Seahawks left guard Damien Lewis
Two years ago, Damien Lewis looked like he was going to be really good. He was a rookie then and played right guard except that he started, as needed, at center for one game. But in the 2021 offseason, Seattle traded for veteran right guard Gabe Jackson and switched Lewis to the left side. Lewis was not as good on the left side in 2021 as he was on the right side in 2020.
My hopes were that after a year on the left side, Lewis would be better this season. But he isn’t. He did get injured in the preseason but his problems in the last two weeks aren’t that he is hurt but he isn’t good enough physically. And sometimes, mentally.
Lewis had two horrible fourth quarter penalties that killed Seahawks drives. The last penalty was on Seattle’s final drive. On the play, Rashaad Penny caught the ball and ran down the sideline to get inside the Falcons 10-yard line. But a needless penalty on Lewis negated the play and Seattle was moved back to its 30-yard line. This forced quarterback Geno Smith to try to pick up a much longer first down eventually and the drive ended in an interception.
I honestly am not sure what the issue is with Lewis. He played aggressively and angrily in his rookie year and was more timid last season. In 2022, he has no excuses. He seems to have the talent to be good but his lack of progression since two years ago might mean Seattle needs to find his replacement soon.