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November 12, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Tukuafu happy to help on defensive line, if needed

One intriguing possibility to help fill in depth on the defensive line the wake of the loss of Brandon Mebane is newly-aquired Will Tukuafu.

Tukuafu played defensive end and fullback for the 49ers from 2010-13 before being released, and signing with the Seahawks two weeks ago. He also was a defensive end at Oregon, earning second team All-Pac-10 honors as a senior in 2009.

He played fullback for the Seahawks last week, at 280 pounds adding a noticeable thump up the middle and around the edge on many of Marshawn Lynch’s runs.

And Wednesday, he said he will be more than happy to help out on the defensive line, saying, in fact that he expects to play some on defense against the Chiefs Sunday.

“Yeah, I’m going to be rolling in, playing some D-line,” he said.

Tukuafu said he has been meeting with defensive coaches since becoming a Seahawk and that he thinks one of the reasons the team signed him was his ability to play both offense and defense.

Tukuafu said he can play tackle, end or nose tackle and that the way the Seahawks use their defensive linemen is similar to the way they are used in San Francisco=.

“We played D-tackle, D-end the same at San Fran, so you kick down to a three (technique) or you play head up on the tackle or outside,” he said

Tukuafu also said learning two positions on a new team shouldn’t be too much to ask.

“No, I did this at San Fran, so you get kind of used to stuff like that, just lining up and just understanding where your different targets are going to be and understanding how the guys around you play,” he said.

 

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