The Seattle Seahawks were back on the field Wednesday for OTAs, which provided fans with more pictures and videos of the team, allowing for more seeds of optimism to be planted. Even after practice finished, those seeds of optimism continued to be sown, as left tackle Duane Brown stepped to the podium and had some positive things to say. Specifically, he believes the Hawks offensive line has the opportunity to be very good. Just how good exactly?
Duane Brown says Seahawks O-Line could be best in the league https://t.co/lEzIOzZgma— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) May 30, 2019
That is certainly the type of positive talk from the Seahawks that we typically get from head coach Pete Carroll, and now Brown is getting in on the action. To get into some of the details Brown touched on, he stated the line should be big and physical in 2019, and that the goal is to demoralize opponents through physicality.
He added that the addition of Phil Haynes and Mike Iupati to the competition at guard is going to make the offensive line even more imposing, as they’re both big, strong and powerful. On top of that, he noted that with Iupati missing practice on Wednesday, rookie Phil Haynes was working with the first team unit at left guard. That is, of course, of note, because that would seem to put the depth chart at guard as Iupati and D.J. Fluker as the starters with Haynes as the backup.
Further, with Jordan Simmons having started over both Ethan Pocic and Jordan Roos before suffering a knee injury last season, it would appear that those two are no higher than fifth on the depth chart at guard. That would mean the backup center spot would where those two players are competing, and with Joey Hunt in the mix at that same spot, at this point it seems likely that two of those three names will be cut before the start of the season arrives in September.
In short, the offensive line may have a lot of depth for the 2019 season, but that also means that a lot of fans might be upset to see players they’ve been waiting to see develop released come August 31st.