Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Wednesday, October 5 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
More Praise For Rookie Tackle Abrahams Lucas
It's not easy being a rookie starting tackle in the NFL, but Abraham Lucas seems to be coming along just fine. Following Seattle's 48-45 win over the Lions, Lucas' performance garnered praise from national media outlets like Pro Football Focus and The Athletic.
After being named a starter as a rookie this offseason, Lucas continues to give the Seahawks strong initial return on their investment. Through his first four games, Lucas has not allowed a sack, going against some of the league's best edge rushers. On Wednesday, Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus released his list of top rookies exceeding their play grade. Lucas' PFF grade currently sits at a 63.6 through four games - the highest-graded rookie tackle. Renner broke down how Lucas' play goes beyond his grade.
PFF Grade Through Week 4: 63.6
As an Air Raid tackle, Lucas wasn't supposed to be NFL-ready. Through four weeks, though, he's the highest-graded tackle in the rookie class. Lucas has allowed all of nine pressures on 152 pass-blocking snaps for a 63.6 overall grade. While he is on the older side for a rookie, turning 24 later this month, Lucas is already a competent starting right tackle in the league who will only get more comfortable.
The Athletic writer Michael-Shawn Dugar breaks down Lucas' exceptional play in the latest Seahawks Rookie Report.
Lucas hasn't just been Seattle's rookie offensive lineman; he's also been the team's best offensive lineman period. He hasn't allowed a sack in 142 snaps as a pass protector and has given up just three quarterback hits. Lucas has plays in which he pancakes defensive linemen in the run game and plays in which he stands alone on an island in obvious passing situations and keeps Geno Smith clean. His rookie year is off to an excellent start.
Lucas' most notable miscues appear to be mental errors. One of those three QB hits came from a free rusher to his side. Lucas was busy helping right guard Gabe Jackson with a double team while Atlanta cornerback Mike Ford blitzed off the edge. It's unclear whether that was a blown assignment by Lucas, but it offers some context behind the number of times he's allowed someone to get to Smith (his other QB hit allowed in that game was legit — Ta’Quon Graham just overpowered him).
Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll discussed the play of Lucas and fellow rookie tackle Charles Cross on Monday.
"They're still out there," said Carroll. "They're just out there logging time and going to the bank with it. Just the more experience they get, the more time they have on task. You just know they feel more comfortable. They're communicating more readily, still can get better. Both guys are plenty tough enough and physical enough to do the things we ask of the position. I mean they have been really consistent. So, big credit to those guys. That's a lot to take on and they're protecting the quarterback well better than we have in past years and we're expecting to continue to get better too because we know they are just getting started. They're a very positive thing for us and really happy for those guys. They're having a blast and they love playing and they're excited about it. It's all good."
Things are going good for the hometown kid.
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CBS Sports writer Jeff Kerr on Seahawks rookie cornerback Tariq Woolen currently allowing the lowest passer rating (10.7%) in the NFL.
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The Associated Press: Seahawks cooking on offense; getting burned on defense.
Gregg Bell of The News Tribune: Two reasons why the Seattle Seahawks offensive line is a weapon.
Go behind the scenes with team photographer Rod Mar as he shares moments from Week 4 vs. the Detroit Lions on October 2, 2022 at Ford Field. Eye On The Hawks is presented by Western Washington Toyota Dealers.