The Seahawks enter 2018 with a lot of questions. The defense is aging. The money is getting tight. But the offense could be better. And here are the possible starters to make it so.
Boykin will replace Russell Wilson at the helm and lead Seattle to the playoffs.
Wait! Are you still reading? Clearly the real starter in Seattle will be this guy…
Wilson, unless injured, is going to be the starter in Seattle for years. So haters, get used to him. You know, he’s the guy who was involved in all of the Seahawks’ touchdowns save one in 2017. And he led the NFL in touchdown passes.
Carson has gotten a lot of stat love this week. Like this
Carson was very good in limited time and the Seahawks were never able to replace him once he was lost to injury in week four. If Carson stay healthy for a year or three, he could be a great fit in Seattle’s scheme.
But Seattle needs depth. Gone will be Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls. Mike Davis should be back. But Seattle must draft for depth.
Also, I think Seattle goes with a fullback more but I am not prepared to go so far as name one as a starter.
Wide receiver/tight end
Nick Vannett (tight end)
I have Richardson still with Seattle because I think the receiver market is so stacked Richardson will return. Richardson was pretty good in 2017 but he wasn’t better than Allen Robinson or Jarvis Landry? No. And this is good for the Seahawks as the market might drive his monetary value down, of course.
And clearly Jimmy Graham isn’t coming back (and honestly, I don’t think Seattle needs him to even with his 10 touchdown receptions this year). So the job is Vannett’s to lose. He was starting to show what he could do as a receiver later in the season. Plus, he’s a good blocker.
Left tackle Duane Brown
Left guard Ethan Pocic
Center Justin Britt
Right guard Jordan Roos
Right tackle Germain Ifedi
This one is a bit of a stretch, of course. But I believe new offensive line coach Mike Solari is better than Tom Cable. Solari will make Ifedi a better player and simplify what Ifedi needs to do.
Or Ifedi will stay the same penalty machine he has always been. In which case I can see George Fant, who will be coming off an injury, flip from left tackle to right and Ifedi moves back inside to guard.
The good thing is the left side of the Seahawks line should be pretty good with Pocic and Brown. This is where Carson might find room to run and relieve some of the pressure on Wilson.
In other words, Seattle’s offense might be better next year just because of a full year of Borwn and Pocic to Wilson’s left.