With the Seahawks’ first game of the regular season just days away, and most of the initial transactions completed, Seattle’s P.R. staff circulated the first depth chart of the season on Tuesday. Here it is, courtesy of The Seattle PI’s Ben Arthur:
Seahawks’ first unofficial depth chart for Week 1 is out.— Ben Arthur (@benyarthur) September 3, 2019
Metcalf, Clowney and Ansah listed as starters: pic.twitter.com/q6PZQbuVFP
There are a number of interesting points to pull from the depth chart, so let’s go through them point by point:
- As many will be quick to point out, DK Metcalf is listed as a starter. The rookie practiced on Monday, but we won’t get the team’s first injury report until Wednesday. Should he be unable to play, it seems likely that Malik Turner would join Jaron Brown and Tyler Lockett in three receiver sets.
- Not that it’s new information, but the interior of the offensive line is startlingly thin while Mike Iupati is injured. Ethan Pocic, who is in line to start at LG, is the primary backup at RG and C, while Joey Hunt’s hurt. If Iupati does indeed miss Week 1, perhaps a move is made on Saturday to bring Jordan Roos up to the 53 for game day.
- As expected, Jadeveon Clowney slides right into 5-tech, with L.J. Collier behind him.
- Following the trade of Jacob Martin and release of Cassius Marsh, it was worth wondering who would backup Ezekiel Ansah at LEO. Per the depth chart, it’ll be Rasheem Green. The coaches may have other plans on Sunday, but that’s quite interesting. His functional strength just hasn’t developed as hoped, yet. It seems more and more likely he’ll be restricted to the outside.
- Though Lano Hill is listed as the backup strong safety, it’s fair to wonder if Marquise Blair would be the replacement in the event of an injury (assuming he’s healthy himself).
While the Week 1 depth chart does provide us with some answers, the snap counts and rotation will tell us a lot more come Sunday. Real football is (finally!) just days away.