By Eighty Six @86ThePoet on July 4, 2014
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have built a reputation for smart draft choices and cunning free agent moves. They won the Super Bowl with a deep roster, and it just keeps getting deeper.
This year they were active trading down in the draft but quiet in free agency. Which rookie and veteran additions will once again make Carroll and Schneider look brilliant?
Cassius Marsh transformed himself at UCLA from a 300-pound defensive tackle to a 255-pound end. Intensity and relentlessness are his trademarks. He brings DT power with DE speed. His versatility will be key in a Seattle Seahawks defense that thrives on rotating and exploiting mismatches. Marsh will get a chance to be a role-player alongside Brandon Mebane, Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril.
Chris Matthews was Rookie of the Year in 2012 for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, totaling 1192 yards and seven touchdowns. He missed all but four games the following year with a turf toe injury. His 6-foot-5, 218-pound frame make him the biggest WR on the Seahawks' roster. Seattle is tremendously deep at wideout, but Matthews can earn the last spot if he can make a mark on special teams. If he does, he can develop into a valuable red zone weapon.
Kevin Williams left the Minnesota Vikings to experience the greener side of the fence. He will gladly play fewer than the 718 snaps he played last year, and the reduced workload should do him good. With fresher legs, he can continue to crash his 33-year-old body into opponents. His veteran presence will be valuable to the younger linemen. Perhaps he and Jesse Williams can form a new Williams Wall.
Justin Britt is battling Michael Bowie for the right tackle spot vacated by Breno Giacomini. Bowie has one year of NFL experience to his advantage but Britt has a notorious nasty streak. Offensive line coach Tom Cable may like his nasty side. Cable allegedly broke an assistant's jaw when coach of the Oakland Raiders. If he wins the job, he'll be an important cog in the machine. If he doesn't he'll make Bowie better and be ready in case of injury.
Paul Richardson sports 4.33 speed, and he's been proving it's real speed, not just combine speed. In rookie camp and OTAs he showed the ability to accelerate once the ball is in the air; he refuses to be overthrown. Richardson should earn the fifth WR spot behind Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Sidney Rice. With his speed, he'll stretch the defense and create opportunities for everyone.
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