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Tuesday Round-Up: How The Seahawks Have Improved Pass Rush During Free Agency

Corbin Smith of Sports Illustrated analyzed three key moves the Seahawks have made recently to address the pass rush.

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

How The Seahawks Have Improved Pass Rush During Free Agency

One of Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll's points of emphasis heading into this offseason was addressing the Seahawks' pass rush woes. While the team finished 7th in the league with 46 sacks, its quarterback hurry rate of 10.4% was only ranked 18th.

"That is an area that we need to get better in," Carroll said one day after the season finale against the Cardinals. "You saw how dynamic it is when you get going like we did yesterday, but we didn't have that consistency and that is the important part of it. So many things feed off of that, it is the disruption of the quarterback that leads to all of the issues on the positive side for the defense, so we have to, whatever we can do, we have to work there."

Once free agency and the new league year started, Carroll and general manager John Schnieder quickly began making deals to improve one of the most important parts of the defense. On Monday, Corbin Smith of Sports Illustrated wrote about how Schneider and the Seahawks have addressed the pass rush, analyzing three key under-the-radar moves the team has made to get better.

First was the acquisition of defensive tackle Shelby Harris from the Broncos in the Russell Wilson trade. While Harris obviously wasn't the biggest name involved in the transaction, the value that he brings to this team is clear. "Over the past five seasons, he has been one of the most consistent interior pass rushers in the sport, producing an average of 25 pressures and 5.0 sacks per season," Smith said. "When he isn't able to get to the quarterback, he finds other ways to be disruptive as a rusher, using his long arms to amass 22 batted passes since 2017."

Smith also notes that Harris brings "an immense" amount of versatility with his ability to play both end spots as well as the tackle position in a 3-4 front. "He will likely be tabbed as one of Seattle's two starters as a 3-tech defensive tackle along with Poona Ford," Smith writes.

Another move that Smith praised was the signing of former Chargers LB Uchenna Nwosu to a two-year, $19 million deal. Playing more than twice the number of snaps he had in any of his prior three seasons, Nsowu posted career highs of 40 tackles, 5.0 sacks and 40 quarterback pressures.

"Per PFF, Nwosu produced a respectable 12.3 pass rush win rate with an increased workload, batted down three passes, and added an interception for good measure, showing his comfort dropping into coverage when needed," Smith said. "Entering a second season in a 3-4 scheme working across from [Darrell] Taylor as a hybrid linebacker, his numbers should only continue to improve."

Click here to read Smith’s full piece about the Seahawks' improved pass rush.

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