Chiefs 2022 schedule preview, Week 16: Seahawks – Chiefs Wire

We conclude our early outlook on the Kansas City Chiefs 2022 schedule with their Week 16 opponent — the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks are ushering in a new era. They said goodbye to a couple of team legends in quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner. Seattle saved $16.6 million by releasing Wagner and got a major haul from the Denver Broncos for trading Wilson.
Seattle also parted ways with multi-time Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown and defensive end Carlos Dunlap, who signed with Kansas City during training camp. It’s not a complete rebuild for the Seahawks, however, as they re-signed several key starters.
Those players include safety Quandre Diggs, cornerback Sidney Jones, defensive tackle Al Woods, running back Rashaad Penny and receiver D.K. Metcalf. Other notable free agent signings include cornerback Artie Burns, linebacker Uchenna Nwosu, receiver Marquise Goodwin and former Chiefs’ center Austin Blythe.
Let’s take a look at some of the Seahawks’ key players and their outlooks heading into the regular season:
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Smith beat out former Broncos QB Drew Lock this preseason to win the starting quarterback job. Smith has mostly been a backup throughout his 10-year NFL career, possessing a 13-21 record as a starter. He was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft by the New York Jets.
After spending time with the New York Giants and Los Angeles Chargers, Smith signed with the Seahawks in 2019 to backup Russell Wilson. Last season Smith started three games when Wilson injured his finger and filled in admirably, throwing for 702 yards and five touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 103.
In 2022, Smith will have the opportunity to start for an entire season for the first time since his rookie season. If he gets off to a slow start Lock could be hot on his heels to take over.
AP Photo-Kyusung Gong
Metcalf is one of the most physically gifted players in the NFL. He has the ability to blow by defenders with his 4.3 40-yard dash speed or go over the top and catch a tightly contested ball. Metcalf is a former Pro Bowler and All-Pro, which earned him a three-year, $72 million contract extension this offseason.
In 2021, Metcalf set a career-high in touchdown receptions with 12, but his receiving yards dipped from 1,303 in 2020 to 967. It might be tough for him to produce at the same volume with Russell Wilson gone, but Metcalf is in the prime of his career and should continue to make big plays.
Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Lockett has come into his own over the past three seasons, recording over 1,000 receiving yards in each of them. Last season, he set a career-high with 1,175 and had the sixth-best yards per catch average in the league with 16.1. He is a jack of all trades player who can line up out on the boundary, in the slot or even the backfield.
Lockett is also a decorated return specialist with three career return touchdowns and over 4,000 combined kickoff and punt return yards. The former Kansas State Wildcat is a three-time All-Pro and needs just 1,553 more receiving yards to move into second all-time for Seattle.
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Diggs spent his first five NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions before he was surprisingly traded midseason to Seattle in 2019. The change of scenery rejuvenated Diggs, as the last two seasons have been the best of his career. He made the Pro Bowl in 2020 and 2021 and has the third-most interceptions in the NFL during that span with 10.
In 2021, Diggs set a career-high in tackles with 94. The team rewarded him this offseason with a three-year, $40 million extension. The eight-year veteran has carved out quite the career for himself after being selected in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL draft.
Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Adams is a safety, but he plays more like a linebacker. He is excellent against the run, averaging 88 tackles per season throughout his five-year NFL career. He is also one of the best pass-rushing defensive backs the league has ever seen, totaling 21.5 career sacks.
In 2020, Adams set the NFL record for most sacks in a season by a defensive back with 9.5. The Seahawks mysteriously changed Adams’ role in their defense in 2021, playing him more as a coverage safety. His performance unsurprisingly suffered. He earned a poor 47.4 coverage grade from Pro Football Focus and recorded zero sacks for the first time in his career.
It will be interesting to see if new defensive coordinator Clint Hurtt puts Adams back into his box safety role that he thrives in.
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
The Seahawks finished the preseason with a 0-3 record, but there are a few reasons for optimism. They had a dominant run game throughout the preseason and have a nice running back duo in Rashaad Penny and Kenneth Walker III. Their running game performance is also a positive reflection of Seattle’s new look offensive line.
As highlighted above, Geno Smith beat out Drew Lock for the starting quarterback job ultimately due to his ability to take care of the football. Lock offers more in terms of arm strength and athleticism, but threw three interceptions during the preseason.
Seattle surprisingly released J.J. Arcega-Whiteside after just trading for him from the Philadelphia Eagles two weeks ago. To make matters more frustrating for Seahawks fans the team traded away a solid nickel cornerback in Ugo Amadi to acquire Whiteside.
While Metcalf and Lockett make up one of the better receiver duos in the league, the depth behind them is concerning. Seattle’s receivers combined to drop an astounding 16 passes during the preseason.
The Seahawks have some young, ascending pass rushers to be excited about in Darrell Taylor, Uchenna Nwosu and rookie Boye Mafe. Taylor and Nwosu combined for 11.5 sacks last season and Mafe recorded two preseason sacks.
Sign up for the Chiefs Wire newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning
Chiefs Wire
© Copyright Chiefs Wire 2022
USA Today Sports
Powered by WordPress.com VIP
Please enter an email address.
Thanks for signing up.
Please check your email for a confirmation.
Something went wrong.

source

Leave a Comment