Seahawks rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon looks good for Week 2
Seattle should have their first pick in the 2023 NFL draft available for Week 2. Cornerback Devon Witherspoon missed Week 1 (and the entire preseason) with a hamstring injury. He is back to practicing fully this week, however, so there is no reason to think he won't play against the Detroit Lions.
The questions are how much Witherspoon will play, exactly where he will play, and how effective he will be. Expecting Witherspoon to go from not practicing for most of a month to playing every snap in his first NFL game might be expecting too much. Seattle will likely ease him in and he might not even start. If he doesn't start, the Seahawks will probably go with Coby Bryant in the slot with Tre Brown and Riq Woolen at the outside corners.
Woolen was just OK against the Rams, but Brown, Bryant, and Michael Jackson were not very good in Week 1. The secondary for Seattle was assumed to be a strength for the team this year but appeared to be a great weakness to start the season. Let's hope Witherspoon, however much he plays, will help a good deal.
Witherspoon will likely play in the slot when he does play. That could put him in a position to help more against the run, but let's hope Witherspoon isn't overly excited to tackle someone in a Lions uniform and hurts himself. Playing with proper technique in both coverage and tackling is a must and sometimes can be difficult for a roookie.