Seattle Seahawks June Scouting Report
June has been a slow month in Seattle and camp is still a month away. Here is a quick summary of where things sit.
It is good being QB Russell Wilson. It is even good being Wilson’s backup. Most likely that will be QB Geno Smith. UDFA QB Anthony Gordon out of Washington will get such a small window of opportunity to show what he could be.
No changes to my expectation of a starting lineup looking like:
LT - Duane Brown
LG - BJ Finney (Mike Iupati, Phil Haynes)
C - Ethan Pocic (BJ Finney, Joey Hunt)
RG - Damien Lewis (Mike Iupati, Phil Haynes)
RT - Jamarco Jones (Brandon Shell, Cedric Ogbuehi)
Seattle looks to continue with the same ground control offense. RB Chris Carson remains the #1 and should be back for game one. If not RB Carlos Hyde is his insurance and will get snaps until RB Rashaad Penny returns and shows he is an improvement over Hyde which is not a guarantee. If you draft Carson, handcuff him with Hyde. RB DeeJay Dallas and RB Travis Homer are a couple of Miami guys looking for playing time.
Seattle is loaded with speed and the reinstatement of WR Josh Gordon only adds to that problem. Gordon should have his suspension lifted in time for camp and most likely no one will tender him an offer as a free agent. WR Tyler Lockett and WR DK Metcalf are the starters, but Gordon likely will make it hard for WR Freddie Swain to make the team, assuming Gordon is football ready and WR Phillip Dorsett is too.
Most likely 4th round pick and tallest guy on the team TE Colby Parkinson will be healthy enough to start game 1 after breaking his foot. BUT he will not have any time in camp. I still have TE Will Dissly as the guy to draft in your fantasy league. Take him late because people will grab TE Greg Olsen first. The northwest knows Dissly, but the nation knows Olsen. Olsen is a proven veteran, but Dissly is just better - if he stays healthy. TE Stephen Sullivan who was taken in the 7th round will have a better chance to show who he is without Parkinson on the field. But TE Luke Wilson and TE Jacob Hollister remain almost certain locks. How many tight ends does Seattle need?
PK Jason Myers. A dude only a true, blue Seahawks lover would draft onto his fantasy team. He seems doomed to that middle of the road could be anyone kind of 5 to 8 points a game kinda guy.
This just in. DE Jadeveon Clowney is still a free agent. After waiting so long and dropping his asking price, even if he sticks as a ‘Hawk would he perform. Yeah, I think he would make someone pay on the other side of the ball all season. I think there are a ton of questions to be answered with the front 4 and there will be very little time once camp starts to see what those answers will be. Clowney would be the top of my answer list. DT Jarran Reed and DT Poona Ford should anchor the line. DE Benson Mayowa should hold off new comer DE Darrell Taylor. Will DE LJ Collier stand up and show his worth? Many other questions here too.
LB KJ Wright is ahead of schedule and expected not to miss any time. LB Bobby Wagner will stay solid in his normal role. LB Mychal Kendricks also remains unsigned and much more likely to return to Seattle than Clowney. BUT, 1st round pick LB Jordyn Brooks will be looking to take Kendricks’s snaps.
Is Seattle part of the SS Jamal Adams watch? It makes for decent press in a boring time of the year and Seattle has the cap space and obviously likes to have a shut down secondary. But FS Quandre Diggs will likely remain the big name here. SS Marquise Blair has seemed to be an inexplicable dog house which makes Adams more likely in my book. Otherwise we may have another year of SS Bradley McDougald as the starter.
Apparently there is some question as to whether or not CB Quinton Dunbar committed a very public act of armed robbery. So there is still the possibility that he will be starting with CB Shaquill Griffin and CB Tre Flowers and providing Seattle with a pretty solid secondary other than not having a natural nickel.
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