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Seahawks place Demetrius Knox on IR, sign guard Landon Turner

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The Minnesota Vikings played the Seattle Seahawks during an NFL preseason football game Photo by Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Demetrius Knox’s rookie season with the Seattle Seahawks is already over.

The team placed the UDFA guard on injured reserve after he suffered what Pete Carroll termed as a “nasty” quad injury in the 4th quarter against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Knox’s injury occurred only two plays after quarterback Paxton Lynch was concussed by Holton Hill on a terrible helmet shot.

Replacing Knox’s spot on the active roster is Landon Turner, a 6’4”, 330-pound guard who went undrafted out of North Carolina back in 2016. Turner was originally signed by the New Orleans Saints, where he appeared in seven games and made one start, all in his rookie season. He has since bounced around practice squads over the past three years, most recently spending parts of the 2018 season on the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers practice squads. Turner was waived by Carolina this past May and has remained unsigned until now.

Here is the scouting report on Turner from Lance Zierlein:

Strengths

Thickly built with a bulldozer for a lower body. Grown man strength with jolting power in his hands. Blows the doors off of defensive tackles that don’t have meat on their bones and power to match up. Explodes with full force into his target, bench presses his victim and runs feet after contact to finish the job. Seals down blocks and can redirect gap shooters as long as he gets his hands on them. Not overly flexible, but has enough bend at the point of attack for small space, phone booth ball. Pass sets with good arm extension and adequate posture to give him his best shot at changing direction when needed. Ability to mirror shows promise for a man his size. Plays with aggression and looks to impose his will. Pass protection and overall play showed noticeable improvement from where he was in 2014.

Weaknesses

Smashes opposition with pure power but doesn’t have the bend to snap hips into blocks and secure them longer. Needs to improve his sloppy hand placement. Labors with lateral movement. Straight-legged mover in space and will be very hit or miss when asked to pull and hit targets while on the move. Predictable change of direction concerns. Sees when power step against inside move is needed, but feet don’t always cooperate. Needs combo blocks to be right in front of him or he tends to whiff on second level. Marginal reactive athleticism limits sustained blocks against active, eager defenders. Could struggle quite a bit in pass protection against speedy, sub ­package pass rushers inside.

Bottom Line

Landon Turner is a very easy evaluation in my estimation because his strengths and weaknesses are so obvious. Turner is a road grader deluxe whose size and power will have teams who covet those traits licking their chops. However, he’s no dancing bear and they will have to be OK with his potential concerns against quickness in pass protection.

The Seahawks aren’t exactly blessed with available guard depth at the moment, so getting any guard was a no-brainer given what just happened to Knox over the weekend.