Seahawks have two big contributors on their lines
But we’re here to talk about those seventh round stars. I think it’s very fair to say that without these four players, the Seahawks would be nowhere close to any hope of making the playoffs. Sure, the Seahawks fortunes begin and end with Mr. Unlimited, but not even Russell Wilson can do it alone. I mean, close, but not quite.
We saw what happened when Seattle’s coaches tried that in the first two games. Wilson didn’t play well at all. Even Pete Carroll called his star to task for “over-trying”. I’d say that comment was largely inaccurate and unjust.
I mean, who called all those pass plays? Wisely they added the running game to their arsenal, and haven’t looked back since. Without further delay, here are the seventh round stars of Seattle’s resurgence.
J.R. Sweezy has had a big hand in the success of the running game. He was drafted by the Seahawks way back in 2012, and just came back home this season. I was a big fan of the move as soon as the sixth year guard was cut by Tampa Bay, and Sweezy has been even better than I expected. Locked in next to Duane Brown, Sweezy has opened huge holes for the running backs.
Shamar Stephen has come on of late too. Another off-season pickup, Stephen was mainly a backup defensive lineman with the Minnesota Vikings. In his six starts for the Seahawks, he’s made two sacks, two tackles for a loss, and recorded three other quarterback hits. No, he isn’t Jarran Reed, but he’s playing big for a guy expected to just add depth.