Seahawks re-signing Mychal Kendricks could be huge
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks need pass-rushing help still and Mychal Kendricks should help with that.
Mychal Kendricks was a big reason the Seahawks played so much 4-3 last season as base defense. That, and well, the secondary was not good overall. But Kendricks won’t be expected to play the same kind of role in 2020 if and when he is put on Seattle’s active roster. That is a good thing.
But Kendricks being re-signed by the Seahawks on Wednesday should give Seattle’s not-good pass rush a boost. Last year, Kendricks had 3 sacks. That doesn’t seem like much except that he was only one behind Seattle’s sack leader from last year.
Kendricks also had 8 tackles-for-loss so he has the ability to break through offensive lines and create havoc. He did tear his ACL in week 17 last season, but he has been medically cleared to play since July. The biggest question is how much quickness he still has. For the sake of wanting Seattle to win a Super Bowl, let’s say Kendricks is close to what he has been during his career.
Kendricks starts on Seahawks practice squad
Kendricks will have to work his way off the practice squad first but NFL practice squads are being used in different ways this year. Teams can make two players active from the squad each week and practice teams are 16 players instead of 10. Kendricks starting on the squad saves Seattle a little cap space and also allows Kendricks to get back into football shape.
To be clear, the signing of Kendricks isn’t about the next few weeks. His signing is another attempt by the Seahawks to try to get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Kendricks will likely line up in blitz packages and have one main job: Get to the quarterback. Kendricks has shown in the past he can do this and his signing will only help Seattle later in the year.