Former Husky Jonathan Amosa, a Rainier Beach grad, is just glad to be back playing football after being signed by the Seahawks last week to compete for a spot at fullback.
When Jonathan Amosa put on a helmet and pads Sunday and then took the field for the Seahawks’ scrimmage, it was the first time he had done so in almost three years.
Amosa got reacquainted with the game quickly, getting on the field for a dozen or so plays at fullback in the scrimmage after having been signed as a free agent the day before.
“It was a lot of fun,’’ said Amosa, who played at the University of Washington and Rainier Beach High.
Amosa hadn’t been on a field in action since August of 2013 when he was with the Green Bay Packers in camp. While he had some good moments, including scoring a touchdown on a short pass in a preseason game against the Seahawks, he was released in the final cutdown to 53 in favor of veteran John Kuhn.
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While Amosa kept in shape since then and his agent kept contacting teams, none made an offer until last week when the Seahawks suddenly needed fullbacks after Brandon Cottom and Tre Madden were lost for the season due to injuries.
Amosa, listed at 5-11, 247, joins former UW teammate Tani Tupou as the two fullbacks on the team’s current roster. Tupou, though, is also hurt, wearing a cast on his hand, which helped open the door for Amosa to get on the field as much as he did Sunday.
Being a Seattle native means Amosa has been an avid follower of the Seahawks for years and he said he had to remind himself “not to get starstruck’’ when he first got in a huddle with Russell Wilson and the number one offense Sunday.
Amosa said Wilson helped the transition by “reminding me that it’s just football.’’
Given his standing as a free agent joining the team a week into camp who hasn’t played in almost three years, Amosa might seem a longshot to make the roster.
But Amosa has overcome sizeable odds before.
He was a walk-on at UW in 2008 who eventually earned a scholarship and ultimately a starting role as a fullback his final two seasons.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that Amosa made a good first impression.
“Jonathan did a good job the first time out and he showed well in the workout he had a couple days ago and he did ok (in a walkthrough on Friday),’’ Carroll said. “For him to be playing, that’s a big statement. He is going to get a great look and so we will see how that goes.”
It’s hard to get a read on what the Seahawks will do at the fullback spot at the moment.
Seattle last year kept two on the roster in Derrick Coleman and Will Tukuafu, who each became free agents and remain unsigned. But Seattle’s shift to more of a spread offense and quick passing game in the second half of the season might decrease the need for fullbacks. Seattle might also be able to use tight ends in H-back type roles to replicate the blocking it likes to get from fullbacks. And the Seahawks will undoubtedly continue to scour the waiver wires for fullbacks who might become available.
After Sunday’s scrimmage, Amosa wasn’t looking past the moment at hand.
“It’s just great to be out here,’’ he said.