While Chris Chard posted yesterday about the top 5 Seahawks that are going to make a big change this year here, this will be the counter article of the top 5 Seahawks that will not show improvement, in my opinion. While the Seahawks have been cleaning out camp, and giving the boot to anyone not willing to buy into Pete Carroll’s system. There are still a few here in my opinion that will falter this year and be underwhelming. This article is purely my opinion and not a definite that will happen. I could be totally wrong, I have been many times before, but this is how I see it.
#5=- Dexter Davis. #58, DE. In just his 3rd year with the Seahawks, Davis hasn’t wowed anyone yet. Granted, Davis was a 7th round pick. We usually don’t expect a whole lot out of these guys right off the bat. With the recent additions of Jason Jones, and draftee Bruce Irvin, Davis doesn’t stand much of a chance if they have any kind of impact at all. At 6’1 244# Davis doesn’t really look the part of DE, but rather that of a LB. Although we use the Hybrid LB/DE in this scheme in Seattle, I think Davis fails this year and is on his way out.
#4=-Leroy Hill- #56, OLB. While this is definitely a long shot, Hill isn’t getting any younger. He was drafted in 2005, and is one of the last Seahawks to remain since the SuperBowl team. Hill has been surprisingly consistent despite his offseason woes. It never fails we hear about something about him, but in his defense, that certainly has not affected his on the field prowess. He has been outstanding linebacker for the past several years, and I think this year he takes a dive. I believe that Korey Toomer steps up, and improves enough that it overshadows what Hill has accomplished. Hill has already seen his best days in Seattle.
#3=-Deon Butler- #11, WR. Unfortunately, for Butler the Seahawks have bolstered their WR group. Butler had the misfortune of a terrible injury, and didn’t see a whole lot of playing time with the Seahawks. In his 4th year out of Penn State, Butler looked very promising from the get go. After bringing in bigger receivers like Sidney Rice, and Mike Williams, Butler at 5’10 is the odd man out. I would say that his blazing speed would allow him to find a role here with the Seahawks, but Butler is no match for Ricardo Lockette. With Doug Baldwin stepping up and making huge contributions this last year, I think Butler has no room in this pact group.
#2=-Golden Tate- #81, WR. This one is kind of a hard one. After seeing Tate blossom last year, it is extremely hard to put him on this list. But again, as I stated in the last portion the WR group is talented and deep. Sidney Rice had surgery this year, and will hopefully staying on the field in all the games this year. Mike Williams is a solid contributor when he is getting the pigskin thrown his way. Doug Baldwin proved that he is an extremely amazing slot receiver. With the new additions of Jermaine Kearse, and Lavasier Tuinei, and Kris Durham still the dark horse, like Butler, there’s not a whole lot of room for Tate. Ricardo Lockette has impressed with his speed, and will pull the last spot away from Tate.
#1=-Tarvaris Jackson- #7, QB. While Jackson has been a disappointment to some of the 12th man since he got here, the fact is that (as much as people are tired of hearing about it) with a torn pectoral muscle he lead the Seahawks to the same 7-9 that Hasselbeck did the year before. Jackson has a cannon for an arm, and his toughness is unrivaled. He was brought in and named the starter due to his knowledge of the system that was being installed in Seattle. Now that the team has seen his weaknesses, the inconsistency, the inability to get rid of the ball quickly, and the inability to make quick decisions, I think they lean towards a more complete QB. Whether that QB is Matt Flynn, or Russell Wilson, I don’t think Jackson will hold onto his starting role here in Seattle. Jackson loses his spot, and sits on the bench for the rest of the year.
While some, or even all, of these players may have a boom this year, I am predicting them to be a bust. Pete Carroll, after coming here in 2010 has brought in a lot of talent. All of these guys have been a product of this talent, and have very specific talents themselves. Unfortunately, I don’t see the talents that these five guys produce as being enough that will make things great in Seattle this year. Lets hear what you think!