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Schedule Preview: Seattle boosts both sides of ball

With the 2020 schedule now released, will be taking a look at the offseason moves made by each of the team's 13 opponents.

Next up are the Seattle Seahawks, who made several moves on both sides of the ball this offseason.

Matchup: Week 13 - Sunday, December 6, 4:05 PM at CenturyLink Field

2019 record: 11-5

Head Coach: Pete Carroll (11th season with Seattle)

Free Agency


G Mike Iupati (signed to 1-year deal), DT Jarran Reed (signed to 2-year deal), TE Jacob Hollister (signed to 1-year deal), WR David Moore (signed to 1-year deal), TE Luke Willson (signed to 1-year deal), G Jordan Simmons (signed to 1-year deal), CB Nieko Thorpe (signed to 1-year deal), OL Kahlil McKenzie (signed to 1-year deal).

New Additions:

TE Greg Olsen – After going nine consecutive years without missing a game, Olsen has fallen victim to the injury bug over the last three seasons. The tight end has missed 18 games over the last three years, including two in 2019. Across 14 games for the Panthers, Olsen caught 52 passes for 597 yards and two touchdowns, the second-lowest touchdown total he has finished with in his 13-year career. The veteran made three straight Pro Bowl appearances from 2014-2016, and was twice named Second-Team All-Pro (2015, 2016). Olsen currently ranks sixth among all active players with 718 career receptions.

WR Phillip Dorsett – Dorsett joins the Seahawks after spending three seasons with the Patriots. In 14 games (four starts) last year, Dorsett finished with 29 receptions for 397 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. The former first-round pick has caught 124 passes for 1,634 yards and 11 touchdowns across 71 games between the Patriots and Colts. Dorsett was a member of New England's Super Bowl LIII-winning team.

CB Quinton Dunbar – The Seahawks acquired Dunbar in March in a trade with Washington for a 2020 fifth-round pick. Dunbar spent his first five seasons with the Redskins, picking off at least one pass every year and accumulating a total of nine interceptions. In 11 starts last season, the corner had 37 tackles (31 solo), one tackle for loss, eight passes defended and a career-high four interceptions.

OL B.J. Finney – Finney was signed as an undrafted free agent by Pittsburgh in 2015. After not playing a single game in his first season, Finney would go on to play at least 13 games each year from 2016-2019. During that span, he played in 59 games with 13 starts, including starts at both left and right guard.

EDGE Bruce Irvin – Irvin began his career in Seattle, playing four seasons with the Seahawks and totaling 22 sacks, 25 tackles for loss and 47 quarterback hits. He then played for three teams over the next four years, including 2.5 seasons with the Raiders. In 2016, Irvin led the NFL with six forced fumbles and followed that up with another four forced fumbles in 2017. In 13 games (12 starts) last year for the Panthers, Irvin recorded 36 tackles (22 solo), 8.5 sacks, eight tackles for loss, 16 quarterback hits, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one pass defended and one safety.

OT Brandon Shell – Shell is entering his fifth season in the NFL. The former fifth-round pick played his first four years with the Jets, appearing in 49 games with 40 starts. He started a career-high 14 games at right tackle during the 2018 campaign. In 2019, Shell played 15 games with 11 starts.

OT Cedric Ogbuehi – Ogbuehi comes to Seattle after one season with the Jaguars, in which he played in 14 games with no starts. The former first-round pick spent his first four NFL seasons with the Bengals. After appearing in five games with no starts as a rookie, Ogbuehi started 25 games over the next two seasons, the only starts of his career.

Free Agent Departures:

DT Quinton Jefferson (signed 2-year deal with Bills), OL D.J. Fluker (signed 1-year deal with Ravens), OT George Fant (signed 3-year deal with Jets), OT German Ifedi (signed 1-year deal with Bears), DT Al Woods (signed 1-year deal with Jaguars), QB Geno Smith, RB C.J. Prosise, RB Marshawn Lynch, WR Jaron Brown, WR Josh Gordon, TE Ed Dickson, C Justin Britt, DE Ezekiel Ansah, LB Mychal Kendricks, S Tedric Thompson, OLB Jadeveon Clowney.

View photos of the additions made by the Seattle Seahawks this offseason.

2020 Draft Class

(Round 1, Pick 27) LB Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech – Brooks made an immediate impact for Texas Tech, leading the team with 85 tackles as a freshman. The linebacker played in at least 11 games every year and never finished a season with less than 78 total tackles. As a senior last year, Brooks registered several career-highs, including 108 total tackles (66 solo), 3.0 sacks, 20.0 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. Brooks was named First-Team All-Big 12 as well as Second-Team All-American for his 2019 performance.

(Round 2, Pick 48) EDGE Darrell Taylor, Tennessee – Taylor's collegiate career got off to a slow start before it picked up significantly over his final two seasons. After redshirting as a freshman, Taylor played 14 games over the next two seasons and totaled 36 tackles, 3.0 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss. The edge rusher went on to beat all of those numbers in each of his final two seasons. As a redshirt junior in 2018, he had 8.0 sacks, 11.0 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Last season, Taylor finished with 46 tackles (28 solo), 8.5 sacks, 10.0 tackles for loss, four passes defended, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. His 8.5 sacks was tied for the second-highest mark in the SEC.

(Round 3, Pick 69) G Damien Lewis, LSU – Lewis began his collegiate career at Northwest Mississippi Community College. He spent his first two seasons there and was named Second-Team Junior College All-American both campaigns. He then transferred to LSU, where he started all 28 games at right guard over the next two years. Last year, Lewis started all 15 games on the way to LSU taking home the CFP National Championship and was named Second-Team All-SEC.

(Round 4, Pick 133) TE Colby Parkinson, Stanford – Parkinson spent three seasons at Stanford. After catching just 10 passes in six games as a freshman, the tight end went off for 485 yards and seven touchdowns during his sophomore season. He matched Stanford's record for most touchdowns by a tight end in a single game when he caught four against Oregon State. As a junior, Parkinson caught 48 passes for 589 yards and one touchdown, earning Second-Team All-Pac-12 honors.

(Round 4, Pick 144) RB DeeJay Dallas, Miami – Dallas didn't play much as a freshman at Miami, rushing the ball just 41 times for 217 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games. His production went up the following year as he took 109 carries for 617 yards and six touchdowns in 13 games. As a junior last year, Dallas played in 10 games and finished with 115 carries for 693 yards and eight touchdowns while adding 14 receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns.

(Round 5, Pick 148) EDGE Alton Robinson, Syracuse – Robinson put together a solid three-year career at Syracuse. He picked up 5.0 sacks, six tackles for loss and a forced fumble in 11 games as a freshman before seeing a big uptick in 2018. In 12 games as a sophomore, Robinson recorded 10.0 sacks, 17.0 tackles for loss, two passes defended, three forced fumbles and two passes defended, earning a selection as Second-Team All-ACC. Robinson's numbers did drop as a junior as he finished the year with 4.0 sacks, 9.0 tackles for loss and a forced fumble, but he did have a career-high 46 tackles (22 solo) and three passes defended.

(Round 6, Pick 214) WR Freddie Swain, Florida – Swain didn't see the field much in his first two seasons, catching just 16 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games. He played in 11 games as a junior and finished with 265 yards on 14 receptions, five of which went for touchdowns. He also added 22 punt returns for 224 yards (10.2 yards per return) and an additional touchdown. His best performance came last year when he caught 38 passes for 517 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games.

(Round 7, Pick 251) TE Stephen Sullivan, LSU – Sullivan was primarily used as a blocking tight end for LSU. In three seasons, he caught a total of 46 passes for 712 yards and three touchdowns. Sullivan was a member of LSU's 2019 CFP National Championship team.


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