Earlier Tuesday I queried fans about which position group they feared could see the biggest underperformance in 2019 for the Seattle Seahawks, and now it’s time to ask the opposite. Specifically, in looking at a roster that is teeming with youth and upside potential, from the defensive line to the wide receivers to the secondary, the battles within these groups will, for the most part, be fought between youngsters looking to take over starting roles for the foreseeable future.
At wide receiver David Moore has the second most receiving yards while playing for the Seahawks, in spite of having spent the majority of 2017 on the practice squad and catching only 26 passes during 2018. The position group is effectively Tyler Lockett and then a great big bag of question marks. DK Metcalf has the size and speed that made him a second round pick, but suffered season ending injuries in two out of three years in college. Gary Jennings is another burner, but he played in an Air Raid offense in college, and similar to what was seen after Moore was drafted in 2018 may need time to develop as a route runner. That said, it’s a position that is absolutely chocked full of potential, so will they be able to deliver on that potential?
Similarly, at both defensive line and in the secondary there are a massive number of young players with the ability to stake claim to a starting role. Tre Flowers showed fantastic flashes at time in 2018 while learning how to play cornerback, so will he continue to improve or could he see a sophomore slump like some fans feel Shaquill Griffin had? Will rookies Marquise Blair and Ugo Amadi step right in and become impact players at the safety positions? They certainly can, but to do so they’ll need to unseat 2018 starters Bradley McDougald and Tedric Thompson.
Similarly, on the defensive line L.J. Collier has the ability to both set the edge against the run as well as rush the passer, and the battles for playing time along the line should be fantastic. Quinton Jefferson had by far the best season of his career in 2018, and there does not seem to be any reason to believe that his development will slow down heading into 2019. Further, Ziggy Ansah has shown time and again that he is an absolute monster when he’s healthy, so the question there seems to be as simple as how his surgically repaired shoulder holds up. Add in an NFL offseason for 2018 draft picks Rasheem Green and Jacob Martin, and all of a sudden things could get very scary for opponents.
Staying on defense, the linebacker group could go either way. Bobby Wagner is as good as they come in the middle, and if K.J. Wright can stay healthy and Mychal Kendricks can stay available, then there’s no reason the linebackers could not be a force to be reckoned with.
So, the question then becomes which position group do you as a fan see being the most dominant in 2019?