Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, December 9 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
Uchenna Nwosu Ranked Among NFL's Top Edge Rushers
It's been a career-year for linebacker Uchenna Nwosu, as the fifth-year USC alum continues to make his mark in Seattle on-and-off the field. In his first season with the Seahawks, Nwosu is in the hunt for a playoff berth and his first Pro Bowl selection. Recognizing his play, NFL Next Gen Stats ranks Nwosu No.5 on its 2022 edge rusher top-10 list.
After spending his first four seasons in his hometown of Los Angeles with the Chargers, Nwosu signed as a free agent with Seattle this offseason. Brought in to bolster the pass rush, the fifth-year man has recorded 9.0 sacks, surpassing his career-high of 5.0. In addition to ranking top-10 in sacks, Nwosu's three forced fumbles currently tie for third in the league with teammate Darrell Taylor. In a tie for first place is rookie cornerback Coby Bryant (4).
The NFL Next Gen team breaks down the science behind the rankings, and the factors in the weekly changes.
Each week of the 2022 NFL season, the Next Gen Stats analytics team will present a different Position Power Ranking meant to spotlight the top performances among a specific group of players. This week, we've assembled a list of the top 10 edge rushers heading into Week 14.
Before we dive in, though, a note on our methodology: To help create quantifiable rankings, we have devised a formula that yields a Next Gen Stats percentile score, which measures how a player is performing relative to his peers. The formula uses each individual's percentile score across a series of key metrics to create one composite score, indicating which players at that position performed best. We will lean on this formula to inform our rankings when applicable.
The next gen team breaks down Nwosu's inclusion at No. 5 for Week 14.
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○ OVERALL SCORE: 93
Nwosu was featured in our list of thetop-10 likeliest first-time Pro Bowlers three weeks ago, and not much has changed since then regarding his breakout season. Nwosu has shown that an increased role doesn't have to lead to decreased efficiency, as he has put up career numbers in his debut season with Seattle. Nwosu's impact as a pass rusher has been vital to the Seahawks' 7-5 start, as he ranks tied for eighth in the NFL with 43 QB pressures. He's also managed to dominate in the run game, ranking tied for fourth among edge players with 10 run stuffs. Nwosu, along with trade acquisitionShelby Harrisand rookiesTariq Woolen,Coby BryantandBoye Mafe, have helped fuel a resurgent defense that has Seattle in the mix to win the NFC West.
In addition to being Seattle's premiere pass rusher this season - he's been one of the team's biggest philanthropists. Not a stranger to giving back, Nwosu has jumped head-first into helping the youth. Episode 7 of The Sound gives a look at the star edge rusher spending his spare time this summer mentoring the youth in Seattle and his hometown of Carson.
On Monday, Nwosu visited the Federal Way Boys and Girls Club to read books and do arts and crafts with the kids. The franchise is receiving praise for one of the league's best offseason acquisitions on the field - but they've gotten the perfect man to fit the culture in the building.
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On December 8, 2022, Seahawks local military community participated in a light physical fitness workout and huddle with Seahawks General Manager John Schneider, Seahawks Legends Paul Johns, Ben Obomanu, Lofa Tatupu, Orlando Huff, Edwin Bailey at Rebel Fitness. In addition, Marines from Toys for Tots were in attendance at the event.