TE Tyrone Swoopes - Seattle Seahawks
|6-3, 249||Born: 11-14-1994||College: Texas||Drafted: ---|
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Week 2: at Pittsburgh Steelers
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FBG says: Good matchup. With the Seahawks' scheme and front line geared toward the run, the passing game is used more as a situational, game-changing tool. Russell Wilson is valued for his athleticism and mobility, but also an effective deep arm that both stretches defenses and creates chunk gains. In Week 1, Wilson completed passes of 44, 42, and 25 yards among his 20 attempts. His biggest obstacle, as usual, is the Seahawks' weak pass-blocking line, which allowed four sacks on opening day. When Wilson can see the field and set his feet, he throws to a truly dynamic pair of wideouts. Tyler Lockett was surprisingly frozen out for most of the game, drawing just two targets. There should be more usage going forward, but Lockett may be in the process of ceding the No. 1 role to DK Metcalf. The rookie had a phenomenal debut, catching 4 of his 6 targets for 89 yards, accounting for 45% of the team's yardage. The athletic megastar showed the ability to create separation, as expected, but also to make tough catches in coverage. He's a fairly raw prospect but clearly boasts the No. 1 receiver traits to make a huge impact anyway.
The Pittsburgh pass defense was caught off-guard and run over by Tom Brady and the Patriots in Week 1 allowing 343 yards. The secondary remains full of question marks in coverage, an issue that will snowball if Joe Haden can't go Sunday. Haden wasn't sharp last week but is always the Steelers' best cover man on the field. Mike Hilton is a solid slot man, but Steven Nelson and Cameron Sutton are shaky on the outside. Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett took full advantage in Week 1, and the Seahawks will look to move Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf around into those matchups. Even more crucial to the unit's outlook is the availability of top pass-rusher T.J. Watt, whose status is unclear. The Steelers will need to pressure Russell Wilson - yet contain him in the pocket - to help paper over their coverage issues.
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