Seahawks offensive trenches
Offensive linemen (9)
This group seems pretty set too unless the Seahawks end up releasing Gabe Jackson. Phil Haynes is making a run at Jackson’s guard spot and Haynes is younger and, if healthy, just as physical. Jackson would eat up $6 million in dead cap but it would also open a roster spot. I don’t think Jackson is released immediately if replaced by Haynes but I can see him asking to be released if he isn’t a starter.
The offensive tackles will both be rookies: Charles Cross and Abe Lucas. This will be the third time since 1970 that an NFL team has started two rookies as bookends on the offensive line. The other two teams? I have no idea and I am too lazy to look it up. What I do know if that Cross can’t play as badly and with so many penalties as he did in preseason game 2. That was embarrassing.
Center will be Austin Blythe who should know offensive coordinator Shane Waldron’s system and Blythe was a very good center for the Rams prior to his being injured before the 2021 season. He won’t make the Pro Bowl but he will be solid.
Damien Lewis was set to start at left guard though I wish he would flip back to right guard where he was so good in his rookie year of 2020. But he was injured in preseason game 2 and how long he is out remains to be seen.
The backups will be Jackson or Haynes, tackles Jake Curhan and Stone Forsythe and the versatile Kyle Fuller who can play many positions along the line and do so quite badly.