Bump: Seahawks’ struggling D has bright spots in rookies Bryant, Woolen

Oct 3, 2022, 2:24 PM
Seahawks Coby Bryant...
Coby Bryant of the Seattle Seahawks knocks the ball out of the hands of Tom Kennedy of the Detroit Lions on October 02, 2022. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Seahawks’ defense was again an issue in Detroit, allowing 45 points and more than 500 total yards in the Week 4 victory.

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But that doesn’t mean the defense had no bright spots.

Despite the gaudy numbers against, Seattle came away with two turnovers, both of which resulted in Seahawks touchdowns. And both the turnovers came at the hands of rookie defensive backs Coby Bryant and Tariq Woolen.

Bryant punched a ball out for a forced fumble while Woolen picked off a pass on the first play of the second half and returned it for a touchdown.

During Monday’s Bump and Stacy on Seattle Sports 710 AM, former NFL receiver Michael Bumpus discussed the two big plays the rookies made on Sunday.

“Now, this defense has a lot of holes and you’ve got to fix a lot, you’re concerned about a lot. But when you have young guys who are going into the to the fight right now and they’re making plays, man, it’s exciting,” Bumpus said. “And they’re not easy plays. A forced fumble is not easy to do. That was on purpose. Sometimes guys just make a tackle and the ball happens to pop out. Well, Coby Bryant, he specifically went to punch that football.”

As for Woolen, Bump thinks the fifth-round pick “specifically baited that throw.”

Baiting that throw for the interception surprised Bump because that was a veteran play and wasn’t on a play where he’s known to thrive.

“With Tariq, his thing was no one’s gonna run by him … I’m gonna stay over the top and no one is gonna run by me. So for him to have that patience, to allow the receiver to get a step or two in front of him knowing that, ‘I got this closing speed. I want him to feel like he’s open, knowing that I can just hit that little burst … and I’m right there.’ It’s been a development,” Bump said. “I think he’s progressed a lot faster than anybody thought that he would. Again, he’s gonna have his lows. But so far, four weeks into this season, he’s got a block field goal, he has an interception, he has a pick-6 . This dude does something impressive every week.”

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