Bump’s Seahawks Breakdown: O-line has been most impressive unit
The Seahawks’ offensive line has been heavily scrutinized over the last few years and heading into 2022, many have tabbed that unit to be among the league’s worst in the upcoming season.
But former NFL receiver Michael Bumpus isn’t buying that based on what he’s seen in training camp and the preseason, going so far as to call the Seahawks’ offensive line the position group that’s impressed him the most this offseason during his most recent video breakdown for Seattle Sports 710 AM’s YouTube channel.
The Seahawks have a new-look line as gone are tackles Duane Brown and Brandon Shell and in are first-round pick Charles Cross and third-rounder Abraham Lucas. Those two in particular have really shined in Bumpus’ eyes. Additionally, Seattle has a new center in Austin Blythe, who played for Hawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron and offensive line coach Andy Dickerson in Los Angeles. The Hawks also return 2021 starting guards Damien Lewis and Gabe Jackson.
So what are the big guys up front doing that’s really caught Bumpus’ eye?
“What I really focus on is the zone look. When that guard has to combo up to the linebacker. Does he do it smoothly? Does he do it efficiently?” Bumpus said. “What is the tackle doing on the backside when it comes to protection? He’s been protecting.”
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