The Seattle Seahawks’ offense is considered the team’s biggest strength heading into the 2020 season. Russell Wilson is obviously a big reason why, but the team has loaded up on weapons around him – including Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Will Dissly, Greg Olsen, Chris Carson, and now Carlos Hyde.
However, it was a member of the offensive line, a known weakness for the Seahawks, who was selected as the team’s most underrated player by Pro Football Focus.
Duane Brown joined the team halfway through the 2017 season, and he has been a steady force at left tackle each of the last three years. He’s not only the team’s best blocker, he is a team leader and mentor – something this team will need a lot this year with so much turnover up front.
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The Seahawks’ offensive line has been bad in recent seasons. There is no getting around that. The overall weakness of the group reflects poorly on Brown, but he has been the lone bright spot for nearly his entire tenure in Seattle after nine-plus years with the Houston Texans to begin his career. In fact, Brown (82.2 overall grade since joining the Seahawks) is the only player along the line with an overall grade above 65.0 and 1,000 or more snaps played since 2017. Per PFF WAR, he’s been the eighth-most-valuable offensive tackle in the PFF era that stretches back to 2006. There may still be a lot of questions with the group up front for Russell Wilson, but he can still rely on Brown to provide strong play at left tackle.
Brown will look to lead a unit that could have as many as four new starters next season, depending if Phil Haynes can wrestle a starting job away from Mike Iupati.
Regardless, Brown will be instrumental to this unit’s success in 2020, both on and off the field.