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June 20, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Mayowa among young DLs vying for playing time

We’re concluding our coverage of Seahawks’ mini-camp with a few more stories spread over the next few days.

For Saturday’s paper, I wrote this on second-year defensive end Benson Mayowa, one of a handful of players competing for time at the rush end, or LEO defensive end spot.

As noted in the story, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said Mayowa appears to have added the needed weight while not losing any of the speed and quickness that got him onto the roster a year ago.

I also asked Quinn about the rush end spot in general, and where Mayowa fits in.

“As you know, we love pass rushers so we are going to work hard to keep developing him and all the guys that are there,” he said. “It’s great to have rushers like Benson and Cliff Avril and Bruce Irvin and O’Brien Schofield, and all those guys will get a chance to work together. So for him to see these guys work and how hard you have to work as a pass rusher, I think¬† it’s been good for him to learn some of the tools of the trade.”

Quinn said the hope is to again develop a good rotation of ends, as the team had last year when that spot was headed by the now-departed Chris Clemons and Avril.

“It will work itself out as we go,” he said. “But you know we can’t count on just one guy to be the rusher all the time, so we would like a number of guys who can really play well all the way through.”

Quinn echoed what coach Pete Carroll said a few times during camp, that he was impressed by the manner  in which the young players have worked and progressed in the off-season.

When asked who stood out specifically among the young players, Quinn said Jordan Hill, who is in his second year out of Penn State.

“He would be one who has had a really good off-season from where he ended to where he is today,” Quinn said. “He is one we are really anxious to see what he can do when we get to training camp.”

 

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