The Seattle Seahawks are sitting at 2-3 and need a turn to get back into playoff competition. Achieving that goal won’t be easy, but a promising rookie defender could return to the active line-up after a preseason injury and provide crucial depth.
Tre Brown, the 137th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, has not yet played in a regular season game. He sustained a knee injury and ended up on the injured reserve before Week 1 to ensure he would miss at least the first three games of the season. The Seahawks have yet to activate Brown from IR, but head coach Pete Carroll pointed out that Brown is about to make his debut.
“This is going to be a real week for him; last week was an incomplete week, “Carroll said during his October 13th media availability. “I’ve already spoken to him that this is the time he’ll be back in action and let’s see if he can get back to the level of the game – when he was injured he was close to being at the top to stand playtime. He’s done a lot of positive things and unfortunately his knee misaligned and he couldn’t react right away. So I’m going back to where he was, like I told him today, ‘Let’s pick up where you left off and show us that you got your stuff together and let’s see where that leaves you in the competition, so he will fight. But he’s full and ready to go. “
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Before his injury, Brown was well on his way to joining Richard Sherman, Tre Flowers and Shaquill Griffin as cornerbacks who became starters during their rookie season. He had fought for snapshots on the left side of defense.
The injury interrupted Brown’s rise to be a major contributor and potential starter, but he should have the opportunity to resume that journey soon. Now that he’s back in training, he’ll face off against both Sidney Jones and DJ Reed as the Seahawks try to find the best line-up to limit enemy attacks.
According to Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic, Carroll didn’t reveal whether Brown would be competing with Jones on left cornerback or Reed on right. The head coach simply said everyone had to wait and see.
With a game against the Steelers anytime soon, there is no guarantee that Brown will return from the Injured Reserve and start contributing immediately on the field. However, he will certainly see the field in the coming weeks, possibly as a starter.
The Seahawks continue to stir up the roster, especially in secondary schools. Brown’s return to the team in training is just one step. The Seahawks also released former starter Tre Flowers on October 12th.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported first Postpone the roster and say that Flowers requested his release. However, Carroll addressed the situation during his October 13 media availability, saying that Flowers never made that request. The head coach said he wanted to give the fourth grader time to land with another team.
“I think it was time for a change for him,” said Carroll. “He had a couple of boys with game time ahead of them. I love this guy, I love the kid. I’ve worked with him as closely as anyone I’ve worked with since I’ve been here, and I feel better for him when he gets out of here and starts again. There are a lot of teams that need corners and I hope he gets a good shot. “
Flowers won a place in the preseason and stood against Reed in the first three games. He played 100% of the defensive snaps, but struggled to contain opposing receivers. He gave up 14 receptions for 208 yards and one touchdown and received a 52.9 coverage rating from Pro Football Focus.
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