Seattle Seahawks June Scouting Report
With camp just over a month away there are plenty of questions about what the Seahawks will look like in week one.
Finally we can get past the unsourced story of locker room unrest related to QB Russell Wilson and get back to watching him run for his life and make plays that no one else can.
Question one is, who will be his backup? QB Trevone Boykin is the likely holder of the one roster spot we all hope Seattle never has to activate. Boykin would be able to play the system best behind Wilson, but he could not get Seattle into the playoffs.
Question two is, can this offensive line keep Wilson on his feet? At this point the starters are likely LT George Fant along with his extra 24 pounds of body weight, newly acquired and former 2nd pick of the draft LG Luke Joeckel, C Justin Britt, RG Mark Glowinski and RT Germain Ifedi. Rookie OL Ethan Pocic might even challenge for one of the guard positions right out of the gate. Britt is solid and will make those around him better. Glowinski and Ifedi should definitely be better together and on the right. Joeckel has been an underperformer, so maybe he lives up to his draft status for Seattle? Fant’s extra body weight might make him better against the edge rush? Maybe this line deserves to be four questions rather than one. Seattle’s offensive line ranked dead last in Pro Football Focus’s ranking last year so they can’t be any worse. Right?
RB Eddie Lacy has been getting all of the press but RB Thomas Rawls is healthy and ready to hit things. Hard. RB C.J. Prosise is a solid receiver out of the backfield and a change of pace back. And RB Alex Collins has serious skills too. The issue here was injury, not talent and now there is more talent than can be on the field at once. Lacy has to do more than make weight to be the starter here. That question remains to be answered and may not be finalized before fantasy drafts start. Be wary.
Seattle is a tough place to try to make the team as a wide receiver. WR Doug Baldwin remains a Seahawk along with WR Tyler Lockett, WR Paul Richardson and WR Jermaine Kearse. Lots of talent at running back may reduce the targets that can be shared between these guys, so keep that in mind when the fantasy draft comes around. But Baldwin definitely has a nose for paydirt and Lockett can break a big one every game.
Rumor has it that TE Jimmy Graham is poised to have a stellar season. I guess if I had to pick one sure fantasy player on offense he would be my pick. Graham should be among the best tight ends in the league again this year.
PK Blair Walsh has no competition, but I do not have faith in him. He will be the kicker this season, but can he perform any better than Hausch would have?
Under Coach Carroll Seattle’s defense always looks like it can be extraordinary and this year is no exception. DT Malik McDowell looks like he may be the real deal and DT Jarran Reed is solid. DE Michael Bennett, DE Cliff Avril, and DE Frank Clark are just plain scary good. If DT Nazair Jones can start right away then this rotation will be deadly.
I worry a bit about the aging of the linebackers. LB Bobby Wagner will continue chasing tackling records and will be hard to beat week to week as a fantasy IDP starter. LB KJ Wright is nearly as good, but then there is a fall off in ability. The third guy here is a tough call but LB Kevin Pierre-Louis will probably hold the spot.
Assuming that injuries are finally resolved for the LOB, SS Kam Chancellor, FS Earl Thomas and CB Richard Sherman will be who they always are. The other starting corner will depend on whether or not CB DeShawn Shead is healthy. If he is not then rookie CB Shaquill Griffin may get an early entrance into the LOB.
Let’s get camp started and find the answers to these questions.
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