Here are five Seattle Seahawks players who loom as particularly intriguing to watch in Sunday's game at Arizona.
Here’s our weekly look at five players who are particularly intriguing to watch for the Seahawks as they take on Arizona Sunday in Glendale:
1, RG Mark Glowinski: Expect Glowinski to get what will be his first career start at guard in place of J.R. Sweezy, who is dealing with concussion symptoms and with Alvin Bailey likely needed to again fill in for Russell Okung (calf) at left tackle. Glowinksi has been regarded as the furthest along of the three offensive linemen Seattle selected in the 2015 draft, the others being Terry Poole, who is on practice squad-injured reserve, and Kristjan Sokoli, a college defensive lineman making the transition to the OL with the Seahawks. But Glowinski has played sparingly, seeing time in eight games so far and mostly only on special teams. He’ll get thrown to the fire against the Cardinals, and in something of a coincidence will do so similarly to the man he figures to replace on Sunday — Sweezy — who got his first start at Arizona in the season opener in 2012. Sweezy will be a free agent at the end of the season and if Glowinski shows something against the Cardinals it could factor into future decisions. If nothing else, it will give the Seahawks a chance to see what they have in Glowinski going forward.
2, QB Russell Wilson: Wilson was on such an incredible hot streak for the five games prior to last Sunday against the Rams that some regression to the mean was also inevitable. Wilson isn’t one to have his confidence easily shaken or any of that. But the Seahawks might like to see the offense look a little more like it did during the previous five games as it heads into the playoffs. As much as anything, though, the Seahawks will want to see Wilson stay upright, which will be even more of a challenge going against a hot defense on the road and with an offensive line likely working without two starters.
3, TE Chase Coffman: With Luke Willson out with a concussion, the Seahawks will have to go with Cooper Helfet and Chase Coffman at tight end. Helfet will likely be the official starter. But coach Pete Carroll sounds excited to see what Coffman can do. Coffman is 6-6, 244 compared to Helfet’s 6-3, 239 and could provide a different sort of receiving option. “They’re much different size, different package,’’Carroll said this week. “Chase is much taller and has got a really expansive catching range that he’s demonstrated. We’re really fired up about that. Love that he’s learned the system so well, and he jumps right in with us.”
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4, CBs Jeremy Lane/DeShawn Shead: Lane and Shead were fairly interchangeable last week at outside corner, with botb on the field in the nickel — generally, Shead playing outside and Lane moving inside in the nickel. Defensive coordinator Kris Richard said this week he doesn’t view the two as really competing for a spot since both will need to be used quite a bit. And no doubt, the Seahawks figure to be in a ton of nickel against Arizona, meaning both Lane and Shead on the field regularly. Arizona WR Michael Floyd is listed as questionable for the game but is expected to play, meaning the Cardinals won’t lack for targets and that both Lane and Shead will probably get plenty of passes thrown their way.
5, DL Jordan Hill: Hill, a third-round pick in 2013, is expected to play for the first time since suffering a toe injury against the Steelers on Nov. 29. That was the latest of a handful of nagging injuries that have limited Hill to just 26 of a possible 47 games so far in his career. But his return would bode well for a deeper defensive line for Seattle in the playoffs — and the Seahawks will need all the depth they can use to manage likely having to win three road games in three weeks.