Fans of the Seattle Seahawks are extremely excited about the potential for the team’s upgraded secondary to perform at a level far above that displayed by the group in 2019. Between Quandre Diggs replacing Tedric Thompson for a full season and the addition of Jamal Adams to the group, there is no question that expectations for the group far exceed those of recent seasons.
On the defensive line, though, it’s a completely different story. Many are worried about a group which is led by Bruce Irvin and Benson Mayowa, who in a combined fifteen seasons in the NFL have recorded fewer sacks than former Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril recorded during his career. It’s a group facing a whole host of questions on the eve of the 2020 season, including:
- How will the team replace Jadeveon Clowney?
- Will the Hawks get 2018 Jarran Reed or 2019 Jarran Reed?
- Where is the depth at defensive tackle?
- Will Rasheem Green continue his upward trend in 2020?
- Will L.J. Collier’s sophomore season be better than his rookie year?
When it comes to those last two questions, it seems as though many Seahawks fans have hope for continued improvement from Green, while their belief in Collier’s potential seems limited. However, if the team’s decision regarding which of the two will be the starter at 5-tech for the Week 1 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons is any indication of what to expect from the two during the 2020 season, it’s possible fans to need to flip their expectations for the two.
Carroll reiterates LJ Collier will start at strongside DE, though Rasheem Green will also play a lot. But says Collier has earned chance to start.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) September 11, 2020
This backs up what was listed on the team’s depth chart earlier in the week, when Collier was listed as the starter over Green.
So, it appears as though the team is starting to see Collier realize some of the potential seen in him when drafted. For those who recall, Collier publicly stated this offseason that he felt disrespected during a 2019 season that saw him earn few snaps following a training camp injury. However, it appears as though his 2020 season may provide the opportunity to showcase what made him a first round pick in 2019. There are almost certain to be growing pains as Collier earns his first significant playing time in the NFL, but just getting on the field represents a big step forward.
Now it’s time to seize that opportunity and showcase what he can do as a Week 1 starter in the NFL.