Seattle Seahawks
Can LJ Collier be an X-Factor for the Seattle Seahawks in 2020? Check out the rest of their season preview as training camp is set to open. (Joseph Weiser/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Seattle Seahawks traded for Jamal Adams yesterday so there is no better time to preview the team. I’m not sure the trade makes them much better but that’s just my opinion. The Seahawks had a +7 point differential last year and went 11-5. That’s all Russell Wilson right there finding ways to win. Can he do it again in 2020? Let’s go over potential storylines for the Seattle Seahawks.

3 Position Battles To Watch:

Right Tackle: Cedric Ogbuehi vs Brandon Shell

We have ourselves a battle at right tackle. First round bust Cedric Ogbuehi or former Jets starter Brandon Shell. I actually think Shell will get the nod after being the only bright spot on New York’s offensive line a year ago. Shell gave up 7 sacks which ranked 10th among all tackles last year.

Tight End: Greg Olsen, Will Dissly, Colby Parkinson, Jacob Hollister, Stephen Sullivan

Will Dissly was actually starting to emerge before he tore his Achilles last year. Greg Olsen comes to town but he has been suffering from a foot injury the last two years and has a broadcasting job lined up. Jacob Hollister ended the year as Seattle’s primary option last year. Both Colby Parkinson and Stephen Sullivan were drafted this year to play a role. Your guess is as good as mine.

Leo: Bruce Irvin, Darrell Taylor, Rasheem Green

Bruce Irvin was brought back after spending last year in Carolina. Irvin, 32, still has it recording 8.5 sacks in 13 games for the Panthers. Darrell Taylor was drafted in the 2nd round to compete. Then there’s Rasheem Green who was drafted in the third round in 2018. I wasn’t high on Green coming out of the draft but finally starting to look capable with a 4 sack season in 2019. There’s a lot of depth here with no clear winner.

Ready To Breakout: LJ Collier

LJ Collier did basically nothing a year ago as a first round pick and I mean nothing. However, I still have hope for the former TCU product. Heading into year two, now is the time to strike. This Seattle defensive line was not good a year ago. Getting a boost from Collier could be a big X-Factor Seattle needs.

Rookie To Watch: Jordyn Brooks

I’ll say it before and I’ll say it again. John Schneider gets off on doing weird shit. The last time he took a no name linebacker it worked out (Bobby Wagner). I don’t have a clue what Jordyn Brooks will bring to the table but I’m excited to find out.

Fantasy Sleeper: DeeJay Dallas

There’s something to be said for running backs that run hard. I’m a fan of DeeJay Dallas. It sounds like they may use the rookie back from Miami on special teams to start out the year but I wouldn’t be surprised if he factors into this backfield eventually. He reminds me a lot of Chris Carson.

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