2014 Depth Chart: Seattle Seahawks
[Chart last updated 7/9/14]
• Were we basing this on the playoffs alone, Kam Chancellor would be elite. Utterly dominant in the 2013 postseason, his regular season was a bit more up and down. Still, if he can build on that strong finish, it’s difficult to see there being a better strong safety in the league in 2014.
• Percy Harvin may have seen just 20 snaps in the 2013 regular season, but we still feel he’s a high quality starter. We saw the impact he could have in little bursts in the playoffs and with the ball in his hands he’s as dangerous a weapon as you’ll find in the league. The injuries are a concern, but if healthy he’s an elite level talent.
• If there is a concern for the Seahawks, it’s at both offensive guard spots. In fairness to J.R. Sweezy, his second season was an improvement on his first, when he was a converted defensive lineman. He is still a below average starter, though it’s not out of the question that he improves again in 2014. James Carpenter on the other hand seems less likely to improve, with three seasons under his belt and his highest graded season coming in 2012, where he finished at -7.6 on just 352 snaps.
1. Running Back
Marshawn Lynch is obviously the lead back in Seattle, but who his primary backup will be is still up in the air. Christine Michael and Robert Turbin combined for just 95 carries in the regular season, but also forced 17 missed tackles between them. We’ve seen a little more of Turbin, and he wasn’t as impressive last year as he was as a rookie, so it likely comes down to how Michael responds to an increased workload.
2. Wide Receiver
Like at running back, the top of the depth chart at wide receiver is set, with Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin the top two pass catchers for the defending Super Bowl Champions. The number three spot is far more open however, with Jermaine Kearse impressing in limited duty and Sidney Rice returning. They also added rookies Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood in the second and fourth rounds respectively.
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