5 Seattle Seahawks Players Who Need to Perform Well in 2013

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5 Seattle Seahawks Who Need to Produce

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The Seattle Seahawks saw their fair share of pleasant surprises in 2012. Russell Wilson won the starting quarterback job over new signee Matt Flynn.

Flynn was supposed to come in and be the starting quarterback of the future for Seattle, but Pete Carroll had other plans. Wilson came into camp and knew he had the chance to compete for playing time.

Passing for over 3,000 yards and 26 touchdowns, the rookie QB from Wisconsin competed for rookie of the year honors with Robert Griffin III. He showed pinpoint accuracy and looked like he would be a solid quarterback in the NFL for years to come.

While he didn't blow people away with his passing attack, ranking just 27th in the league in passing yards, Wilson proved he meant much more with his leadership. He became an instant leader the second he stepped into the huddle and players began to take notice.

He held the respect and trust of his head coach even though he passed for less than 200 yards in more than half of his starts in 2012.

The quarterback situation looks to be set for the time being, but there are other players that aren't so dependable.

Wilson is looking for that stand-out No. 1 target that most teams have. It's one has not yet been solidified for the Seahawks as both Sidney Rice and Golden Tate had pretty solid seasons -- for a No. 2 receiver. They both had numbers that would suffice for a guy that wasn't expected to be the top guy, and maybe that is what Seattle needs to make that jump past the divisional round of the playoffs.

Here are five guys facing make-or-break seasons that need to perform well for the Seahawks in 2013.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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Brandon Mebane

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Brandon Mebane had quite the season for one of the top-10 defenses in the league. He finished with 56 tackles and three sacks, but was that enough production for the front office? That's usually more than enough for most teams, but the Seahawks drafted talented defensive tackle Jordan Hill in the third round who can play either tackle position — looks like motivation for Mebane.

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Cliff Avril

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When he was with the Detroit Lions, Cliff Avril wanted to be the highest paid defensive end in football. That caused many problems with both parties, ultimately leading to him not re-signing with Detroit. He's now a Seahawk and they are expecting him to perform like a top defensive end before he can get paid like one. This is his time to shine.

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Percy Harvin

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Percy Harvin was acquired from Minnesota in the offseason to come in and compete for that No. 1-type receiver. He may end up as No. 1, but he may not be able to produce like one. He has been sidelined on multiple occasions due to migraine issues, but if he's healthy, he's one of the most dynamic threats in football. Harvin has been getting reps at running back as well in OTAs, but he needs to perform to get any type of playing time. Oh, and he needs to stay healthy, too.

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Red Bryant

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Red Bryant is your average defensive end, although slightly larger than most. He had 24 tackles, but no sacks last season. There's no doubt that the addition of Michael Bennett at defensive end is to send a message to Bryant that his job is no longer secure. Don't be surprised if Bennett gets a majority of snaps.

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Zach Miller

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Zach Miller's spot just got a bit more secure as backup tight end Anthony McCoy underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon. However, Miller's 38 catches for 396 yards was not what Carroll wanted out of the tight end. In fact, the past two seasons have been mediocre for Miller's standards as well. He is the type of guy that can get close to 700 yards and catch 60 passes like he did with the Oakland Raiders. Let's see if he can finally produce for Seattle.


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