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5 Unheralded Seattle Seahawks Who Must Step Up in 2014

5 Unheralded Seattle Seahawks Who Must Step Up In 2014

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The defending Super Bowl champions had contributions from many lesser known players last year. Seattle will need some unknown names step up in a big way this season if the Seahawks want to repeat.

5. DT Jordan Hill

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5. DT Jordan Hill

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The Seahawks lost DT Clinton McDonald to FA and released DL Red Bryant and Chris Clemons. The third-round pick in 2013 collected 1.5 sacks in limited duty last season. Hill will be counted on in a bigger way this year with the departures on the DL.

4. DE/OLB Bruce Irvin

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4. DE/OLB Bruce Irvin

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Irvin is a pass rush specialist who will be asked to play a bigger role with the departure of Chris Clemons. The former 1st round selection has 10 career sacks and has the electric speed off the edge to disrupt quarterbacks. He is a key cog for the 2014 Seahawks' defense.

3. WR Jermaine Kearse

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3. WR Jermaine Kearse

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Golden Tate and Sidney Rice no longer a part of the Seahawks' offense, Kearse will need to build on his four-catch, 65-yard, one-touchdown game in the Super Bowl. Kearse is a guy who gives you full effort and can fill the shoes of losing Tate. The undrafted WR out of Washington in 2012 is always up for proving himself and this is the biggest opportunity yet.

2. OT/G Michael Bowie

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2. OT/G Michael Bowie

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A seventh-round choice last year, Bowie was thrown into the lineup because of multiple OL injuries. Bowie started eight games as a rookie and with Breno Giacomini leaving via free agency Bowie will be counted on again this year for an even bigger role. He can play either guard or tackle for Seattle.

1. CB Byron Maxwell

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1. CB Byron Maxwell

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Maxwell stepped in for Browner when he was suspended and did an admirable job (four INTs, 12 pass defensed). He is a 6-foot-1 corner who plays very physical who forced a fumble in the Super Bowl. He will be the starter opposite Sherman and will be targeted often next season. Maxwell will be the fourth member of the Legion of Boom next year.