The Seattle Seahawks may have had a bad season. It was the worst season they’ve had in ten years. However, I don’t think that the Seahawks are going into 2022 without hope that a few of their young players will have strong seasons in 2022.
With older players like Bobby Wagner likely on their way out the door this offseason, the Seahawks should start placing their hopes in their young talent to help rebuild the franchise if there are big changes this year (Pete Carroll leaves, Russell Wilson traded, etc.).
Who are some of these young guns the 12s should be watching for a breakout from in 2022?
3 young Seattle Seahawks primed for a solid 2022 season
Nothing says “Seahawks 2021” like writing about how we should be excited for Penny’s 2022 season. Before the year started, the Seahawks declined Rashaad Penny’s 5th-year option, but I think they’ll be able to bring him back as a backup running back next season.
He has been lighting the world on fire for the last month and looks great. The ideal way I see Rashaad Penny being used is for 12-15 touches each game so that his body isn’t overworked. He obviously has great vision and is a hard tackle. I hope that he’s able to stay healthy all year long and produce effectively, albeit as part of a running back committee.
Taylor has slowed down a bit on his production, but he has six sacks in what is essentially his rookie year. I see Darrell Taylor working hard every snap and never giving less than 100 percent. He simply needs some refining in his form. While he has just one sack in the last five games, we’ve seen some monster hits from Taylor in the meantime.
His raw potential is sky-high, and he should be able to work on his technique this offseason. I hope 2022 is the year that Taylor overtakes Carlos Dunlap as the team’s leading pure pass-rusher because I know he has the right stuff to do it. After all, he’s just half a sack from leading the team and has only played 45% of defensive snaps.
Curhan may well be the needle-in-a-haystack find from the 2021 season that the Seahawks needed. He’s playing out of his mind at right tackle (especially in run blocking) and can only get better.
If the Seahawks get a few more good seasons from Curhan with UDFA money, then what a great move by John Schneider (Pete Carroll?) it was. At this point, I’m fully on board with bringing Curhan back for 2022 and letting Brandon Shell hit the road.
So 12s, don’t get down about this giant disappointment of a season for all too long. There’s a crop of young talent on the roster, so there’s plenty to look forward to in 2022 and beyond. Let’s hope these three players (and those not mentioned as well) help to build the Seahawks back to perennial contender status.