The Seahawks began their first field practices at training camp on Wednesday with a lot of enthusiasm, but even more unanswered questions. The biggest one amongst Seahawks fans still remains: where will the pass rush come from? There was a rumor that the Seahawks were closing in on a deal to bring Everson Griffen and possibly Clay Matthews to Seattle. The Griffen dream ended quickly Wednesday night when news broke that the Dallas Cowboys had landed the veteran pass rusher with a one year, $6 million deal. That leaves Matthews and Jadeveon Clowney as the two possible pass rushing free agents still available.
During the offseason, Seattle brought back former Seahawks, Bruce Irvin and Benson Mayowa, who both had productive sack totals in the previous past two seasons. Pete Carroll is hoping they can continue that trend. The Seahawks also drafted Darrell Taylor, a 2nd round pick out of the University of Tennessee to help put pressure on the QB. But unfortunately for Seattle, it looks like Taylor will be out for a while due to the surgery he had received for a lower-leg stress fracture.
The Seahawks defense ranked 26th overall in 2019 and was expected to be 32nd going into 2020. That was, of course, before the monster trade that sent Jamal Adams and a 4th round pick from the Jets to the Seahawks in exchange for a 1st round pick in 2021 and 2023, a 3rd-rounder in 2022 plus strong safety Bradley McDougald. Cornerback Quinton Dunbar had his case dismissed due to insufficient evidence and now he’s in Seattle, waiting for his opportunity to get onto the practice field. The addition of Dunbar and Adams gives the Seahawks defefnse a much needed boost, but it will be all for not if they don’t get the help of a decent pass rush.