While one cannot put too much stake in NFL offseason programs, it does seem as if some Seattle Seahawks are trending down heading into training camp. This is based on players the team has picked up at certain positions versus the veteran players - and in one example that follows, the word "veteran" is used loosely - and how Seattle used certain players in minicamp. And while Seattle exceeded expectations in 2022, they were still just 9-8 and squeaked into the playoffs.
Mind you, when the real games begin, Seattle could fall back to the veterans it has seen do their thing on the field versus any rookies drafted or free agents picked up. Head coach Pete Carroll values loyalty and at times it means keeping a player on a roster or starting when maybe that player shouldn't be. If Jamal Adams hadn't been as great as he was with the New York Jets, for instance, would the high-proced player still be on the team after suffering so many injuries?
But as we head into July's training camp and the true start of preparing for the 2023 season, some Seahawks need to make sure they have somehow improved over the offseason. Seattle has a young roster and lots of raw talent. The team might choose to give valuable reps to the young guys in training camp and beyond over the three players that follow.
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Alton Robinson is struggling
Alton Robinson is a frustrating player. As a rookie, he hinted at far exceeding his fifth-round draft potential. The Seahawks may have thought they got a draft steal as Robinson had 4 sacks and 5 tackles for loss while playing just 34 percent of Seattle's defensive snaps in 2020. In 2021, he wasn't nearly as productive with sacks as he had just 1 but he only played 31 percent of defensive snaps. He still had 5 tackles for loss and many of them seemed to come at just the right time.,
But then Robinson got hurt and didn't play at all in 2022 and it now seems like he might never play again. The knee injury he suffered last preseason didn't seem horrific and the team kept hoping he would return at some point during the season. But now there is little hope that Robinson is ready in 2023 either.
Meanwhile, by the time Robinson gets back he might not have a position to call home. The Seahawks have drafted Boye Mafe and Derick Hall over the last two years and both coming into the draft were expected to be more productive than Robinson when he entered the league. Plus, Seattle has switched more to a 3-4 base defensively and Robinson seems like a bad fit in that scheme.