#1 General Managers talk about heading into the draft with no holes on the roster. von liny195 13.12.2019 08:01

They then look to add to their roster and have a vicious 90-man offseason competition L.J. Collier Jersey , before finally having a..." The OffseasonThree positions of concern on the Seahawks’ rosterNew,26commentsPDTGeneral Managers talk about heading into the draft with no holes on the roster. They then look to add to their roster and have a vicious 90-man offseason competition, before finally having a terrific 53-man unit. In truth, it never works out quite like this. But some teams have positions that are visibly areas of concern in terms of depth and talent.The Seattle Seahawks, following somewhat of a rebuild year in 2018, still have some positions that warrant angst. Years of mediocre-to-bad drafting has seen roster holes enlarge. The competition for these roles should be particularly fierce as a result“This was not a draft we went into with big holes on our team, we didn’t feel like that,” said Pete Carroll post-draft. The size of the holes is open for debate, but here are 3 positions of early concern on the Seahawks’ roster.LEOThinking back to the best days of Seattle pass rush, days when Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril were considered depth, there were clear LEO type pass rushers on the team. The LEO is a defensive end who aligns in wider alignments to the 5-technique defensive end.Typically for the Seahawks, the LEO was around 250lbs and a speedier, bendier EDGE than the 5-technique. Chris Clemons and Avril are prototypes of the position/role. Right now, in 2019, there is no obvious LEO-type on the roster. There’s been Carroll talk of the bigger, 275lb Free Agent addition of Ezekiel Ansah playing the spot. But Ansah is unlikely to even be ready for the first game of the season thanks to a shoulder injury. Plus: he lacks the ability to bend, particularly after hurting his knee in 2017. Ansah still looks like more of a 5-tech.Like when Bruce Irvin played some LEO, other SAM linebackers Cassius Marsh and Barkevious Mingo could fill in at LEO. However http://www.theseahawksfanshop.com/Phil-Haynes-Jersey , this would only really happen in clear passing situations. The pair lack the traits or skillset to play LEO more regularly.Jacob Martin has more speed and get off than most of the rushers on the team. Yet he was reportedly down to 220lbs by the end of the year and his ability to hold up on early downs is questionable. He is more of a pass rush specialist who plays with nice technique and get off though lacks bend for his profile. At this point in time, the defensive line make-up appears to be emphasized on stopping the run far better than 2018. The key for the roster might be getting into third and longs where they can get into sub-packages, sending Shaquem Griffin and Martin while kicking the powerful bullrush of L.J. Collier inside to bully a guard.Z receiverDoug Baldwin’s retirement was painful for many reasons. Asides from the leadership vacuum it creates, Baldwin was the team’s best receiver. Moreover, he mainly played in a valuable position to the offense: the Z receiver. This being the receiver who lines up off the line of scrimmage or in the slot more, the immediate replacement is unclear. There were deep Yards After Catch and over-the-middle passing issues last year for Seattle’s offense. Partially that was a result of the lack of available underneath options.Baldwin lacked his consistent quick-separation skills due to suiting up hurt. The battle for that type of receiver appears to be between former Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds and 2019 7th-round-pick John Ursua. Both have flashed the crafty route-running ability to succeed in the slot. This preseason will be huge for the pair as they attempt to refine their craft and establish a chemistry with Russell Wilson. 2nd-round wideout D.K. Metcalf is exactly that, an X receiver restricted to the outside. Meanwhile, 4th-round selection Gary Jennings is nearing more of an X too. He certainly doesn’t fit the mold of a quick separator underneath and his best route is the post.Putting Tyler Lockett into the slot more often therefore feels like the obvious move. Indeed, Lockett has spoken about how he is working on his slot releases and routes. Still, when Lockett lines up outside to maximize his ability to separate late on Wilson’s best throw—the deep sideline go—someone needs to be able to step into the slot as the Z receiver.3rd down running backThis at first seems like a bizarre statement, given Seattle spent a first-round pick on Rashaad Penny in 2018. When you consider that the 3rd-down running back role is a different proposition to early downs, demanding excellent pass protection, it starts to make more sense.The departure of Mike Davis to the Chicago Bears is lowkey huge. The Seahawks were right not to pay him what Chicago did. That said, Davis was able to get the hard yards running inside zone, defying backfield penetration to find a seam and squeeze through. Davis was also excellent at pass pro. He wasn’t a backup, rather he played the crucial 3rd down running back role in Seattle’s offense.The Seahawks will hope Penny will have gained a better idea of protection schemes given he is entering his second season in the NFL. But if Penny can do that, and stay healthy, he’s likely to form a much more balanced 1-2 punch with Chris Carson Ugo Amadi Jersey , leaving the 3rd down spot open.Travis Homer has the pass-catching ability to make him an interesting proposition. On the other hand, the 6th round pick will require a large adjustment period in pass pro, despite his aptitude. Remember when Seattle signed an ageing Fred Jackson purely for his knowledge of pass pro?J.D. McKissic is fully healthy now and has always been a scintillating target. His pass pro ability is largely unknown too. Whoever ends up grabbing the 3rd down running back role, they better be good. Bad performances at the spot could totally derail Seattle’s hurry-up attack and dramatically hamper the overall offense. With the time until the final game of the 2018 NFL season now able to be counted in hours rather than weeks, it’s time to get ready for the offseason. This offseason will be a little bit different, however, as there are multiple minor league football organizations that are setting up shop hoping to take a piece of the action. The largest of these, and the one most fans have likely heard of is the Alliance of American Football, which is scheduled to start playing games the weekend following the Super Bowl. However, there are plenty of other leagues vying for your attention as well. Whether that’s the four team A-League, an arena league in Southwest Florida, the National Gridiron League or any of the other minor league teams that are out there. Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Jon Kitna, who had been slated to be the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Fleet, one of the teams in the AAF. However, just weeks before the scheduled start of the AAF season Kitna accepted a position with the Dallas Cowboys to become their quarterbacks coach. Kitna, of course, started his NFL career with the Seahawks back in the 1990s before going on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals, the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys. In any case Mychal Kendricks Jersey , Kitna never enjoyed much success during his playing days, retiring with almost as many interceptions in his career (169) as touchdown passes (165). However, following his departure from the San Diego Fleet earlier in January, video was released of Kitna from a quarterback coaching clinic several years ago. There are a series of five short videos, none of which is more than a couple minutes long, and offers a tiny glimpse into quarterback mechanics and how youngsters are coached to play the position. The videos touch on subjects that have become familiar to many Hawks fans, including mechanics, footwork, caution and are interesting enough to warrant watching. Some will find this interesting, while others will not. What this is, however, is a foundation upon which an entire series next week that will go through pass protection and the quarterback’s role in it. The mechanics, the footwork, the drop depth and all the other little things add up to play a major role in the pass protection scheme, which goes far beyond just the offensive line, and this just skims the surface on the importance of the mechanics of a quarterback.

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