Germain Ifedi’s penalty problem could cost him a job with the Seahawks. During Tuesday’s practice, Ifedi once again started out as the team’s starting right tackle:
Starting offensive line same as it's been all camp.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 7, 2018
But by the end, rookie fifth round pick Jamarco Jones was moved up to the 1s and Ifedi was relegated to doing his blocking with the 2s:
Jones getting a series at RT with starters. Ifedi had a false start on last series.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 7, 2018
Ifedi now working with second offensive line.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 7, 2018
2-minute drill, rookie Jamarco Jones the starting RT instead of Germain Ifedi. Jones had been backup LT, starting working right side yesterday. #Seahawks— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) August 7, 2018
The move comes a few days after Pete Carroll pulled Ifedi from the team’s first scrimmage because of penalties. Ifedi had a huge issue with penalties last season also, his first at right tackle in the NFL. The former first round pick has also not done enough as a blocker to really make anyone feel comfortable that he can overcome a penalty problem in the way that perhaps David DeCastro of the Pittsburgh Steelers has done in the past. If Ifedi had made huge strides in his blocking in the offseason and practices, then perhaps Carroll would have more patience, but the team seems to be leaning towards seeing more of what they’ve got in Jones instead.
Pete Carroll makes it clear he pulled RT Germain Ifedi from starting offense mid-drive of mock game because of (more) penalties. “I was real disappointed in that. REAL disappointed” Isaiah Battle replaced him. George Fant still working back from knee reconstruction #Seahawks— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) August 4, 2018
For the time being, George Fant remains the backup at left tackle, while it seems that Jones and Isaiah Battle will push Ifedi for the starting job on the right side. Check out Ollie’s breakdown of Jamarco Jones right here. It’s still very early though, with four preseason games left to play out of four. It just doesn’t seem like Ifedi has made the strides that coaches had hoped for, especially in the penalties area, and new offensive line coach Mike Solari may have less patience for a guy who was not around for the decision process when drafted.