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Seattle Seahawks Roster Breakdown in 2020
The Seattle Seahawks had a strong 2019 season, where they nearly won the NFC West and made the playoffs. Russell Wilson and co. followed that up with a playoff win and then nearly rallied to take down the Packers in the second round.
Seattle has sadly been all about that rallying cry, as the Seahawks lean very hard on Russell Wilson’s heroics late in games. It’s worth wondering if Wilson can keep working his magic, especially with an arguably weak roster compared to previous years.
That’s one thing sports bettors will want to keep in mind going into 2020. Do the Seahawks’ depth charts incentivize or discourage betting this year? Let’s take a look at Seattle’s roster to find out.
Note: Starters are bolded
Seahawks Quarterback Depth Chart
- Russell Wilson
- Geno Smith
- Anthony Gordon
It’s not Wilson’s fault that Seattle hangs everything on him. The reality is he’s regularly up to the challenge, and the guy keeps churning out MVP-caliber seasons.
And yet, he never garners so much as a vote.
Wilson makes the Seahawks go, and with him under center, Seattle will always be a threat. He’s a truly elite passer and could be argued as a top-five quarterback in the league.
Seattle is doomed if he ever gets hurt, but they do have a really good backup in Geno Smith. Smith has long struggled with turnovers, but he has experience as a starter, is aggressive, and offers mobility.
Seahawks Running Back Depth Chart
- Chris Carson
- Carlos Hyde
- Rashaad Penny
- DeeJay Dallas
- Travis Homer
- Patrick Carr
- Anthony Jones
- Nick Bellore
The Seahawks are a very strong rushing team, as they finished with the fourth-best ground game in 2019. Chris Carson was a big part of that, as he ran for 1,230 yards on a solid 4.4 yards per carry clip.
He’s the starter, but Seattle doesn’t need to drive him into the ground. The team added the steady Carlos Hyde for quality depth, while Rashaad Penny is a nice change-of-pace option when healthy.
Seattle also added the explosive DeeJay Dallas to the mix. While not a traditional feature back, Dallas is an intriguing offensive weapon that nicely rounds out a very strong backfield.
Seahawks Wide Receiver Depth Chart
- Tyler Lockett
- DK Metcalf
- David Moore
- Phillip Dorsett
- Freddie Swain
- John Ursua
- Cody Thompson
- Penny Hart
- Aaron Fuller
- Seth Dawkins
Seattle lives and dies on the arm of Russell Wilson, but things could admittedly change with his surrounding weapons maturing. Tyler Lockett has turned into a very stable number-one option, but the rise of DK Metcalf will be something to watch.
Metcalf entered the league with questions about his route-running and consistency, but he’s otherwise a physical marvel. It’s possible he turns this into one of the deadliest receiving corps in the NFL.
David Moore and Phillip Dorsett add reliability and some explosiveness to round out a fairly underrated WR group.
Seahawks Tight End Depth Chart
- Greg Olsen
- Will Dissly
- Luke Willson
- Colby Parkinson
- Stephen Sullivan
- Jacob Hollister
- Tyler Mabry
- Dominick Wood-Anderson
Seattle has had some turnover at tight end and will be crossing their fingers for a full and speedy recovery for Will Dissly.
Dissly was turning into a bit of a star before tearing up his Achilles last year. He should be in the mix again in 2020, but the addition of veteran Greg Olsen makes a rushed return less of a priority.
Seattle’s tight end corps isn’t dazzling, but it sure is deep. Luke Willson is an experienced backup option, Jacob Hollister was solid in spots last year, and fourth-round rookie Colby Parkinson has reliable hands and plus athleticism.
Seahawks Offensive Line Depth Chart
|Position||Starter||Backup||Third String||Fourth String||Fifth String|
|Left Tackle||Duane Brown||Jamarco Jones|
|Left Guard||Ethan Pocic||Mike Iupati||Kyle Fuller||Chance Warmack||Jordan Simmons|
|Center||BJ Finney||Jordan Roos||Joey Hunt|
|Right Guard||Phil Haynes||Damien Lewis||Kahlil McKenzie|
|Right Tackle||Cedric Ogbuehi||Brandon Shell||Chad Wheeler||Tommy Champion|
Seattle’s o-line has been a weak link for quite some time, but they did something right in guiding a top-five running game. Their protection issues are somewhat overblown, too, when you factor in the playing style of Russell Wilson.
That said, Seattle still gave up the 9th-most sacks in 2020 and probably could stand to be better.
Duane Brown is really the only guy on this line that excelled in 2019, but it’s still a fairly talented group.
B.J. Finney, Brandon Shell, and Cedric Ogbuehi were all free agency additions that add to the depth and hopefully make the pass protection better in 2020.
Seahawks Defensive Line Depth Chart
|Defensive End||Defensive Tackle|
|LJ Collier||Jarran Reed|
|Bruce Irvin||Poona Ford|
|Benson Mayowa||Demarcus Christmas|
|Rasheem Green||Cedrick Lattimore|
|Alton Robinson||Bryan Mone|
|Darrell Taylor||Josh Avery|
The Seahawks have a major flaw in their defense, as they ranked 31st in sacks with Jadeveon Clowney on the roster last season.
Clowney isn’t a lock to be back, so Seattle is going to find it difficult to improve on their lackluster pass-rushing group.
Bruce Irvin comes in and gives a veteran boost, but there isn’t much to get excited about up front. In addition to struggling to generate pressure in 2019, this defense wasn’t amazing (22nd) against the run, either.
Seahawks Linebacker Depth Chart
|Jordyn Brooks||Bobby Wagner||KJ Wright|
|Shaquem Griffin||Cody Barton||Ben Burr-Kirven|
|Eli Mencer||Emmanuel Ellerbee|
While Seattle isn’t what they once were up front, they do have a solid group of linebackers. Bobby Wagner is still a demon in the middle of the field, while K.J. Wright is a steady presence on the outside.
Jordyn Brooks comes in as a very interesting rookie who excels against the run and can be an effective blitzer. If he pans out, this group could be among the league’s best.
Shaquem Griffin is a good athlete with an inspiring story, but this may be his last chance to carve out a significant role. The Seahawks have little depth behind their three starters, but it’s possible Griffin and perhaps even Cody Barton end up making an impact.
Seahawks Cornerback Depth Chart
- Shaquill Griffin
- Tre Flowers
- Neiko Thorpe
- Quinton Dunbar
- Linden Stephens
- Brian Allen
- Jayson Stanley
- Debione Renfro
- Gavin Heslop
- Josh Norwood
Shaquem Griffin may never be a star in the NFL, but his brother Shaquill already is. Easily one of Seattle’s best defenders, Griffin again had a solid showing in 2019 and anchored a respectable secondary.
Tre Flowers is on the other side and projects well due to his size, length, and playmaking ability. He didn’t grade out well last year, but he still offers potential as the team’s #2 cover man.
Seattle improved their defensive back depth greatly this offseason, as they also brought over veteran Quinton Dubar, who was excellent last year in Washington. They also added Linden Stephens and brought in four rookies to round out the position.
Seahawks Safety Depth Chart
- Quandre Diggs
- Brad McDougald
- Delano Hill
- Marquise Blair
- Ryan Neal
- Chris Miller
Seattle’s safety tandem isn’t as imposing as it used to be, but the back of the defense is in good hands with Quandre Diggs holding down one spot.
Diggs played very well in 2019 and is one of the most reliable options in this defense. He’ll share the back of the secondary with McDougald, who has the talent to perform better than he did last season.
Seattle lacks great depth at safety, but Marquise Blair and Delano Hill are two respectable bench bodies the team has turned to.
Seahawks Special Teams Depth Chart
- Kicker: Jason Myers
- Punter: Michael Dickson
- Long Snapper: Tyler Ott
- Holder: Michael Dickson
- Punter Returner: Tyler Lockett
- Kick Returner: Tyler Lockett
Seattle has a rock-solid special teams unit, with kicker Jason Myers leading the way. He only converted 82% of his kicks in 2019, but we know his upside after knocking in 91% the year prior.
The Seahawks should be fine at kicker, while punting isn’t a problem area with Michael Dickson, who has displayed solid potential and had the fourth-most punts inside the 20 in 2019.
Seattle doesn’t have a very explosive return game. Tyler Lockett had the most returns both on punts and kickoffs for the team last year, but the Seahawks would be wise to take their top receiver off of this unit.
David Moore, Travis Homer, and perhaps rookie DeeJay Dallas could be seen as viable options in the return game.
Seahawks Roster Analysis
- Grade: B-
Russell Wilson makes up for a lot of Seattle’s flaws. They do have a capable offensive line, a healthy rushing attack, and a progressing passing attack. Offensively, they can hang with anyone.
The problem is a sulking defense, which isn’t close to the talented groups that helped this franchise get to two Super Bowls.
Seattle does have some nice linebackers and some solid bodies in the secondary, but their pass rush and run defense just haven’t been getting it done. It could be another year of Russell Wilson hero ball or bust.
Betting on the Seattle Seahawks in 2020
While Seattle’s overall roster doesn’t blow me away, I’m not ever too into the idea of betting against Russell Wilson. The guy is an elite gamer on his own, but he’s also an exceptional leader and motivator.
Wilson’s presence and playmaking keep Seattle in play as a .500 team at worst and a title contender at best. I won’t go that far in 2020, but the Seahawks will be in most of their games and should have a shot at making the playoffs again.