Seattle Seahawks May Scouting Report
With so few draft picks there is no surprise that Seattle looks about the same. The biggest impact is that LB KJ Wright has still not signed anywhere. That most likely means that he will hold out and not be part of the Seahawks this year. But it is still early. Overall, the team seems pretty much the same as last year other than Wright - which is a big "other than". And which "same as last year", the first part with a record setting pace for offensive production both by the Seahawks offence and also allowed by the Seahawks defense. Or the second half where they basically switched places and QB Russell Wilson could not find a rhythm.
Wilson is Wilson and the press is the press. I doubt there are any issues at all. Seattle's offensive line was one of the worst units in football for years. Now it is at least middle of the road in almost all categories and now is when Wilson is unhappy? Something does not smell right, but it makes for nice click bait.
Seattle did not take an offensive lineman early, but Rookie RT Stone Forsythe was an excellent pass protector and could sneak into the starting line up over RT Brandon Shell. Otherwise it will be LT Duane Brown, LG Damien Lewis, C Ethan Pocic, RG Gabe Jackson, and Shell. Much better than a few years ago and maybe even better than last year.
I did not expect RB Chris Carson back, so this group is already better than I feared. But the addition of RB Alex Collins could be a bigger deal than most think. I would pick Collins with my last pick of any fantasy draft because Carson always gets injured and RB Rashaad Penny has never worked out. Even if Carson stays healthy, Collins has a similar head for short yardage and he can take some of that punishment (and those fantasy points). Penny may be a huge surprise, but I think I have said that every preseason for what feels like a decade and remain unsurprised.
WR DK Metcalf is not the only one who can sprint on this team. Rookie WR D'Wayne Eskridge ran a 4.38 second 40 during his pro day. He should fit in right away as a 'Hawk and depending on the new offensive scheme he could score a surprising number of fantasy points. Of course, Metcalf and WR Tyler Lockett are the kings of the castle. Which would make WR Freddie Swain? Over the moat without a boat? Well at the very least he needs to compete for snaps and make the most of everyone in order to earn snaps.
This stays as I noted last time. TE Gerald Everett is the latest of the stream of attempted moves which delay the progression of the depth of talent already here. If I have two tight ends on my fantasy team, one will be TE Will Dissly and the other will not be Everett. The only constant seems to be that no matter how brilliant the tight end Seattle brings in used to be, they cannot catch the ball while they are here. Drop, drop, drop. Saint, Panther, Ram, doesn't matter. They will crap out in Seattle.
PK Jason Myers has this in the bag.
There is just not enough that can be said for having DE Carlos Dunlap II back. The loss of DE Jarran Reed still stings, but not nearly as bad as it would have without Dunlap too. Ultimately, this line should perform much better than last year.
Seattle must be planning on options that allow them not to sign Wright. LB Bobby Wagner is edging closer to the end of his career and LB Cody Barton and LB Jordyn Brooks may never approach the same level as Wright and Wagner. But whatever the plan, this will be a step down that scheming cannot cover.
Safety is solid with SS Jamal Adams and FS Quandre Diggs but there is no depth behind them. It is likely that a free agent rookie will make the team to back them up.
CB Shaquill Griffin was no CB Richard Sherman, but he was solid and dependable. I am on the boat with CB DJ Reed being solid too, but CB Ahkello Witherspoon needs to bring it to help Reed out. Rookie CB Tre Brown could surprise and be ready out of the gate. He and Reed seem cut from the same cloth; smaller, versatile, strong special teams skills, and from the Big 12. Now if his NFL play compares just as well Seattle will be sitting pretty in the secondary. And they could also get help from CB Pierre Desir who has skills too and CB Marquise Blair is back from injury.
Wouldn't it be odd if Seattle ends up with all three draft picks starting? It could happen, but I am watching the linebackers the closest this preseason. If this D comes out of the gate the way they finished last year then Seattle fans could have a very good year ahead of them.
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