This is the time of year when National Football League fans deal with a bit of what is real, but is not, and a lot of nonsense, yet could happen. A few of these are important to Seattle Seahawks followers. Here are a few for Sunday, along with some links to read more.
First, the N.F.L. combine has shown that this year’s group of offensive tackles eligible for the draft is not outstanding. Unfortunately, the Seahawks need quality at that position, whether that be a starter or simply depth. ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia writes that Seattle could have trouble finding offensive line help in the draft.
There is no secret in the fact that Seahawks fans want the offensive line to be much improved this year. Seattle’s offense was, of course, weakened by injuries in 2016, but even when the majority of skill players appeared healthier (against the Atlanta Falcons in the playoffs, for instance) the line could not consistently block well. Worse, the Seahawks were extremely thin along the line, which showed against the Falcons when rookie Germain Ifedi had to leave with injury. Ifedi was at times great and at times horrible in his rookie year, but Seattle simply had no quality behind him to push him for reps.
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According to head coach Pete Carroll, Seattle is still looking for left tackle George Fant to be part of the solution to the Seahawks’ line woes in the future. Carroll told ESPN, Fant “should grow more than anybody can possibly grow. He has played less than anybody, so hopefully he’ll make a big jump for us.”
Seattle obviously has its share of overall talent, but a poor offensive line can keep a team from reaching its potential. The Seahawks hope that their young linemen make a big leap next year in terms of consistency and production. Seattle is also searching for veteran leadership, however. One would think that the line would improve faster in 2017 if Seattle signed a free agent, like Russell Okung, instead of focusing on this year’s group of potential draftees.
Other notable words
Lars Russell of Field Gulls writes that kicker Steven Hauschka is likely done in Seattle.
Marc Sessler at NFL.com reports that Carroll has said C.J. Prosise and Thomas Rawls will battle for the starting running back spot.
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