Seattle Seahawks defensive end Greg Scruggs has looked like an entirely different person so far during OTA’s. With no remaining signs of the torn ACL he suffered last May, Scruggs is looking to prove he belongs in what has become a deep defensive line rotation in Seattle. So far, the former Louisville Cardinal has certainly looked the part.
At 6-foot-3, 310 pounds, Scruggs has the size and athleticism to play every position along Seattle’s defensive front. So far, it appears Head Coach Pete Carroll intends to use Scruggs similarly to former Seahawk fan-favorite Red Bryant; playing a blend of defensive tackle and defensive end.
In fact, it was Bryant who mentored Scruggs throughout his rookie season. He would appear sporadically in the final 12 games of the regular season, being used primarily in pass-rushing situations. Scruggs managed to contribute six tackles and two sacks for Seattle before they lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs.
That was the last time Seahawk fans saw Scruggs healthy on the field. Now, he again looks to regain the momentum he had acquired during his rookie year. Unfortunately, being a year and a half removed from his last significant playing time, Scruggs seems to be the forgotten man in Seattle.
That could change quickly with the offseason departures of Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Clinton McDonald. Suddenly faced with less depth along their defensive line, Seattle will look to several young players – like Scruggs – to keep the unit effective. So far so good in the Pacific Northwest as the former Louisville standout is doing all he can to get up to speed and once again regain his promising form.
It’s uncertain exactly where his greatest impact can come from in Seattle. Scruggs displays amazing strength from the interior as well as the ability to occasionally disrupt off the edge with his quickness. Overall, he compares very favorably to former Seahawk – and current Tampa Bay defensive tackle – Clinton McDonald.
Like McDonald, Scruggs plays with terrific leverage and active hands for a big man. Also like McDonald, he has the athleticism to keep offensive coordinators up at night. While Seattle has a tendency to just line up and play on defense, rather than try anything too tricky, Scruggs does have the ability to stunt or move around if needed. Overall, if the big man can stay healthy, he has the potential to be another red-shirt gem for an all-too-talented Seahawk defense.
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