While there’s been a lot of attention on rookie left tackle Charles Cross, one of the other bright spots in preseason for the Seattle Seahawks has been third-round rookie right tackle Abraham Lucas.
The former Washington State Cougar has been competing with Jake Curhan for the starting right tackle position, and he has made a strong case for Seattle book-ending their retooled offensive line with rookie tackles. One of Lucas’ themes this preseason has been pancake-blocking defenders on running plays, including this one Friday night against the Dallas Cowboys.
Abe Lucas (72) vs. Big Kat Bryant (59). The result: Abe's fifth pancake block of his first NFL preseason. pic.twitter.com/LM6kXjVjE6— Doug Farrar ✍ (@NFL_DougFarrar) August 27, 2022
Or this one against the Chicago Bears.
Seahawks rookie RT Abe Lucas with a thunderous pancake last night! The best part... the recognition of the pirate stunt and his adjustment to the stunt. Excellent by a young player pic.twitter.com/NTp2evMZLn— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) August 19, 2022
Or his debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Seahawks rookie RT Abraham Lucas takes Delontae Scott for a ride and finishes with the pancake leading to massive gain.— Derrick (@Steelers_DB) August 14, 2022
Thought both rookie tackles played well for Seattle last night. pic.twitter.com/4XyqaOupdK
But blocking ain’t all about pancaking another dude, and so far Lucas and Charles Cross have both been up to the challenge.
Seattle’s Rookie OTs this preseason:— PFF (@PFF) August 19, 2022
53 pass-blocking snaps
0 pressures allowed
60 pass-blocking snaps
1 pressure allowed pic.twitter.com/XowzR3qXjR
“In general, I’m really pleased with him,” Carroll said of Lucas on Friday night after the Dallas Cowboys game. “He did a fantastic job for a first [year] guy. But both guys, coming out of the same system, different parts of the country, have made the transition to be run guys. They come off the rock, they’re both physical, athletic. Finishing well, that’s the stuff I’m looking for.
Jake Curhan has been playing a fair bit at right guard, and with the injury to Damien Lewis he may end up being more depth at the position alongside Phil Haynes while Lewis recovers from his ankle injury. Nothing’s set in stone with Lucas getting the job, but he has seen his first-team reps in practice increase and his on-field performances may have tipped the scales in his favor.
We don’t want to get too excited yet because the regular season is a different beast, but there might be at long last reason to be optimistic about the young talent on the Seahawks offensive line.