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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / State Of The League: Seattle Seahawks

State Of The League: Seattle Seahawks

A First Look at the 2021 Seahawks!
Publish Date: 08/21/2021
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
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

Position Starter Backup
QB Russell Wilson Geno Smith
RB1 Chris Carson DeeJay Dallas
RB2 Rashaad Penny Travis Homer
FB Nick Bellore
WR1 DK Metcalf Freddie Swain
WR2 Tyler Lockett Penny Hart
WR3 D’Wayne Eskridge
TE1 Will Dissly Colby Parkinson
TE2 Gerald Everett
LT Duane Brown Stone Forsythe
LG Damien Lewis Jordan Simmons
C Ethan Pocic Kyle Fuller
RG Gabe Jackson Phil Haynes
RT Brandon Shell Cedric Ogbuehi
DE Kerry Hyder L.J. Collier
DT Poona Ford Bryan Mone
DT Al Woods Rasheem Green
DE Carlos Dunlap Alton Robinson
OLB Darrell Taylor
MLB Bobby Wagner Cody Barton
OLB Jordyn Brooks Ben Burr-Kirven
CB1 Tre Flowers Tre Brown
CB2 Ahkello Witherspoon D.J. Reed
CB3 Ugochukwu Amadi Damarious Randall
S Quandre Diggs Marquise Blair
S Jamal Adams Ryan Neal
K Jason Myers
P Michael Dickson
LS Tyler Ott
KR Tyler Lockett
PR Tyler Lockett Ugochukwu 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
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Info / Notes
K.J. Wright OLB 32 SEA
Bruce Irvin DE 34 SEA
Neiko Thorpe CB 31 SEA
Branden Jackson DE 29 SEA
Chance Warmack G 30 SEA
Josh Gordon WR 30 SEA
Chad Wheeler T 27 SEA
Jayson Stanley CB 24 SEA
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Acquired via
Gabe Jackson G 30 LV SEA Trade
Gerald Everett TE 27 LAR SEA Free Agency
Kerry Hyder DE 30 SF SEA Free Agency
Al Woods DT 34 JAX SEA Free Agency
Ahkello Witherspoon CB 26 SF SEA Free Agency
Sean Mannion QB 29 MIN SEA Free Agency
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Departed via
Greg Olsen TE 36 SEA Retirement
Mike Iupati G 34 SEA Retirement
Shaquill Griffin CB 26 SEA JAX Free Agency
Jarran Reed DT 28 SEA KC Released
Jacob Hollister TE 28 SEA BUF Free Agency
Carlos Hyde RB 31 SEA JAX Free Agency
Phillip Dorsett WR 28 SEA JAX Free Agency
David Moore WR 26 SEA CAR Free Agency
Quinton Dunbar CB 29 SEA DET Free Agency
Delano Hill S 26 SEA CAR Free Agency
Damontre Moore DE 29 SEA IND Free Agency
Shaquem Griffin LB 26 SEA MIA Free Agency
Linden Stephens S 26 SEA WSH Free Agency
LaDarius Wiley S 25 SEA CAR Free Agency
Saivion Smith CB 24 SEA DEN Free Agency
B.J. Emmons RB 24 SEA LV Free Agency
Nick Guggemos TE 25 SEA WSH Free Agency
Aldon Smith DE 32 SEA Released
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Info / Notes
Carlos Dunlap DE 32 SEA SEA
Christopher Carson RB 27 SEA SEA
Poona Ford DT 26 SEA SEA
Damarious Randall CB/S 29 SEA SEA
Benson Mayowa DE 30 SEA SEA
Cedric Ogbuehi T 29 SEA SEA
Ethan Pocic C/G 26 SEA SEA
Nick Bellore FB/LB 32 SEA SEA
Kyle Fuller C 27 SEA SEA
Jordan Simmons G 27 SEA SEA
Geno Smith QB 31 SEA SEA
Bryan Mone DT 26 SEA SEA
Ryan Neal CB/S 26 SEA SEA


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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