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Friday Round-Up: Uchenna Nwosu & New-Look Defensive Line Bringing the Pressure for Seahawks

Linebacker Uchenna Nwosu spearheads Seahawks’ league-leading pressure attack.


Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, October 6 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Uchenna Nwosu continues to shine in Year 2 with Seahawks.

In July, Seattle extended linebacker Uchenna Nwosu following his breakout season, recording a career-high 9.5 sacks in 2022. The sixth-year USC alum spearheads Seattle's league-leading pressure attack in Year 2 with the Seahawks, helping to recreate Seattle's defensive identity.

Through four games in 2023, Nwosu leads a fiery Seahawks pass rush that tied a franchise-record 11 sacks in Week 4's 24-3 win over the New York Giants. In last week's Monday Night Football matchup, Nwosu recorded his first two sacks of the year and had a forced fumble. Nwosu is part of a six-way tie for team sack leader, while leading the way in tackles for loss (4) and forced fumbles (2).

Another standout early in the season has been second-year outside linebacker Boye Mafe, who has 2.0 sacks and, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, ranks second in the league in pass rush win rate behind only Dallas' Micah Parsons.

Per Pro Football Focus, Seattle currently leads the league in quarterback pressures (98), one ahead of divisional foe San Francisco 49ers. Per ESPN Analytics, Nwosu is tied for 17th league wide in pass rush win rate (20 percent), despite being double teamed on 14 percent of his 70 pass rush downs through four games.

In 2018, Nwosu was selected No. 48 overall by his hometown Los Angeles Chargers. Over four seasons, the Carson native rose from a rotation linebacker to starter, from 10 starts across his first-three seasons, to 15 in his final season with the team (2021). That year, Nwosu would post career-numbers in sacks (5) and tackles for loss (8). Last March, Seattle acquired Nwosu via free agency, providing a fresh start on a defense looking for an added pass rush presence. Nwosu would do just that, nearly doubling his career-high in sacks (9.5), tying fellow linebacker Darrell Taylor for the team lead.

Seattle is currently tied for the league-lead in sacks (16) and is allowing the third fewest rushing yards per carry (3.2), and Nwosu is a major component of a Seattle defense that continues to ascend. With Seattle's current three-game win streak, the league is taking notice of Seattle's new-look defense. A quarter of the way through the 2023 season, Nwosu continues to make a case for being one of the biggest free-agency acquisitions for Seattle in a long time.

Seahawks President Chuck Arnold has had a connection with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health since birth, having been born at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma; now he’s part of the Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Board of Directors. On Tuesday, the VMFH released an official statement regarding Arnold's addition, as CEO Ketul J. Patel praised Arnold's dedication & commitment.

"We have been tremendously grateful for Chuck's contributions to the community and the partnership of the Seahawks organization over the years," said Patel. "I know Chuck cares deeply about the health and well-being of our communities and I am looking forward to working closely with him to further our mission to improve the health of the people we serve throughout the region."

The Washington native is a quarter of the way through season No. 30 with the franchise, working over two decades together with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health as an official partner of the Seahawks. But Arnold's efforts to push health initiatives goes beyond the team, serving as a member of the American Cancer Society's CEO's Against Cancer & recently serving as co-chair of the VMFH Celebration Dinner & Auction with his wife, Jana.

This week, the Seahawks renewed their partnership with Snoqualmie Casino, extending a 15-year relationship dating back to the partnership agreement in 2008. In just the seventh collaboration between a franchise and casino in league history, Seattle opted to support the casino located 30-minutes outside of the city, which features Washington's first sportsbook.

Seahawks Vice President of Corporate Partnership Lisa Young commented on continuing the partnership between Seattle and Snoqualmie as the casino celebrates 15 years of existence in the Pacific Northwest.

"We congratulate Snoqualmie Casino as they celebrate 15 years and an exciting expansion project," said Young. "And look forward to continuing our long-term partnership together for years to come."

Snoqualmie's expansion plans include a 210-room hotel, 2,000-seat concert venue & three accompanying new restaurants. CEO Stanford Le commented on the continued relationship with the Seahawks and Snoqualmie's plans to continue to grow.

"As a company named one of 'Washington's Best Workplaces," said Le. "Our team culture means everything to us, so we are proud to continue our partnership with an outstanding organization whose success also depends on a strong team chemistry and presence in our local community."

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The Seattle Seahawks currently lead the NFL in Total Pressures Generated (98) per Pro Football Focus.

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