Player 1: Brandon Shell, RT
This is the unfortunate truth of the NFL. When you sustain an injury that keeps you out for an extended period of time, then backup(s) are set to be put into the spotlight.
Look at Drew Bledsoe and Tom Brady. Bledsoe was promised to keep the job after sustaining an injury. That is until Brady showed that he is more than a serviceable starter. The rest is history.
Brandon Shell has been a surprisingly positive addition to the team. I was highly skeptical when the Seahawks signed him. I honestly did not think he would even make the roster. However, I was wrong. He has shown to be a decent stop-gate player who plays both the pass and run admirably.
His biggest flaws are his ability to get manhandled on bull rushes and the never-ending injury bug. Unfortunately for Shell, this last injury bug likely cost him his job.
Jake Curhan stepped into the role and hasn’t looked back. The undrafted rookie free agent has played just as good, if not better than Shell in every aspect of the game. He has had some growth moments over the last month. However, the ceiling with Curhan is significantly higher.
Curhan has shown to be a building block on at right tackle making Brandon Shell expendable and unlikely to return.