Considering how tough many expected the Seahawks season to be in 2018, several young players did exceptionally well to help defy expectations for the team.
The Seattle Seahawks young additions were secretly a key for their success in 2018, leading them to a short but impressive playoff run. The team is going to be able to count on them again in the upcoming 2019 season.
Tre Flowers made a tremendous effort as a rookie starter in 2018. The cornerback position has had a big question mark on it since the departure of Richard Sherman prior to the start of the season. During Flowers’ rookie campaign, he had 69 combined tackles, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. While his place is most likely safe, the other cornerback spot, where Shaquill Griffin operated for the majority of the season, is still questionable. The Seahawks will probably look to the NFL draft to add further depth to their limited secondary.
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The Seahawks defensive line is one area where the team performed well last season, even after being inefficient against the run. Jarran Reed managed to have a great third season for the team with 36 solo tackles and 10.5 sacks. Seahawks fans will likely see Reed at the same starting spot in 2019. Unless big changes happen, his numbers could improve considerably.
Poona Ford has been a big surprise for the Seahawks defensive line, especially as an undrafted rookie. He simply made his mark for the team after combining for a total of 23 tackles with only one start under his belt. Pro Football Focus gave him a grade of 89.5 and ranked him at number 12 among interior defensive lineman. With such a stellar performance in 2018, Ford has definitely made his case for a starting spot at tackle next season.
Will Dissly, a rookie tight end out of the University of Washington, looked to be a great addition for the Seahawks to start the season. He made some big plays in his first four games with the team until a knee injury ended his promising season. Hopefully, the team makes sure Dissly is really ready to come back before putting him back in action. But from the impactful minimal contribution we saw from him in 2018, things are looking up for the tight end position in 2019.
Rasheem Green‘s rookie campaign didn’t necessarily go the way we all had hoped. He had a great pre-season and played sporadically throughout the regular season but came up short of his big expectations. There was a lot of competition for the Seahawks defense so hopefully, they are able to find a stable role for him this upcoming season.
The Seahawks roster seems to be getting younger and younger every year, which is a good thing since they won Super Bowl XLVIII with one of the youngest rosters in history. Some other young impactful names to watch in 2019 include Michael Dickson, Shaquem Griffin, Nazair Jones, Shaquill Griffin, Chris Carson, and Frank Clark, of course. There’s even room for incoming 2019 rookies to make the list with the Seahawks draft luck.