Over the first two weeks of the NFL season the Seattle Seahawks have seen their offensive line ripped apart by the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1, and then again by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the opening part of Week 2. While things settled down and improved as the game went on and the Seahawks shifted their offense to a quick passing attack, the Hawks apparently did not like their lack of depth on the offensive line. Thus, on Tuesday the team added an offensive tackle to the practice squad.
Seahawks today cut QB Cardale Jones off the practice squad. @BradyHenderson has reported Seattle is expected to re-sign OL Elijah Nkansah to the practice squad. So cutting Jones makes room and leaves the PS at 10.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) September 17, 2019
Elijah Nkansah was with the team during training camp, and while his performance during the preseason did not exactly inspire confidence, he’s still young. Nkansah saw a single snap in the Week 16 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018, and tackle is a position where the Seahawks are deep for 2019 but 2020 and beyond is a question mark.
Specifically, Duane Brown is 34 and is not getting any younger and both George Fant and Germain Ifedi are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents next spring. Thus, it’s a position where the team could realistically be looking at having new starters on both ends of the line next fall. For now, that’s looking too far ahead with the New Orleans Saints on tap for Week 3, but it’s certainly something to keep in mind as the season progresses. In particular, this is the second season Nkansah has spent in the Hawks system, and like it or not, he could be a name that is in competition for a starting spot come September 2020.