Free agency, draft provide D-line with even more depth and versatility

Published on May 2, 2013 by     Seahawks.Com News (Feed)

130430bryant600a

Since Red Bryant joined the Seahawks in 2008 almost three dozen other defensive linemen have rotated through the roster. But Bryant looks at the 2013 group and offers, “It’s going to be something special.”

Defensive linemen have come and gone since Red Bryant joined the Seahawks in 2008.

Too many to remember. Enough that it takes almost seven hands to count.

Gone: Rocky Bernard, Darryl Tapp, Lawrence Jackson, Baraka Atkins, Craig Terrill, Nick Reed, Dexter Davis, Pep Levingston, all draft choices; Patrick Kerney, Colin Cole, Raheem Brock, Alan Branch, Jason Jones, Anthony Hargrove and Jimmy Wilkerson, all signed as free agents; Cory Redding, Kentwan Balmer and Kevin Vickerson, who were acquired in trades; Brandon Miller, Jay Richardson, Amon Gordon, Pierre Allen and Patrick Chukwurah, who were signed as rookie free agents or off-the-street free agents.

Still here, for obvious reasons: Brandon Mebane, a third-round draft choice in 2007 who has started at both interior positions and was a Pro Bowl alternate at nose tackle last season; Chris Clemons, who was acquired in a 2010 trade and has produced 33.5 sacks the past three seasons; Bruce Irvin, who led all NFL rookies with eight sacks after being the team’s first-round draft choice last year; Clinton McDonald, a versatile situational tackle who was acquired in a 2011 trade; and Greg Scruggs and Jaye Howard, who were selected in the draft last year, in part, because of their versatility.

Returned: Michael Bennett, who made the Seahawks’ 53-man roster as a rookie free agent in 2009 and then played the past 3½ seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before re-signing with the club as free agent last month.

This year’s additions: Cliff Avril and Tony McDaniel, who were signed in free agency along with Bennett; and Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams, who were selected in the NFL Drafted over the weekend.

Of all the lines, in all the seasons, Bryant likes this collection best because of its depth, versatility and the unique skills the individuals bring to the whole.

“We’re going to miss Alan Branch, that was my dog; and J.J. (Jason Jones),” Bryant said Tuesday, when the players worked outside on Day 2 of Phase 2 in their offseason program. “But this is probably the most-talented D-line I’ve been a part of.

“And it’s across the board. I feel like if a guy goes down, you can honestly say we won’t miss a step. And that’s saying a lot.”

That is it, because the Seahawks’ defense allowed the fewest points in the NFL last season and also ranked a franchise-best No. 4 in average yards allowed. But by getting better, and deeper, up front, it should only make the overall defense even more difficult to contend with.

“It just gives a lot of good shots to do good things,” is the way coach Pete Carroll put it.

The Seahawks have not just lucked into this situation. It has taken the hard work of general manager John Schneider and staff and director of pro personnel Tag Ribary and his staff to come up with this impressive collection of linemen who will allow Carroll to play defense the way he wants to – fast, physical, aggressive – in Dan Quinn’s first season as coordinator and Travis Jones’ first season as D-line coach.

via Free agency, draft provide D-line with even more depth and versatility.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

140506udfa600

The Seahawks have been very good to rookie free agents

Despite having one of the best and deepest rosters in the NFL, the Seahawks have become a good ...
140505donald600

Where does Aaron Donald fit in first round of NFL Draft?

Aaron Donald did all the right things at the University of Pittsburgh, but the undersized defensive tackle needs ...
Untitled

Golden Tate Cheating With Russell Wilson’s Wife?

Some of you will read this post and say no way, but yes it's true and i have ...
140501clowney600

Mike Mayock can see Seahawks trading down in first round of NFL Draft

The Seahawks hold the last pick in the first round of next week’s NFL Draft, and analyst Mike ...
140502suafilo600

Do Seahawks have designs on building blocks in NFL Draft?

The Seahawks could go in just about any direction with the 32nd pick in the first round of ...
kveTl.AuSt.5

Family tragedies fuel Seahawks running back Robert Turbin

Sitting alone with both elbows on the table and hands folded, Robert Turbin waited. The Seattle Seahawks’ backup running ...
140430schneider600

This NFL draft is very different, but John Schneider’s approach isn’t

John Schneider has been involved in the NFL Draft for two decades and admits that he even dreamed ...
1c4jGw.AuSt.5

Earl Thomas reaches long-term extension with Seahawks

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network first reported Thomas’ extension. The extension will make Thomas the highest-paid safety in ...

Shop for Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Champs Merchandise at NFLShop.com

Shop for Conference Champs and Super Bowl XLVIII Match Up Merchandise at NFLShop.com

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz