It is official: J.R. Sweezy is an absolute beast on the Seattle Seahawks offensive line. Sweezy, a defensive lineman for North Carolina State University, was drafted by Seattle in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL draft with the intention of moving him to other side of the line. Now in his third year learning the right guard position, it is paying off in a big way for the Seahawks. A very big way.
Sweezy has the athleticism every coach and general manager gush over for a man his size. He is 6-foot-five and around 300 pounds, and he has bone-crushing speed for a right guard. The only question for Sweezy was when, if ever, everything would “click.” Learning a new position is no easy task, especially when you are up against the game’s very best. Lucky for Sweezy, and the Hawks, he got to go against the league’s top-ranked defense on a weekly basis. Well, Sweezy’s improvement has been on full display this preseason, and any doubt that may have been left was wiped away the moment Sweezy ran upfield and destroyed Chicago Bears CB Kelvin Hayden during a designed pass to RB Christine Michael. Kudos to Hayden for eventually getting up, because I would literally be dead if it were me.
The Seahawks’ offensive line is looking much improved from last year. Rookie RT Justin Britt, perhaps the biggest question mark on the line, looked solid once again. He has his moments when he makes a mistake, but you know he is only going to get better. James Carpenter has been a nice surprise thus far, no doubt, but Sweezy gets me the most excited. We already know what Russell Okung and Max Unger are all about, but we are just now seeing the true potential of Sweezy. He is a big, strong, fast and absolute nasty guard that is going to crush defenders.
The Seahawks’ offense has been impressive over the past two weeks. A lot of that has to do with Percy Harvin and Russell Wilson, who has been flawless. But a lot of it also has to do with the offensive line, which has allowed the Hawks to have success running the ball and has also allowed for Wilson to do his thing. Sweezy has not just been the most impressive offensive linemen on the Seahawks, but in the entire league. The jump he has made from last year to the level he is playing at now is incredible, but not necessarily surprising. Sweezy has been steadily improving since his rookie season, but now, in his third year, it would appear as though he has put all the pieces together.
Opposing defenses will now have one more thing to worry about when they are playing the defending champion Seattle Seahawks, and it will not be in another form of a wide receiver, running back, or even tight end. Instead it will be No. 64, an athletic right guard that will be running all over the field with the sole purpose of taking you out. No defense wants to see a man that big, with that much speed, coming down on them with the intense look of seek and destroy in his eyes. But hey, who’s going to stop him?