How a rookie Seahawks debuted, why OL could be among the best in the NFL

All eyes were on the quarterbacks when he faced the Seahawks and the Broncos, but one Seattle central group was closely watched in the first week. This was the offensive line.

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Not only did the Seahawks’ offensive line initially use a new position in Austin Blyth while left guard Damian Lewis, who had knee and ankle injuries, was missed, but the team tackled the rookie in the first round with Charles Cross pick and third. Roundabout Abraham Lucas.

Playing these two rookies is something to watch all season, but in terms of their debuts, how did Kroos and Lucas look against Denver on Monday? Better to help break it than long-running NFL “Big” Ray Roberts, an analyst at Seahawks Radio Network for pre-game, halftime, and post-game coverage.

Join Roberts Stacy Rost Former Seahawks players Michael Bombus And the Dave Wyman He told The Huddle on Seattle Sports 710 AM on Thursday and shared his review of the Hawks’ rising players, as well as his long-term prediction for the team’s offensive line in 2022.

“I thought they did really well in the first game,” Roberts said. “And the places where they didn’t show up either, I think it’s all adaptive and correctable things. It wasn’t about their abilities.”

What exactly did Roberts see from these two?

“For example, I think Charles Cross was a little tired from the pace, so he was trying to come back so fast that he ended up with one of the defenders. When you go to the defender, you give him inside influence, or he can have leverage,” said Roberts. external.” So I always say to men, “If you were even, they would leave.” So they will either go inside or they will take you around the corner. So I think he just needs to trust that he can play back a little bit on the inner shoulder, and then be able to run the guy in the corner. And then in the running game, I just think Charles just needs to lower his towel a little bit and then be more violent with his hands.”

Lucas?

And then Big Abby kept building on his resume, man,” Roberts said. “I think his first run and play a game, he had a pie. A lot of people were saying he was doing his thing against backups in pre-season, but it didn’t look like the novices would be any safer to have a steady backing than anyone else. That I thought did a pretty good job of protecting traffic.”

“I still think these two guys are going to be around for a long time,” Roberts added. “The things they struggled with – if you want to call it that – in the game are all things that can be rectified, literally in like two days of training.”

Armed with two rookie strikers, a new post and two veteran guards, could this be the Seahawks’ best offensive line in some time?

“Absolutely,” said Roberts.

Roberts believes Seattle’s top seven men – Kroos, Lewis, Blythe, Gabe Jackson, Lucas, Phil Hines and Jake Korhan – are the Seahawks’ top seven in years. He believes there is a simple reason for this.

“I tell you,” he said, “the reason for that—and I’ve said this before—is that they have gone out and become men with Ph.D.s in what they do.”

The Seahawks often signed or drafted players and moved them to various positions, whether that was from one O-line point to another or in some cases, from defensive line to offensive line. This is not the case with this group.

“They go out and find tackles that have played the tackle for a long time and so they know all the nuances and all the little things you have to learn to be able to play the offensive tackle effectively,” Roberts said. “And then they have guards who’ve been guards their whole lives and they have a center that might be a little smaller, but it was a center, and he’s been in that system and he’s a great hub.”

Several outlets have rated the Seahawks’ offensive line as one of the worst offensive line in the league this season. Roberts does not buy that.

“I think by the third quarter of the season, you might be looking at one of the best offensive lines in the league, whether it’s in the top 10, 12 or 13. But they won’t be as down the road as in some of the people getting them to start the season.” “I think this was just about starting rookie tackles. I really like what they have in there. I like the pocket they were making for (midfielder Jenno Smith) to get rid of it, I liked some of the (running) lanes they had. I felt like the running game became horizontal. A little bit at times – I think it’s better when they go down like they’re in the last five games of the season. But I think that offensive line is going to be really good as the season goes on.”

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