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Rasheem Green having a much improved sophomore season, especially with turnovers

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NFL: NOV 24 Seahawks at Eagles

Rasheem Green took about a year and a half, but he’s been building a case for staying on the field over the past few games. A defensive end taken by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round of the 2018 draft, Green impressed in last year’s preseason before disappearing for the remainder of the year. While he has had several quiet games this year, he’s on a hot streak of finding the football.

Green has either recovered or forced a fumble in three of the last four games. His forced fumble Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings was the first turnover, and one of the few bright spots of yet another frustrating Seattle first half.

Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook had only fumbled in one other game this season, and it’s only his second lost fumble of the year. Incidentally, after Rasheem Green punched the ball out, Cook injured his shoulder and did not return to the field the rest of the game. Or, maybe not so incidentally.

Green also forced a fumble in the season opener, which gives him three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 2019. This has not ordinarily been Green’s primary value, so it’s encouraging to see this skill manifest itself at this early point in his career. For context, three FF and one FR is exactly what Green had in three seasons at USC.

Rasheem entered 2019, perhaps not in danger of being cut as a second-year third rounder, but definitely without a guaranteed role. He was looking up at Ezekiel Ansah, Jacob Martin, Barkevious Mingo, first-round selection L.J. Collier, and potentially Shaquem Griffin. And this was all before the Jadeveon Clowney trade.

It’s becoming an incredibly crowded defensive line group, but Green has played at least 50 percent of the defensive snaps in seven of the Seahawks’ previous 11 games. He’s flashed much better ability to hold the edge than last year, and this new trend of getting to the football comes at just the right time. Seattle’s square in the middle of four opponents in a row with winning records, and a road game against the Carolina Panthers Christian McCaffrey.

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