Seattle Seahawks Preview
The Seahawks will sure look different without Shaun Alexander. Sure, he was a fraction of himself the past couple years, but it’s always a little sad when a Running Back’s time expires. It sometimes happens in the blink of an eye. Thankfully SA got paid before he hit the wall because he gave the franchise a lot. On to the players that are actually still on the Seahawks.
Offensively this is still very much a pass-first Offense. Matt Hasselbeck has quietly been one of the best QBs in the league since 2003. Last year was his finest in terms of yardage and TD passes. Unfortunately he doesn’t have many weapons at his disposal at present. D.J. Hackett moved on the Carolina. Deion Branch tore his knee, although he’s going to try and give it a go this weekend. Bobby Engram injured his shoulder. He still has Nate Burleson, who scored 9 TDs last year. Starting opposite of Burleson is Courtney Taylor, a second-year player out of Auburn. Jordan Kent (second-year out of Oregon) and Logan Payne figure to get in on the action as well. Rookie Tight End John Carlson out of Notre Dame, Jeb Putzier, and Will Heller give Seattle some depth at Tight End. On the ground Maurice Morris, Julius Jones, and T.J. Duckett figure to share the load. Shaun Alexander can’t feel great about getting replaced by that garbage.
Defensively Seattle remains one of the better units. Lofa Tatupu (109 Tackles, 4 INTs), Julian Peterson (74 Tackles, 9.5 Sacks), and Leroy Hill (81 Tackles) make a great Linebacker unit. Patrick Kerney was busy getting to opposing QBs 14.5 times. Darryl Tapp added 7 Sacks. Marcus Trufant (85 Tackles, 7 INTs) anchors the secondary. This is a strong unit with few weaknesses.
I expect the Seahawks to win the NFC West again. They are just too solid on Defense and will find a way to score points on Offense. They’ll likely win 10 games next year and fall early in the playoffs.
Fantasy-wise I like Matt Hasselbeck, Nate Burleson, and Seattle Defense. Bobby Engram and Deion Branch are worth stashing on your bench until later. Maurice Morris and Julius Jones are roster worthy. I wouldn’t touch Duckett.