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Friday Round-Up: Seahawks Feature "More Complete Roster" Ahead Of 2023 Per Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report writer Kristopher Knox breaks down why Seahawks fans should be optimistic about Seattle’s offseason moves to build a contender.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, July 28 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

"More Complete Roster" a Reason For Optimism In 2023

With the clock dwindling until the start of the 2023 season, Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report delves into each NFC team's biggest reason to be optimistic this offseason. Following the Seahawks 9-8 campaign, Knox breaks down what Seattle has done to build one of the league’s premiere rosters.

After a tough climb to an NFC Wild Card spot, Seattle fell to the division foe San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs, but with so much talent on both sides of the ball, national media has been forced to take note of the Seahawks future potential. On offense,quarterback Geno Smith earned the 2022 AP Comeback Player of the Year Awardin his first season as a starter in nearly a decade. Wideouts DK Metcalfand Tyler Lockett each recorded 1,000-yard receiving seasons. And in first-year talent, running back Kenneth Walker III rushed for 1,050 yards, while rookie tackles Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas became the first duo to open a season since 2009. Along with being the first rookie tackle duo to start a team's first nine games since 1982.

On the defensive end, cornerback Riq Woolen earned a trip to the 2022 Pro Bowl as a rookie, after catching six interceptions (T-1st). Fellow first-year cornerback Coby Bryant forced four fumbles. More-than-half of Seattle's 10 2022 selections saw significant playing time last season. But the quest for a second championship sent Seattle's front office back to the drawing board this season, in search of ways to improve the roster.In May, Seattle received an A-grade from Pro Football Focus for the franchise’s 10 selections in April’s 2023 draft and free agency. With their two first-round picks, Seattle selectedcornerback Devon Witherspoon (No.5)andwideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba (No.20). The eight following selections were made to add offensive firepower (Zach Charbonnet, Kenny McIntosh); bolster the offensive line ( Anthony Bradford, Olu Oluwatimi) and improve the defense (Derick Hall, Cameron Young, Mike Morris, Jerrick Reed II).

Knox explains why a balanced draft class and some key free agency additions make Seattle's 2023 roster more "complete."

Some unexpectedly spectacular play from quarterback Geno Smith propelled the Seattle Seahawks to the playoffs in 2022. Smith broke through with a Pro Bowl campaign while helming an offense that ranked ninth in scoring. While Seattle's 26th-ranked defense left plenty to be desired, the Seahawks were good enough for a postseason appearance.

This year, a deeper and more balanced roster could have Seattle going further.

Smith is back after signing a three-year, $75 million extension. He'll have new offensive playmakers in rookie wideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba and rookie running back Zach Charbonnet. He should see a much-improved Seahawks defense when he's on the sideline too.

Seattle added the likes of Jarran Reed, Dre'Mont Jones, Mario Edwards Jr. , Bobby Wagner and rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon in the offseason. It will also be entering Year 2 with defensive coordinator Clint Hurtt, who transitioned the defense to a 3-4 base system last season.

Some of Seattle's defensive holdovers weren't perfect fits for that 3-4 scheme, which likely played a role in the defensive struggles. Hurtt will have better and better-suited personnel this year, which will help the Seahawks be dangerous on both sides of the ball._

There's always room for improvement, and according to the national experts - Seattle has done just that on paper. The coming months will reveal if Seattle's vision will put them in position to push deeper into the championship picture.

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