The Seattle Seahawks strung together a solid campaign last season, finishing 11-5 and second in the NFC West. With the San Francisco 49ers coming off a Super Bowl appearance, the Arizona Cardinals making some significant upgrades and the Los Angeles Rams still boasting an extremely talented roster, Seattle is stuck in one of the toughest divisions in football.
As a result, the Seahawks are going to need some breakout performances from a few key players. With that in mind, here are three players that could be headed for make-or-break seasons next season.
1. Rashaad Penny, RB
Rashaad Penny was the Seahawks' first-round pick in 2018. He had an underwhelming rookie season, but he showed some real promise last season before going down with an ACL injury. He had a two-week stretch from Week 8-9 that saw him average 101.5 rushing yards per game on just 14.5 carries. He's played in only a combined 24 games over the first two seasons of his career, though. If he can't manage to stay on the field in 2020, it's fair to start asking questions about his future with the team – especially since he'll likely still be buried behind Chris Carson on the depth chart.
2. Will Dissly, TE
Will Dissly has been excellent when he's been on the field, but like Penny, he's struggled with injury issues. Making his return from a devastating knee injury last season, he averaged 52.4 receiving yards over the first five games of 2019. Unfortunately, he tore his Achilles in Week 6. Having now played just 10 games over the past two seasons, Dissly could be in danger of losing his role to Greg Olsen if he can't stay healthy again next season.
3. Jarran Reed, DT
Jarran Reed signed a two-year, $23 million deal this offseason. It's fair to wonder if it was a slight overpay, though – especially with Jadeveon Clowney's future still up in the air. After a 10.5-sack campaign in 2018, Reed managed just 2 sacks and 8 QB hits through 10 games last season. The Seahawks do have a potential out at the end of this season, however. If Reed doesn't play like he did back in 2018, it could be difficult to justify honoring his $13.5 million cap hit in 2021.
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