Seahawks Rook Report: Week 4

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Ugo Amadi

28           FS           5-9         201        22           R             Oregon

There was no doubt in my mind since week 1 of camp that Ugo Amadi was going to make this squad. What did surprise me is that the level of accomplishment over the preseason may see Ugo become the starting punt returner, gunner, and perhaps a dime package contributor. While a muffed punt may put suspicions on his return capability, he more than made up for it in punt coverage where he delivered devastating hits and pass coverage where one could image him fighting for Tedric Thompson’s job next year.

Cody Barton

57           LB           6-2         237        22           R             Utah

The level of leadership and skill at the middle linebacker position make Cody Barton to look take charge of the defense once Bobby Wagner and KJ Wright leave. Granted that wont be this year but on 90% of the rosters in the NFL, this is a starting linebacker and the Seahawks have a special player who will contribute on special teams and serve as an all-purpose backup in the meantime.

Marquise Blair

27           FS           6-1         196        22           R             Utah

Blair suffered from back injury earlier this preseason and it appeared as if my concerns of his being too small might be well founded. When he wasn’t injured, he was a difference maker and an intimidator. He is healthy now and here is to hoping that his health holds up as Blair is the replacement for Kam Chancellor that we need.

Ben Burr-Kirven

55           LB           6-0         230        21           R             Washington

I had said for over a month that BBK was not making this team, but BBK did what he did at UW and that is prove people wrong. A high-motor and high effort guy he showed heart and determination that won the coaches over. BBK had a 12 tackle effort in the last game of the preseason and will most likely be a valued special teams contributor this year. Long-term, I still wonder if he can be a linebacker at this level.

L.J. Collier

95           DE          6-2         291        23           R             TCU

Injury side-lined Collier this preseason, so we don’t really know what he has to offer. This concern me as it does Pete Carroll and this may have been a small part in why the Seahawks went out and acquired Jadaveon Clowny to serve as a pass rush option that the Collier should have been. We will let the season play out, but it is still unclear as to when he will return to the lineup.

Travis Homer

25           RB          5-10       202        21           R             Miami

The rise of CJ Prosise doomed the position of JD McKissic on this team. Then again CJ’s injury history means that the Hawks need to keep an extra RB on the roster and Homer was the beneficiary. Travis showed enough in the running game to catch Brian Schottenheimer’s eye and keep him over the veteran McKissic.

Gary Jennings

11           WR         6-1         216        22           R             West Virginia

Jennings had a terrible preseason. He caught only 2 passes and was targeted just a handful of times. It is curious how the receiver who was considered the most talented drafted has been overshadowed by John Ursua and DK Metcalf. The likes of Terry Wright, Jazz Ferguson, and Amarah Darboh could have easily taken his spot; however, the Seahawks perhaps saw too much draft capital invested in Jennings to give up on him so early. The opportunity is there, can Gary take advantage?

DK Metcalf

14           WR         6-4         229        21           R             Ole Miss

He calls himself the “wolverine” but the question isnt how fast this guy can get injured, the question is can he face NFL defenses and prosper? The guy has the physical ability, but he looks to be behind the curve on route running. Luckily, the Seahawks are good at finding ways to get receivers the ball. And even if Metcalf serves as a highly drafted decoy, there is value in having a burner take double-coverage while TJ Lockett eats up the ball underneath the defense.

Bryan Mone

79           DT          6-3         366        23           R             Michigan

The former Wolverine had an up and down preseason, but Jarran Reed’s suspension proved to be a boon for Mone. There were a couple of games where he flashed dominance in the middle with Poona Ford and his sheer size is an intimidation factor in of itself. He looks to get some meaningful time in rotation on that front line for 6 weeks until Reed gets back.

John Ursua

15           WR         5-9         182        25           R             Hawaii

Next to Umadi, Ursua was the star of the preseason. He had clutch catch after catch and showed a complete understanding of the playbook as well as a synergy with Russell Wilson. The Rainbow Warrior will be the defacto #3 on this team and don’t be surprised if he is second on this team in receptions and/or yardage. Seahawks management did it again finding a gem in the 7th round!


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