Breaking Down All the New Faces on the 2014 Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks didn't have a whole lot to fix this offseason, and that's led to them adding a select few players. Most aren't likely to come in and steal the spotlight from anyone, but Justin Britt is one new face who could very likely be a starter come opening day.
He's up for the right tackle spot and is a physical blocker who's playing the part rather well so far. Even though Britt is the only new face with a great chance of being a starter, most of the other players will get plenty of opportunities to see the field in 2014.
Wide receivers Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood both bring something different to the table, and they could both be contributing factors on Seattle's offense this coming season.
While they kept their additions skimp, the Seahawks definitely made some quality moves this offseason.
QB Terrelle Pryor
T-Jack has certainly been a serviceable backup since joining the team, but one could definitely argue that Pryor is the better option should Russell Wilson go down with injury. Pryor is surely a better athlete than Jackson, but his ability as a passer has been shoddy at times.
It's not like Jackson is Johnny Unitas, but he has been a more consistent passer than Pryor when in the game.
At the very least, Pryor adds competition to a backup role that is of tremendous importance; if Wilson goes down and their passing game lacks, the entire offense would fall apart.
WRs Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood
Seattle lost a great receiver in Golden Tate this offseason but got itself two more talented receivers in this year's draft.
It selected Richardson in the second round, and he could find himself in a prominent role sooner than later. He's a small but speedy pass-catcher who will be great as a slot receiver.
The other guy it picked up was Norwood out of Alabama—a guy who could definitely contribute as a red-zone receiver.
That's not to say he cannot stretch the field vertically as we saw him do many-a-time at 'Bama, but he will likely be swapped in in favor of a small-bodied receiver when the 'Hawks get inside the 20-yard line. Norwood is taller than most defensive backs and can win jump balls.
Together, they add a bit more spice to a passing offense that was bland at times in 2013, adding another dimension to the playbook and helping out Wilson in the process.
OT Justin Britt
Britt has my vote to become the next right tackle of the Seahawks. It's not like the incumbent, Michael Bowie, isn't good—in fact, he's pretty great—but Britt offers more as a tackle than a guard, a position Bowie also excels at.
Britt has a very physical approach to blocking, and those nasty tendencies will be what propels him to startership on Tom Cable's offensive line. Britt's been noted for his impressive performance through minicamp, via Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, and signs are pointing to him taking over at right tackle.
He will prove to be an upgrade from the departed Breno Giacomini and allow Bowie to kick inside and fill a need at guard, filling out a pretty nice offensive line.
DE Cassius Marsh
The Seahawks are already pretty deep along the defensive line, but Cassius Marsh will likely be thrown some reps before long. Marsh was a dynamic pass-rusher during his time in college and will bring some fresh blood to a veteran defensive front.
He's been lining up as a 5-technique end so far and will be a nice player to rotate in when Michael Bennett sits out a play. Marsh is a rangy defender who also does well when rushing the passer, and he could even be put into the play as an outside linebacker in some packages.
He will also benefit from being around veterans like Cliff Avril and Bennett as they're well-known for their pass-rushing ability and could definitely show him a few things.
Marsh is in a great position to succeed with Seattle. He doesn't have to put numbers on the board right away, he can learn from the veterans ahead of him, but he will also have a chance to get some playing time and catch up to the speed of the game.
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis
Just as Marsh will be joining a loaded defensive line, Kevin Pierre-Louis will be faced with finding a spot in Seattle's talented linebacking corps. He's the type of athletic backer that can make an impact immediately on special teams while working his way into the rotation at linebacker.
Pierre-Louis has received praise from many but most notably the team's head coach, Pete Carroll. "He plays very fast, he's really a big accelerator, he seems to be a really good learner, too, so he should fit into the competition really well," Carroll said, "He looks very good."
Pierre-Louis may struggle to find a lot of playing time, but he'll undoubtedly find a niche as a contributing piece of the Seahawks defense.
Between his knack for getting into the backfield and his impressive speed, KPL is the ideal linebacker for Dan Quinn's defense.