State Of The League: Seattle Seahawks

A First Look at the 2021 Seahawks!
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 14: A Seattle Seahawks helmet is seen on the sidelines during a preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on August 14, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders defeated the Seahawks 20-7. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

Training camp and the NFL preseason are here! We are going over all 32 teams’ offseason moves, division by division: their player personnel changes, projected preseason depth charts, and more! Let’s finish the NFC West, and check out what the Seattle Seahawks are lookin’ like going into next season!

Other NFC West reviews: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks Preseason Projected Depth Chart

PositionStarterBackup
QBRussell WilsonGeno Smith
RB1Chris CarsonDeeJay Dallas
RB2Rashaad PennyTravis Homer
FBNick Bellore
WR1DK MetcalfFreddie Swain
WR2Tyler LockettPenny Hart
WR3D’Wayne Eskridge
TE1Will DisslyColby Parkinson
TE2Gerald Everett
LTDuane BrownStone Forsythe
LGDamien LewisJordan Simmons
CEthan PocicKyle Fuller
RGGabe JacksonPhil Haynes
RTBrandon ShellCedric Ogbuehi
DEKerry HyderL.J. Collier
DTPoona FordBryan Mone
DTAl WoodsRasheem Green
DECarlos DunlapAlton Robinson
OLBDarrell Taylor
MLBBobby WagnerCody Barton
OLBJordyn BrooksBen Burr-Kirven
CB1Tre FlowersTre Brown
CB2Ahkello WitherspoonD.J. Reed
CB3Ugochukwu AmadiDamarious Randall
SQuandre DiggsMarquise Blair
SJamal AdamsRyan Neal
KJason Myers
PMichael Dickson
LSTyler Ott
KRTyler Lockett
PRTyler LockettUgochukwu Amadi

*BOLD player name = Rookie*

 

Seattle Seahawks 2021 NFL Draft Class

Round 2 (56th overall): WR D’Wayne Eskridge, Western Michigan

Round 4 (137th): CB Tre Brown, Oklahoma

Round 6 (208th) OT Stone Forsythe, Florida

 

Seattle Seahawks Offseason Player Personnel Moves

Expired Contracts
PlayerPositionAge2020 Team2021 TeamInfo / Notes
K.J. WrightOLB32SEA
Bruce IrvinDE34SEA
Neiko ThorpeCB31SEA
Branden JacksonDE29SEA
Chance WarmackG30SEA
Josh GordonWR30SEA
Chad WheelerT27SEA
Jayson StanleyCB24SEA
Arrivals
PlayerPositionAge2020 Team2021 TeamAcquired via
Gabe JacksonG30LVSEATrade
Gerald EverettTE27LARSEAFree Agency
Kerry HyderDE30SFSEAFree Agency
Al WoodsDT34JAXSEAFree Agency
Ahkello WitherspoonCB26SFSEAFree Agency
Sean MannionQB29MINSEAFree Agency
Departures
PlayerPositionAge2020 Team2021 TeamDeparted via
Greg OlsenTE36SEARetirement
Mike IupatiG34SEARetirement
Shaquill GriffinCB26SEAJAXFree Agency
Jarran ReedDT28SEAKCReleased
Jacob HollisterTE28SEABUFFree Agency
Carlos HydeRB31SEAJAXFree Agency
Phillip DorsettWR28SEAJAXFree Agency
David MooreWR26SEACARFree Agency
Quinton DunbarCB29SEADETFree Agency
Delano HillS26SEACARFree Agency
Damontre MooreDE29SEAINDFree Agency
Shaquem GriffinLB26SEAMIAFree Agency
Linden StephensS26SEAWSHFree Agency
LaDarius WileyS25SEACARFree Agency
Saivion SmithCB24SEADENFree Agency
B.J. EmmonsRB24SEALVFree Agency
Nick GuggemosTE25SEAWSHFree Agency
Aldon SmithDE32SEAReleased
Re-Signed
PlayerPositionAge2020 Team2021 TeamInfo / Notes
Carlos DunlapDE32SEASEA
Christopher CarsonRB27SEASEA
Poona FordDT26SEASEA
Damarious RandallCB/S29SEASEA
Benson MayowaDE30SEASEA
Cedric OgbuehiT29SEASEA
Ethan PocicC/G26SEASEA
Nick BelloreFB/LB32SEASEA
Kyle FullerC27SEASEA
Jordan SimmonsG27SEASEA
Geno SmithQB31SEASEA
Bryan MoneDT26SEASEA
Ryan NealCB/S26SEASEA

 

Seattle Seahawks Offseason Notes/Review

  • The Seattle Seahawks will have a new offensive coordinator this season after firing Brian Schottenheimer. Shane Waldron was the passing game coordinator for the Rams, and he will be running an offense for the first time as a coach at any level – Rams head coach Sean McVay calls plays for their offense. Seattle’s offense started fast last season, but sputtered as the season wore on as the play calling got too predictable. Waldron will bring elements of what the Rams do on offense to Seattle, but the emphasis will be on having a more balanced offense and an efficient rushing attack. 
  • Russell Wilson complained after the season about getting hit too often, the lack of coaching adjustments during games, and the offense’s slow tempo in the second half of the season – fueling trade rumors leading up to the NFL Draft. Things have seemingly been ironed out going into the new season between the star QB and the team, but it is a situation worth keeping an eye on as the season unfolds – especially if the offense struggles early on.
  • Wilson is tired of having sub-standard protection, and the team did little to address it this offseason. The Seahawks did trade a 5th round pick to the Raiders for Gabe Jackson, but he was the only major addition up front. Jackson is slated to be the starting right guard, and the other four starters return from last season. He is an upgrade at the position, but he got a big contract from the Raiders and then regressed to the point where they almost released him outright before sending him to Seattle. Right tackle and center are still question marks going into the season, and the team opted against bringing in reinforcements – holdovers Brandon Shell and Cedric Ogbuehi will be competing at right tackle, while Ethan Pocic and Kyle Fuller will battle it out at center. Seattle also drafted tackle Stone Forsythe out of Florida in the 6th round. Forsythe isn’t looked at as a starter at this time, but he should at least compete for the swing tackle job as a rookie.
  • Head coach Pete Carroll likes to control the clock and play elite defense, but his team might struggle defensively. They lost a few key players on defense as free agents in cornerbacks Shaquill Griffin and Quinton Dunbar, and defensive tackle Jarran Reed, while longtime starting outside linebacker and defensive leader K.J. Wright remains a free agent. The team failed to replace those players adequately, and didn’t provide needed upgrades (even before losing those guys) on the defensive line and in the secondary.
  • Seattle brought back defensive linemen Carlos Dunlap and Poona Ford, they signed Kerry Hyder and Al Woods in free agency, and yet they still need upgrades on the line. The Seahawks struggled last season versus the run and failed to generate consistent pressure up front, and might be in for more of the same if this group doesn’t take a big step forward. After the loss of Griffin and Dunbar this offseason in free agency, the corner position has more questions than answers at this point. Outside of signing Ahkello Witherspoon, and drafting Tre Brown in the 4th round, the team did not address needs at the position. Those two will compete with in-house options Tre Flowers, DJ Reed, and Ugo Amadi in an underwhelming corner group. Jamal Adams was finally given the contract extension he had been seeking, as the Seahawks made him the highest paid safety in the NFL. His playmaking was sorely missed last season, as he missed a few games due to injury and never seemed to be fully healthy – he underwent multiple surgeries in the offseason.
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