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Seattle Seahawks: Russell Okung ≠ Walter Jones
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Optimism is good, but Russell Okung has some pretty big shoes to fill. With Walter Jones’ retirement finally official, Okung steps in as the starting left tackle for the Seattle Seahawks. As a first-round pick, expectations should be high, but as Walter Jones’ successor, we shouldn’t expect another decade of near-perfection.

Russell Okung probably won't start 180 games in a Seahawks uniform. If Okung is as good as advertised, the Seahawks probably won’t let him get away (think Steve Hutchinson). But that sort of consistency, durability, and longevity is almost unreal. If Okung is fortunate and talented enough to protect the quarterback’s blindside for more than...

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