For no matter motive, the Las Vegas Raiders are virtually fully disassembling their offensive line, and that’s been to the good thing about the NFC West.
Hours after the Arizona Cardinals traded for middle Rodney Hudson, the Seattle Seahawks received in on the act and purchased veteran guard Gabe Jackson for a 2021 fifth-round draft decide.
It’s not preferrred to have such little draft capital — Seattle is down to 3 picks now — however it’s hopefully value relinquishing a Day 3 decide for a beginning offensive lineman.
Jackson can play guard on both aspect however he’s spent most of his profession at proper guard. He has by no means received any main NFL accolades however seven seasons as a part of the revolving door that’s the Raiders franchise is nothing to smell at. Seattle has a gap at left guard with Mike Iupati’s retirement and Jordan Simmons not getting tendered. Phil Haynes has barely performed and Jamarco Jones has spent an excessive amount of time toggling between ineffective and injured, so one would assume Jackson can be projected to maneuver to left guard.
The opposite risk is that they’ve Jackson keep at proper guard and transfer Damien Lewis both to left guard or actually go in on the thought of getting him play middle. I wouldn’t actually again that concept but it surely’s simply one thing to ponder.
Yet one more vital factor to notice about Jackson is that he’s solely missed 12 video games since getting into the league in 2014. We all know all too nicely about damage issues alongside the Seahawks OL so that is excellent news.
Seahawk Maven’s Corbin Smith has some key particulars on Jackson that he wrote up earlier this month:
Final season, whereas Jackson obtained his lowest go blocking grade of his profession (69.9) and tied a career-high with 26 complete pressures allowed, he wasn’t charged with a single sack and solely yielded two quarterback hits in opposition to Derek Carr. It was the fifth season in his profession the place he surrendered one or fewer sacks and two or fewer quarterback hits, additional illustrating his reliability as a protector.
If there are query marks relating to Jackson’s slot in Seattle, it might be in regard to his run blocking and potential scheme match points.
In seven NFL seasons, Jackson has obtained a 62.0 grade or decrease from Professional Soccer Focus within the run blocking division 4 instances. This consists of every of the previous two seasons when he obtained 58.5 and 53.6 grades – the 2 lowest grades of his profession – which ranked forty seventh and forty sixth amongst certified guards in 2020 and 2019 respectively.
Within the three years since line coach Tom Cable arrived, Jackson has struggled in an outdoor zone-heavy scheme attributable to his restricted mobility and lateral quickness together with nagging accidents. At 335 kilos, he has carried out higher in an influence blocking scheme the place he can use his power and physicality to bully defenders off the snap.
So there you’ve it! The Seahawks have begun investing within the offensive line to mark the primary official day of the 2021 league 12 months.