Seahawks hoping revamped defense holds up vs. Broncos
The Seahawks went 0-4 in the preseason and have 20 new players on the roster, which has helped Seattle become one of the youngest teams in all of football. The Seahawks’ average age on the roster is just 25.7 years old, which is second in the NFC West behind only the upstart St. Louis Rams. The promising 2018 draft class had eight players make the final cut and the front office hit on two undrafted free agents in Poona Ford and linebacker Austin Calitro, who earned their spots in the preseason. The team also got some bad news recently, as tight end Ed Dickson will start the season on the non-football injury PUP list, while safety Earl Thomas continued his hold out into the regular season even though he has one year left on his deal. Despite Thomas’ prolonged holdout, the team says they have no intentions of trading their star safety, which means that a few new faces will be starting the season in secondary for Seattle. Shaquill Griffin and Dontae Johnson are the expected starting cornerbacks, while Tedric Thompson and Bradley McDonald are slated as the team’s starting safeties in the opener.
The cast of characters on offense is mostly the same though. Russell Wilson will start behind center along with Chris Carson in the backfield, while Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett are the likely starters at receiver. However, the additions of rookie running back Rashad Penny, speedy wideout Jaron Brown and veteran receiver Brandon Marshall could help take this team over the top in 2018.
Keenum ready to lead Broncos pass attack in Week 1
The Broncos recently updated their depth chart, slotting rookie running back Royce Freeman as the team’s starter heading into Week 1. The team also has several playmakers out wide for newly-acquired quarterback Case Keenum, who is set to make his first start in a Broncos uniform on Sunday. Keenum, the unquestioned starter at quarterback, will have Deymarius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders on the outside to go along with a pair of dynamic rookie receivers in Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton. Jeff Heuerman and rookie tight end Jake Butt will likely handle tight end duties for the Broncos in 2018. Butt was a highly-touted prospect coming out of Michigan before suffering a torn ACL in his final collegiate game.
The Broncos also feature a revamped defense that features two vaunted pass rushers in Von Miller and rookie Bradley Chubb. Cornerback Bradley Roby is expected to step in for cornerback Aquib Talib, who took his talents to L.A. to play for the Rams.
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