from OTAs. At OTAs I started learning all the plays.
"The roster, just hearing about it, gets your heart beating pretty fast. That's the mentality that I am going to have to live with from now until the time of making the cuts. I have to be confident of making the roster."
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