5 Seattle Seahawks Starters Who Will Struggle in 2014

5 Seattle Seahawks Starters Who Will Struggle in 2014

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The Super Bowl champions lost a bunch of key players during the offseason and several starters will struggle during the 2014 season because of that fact. Whether because of an injury, decreased playing time, an expanded role they aren’t ready for or simply because the team lost some valuable players, it will put more pressure on them to perform. Here are five Seattle Seahawks starters who will struggle in 2014.

5. Bruce Irvin

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5. Bruce Irvin

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The LB recently had hip surgery and has a lot of naysayers, calling this a “make or break” year for the first-round pick from 2012. Going into minicamps after hip surgery isn’t going to be easy for Irvin whose role will likely expand with the departures of key defensive line players during the offseason. Whether he can remain healthy and live up to the hype is doubtful, and the role player will disappoint when given more responsibility.

4. Percy Harvin

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4. Percy Harvin

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This one is predictable. When Harvin is on the field, he is an explosive weapon; the only problem is Harvin hasn’t played a full 16-game season in his NFL career. He showed that brilliant speed in the Super Bowl, but I expect more of the same from Harvin. It will be another year of “what if’s” as his inability to stay healthy squanders another season.

3. Marshawn Lynch

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3. Marshawn Lynch

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This one might sound silly, but with the departure of Golden Tate, the injury history of Harvin and needing to rely on Doug Baldwin as a No. 1 receiver, defenses will be able to focus solely on Lynch because the Seahawks' receivers don’t really pose a threat. Add to the fact that RB Christine Michael will see more playing time, and “Beast Mode” is looking at a disappointing season.

2. Russell Wilson

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2. Russell Wilson

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Take everything about the receivers I said in No. 3 and apply it to Wilson as well. While he is a mobile QB, without effective weapons at WR and with Baldwin the only reliable target in addition to the unknown Jermaine Kearse and some rookies, the struggles in the passing game will put a lot of pressure on Wilson and the run-heavy offense. If defenses only have to game-plan for one thing, it makes it easier for them.

1. Richard Sherman

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1. Richard Sherman

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He is the Muhammad Ali of NFL defensive backs. Sherman's brash and boastful, but all of that talk will get him in trouble in 2014. He is coming off an ankle injury that saw him on crutches during the Super Bowl, and it will not be the same dominant defensive line as 2013 which took some of the pressure off. He is still very good, but loud mouthing your way into the spotlight is always a recipe for disaster.

Willis Patenaude is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter@WillisPatenaude, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google