RENTON, Wash. – The depth ratcheted up on the third day of training-camp practice for the Seahawks on Friday, the primary this 12 months which featured the offense and protection working in opposition to one another.
It additionally featured the primary injury state of affairs of camp price watching as beginning defensive tackle Jarran Reed left early with what seemed to be a lower-leg injury.
Players and coaches weren’t accessible after practice as interviews had been carried out by way of Zoom beforehand, so there was no phrase on the state of affairs with Reed. Reed got here up limping after an early drill, and after strolling round slightly bit headed into the locker room and didn’t return.
Poona Ford, the staff’s different beginning defensive tackle working at nostril tackle, was additionally held out late in practice with what seemed to be a calf challenge. But after receiving some remedy Ford stayed on the sphere (although he didn’t see any extra motion) suggesting it’s not a critical challenge. Ford additionally dealt with a calf injury final season.
Reed’s injury is probably not critical. This is the time of 12 months to be extremely cautious, particularly with a confirmed veteran. Reed is the Seahawks’ greatest participant at what’s one among their thinner positions.
The Seahawks have Reed and Ford entrenched because the starters at tackle. The solely different tackles on the roster are gamers with little or no expertise – second-year participant Bryan Mone, undrafted rookie free agent Cedrick Lattimore and Demarcus Christmas, a sixth-round decide in 2019 who didn’t play final 12 months due to a again injury.
Christmas stuffed in for Reed in the course of the remaining drills, with Mone serving as Ford’s backup at nostril tackle. The Seahawks can even use ends L.J. Collier and Rasheem Green as tackles on passing downs.
Having simply 5 true defensive tackles, and solely two with important expertise, has led to the thought that the Seahawks would look to signal a veteran free agent.
Among tackles nonetheless accessible are two who’ve been linked to the Seahawks in current days – Damon “Snacks” Harrison and Marcell Dareus.
The 30-year-old Dareus performed six video games for Jacksonville final season earlier than struggling a season-ending core muscle injury. He made Pro Bowls in 2013 and 2014 whereas with Buffalo.
Harrison, 31, performed 15 video games final season with Detroit and had been considering retirement, however it was reported he would think about enjoying this season.
Former Seahawk Brandon Mebane stays a free agent as is Timmy Jernigan, a starter for the Eagles of their Super Bowl win over New England two years in the past. Reports final week said he was on the verge of a contract with Jacksonville.
Of course, Jadeveon Clowney stays accessible, too.
The Seahawks are already dealing with one worrisome injury state of affairs on the defensive line with second-round decide Darrell Taylor nonetheless on the Non-Football Injury record whereas nonetheless recovering from surgical procedure final January to restore a shin injury that he performed with in 2019 throughout his final season at Tennessee.
As for Reed, the Seahawks will clearly be hoping his challenge is nothing main with the staff assured that he can have a bounce-back season in 2020, as evidenced by the contract (two years price as much as $23 million) he obtained final March.
A second-round select of Alabama in 2016, Reed had 10.5 sacks in 2018 – the one tackle in staff historical past to have 10 or extra in a season apart from Hall of Famers Cortez Kennedy and John Randle – however struggled to realize the identical effectiveness final season after lacking the primary six video games whereas suspended for violating the league’s private code of conduct.
The Seahawks went with Al Woods in Reed’s absence final season. But Woods signed as a free agent with Jacksonville and opted-out of enjoying this season.
The Seahawks are off on Saturday. By Sunday it’ll turn out to be clearer – if not earlier than then – whether or not the staff has something to fret about with Reed.