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A look at the pressures George Fant allowed against the Browns

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In Week 6 the Seattle Seahawks headed east to take on the Cleveland Browns, and at left tackle George Fant made his first start on the left side of the line since 2016. While he was certainly far from perfect, the improvement in his game from his first snaps at the position in Week 6 of 2016 is readily apparent, and while he allowed the second most pressures of all NFL tackles in Week 6, half of those pressures he allowed were the result of him being beaten on a speed rush by a Pro Bowl defensive end.

I’ll leave it up to readers to decide how they want to grade his performance, but this piece is going to be far from comprehensive. I’m going to let readers decide for themselves how he performed based on clips of those eight pressures, plus a ninth pressure that he allowed for which he was bailed out by a defensive penalty.

So, without beating around the bush any further, here are the eight pressures he allowed from the broadcast footage.

For those who weren’t logging the time and quarter while watching the clip, six of the eight pressures came in the first half, with three coming on consecutive plays during the two minute offense just before halftime while facing Pro Bowler Myles Garrett. Whether it was nerves, rust, randomness or simply poor play I can’t say, but but he certainly struggled more in the first half than he did in the second half.

In any case, here is what those eight pressures look like from the coaches film end zone angle.

Now, let’s take a look at the ninth pressure which was nullified by a defensive penalty.

So, while he would have been credited with a pressure allowed on that play if not for the defensive penalty, he provided Russell Wilson with more than three seconds in the pocket before the pressure was applied.

Now that we’ve looked at all his failures, I’ll finish with a play that shows why GMs in need of a tackle will be salivating at the prospect of signing Fant. In this clip he’s one on one with Pro Bowler Olivier Vernon. With no help he keeps Vernon off of Wilson for nearly five full seconds before Wilson finds Jaron Brown for the touchdown. Obviously this piece isn’t about Germain Ifedi, but he does a fantastic job himself while matched up against Garrett, who is tied for the NFL lead with nine sacks already this season.

And from the end zone angle

And to close it out, when push came to shove and the Seahawks needed a single yard with three and a half minutes left to go in the game, they ran behind their biggest and most experienced run blocker Mike Iupati.

But take a look at the push Fant gets on the linebacker after he creeps up to the line of scrimmage just before the snap.

Now the question becomes whether Duane Brown will return against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7, or if it will once again be Fant manning the left tackle spot for the Hawks.