Even though the Seattle Seahawks finished the 2020 NFL season with an impressive 12-4 record, they failed to make it beyond the Wild Card Round for the second time in three years. As a result, the Seahawks have spent the offseason retooling their team in hopes that they can find more success in the upcoming campaign.
Seattle will get the first crack to see what its players can do on Saturday as the Seahawks will be visiting the Las Vegas Raiders. While most of the Seahawks' roster spots are spoken for, there's still an opportunity for some fringe players to show that they deserve to be on the squad.
Here's a look at three Seahawks players to watch in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL preseason.
1. Stone Forsythe, Offensive Tackle
The 2021 NFL season hasn't even begun yet and the Seahawks offensive line is already marred by injuries. Three offensive tackles will be out of the game, which means rookie Stone Forsythe could see a lot of action. The 23-year-old was selected by Seattle in the sixth round of this year's draft after showing solid potential with the Florida Gators last year. Forsythe gave up just two sacks on 812 offensive snaps and received a 71.2 overall grade on Pro Football Focus. That's great news for a Seahawks team that gave up 3.1 sacks per game last year, which was tied for the second-highest average across the NFL.
2. Darrell Taylor, Linebacker
There was a lot of hype surrounding linebacker Darrell Taylor when the Seahawks selected him 48th overall at the 2020 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, he missed the entirety of the year due to injuries, so Saturday's tilt with the Raiders will give fans their first chance to see him in action. Taylor played 13 games with the Tennessee Volunteers in his final collegiate campaign, racking up 46 total tackles (10.0 for a loss), 8.5 sacks, 4 passes defended and a forced fumble. It'll be interesting to see how the Seahawks deploy him against Las Vegas and going forward.
3. Aaron Fuller, Wide Receiver
After going undrafted in 2020, wideout Aaron Fuller has been getting a lot of attention at Seahawks training camp this year. Head coach Pete Carroll has had nothing but good things to say about him, including praising him for his playmaking abilities and pass blocking. Beyond DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, Seattle's wide receiver chart is pretty open and a strong showing by Fuller against the Raiders could help him make the case to become one of his team's depth options. Fuller certainly impressed in his final two seasons with the Washington Huskies, putting up 117 receptions for 1,576 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. If he can bring that play to the NFL level, quarterback Russell Wilson certainly wouldn't complain about having another reliable pass-catcher at his disposal.
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