Much has been made about the rash of significant injuries the Seahawks have dealt with over the past couple of years and specifically this year. The injuries have especially stung not because of the sheer number of them but because of who has actually missed games.
This year future Hall of Fame LT Walter Jones has been missing and so has starting middle LB Lofa Tatupu. Both are multiple-time Pro Bowlers whose loss has greatly impacted Seattle. There have also been other injuries, such as CB Marcus Trufant, WR Deion Branch and C Chris Spencer.
But the shining light in all of the injury mess for Seattle has been the opportunities gained by young players because of holes in the lineup, particularly a trio of young defenders who will develop into a solid core group of players for Jim Mora, Jr.’s club down the road.
Here’s a brief look at 3 young Seattle defensive players who’ve impressed me this season…
LB David Hawthorne: In just his 2nd season out of TCU, Hawthorne leads the Seahawks in tackles with 56 and he’s added 3.0 sacks. He’s been a starter in the last 3 games because of his impressive play early, and since entering the starting lineup he’s picked up his production even more. Over the past 3 weeks, Hawthorne has tallied 28 tackles, 2.0 sacks and 1 forced fumble. His most-impressive effort was in Week 3 against Chicago, when he registered 16 tackles.
LB Aaron Curry: Another impressive LB, Curry is in his rookie season and is 3rd on the team in tackles with 46. He also has 2.0 sacks and has started every game this season. Curry’s best game was in Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars when he had 10 tackles, 1.0 sack, 1 pass defensed and 1 forced fumble. Add Curry to the LB duo of Hawthorne and the injured Tatupu next year, and Seattle will boast a very talented LB corps.
DE Lawrence Jackson: Maybe some credit goes to Jackson for taking up blocks of offensive linemen and shuffling tackles to Curry and Hawthorne. Jackson is in his 2nd season out of Southern Cal. and began this season with a boom, rounding up 7 tackles, 3.0 sacks and a forced fumble in the first 3 weeks. Seattle put him in the starting lineup after that and now the 6-4 DE has 4.0 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.
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