JAKE AND STACY

Heaps: Seahawks have had a quiet standout in rookie G Damien Lewis

Sep 23, 2020, 3:02 PM
Seahawks Damien Lewis...
Third-round pick Damien Lewis has started at right guard in the Seahawks' two games. (Getty)
(Getty)

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll sent some praise towards his offensive line after Sunday’s 35-30 win over the New England Patriots, something that may have been easier to buy than his comments standing up for his pass rush.

Buy or sell: Carroll’s praise for Seahawks’ pass rush and O-line

One reason why the O-line is deserving of credit is the play of rookie right guard Damien Lewis, says 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jake Heaps.

Lewis, a third-round pick who won the national championship with LSU as a senior, has quietly been a standout for the Seahawks in the first two games of his career.

“He has ranked out in Pro Football Focus as a top 10 guard in this league,” Heaps said Wednesday during the Four-Down Territory segment of Tom, Jake and Stacy. “He’s excelled in run blocking and he’s done really well in pass protection, as well.”

Ranking in the top 10 at any position in the league is nothing to scoff at, especially when it’s a spot where rookies rarely excel. And while holding penalties have been some trouble, with Carroll even saying Lewis needs to “get better with his hands,” that may be the only area where his rookie status is a factor.

“Although he’s had some issues with penalties, I think that’s more of a rookie trying to get his feet wet in playing in the NFL,” Heaps said.

There are three things about Lewis in particular that jump out to Heaps.

“I am so impressed by A) his physicality, B) his smarts, his understanding of how to work together in combination blocks to get to the second level, to get up to those linebackers, and lastly, his athleticism. For a big guy, that guy is athletic.

“I hope in terms of the future of this offensive line they have a found a staple piece in Damien Lewis because he has been playing really good football.”

You can hear Four-Down Territory at 1:15 p.m. on every episode of Tom, Jake and Stacy.

Follow 710Sports.com’s Brent Stecker on Twitter.

Can other young Seahawks create buzz and live up to it like Metcalf?

Jake & Stacy Show

Jake and Stacy

Mariners Mitch Haniger Servais...
Brent Stecker

The important message Mitch Haniger sent about the 2022 Mariners

After hearing Mitch Haniger's thoughts on the Mariners' offseason, Jake and Stacy break down what they say they couldn't agree more with.
20 hours ago
Seahawks Chandler Jones...
Brandon Gustafson

Heaps: Who Seahawks can add to make defense more aggressive in 2022

Jake Heaps thinks the Seahawks will be more aggressive on defense in 2022, and he thinks a few free agents could help in that regard.
2 days ago
Mariners OF Kyle Lewis...
Brandon Gustafson

Can Kyle Lewis and Evan White contribute to the Mariners in 2022?

Baseball America's Kyle Glaser joined Jake & Stacy and discussed what the Mariners can likely get from Kyle Lewis and Evan White next season.
2 days ago
Seahawks Clint Hurtt...
Brandon Gustafson

Bumpus: Seahawks should promote Clint Hurtt to defensive coordinator

The Seahawks may go with an outside hire for their D-coordinator, but Michael Bumpus thinks the guy for the job is already with the team.
2 days ago
Seahawks CB D.J. Reed...
Brandon Gustafson

Heaps: The free agents who will be easiest and hardest for Seahawks to re-sign

When it comes to the Seahawks' pending free agents, Jake Heaps thinks one will be easy to re-sign while two will be quite difficult.
3 days ago
Mariners Jarred Kelenic...
Brandon Gustafson

‘No reason to panic’ after Mariners OF Jarred Kelenic’s rocky debut

Jarred Kelenic struggled in his first taste of MLB action, but Baseball America's Kyle Glaser says not to worry about the young Mariners OF.
3 days ago
Heaps: Seahawks have had a quiet standout in rookie G Damien Lewis