Seahawks rookie RG Damien Lewis began each recreation for Seattle in 2020. (Getty)
A 2020 NFL season like no different kicked off after an odd offseason, beginning with a really totally different trying free company interval and an NFL Draft that was performed just about. Throughout that draft, the Seahawks chosen eight gamers, their fewest since 2015.
As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, nearly all of the NFL offseason was performed just about, and as such, rookies got much less time than ever to prepare for the primary NFL season. It was thought that rookies could have a more durable time than ever making a right away affect because of this. For the Seahawks, in addition to with different rookies throughout the league, that wasn’t the case.
Seattle tallied 26 begins from rookies in 2020, with most of these coming from third-round guard Damien Lewis. And whereas first-round linebacker Jordyn Brooks technically solely began six video games, he was the Seahawks’ third linebacker and on the sphere rather a lot when Seattle performed its base protection.
Throughout his Monday morning radio present on 710 ESPN Seattle, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll shared his evaluation of the 2020 rookie class, and it’s secure to say he got here away impressed with that group.
“I feel the fellows turned out, got here via for us,” Carroll mentioned. “They performed early within the season, because the season wore on they had been extra of an element.”
One man who Carroll has spoke extremely of all 12 months lengthy is Brooks, who tallied 57 tackles and two tackles for loss in 14 video games whereas taking part in 32% of Seattle’s defensive snaps.
“He performed actually, rather well,” Carroll mentioned.
With veteran linebacker Ok.J. Wright’s future unsure (the 31 12 months previous is ready to be a free agent), Brooks may have a bigger function subsequent 12 months. When the Seahawks performed nickel protection with 5 defensive backs and two linebackers, Brooks can be on the sidelines whereas Wright and Bobby Wagner stayed on the sphere.
Regardless that Brooks was the Seahawks’ first-round decide, the rookie who performed essentially the most snaps for Seattle by a large margin was Lewis, who the Seahawks drafted 69th general.
“Damien had a terrific season to play nearly each snap of the 12 months,” Carroll mentioned. “He performed some middle through the season. He’s going to be a incredible soccer participant. And he’s a championship child, too. Robust as (heck) and actually sensible. You may really depend on the man.”
Lewis began each recreation for the Seahawks on the offensive line, with 15 coming at his typical proper guard spot, and he additionally performed a whole recreation at middle when accidents depleted that place regardless of having by no means performed the place in a recreation in his whole life.
The Seahawks’ go rush was an enormous query mark after tallying simply 28 sacks in all of 2019. To assist increase that group, Seattle drafted two edge rushers in Darrell Taylor and Alton Robinson.
Robinson, a fifth-round decide, performed 14 video games as a situational go rusher and had 4 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, 4 quarterback hits and compelled a fumble.
“Alton (did) a terrific job,” Carroll mentioned.
Taylor was the upper decide, with Seattle buying and selling up within the second spherical to accumulate him, however he didn’t play a single snap on account of a shin damage that required surgical procedure final offseason. He did return to observe over the last week of the common season, although, and Carroll was thrilled with what he noticed.
“We lastly acquired an opportunity to see Darrell Taylor on the sphere. He’s going to be an enormous issue, there’s little question,” Carroll mentioned. “Bodily and speed-wise and athletically, he’s going to be an enormous issue. Sadly we simply couldn’t get him wholesome earlier within the 12 months … He may need performed this subsequent week, too. Sadly we don’t get to see that, however that’s how effectively he seemed in observe.”
Carroll’s greatest takeaway from the Seahawks’ rookie class, although, was the younger gamers’ mindsets.
“The mentality of those guys, it was not too large for them, they may contribute early. They’re going to be large components, they’re going to develop a ton,” he mentioned. “I feel we hit it rather well. We have to hit it with a handful of men subsequent 12 months and preserve shifting ahead.”
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