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Seahawks-Bears: Bobby Wagner ruled out
12-07-2018, 06:45 AM,
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Seahawks-Bears: Bobby Wagner ruled out
for Monday Night Football Well Bobby Wagner Jersey , this is trouble.Gearing up for Monday Night Football and hopeful to avoid an 0-2 start, the Seattle Seahawks have ruled out inside linebacker Bobby Wagner, receiver Doug Baldwin, and outside linebacker K.J. Wright from playing against the Chicago Bears. It could be a long night for the defense.Wagner suffered a groin injury this week and it has progressed to him missing his first game since 2015. The Seahawks defense has really formed itself around the speed of Wagner and this is a potentially devastating blow. Seattle signed free agent Mychal Kendricks this week and he seems likely to get plenty of snaps on Monday night, if eligible. Backup Austin Calitro could get the first extended game action of his career. The Seahawks may have also wanted to avoid giving a lot of defensive snaps to Shaquem Griffin after a shaky first start, but that may be unavoidable given these circumstances.Like Wright, Baldwin was also expected to miss this game. His absence is anything but good, however Seattle probably feels more confident in that unit with Tyler Lockett, Brandon Marshall, Jaron Brown, David Moore, and Keenan Reynolds, than they did in their linebacking group. The team released defensive tackle Tom Johnson on Saturday to make room on the roster.Meanwhile, one starting cornerback is doubtful (Tre Flowers) while the other is questionable (Shaquill Griffin). D.J. Fluker is also doubtful, along with safety Delano Hill. J.R. Sweezy is likely to get another start at right guard with Fluker injured. Any injury to Bradley McDougald — who was on the injury report this week — means that Hill probably won’t be the next man up. It seems likely that the Seahawks will be utilizing Akeem King and Neiko Thorpe at cornerback much more than they had planned to at the start of the season.And it’s only Week 2. Fourth round pick Will Dissly being placed on season-ending injured reserve hurts. A strong early favorite for Seattle Seahawks Rookie of the Year , the tight end’s innocuous looking patellar tendon injury on that cursed Arizona Cardinals turf is a massive blow. If Dissly had to miss a season through injury, such an ailment would surely come from blocking two offensive linemen into a linebacker. His unfortunate landing? Well, that really sucks.But in the harsh NFL world the season continues; Seattle cannot afford to be paused in somber reflection. Instead, the Seahawks are left looking for their ‘next man up.’ That man is 2016 third round pick Nick Vannett, who’s suffered injury problems of his own. Vannett appeared to be having a redshirt rookie year and then two doghouse years but now, finally healthy and in a starting position, a lot of responsibility lies with his performances. After all, Seattle currently has just one other natural tight end on their roster, the relatively unknown second-year Darrell Daniels. If things get even more desperate, fullback Tre Madden might have to play some tight end.In this edition of Seahawks on tape, we’ll view Vannett’s standout plays against Arizona, good and bad. He played 54 snaps in total (82%) and he was roughly average in performance. We’ll start with the glitzy catching-the-ball stuff, and end with the nitty gritty dirty tasks that Seattle demands from its tight ends. If the Seahawks are going to insist on running into heavy boxes and run blitzes, Vannett must succeed. Route RunningRegrettably, the glamorous parts of the game are what Vannett struggled with last Sunday. He rounded out his routes showing a poor awareness of the coverage and the play design. On play 1 Cheap Rashaad Penny Jersey , the deep out he runs requires a sharper cut that recognizes the deep zone plus the underneath zone and bisects them. On play 2, it’s short yardage desperation meaning Vannett needs to be looking to get available to Wilson as soon as possible, there’s no point trying to separate more with a not-so-subtle push off.Vannett’s improvisational ability to get open after a play breaks down is much better, as we saw in the pre-season and on the pass interference flag he drew late in the third quarter. In this respect, a link with Russell Wilson seems to be present.Open Field ThreatWhat makes Vannett’s route running inadequacies all the more frustrating is he’s a quick-to-turn-upfield, load to bring down once the ball is in his hands—if a bit clumsy.Down-BlockingVannett’s main positive was blocking in general, an area he has clearly improved upon—particularly in-line. On down-blocks, which were admittedly “you should win this” assignments given the entire line was down-blocking, he moved people—defensive ends, linebackers, the lot—at crucial moments to spring his back free on the cutback.Sealing the edgeVannett was similarly effective sealing the edge, against big EDGE players. From sprinting outside on a toss or standing in there on a counter, Vannett made integral blocks against far larger opponents.Blocking Aiming PointsOne area that Vannett can improver in regards to his blocking is aiming points, which when running outside from an in-line alignment and taking out the corner, he whiffed completely. This likely stems from a rush of overexcitement (more on this later). He was far more comfortable lead-blocking on the ‘keep side’ of the zone read with superb footwork and patience to get the optimal angle. Pass ProtectionSimilarly to his run blocking Cheap Tyler Lockett Jersey , Vannett’s pass pro is full of want and effort. His eagerness saw him handle Chandler Jones, blocking him round the corner, but it also saw him lunge into Markus Golden. In the Golden example he does have Germain Ifedi behind him too, but the over-enthusiasm should be noted given his earlier whiff. A huge OpportunityIf Vannett can maintain his blocking standards, the immense positive of Will Dissly, then the fall-off should be less noticeable. Vannett is very willing to get down and dirty in the run and pass game. However, his underwhelming route running and connection with Wilson is something that may require an adjustment to the offense. It’s a weak rapport that contrasts greatly with Dissly’s relationship with Wilson and his understanding of coverage that was so impressive considering his newness to the professional game. There is no point in Vannett being the safety valve if he can’t run a refined route and if Wilson can’t be on the same page as him.With the gameplan already installed against the Cardinals, this was difficult to change. But, moving forward, the Seahawks should look to rectify this. Furthermore, Vannett must eliminate his bad plays and gain a higher level of consistency. Vannett is nearing a contract year and has done very little in Seahawks blue. Writing that this is a huge opportunity for the former Ohio State Buckeye is an understatement. Patellar tendon tears are really tough to recover from, with Jimmy Graham’s remarkable comeback warping expectations. If Vannett can sharpen his connection with Wilson and polish his routes, he just might seize this chance. One thing’s certain: Seattle needs him to.

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