Player No. 2: Former Seahawks defensive lineman Kerry Hyder, Jr.
Hyder’s new team, the San Francisco 49ers, had a fine year, but Hyder, Jr. did not. He played in 16 games and got just 1 start. He didn’t miss any tackles, though, but he only had 19. Hyder’s snap counts went down in 2022 compared to the season he played for the Seahawks (2021) and nearly every other metric was down as well. Hyder would have been off had Seattle wanted to bring him back this past season but they didn’t. Now we know why.
Hyder had arguably his worst season since 2019 when he played a season with the Cowboys. Compared to 2020, Hyder’s last season with the 49ers before he played the one year in Seattle, he had 7.5 fewer sacks, 14 fewer quarterback hits, 9 fewer tackles for loss, and 30 fewer tackles. While his 2020 numbers were pretty decent, Hyder’s production was even less in every category than in 2021 with Seattle.
Pro Football Focus (yes, you have to subscribe because they think they are special, I guess) gave Hyder, Jr. mediocre grades in all categories. Not only was Hyder graded as the second-worst 49ers interior defensive lineman but he ranked 94th overall among all NFL interior defensive linemen. But there is a sad part for 12s.
For whatever reason, and not because Hyder, Jr. was no longer on the team, the Seahawks defensive line was a mess this season. Anything productive might have helped. Even Hyder, Jr. being on the team still might have helped, but maybe based on his 2022 season with the 49ers he would have only made things worse after all.