The Seattle Spectator: 2017 Seattle Seahawks Team Preview

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  1. LtJustice

    LtJustice QSF Commissioner

    Jul 22, 2010

    It has been quite an off-season (or two really) for the Seattle Seahawks. After a 2015 campaign that saw them earn a trip to the Super Bowl, where they ultimately fell to the Indianapolis Colts, the Seattle front office didn’t rest on their laurels. They made some bold moves that they hope can lead to a return trip to the big game, and perhaps even their first ever League Championship.

    Let’s take a look at a position by position breakdown and see what these Seattle Seahawks are bringing to the table in 2017:



    Entering his 6th season in the NFL, franchise quarterback Russell Wilson is the unquestioned leader of this team. A 2015 Pro Bowler, despite the Seahawks playing a very run heavy style that season, he is just coming into his prime and has the skill set to be considered one of the elite in the league. Equally dangerous with his arm and his legs, Wilson will be the man to set the tone for the Seattle Seahawks.

    2nd year quarterback Laquon Di, who many consider good enough to start in this league right NOW, and rookie Spencer Bass should hope to absorb as much knowledge as they can from the young veteran Wilson.


    The Seahawks appeared to be loaded at the half back position entering the 2017 draft and few expected them to use a high pick on the position. But the Seattle front office felt that Tahj Conley, the electric speedster out of Southern Miss, was just too good to pass up with the 7th pick in the draft. The drafting of Conley left them overloaded at halfback and Taiwan Jones was consequently shipped to the Panthers in a preseason deal. Possibly the fastest player in the draft, Conley gives the Seahawks one of those rare weapons that is a homerun threat every time he touches the ball.

    Not to be overlooked are returning backs Vince Kerr and Robert Turbin. Kerr is the probable starter in a running back by committee approach. Entering his 4th season, despite being only 23 years old, Kerr has shown the kind of steady improvement that would seem to indicate he has what it takes to be one of the best in the business. Turbin brings a rare mix of power and speed that gives him the ability to be plugged into the lineup in any situation.

    In a surprising move, the Seahawks placed their franchise tag on fullback Spencer Ware this off-season. The Seattle front office felt like Ware, a road grading blocker who is also deceptively fast, was a huge reason behind their league leading rushing attack in 2015, and have no problem paying him as such.


    The biggest shock of the offseason came when the Seahawks traded All-Pro WR/returner Percy Harvin to the New York Jets in a 3 team trade (also including the Giants). A salary cap casualty, the loss of Harvin could have a grave impact on the Seattle passing attack this season.

    The Seahawks seem to be betting that budding star Keliko Ambles, acquired in the Harvin blockbuster, can fill Harvin’s shoes in the passing game. While he is a much bigger target, Ambles doesn’t have the playmaking ability of Harvin and it’s unknown if he will have the same high level of chemistry with Wilson.

    Seattle has a trio of speedsters hoping to replace the deep threat that Harvin brought to this offense. Leonard Hankerson, T.J. Graham, and Corey Fuller are battling for the starting position opposite Ambles and the race is too close to call even still.

    Another weapon received back in the Harvin deal, was tight end Adrien Robinson via the Giants. Robinson is expected to step right into the starting role, to take over for the aging Zach Miller. An equally good receiver and run blocker, Robinson is expected to be a real difference maker this season.

    Veteran tight ends Miller and Delanie Walker give the Hawks a trio of athletic pass catchers that could give fits to any opposing defense.


    The Seahawks are returning 2 Pro Bowlers on their offensive line, in guards James Carpenter and Jon Asamoah. Despite the loss of Pro Bowl center Max Unger, the Seahawks feel like they have one of the deepest units in the entire league.

    Recent waiver wire pick up Trouble Greene, once regarded as one the best up and coming blockers in the game, is hoping to resurrect his once promising career in Seattle and is expected to push incumbent starter Charles Brown for playing time. Another recent free agent signing, center Billy Alvarez, has been penciled into the starting lineup since the day he signed. Right tackle Alvin Bailey will round out the starting unit for the Hawks.



    The Seahawks pass rush is led by star defensive end Bruce Irvin. You won’t find a more explosive player at the position and Irvin is the kind of elite pass rusher that can take over a game on a moment’s notice. As athletically gifted as he is, the thing that has kept Irvin from maximizing his abilities has been a lack of consistency. Could this finally be the year Irvin puts it all together and dominates for an entire season?

    The man anchoring the opposite end of the line from Irvin is not to be overlooked either. Defensive end Andre Branch has a great first step off the line and is very capable of wreaking his own brand of havoc in offensive backfields.

    When the Seahawks announced the trade of fan favorite Jesse Williams, to the Jaguars in the 2016 off-season, many fans and analysts criticized the move. Seeming to make matters even worse, the team cut ties with the dominating Brandon Mebane in a cost cutting move. The criticisms didn’t last long though; as Okoye Bryson, acquired in the Williams trade, burst onto the scene in 2016 and was named to the NFC Pro Bowl team. Filling out the middle of the d-line is a trio of promising young tackles in Darby Tanelus, Sherwin McCullers, and Nash Carpenter. With these four athletic behemoths clogging up the middle, opposing offensive lines are sure to have their hands full.


    The defense is led by team captain Bobby Wagner at middle linebacker. The 2-time defending defensive MVP, Wagner may well be considered a Hall of Fame candidate by the time he has played his last snap in this league. Whether he’s in pass coverage, run defense, or rushing the passer, Wagner excels and sets the pace for this Seattle defense.

    With the trade of K.J. Wright to the Colts following their Super Bowl run, the Seahawks look for Malcolm Smith to move from weak side to strong side linebacker. The move also allows promising reserve Korey Toomer to step into the starting lineup at the will position.

    Look for rookie linebacker Risean Duckett, the fifth overall pick in the 2017 draft, to be the 4th linebacker in this unit, as the Seattle coaching staff considers him gifted enough to be able to play at any of the 3 positions.


    Any discussion about the Seattle Seahawks defense usually starts and ends with their phenomenally talented defensive backfield. Cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson are individually as good as any cover corner in the game, and it is not a stretch to say the pairing of the two may go down as the best cornerback duo of all time. Listed as 1 and 1A on the depth chart, the two are capable of lining up on either side of the field and giving opposing QBs fits.

    When the Seahawks ended up with the #1 overall pick in the 2016 rookie draft, due to a 2015 trade with the Redskins, the last place they were expected to look at was the cornerback position. The Seattle GM was even quoted on record as saying “I am 99% sure that we are not going to draft a cornerback at the 1”. After all was said and done in their draft preparation, the Seahawks came to the conclusion that cornerback Terrell Jefferson out of Auburn was the best player in this draft, and they could not pass him up. Jefferson has made it no secret that expects to be a starter in this league, but for the time being he gives the Seahawks one heck of a nickel back.

    Speedy dime back DeMarcus Van Dyke can be a liability if caught against the run, but his elite speed and developing coverage skills should allow him to hang with his assignments more times than not.

    Free safety Earl Thomas, a Pro Bowler in 2015, returns to patrol center field for the Seahawks defense. Equally excellent in pass and run support, Thomas has a nose for the ball that allows him to consistently make plays.

    With the trade of star strong safety Kam Chancellor, to the Giants in the Harvin deal, the Seahawks have a bit of a question mark at the position. The good news is they feel like they have some quality options to fill big Kam’s shoes.

    Acquired in the same deal is converted cornerback Verley Ardizone, from the Giants. Ardizone converted to strong safety in training camp and appears to be a natural fit for the position with his mix of power and speed.

    The Seahawks made a draft day deal and moved up to the #2 spot in the 2017 draft with one target in mind. Garrison Saint, the big safety out of Utah, was that target. At 6’3” tall, and possessing phenomenal speed, Saint is expected to find a spot in the starting lineup at some point in the very near future.


    The Seahawks said goodbye to veteran kicker Steven Hauschka and drafted Kain Gayle out of Kansas State. If Gayle struggles to shoulder the load for this team in the early going, look for them to add a veteran kicker.

    Veteran punter Jon Ryan for his 12th NFL season and has been rock solid throughout his career.

    Another side effect of the Harvin trade was the loss of his elite return abilities. The Seahawks expect the return duties to be split behind Peterson, a Pro Bowl punt returner, and the rookie Conley.


    After fielding a Super Bowl team in 2015, the Seahawks front office took some big gambles in the following 2 off-seasons in parting with some key players from that squad. But the addition of 4 top 10 picks from the last 2 draft classes should certainly help to ease the loss of those players.
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    CHUNKNESS Commissioner Quality Simulation Football

    Jun 13, 2010
    Nice summary Jim! Bryson is a beast. Glad he is serving you well!
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