Seahawks: Fans expect Frank Clark to be a big force in 2016
When looking at the Seattle Seahawks roster, lots of players could break out this season. Fans are expecting to see defensive end Frank Clark make the biggest jump.
We often hear how players in their second year in the NFL often make great strides compared to their first year. They know the system better and the game usually slows down a bit for them. In this week’s Twitter of the Twelves poll, I ask Seahawks fans who they expected to make the biggest jump from last year.
Now I understand that not all four players are in their second year. Clark and WR Tyler Lockett were great draft choices in 2015, but DE Cassius Marsh and OT Garry Gilliam have both came to the team in 2014. However Marsh and Gilliam will both be taking on new roles this season, which could really change their production level.
Clark was the overwhelming winner in this week’s poll with 57% of the votes. Seattle lost their 2012 first round draft pick, DE Bruce Irvin, to Oakland in free agency this year which leaves the door wide open for Clark. With Clark’s speed and agility, could we see a 8-10 sack year from him? The fans seem to hope and expect to.
Ahhh Tyler Lockett. This kid deserves every drop of praise that is given to him. He literally came running out the gate, or out of the end zone, in preseason last year and hasn’t slowed down yet. With 51 receptions, 664 yards, and 6 touchdowns in 2015, the fans can’t wait to see what he does next.
Gilliam’s biggest moment his rookie season in 2014 was his TD catch from punter Jon Ryan in the NFC Championship game against Green Bay. 2015 he became the Seahawks starting RT on a struggling offensive line. This season he’s being moved again, this time to LT. We will see how this change effect’s him, but many think he may be one of the best linemen on the roster.
There were a lot of write in votes for other players. To me this shows how talented the Seattle Seahawks are. With so many players poised to play at a higher level than last year, it gives fans great confidence in the depth of the team and their evaluations of players. There is a lot to look forward to in the 2016 season.