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5 Most Improved Seattle Seahawks On The 2011 Team

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This is a list of 5 Seahawks players who have improved since the 2010 season. This list is not in order of who has improved the most, just that they are in the top 5.

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Marshawn Lynch

Lynch played the first four games of last season with the Buffalo Bills before being traded to Seattle. Between the two teams he had 737 yards and 6 touchdowns in 16 games. This season he has 507 yards and 5 touchdowns through nine games and is on pace for 901 yards and almost 9 touchdowns.

Before the injuries this last week to James Carpenter and John Moffitt I was convinced he would break the 1,000 yard mark but we will have to see how Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan can fill in for the two rookie starters.

Lynch already has better receiving numbers than he did all of last season.

Kam Chancellor

Last season Kam was a rookie 5th round draft choice that backed up starting strong safety Lawyer Milloy. Kam did not start a game in his rookie campaign but played in all 16. In his limited duties he showed signs of his toughness and flashes of the player he could become.

Head Coach Pete Carroll saw enough in Chancellor to move on from the aging Milloy and go into the preseason with Chancellor slotted to be the starter. He did bring in Atari Bigby to compete at strong safety but this was more about depth then actually pushing for a starting position.

Lynch has improved since his arrival from Buffalo.

Kam has not disappointed, he has become one half of the best young safety duo in the NFL. He punishes the opposition with his brutal hits and is a force in the passing game as well as the running game.

He has 55 tackles, 1 sack and three interceptions so far this season and has a chance at being named to the pro bowl. Not bad for a guy who had to compete for a roster spot the year before.

Ben Obomanu

Numbers aren’t really indicative of the progress he has made. He has become a more complete receiver and a guy the quarterbacks can count on in a pinch.

If Mike Williams‘ play continues to fall, he could see more opportunities and so far this season, he has made the most out of such opportunities.

Max Unger

Was injured in his first start last season after switching back to center (the position he played at Oregon) and spent the rest of the season on injured reserve.

He has come back to play pretty solid this season and is continuing to improve. I’m not sure he will ever be at the pro bowl level but I certainly think he gives the team a solid center if he can stay healthy.

Alan Branch

Spent last season with the Cardinals and for the most part was a back up. In Seattle he has become a starter and a definite force in the middle.

He isn’t putting up great numbers but he is giving opposing offenses fits and has a possibility of making his first pro bowl.

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  • Frangible_Cardia

    Max Unger is just as the Seahawks  expected (and hoped) when they drafted him. Rock solid. Maybe not spectacular or showy–how many centers are? Utterly dependable, serious, and an undeniable contributor though. O-linemen aren’t usually glory-hounds. The good ones, like Max, you know you can count on. It’s awesome to see the team pick up such a great guy and fine player.

  • DRRL

    How about Okung? He’s taken on some pretty dominant pass rushers and done a great job keeping them off of T-Jax.

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