Seahawks rookie Damien Lewis is the third-best run blocker at guard so far in 2020.
I will be honest. To me, Seahawks rookie guard Damien Lewis has picked up too many penalties so far this season and I thought maybe he was rushed into being a starter. But maybe I am wrong. And according to Pro Football Focus, I am extremely incorrect.
And this is a good thing. Long-term, Lewis should be an anchor on the offensive line. The most difficult part of being a rookie offensive lineman is pass coverage. There is simply more to learn. As a run blocker, there are some different schemes but a lot of it is, “See your man, block your man.”
Lewis isn’t that great at pass blocking so far, according to PFF, with just a grade of 36.6. In two games, Lewis has allowed one sack which isn’t terrible but Lewis has been called for three holding penalties (one was declined) on Russell Wilson drop backs and that isn’t good. Lewis also had a false start.
Damien Lewis is a beast at run-blocking
But when it comes to run blocking, Lewis is going to knock your favorite team’s defensive tackle on his butt. Lewis is graded as the third-best run-blocking guard in the NFL, says PFF, at 91.1/ This is 3.4 points better than number four.
Of course, a lot of this could change. Lewis might get a little worse at run blocking, though probably not much as Seattle drafted him to run block out of LSU. But likely Lewis will get even better at pass blocking and continue to get better over the next few seasons.
When Lewis was drafted he was thought to be tenacious. In training camp, Wilson raved about him and said he was becoming a leader. There is very little, other than some correctable penalties, that Lewis has done to disappoint through two games. He is going to be a fic=xture in the Seahawks offensive line for many years to come.