4 fourth-year Seattle Seahawks who desperately need to prove themselves

We know the Seattle Seahawks are loaded with rookies and second-year players, but some veterans might make or break the team in 2023.
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Seattle Seahawks running back DeeJay Dallas

All cards on the table, I'm a big fan of DeeJay Dallas. That's partly due to him being a bit of an underdog and him always having to work his way into the running back rotation. He's unlikely to ever be an RB1 in the NFL and the Seahawks certainly don't see him that way, but when asked to take on more reps than expected, Dallas puts 100 percent into trying to help the team win games.

Dallas was taken by Seattle in the fourth round of the 2020 draft. That's not overly low for a running back in today's NFL so he wasn't simply expected to come in and ride the bench. Seattle has asked Dallas to return kicks and punts, and he even started two games in 2020 after the rest of the Seahawks' main running backs were hurt.

That's part of the thing in Seattle, though, isn't it? The Seahawks have a recent unfortunate history of having RB1 or RB2 get hurt. Sometimes that's even RB3 as well. Heck, in 2022 little-known and midseason pickup Tony Jones had to take valuable reps for Seattle as Rashaad Penny, Kenneth Walker III, and Dallas all missed at least some amount of time while hurt.

But in the last two years, Dallas has missed two games and he's been one of the luckier Seattle RBs as he hasn't been injured much. But in his first three seasons, his carries per season go in this order: 34, 33, and 35. At some point this season, Seattle is likely going to need Dallas to take on more carries and he has shown in spurts that he can be a productive receiver out of the backfield and also run between the tackles.