Seahawks right guard Gabe Jackson
Gabe Jackson has been a solid pro but he isn’t irreplaceable. He came into the league in 2014, and never has been voted to the Pro Bowl but played well enough to be at times. In his first year with the Seahawks in 2021, Jackson’s addition moved second-year pro Damien Lewis from right guard to left guard and this likely hurt Lewis’s growth quite a bit while not making the position of right guard any better with Jackson.
Lewis needs to be the starter at right guard and maybe Phil Haynes could be the left guard. Haynes was pretty good in spot duty at LG in 2021 when Lewis had to miss some time. Lewis had a very promising start to his career in 2020 and was the right guard then. Lewis wasn’t as good in 2021.
But Jackson is now 31 years old at a position where players seem to age rapidly. (Lewis is 25 years old and Haynes is 27.) Jackson, per Pro Football Focus, had a very good overall grade of 73.7 in 2018. Since then his grade has slipped quite a bit and he normally has a much better grade in pass protection than run-blocking.
And in 2022, the Seahawks are likely to run the ball a lot more. Therefore (and I am clearly no genius so this sentence isn’t going out on the proverbial limb by any means), Seattle needs offensive linemen that can run block well. Haynes and Lewis do that and Jackson not as well. If he doesn’t do that well again this year then Jackson should be replaced.