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Stephen Sullivan listed as a defensive end by the Seahawks

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After the Seahawks made Stephen Sullivan their final selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, there was some confusion as to whether Sullivan would be a wide receiver or tight end in Seattle. Pete Carroll cleared that up, declaring Sullivan a tight end, and that remained true throughout camp as the converted receiver worked with the tight end group.

Now a member of the team’s practice squad, it appears Carroll and the Seahawks are getting creative in finding a spot for the rookie. On Wednesday, Seattle updated their official roster, which now lists Sullivan as both a tight end and defensive end, evoking memories of former Seahawk Jameson Konz.

Though Sullivan lacks the short-area quickness and change of direction the Seahawks typically like in their defensive ends, his height, weight, arm length, and explosiveness do check the boxes.

Defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. spoke to media after Wednesday’s practice and told reporters Sullivan has been working with defensive ends for a few weeks now, but hasn’t played the position since high school. Norton did add, however, that Sullivan has “the length and speed and look of great pass rushers.”

Norton is not the first defensive coach to see Sullivan as a defensive end, as LSU head coach Ed Orgeron held a similar idea when coaching the Tigers’ defensive line early in Sullivan’s college career.

With Sullivan unlikely to contribute as a rookie, regardless of position, it looks like the team is getting creative in trying to find the best spot for him in the long-term.