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Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round of the playoffs Frank Clark Color Rush Jersey , and that means it’s the offseason. With the offseason comes the time of year when hope replants itself in the form of free agency and the draft, with teams able to restock and reload rosters for the upcoming season. With that said, there will be countless mock drafts and coverage of the combine, free agency and the draft, and then countless articles will be penned as fans look forward to their team competing in the new season. But, as was noted on Twitter by someone to whom I will give zero credit, the draft is not exactly the best place to find those who will become immediate contributors. That said, I’ll be going through the 2018 draft of the Seahawks one pick at a time and looking at what kind of return the team actually got out of each of its selections, and then looking at what we might be able to expect going forward. The first pick to be reviewed is the first pick the team made: running back Rashaad Penny. A pick that was loved by the pro-run crowd and hated by the anti-run crowd, Penny sparked conversation and controversy from the moment the pick was announced. Things started off rough for Penny, who missed much of training camp with a broken finger, and then when he did return did not make much of an impact on the field. Penny played just 181 offensive snaps over the course of the 2018 season, with nearly 40% of those snaps coming during the month of September (71 of 181, 39.2%). His play improved as the season went along, but even towards the end of the year it seemed like every time he appeared to begin to be finding his groove, he’d then take a step back with a horrible on field performance. Specifically, after carrying the ball 12 times for 108 yards against the Los Angeles Rams and eight times for 46 yards against the Green Bay Packers, he then produced four yards on four carries against the Carolina Panthers. Then, after he had seven carries for 65 yards against the San Francisco 49ers and eight for 44 yards against the Minnesota Vikings, he gained just six yards on four carries in the season finale against the Arizona Cardinals. Obviously, struggles are to be expected of rookies Dion Jordan Color Rush Jersey , but running back is typically a position where players are able to step in and make more immediate contributions than Penny did during his 2018 campaign. Penny specifically struggled in creating much after first contact, as he was third on the Seahawks in yards after contact behind both Mike Davis and Chris Carson. That said, he was phenomenal when he was able to get the ball in open space and put his speed, burst and elusiveness to good use. It’s fair to wonder if the Seahawks will not mind letting Davis leave in free agency this offseason if they believe that Penny can improve his pass blocking to the point where the team feels comfortable with him as the third down back. Now, that leads to the question of whether or not a rotational player, specifically a third down back, warrants being a first round pick. Obviously, the Seahawks had no idea how Carson would actually return following his ankle injury, and after watching both Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls fail miserably in their returns from serious lower leg injuries, there is no doubt the Seahawks may have felt like running back was a position of need. Taking all of that into consideration, how do you grade the Rashaad Penny selection with the benefit of a season of hindsight? RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Pete Carroll has a firm belief that the protection the Seattle Seahawks offensive line is providing Russell Wilson has improved from where it was in recent years.The statistics tell a far different story.No team in the NFL has seen its quarterback sacked more often through the first two weeks of the season than the Seahawks. It’s been a disastrous mix of mistakes by the offensive line, Wilson holding the ball too long at times, and facing a pair of elite pass rushers that has led to the quarterback being sacked 12 times already.Since the sack became an official statistic in 1982, there have been 26 instances of a team allowing 12 or more sacks in the first two weeks of the regular season. But only three of those — Jacksonville in 2014, Houston in 2017 and Seattle this year— have come in the past 10 seasons. Jacksonville and Houston each allowed 13 sacks in the first two weeks, both on their way to terrible seasons. The Jaguars went 3-13; the Texans 4-12. But neither of them had an established, top-tier quarterback like Wilson calling the shots.All of which puts the Seahawks in the kind of company they’d rather not be a part of so early in the season.“We’ve tried to make him more confident in the protection. Even though the sack numbers are there, our protection is more solid than it’s been,” Carroll said. “It was throughout the preseason and Russell is counting on that rhythm to help him. He’s moving in the pocket a little bit because that’s what he’s had a lot of times. But the other part of it, the miscues and all are new. We’re missing this Tedric Thompson Color Rush Jersey , missing that, and we can fix all of those things.”The competition Seattle has faced didn’t help the situation. The Seahawks opened the year having to deal with Von Miller and Denver’s front, then followed up in Week 2 facing Khalil Mack in his first home game with Chicago. The final result was Wilson getting sacked six times in each game, which compounded other mistakes that have left the Seahawks sitting at 0-2.While coming home this week to face Dallas removes the challenge of playing in a loud environment, others have emerged. Starting center Justin Britt injured his shoulder late in the loss to Chicago while trying to get on a fumble Wilson lost while being sacked.Carroll said Britt was sore and would be day-to-day, but he did not practice Wednesday. Also sitting out practice was left guard Ethan Pocic, who was considered a candidate to potentially replace Britt at center. Pocic has an ankle injury.If Britt can’t play and Pocic is an unknown, Seattle may plug in backup Joey Hunt at center and shift guard J.R. Sweezy. D.J. Fluker, who started at right guard before suffering a hamstring injury in the preseason, is expected to return this week after missing the first two games.“We have to be better. The numbers aren’t solely on the offensive line but as a lineman you never want to see your quarterback on the ground,” left tackle Duane Brown said. “We have to do everything we can to correct it. We have to win our individual battles, communicate protections better, picking up blitzes better. We’ll get there quick.”The Cowboys are second in the NFL with nine sacks through two games and last season sacked Wilson three times and limited the Seahawks to 136 total yards. But Dallas still watched Seattle come away with a 21-12 win.“Lot of movement up front, line stunts, things like that. They don’t like to sit still. They like to move around and throw your scheme off,” Brown said.NOTES: Carroll said the team received indications from the league that LB Mychal Kendricks will be able to play this week. Kendricks, who pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges, made his debut with the Seahawks on Monday and had three tackles, including a sack, against Chicago. … LB Bobby Wagner (groin) and CB Tre Flowers (hamstring) were full participants in practice Wednesday and are expected to play Sunday after missing the loss to Chicago.