4 Seattle Seahawks players that can lock up 2023 roster spot in Preseason Week 2

Seattle plays Dallas in preseason Week 2 on Saturday and these four players could greatly benefit by having great games.
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Seattle Seahawks linebacker Jon Rhattigan

Like Young, Rhattigan has a pretty good story as well. An All-American linebacker at Army, he had to ask for permission to be able to give the NFL a try. At first, Rhattigan playing just seemed like a good thing to do by the Seahawks. But Rhattigan showed that he played with decent technique and great tenacity. He isn't the biggest linebacker at just 6-feet and a bit under 240 pounds, but he helps make up for that by outworking his competitor.

Rhattigan isn't going to be a starter defensively unless players in front of him get injured. But Rhattigan has been excellent on special teams since he entered the league in 2021. In fact, he might have been becoming the next Nick Bellore until he tore his ACL in Week 15 of 2021 and wasn't able to come back until early December of 2022. In training camp, however, he doesn't look like he is bothered by the injury any longer.

Against the Vikings in preseason Week 1, Rhattigan led the team in tackles with 9 and led the defense in solo tackles with 7. But Rhattigan earned the third-worst defensive grade among Seahawks, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required). He did an elite job of tackling, but his run defense was awful and his coverage skills severely lacking. Again, according to Pro Football Focus.

But Rhattigan has an inside track of making the active 53-man roster at inside linebacker because the depth at the spot isn't good to begin with. Plus, the Seahawks should have a good idea what they will get from him when the real games begin. But a bad performance against the Cowboys might make the Seahawks look elsewhere for who should be a backup behind Bobby Wagner and Devin Bush (or Jordyn Brooks).