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Friday Round-Up: Rookie Watch—Seahawks Boye Mafe Shows Progress In Week 2 

Seahawks rookie linebacker Boye Mafe shines in Week 2, as Seattle looks to defense to improve.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, September 23 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Rookie LB Boye Mafe Looking To Build Off Strong Week 2 Performance

Rookies are often expected to flash, while being given grace in development. Seahawks second-round selection Boye Mafe showed plenty of potential throughout the summer in training camp and the preseason. Now with two weeks under his belt and his first career sack coming last week, Mafe is looking to truly show his potential.

The former Minnesota Gopher was brought in to help bolster the Seahawks pass rush, and through the summer Mafe showed the traits. In his preseason debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mafe recorded 2.0 sacks on rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett, along with 3 pressures and a forced fumble.

In Seattle's 27-7 road loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2, Mafe recorded his first career sack on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus ranked Mafe No.7 on the Top-15 rookie performances of Week 2 for his showing against the Atlanta Falcons.


Mafe was one of the few on the Seahawks' defense who showed up against the 49ers over the weekend. He made three stops in the run game and added a sack. The second-rounder's athleticism was on full display as he worked up and down the line on wide runs with ease.

Seahawks defensive coordinator Clint Hurtt discussed Mafe's development along with the other rookie defenders after Thursday's practice.


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"Really with our young guys, with Mafe, young kids, obviously Tariq (Woolen), those guys are continuing to ascend and get better and better and better," said Hurtt. "I'm really pleased with them and how they are doing. Even when guys are taking some lumps and things like that, like Coby (Bryant) has been dealing with some of those things. These are invaluable reps. It's hard to get better when you're on the sideline. You get better playing football, practicing football. So, all these guys continue to get better, but the future is bright for those guys."

Mafe will look to cause havoc for Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota Sunday, as the Seahawks host Atlanta at Lumen Field. 

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