Seattle Seahawks

John Schneider: Jordyn Brooks could challenge K.J. Wright for WILL LB job immediately

Seattle Seahawks

John Schneider divulged a few interesting pieces of information on Thursday regarding the Seahawks current linebacker situation. During an appearance on Sports Radio 950 KJR, Schneider shared that K.J. Wright recently had shoulder surgery.

Seattle’s GM indicated the surgery wasn’t serious, but he remains uncertain of Wright’s recovery timetable.

“Hopefully he makes it back on time,” Schneider said. “We’ll see how it goes.”

While there’s a large gap between May 1 and Week 1, it’s worth keeping tabs on all the same. That’s due in large part because, as you well know, the Seahawks just used their first-round pick on an inside linebacker in Texas Tech’s Jordan Brooks.

Brooks projects to be Seattle’s WILL linebacker of the future next to Bobby Wagner at MIKE. Apparently that future pairing may come together immediately.

Wright is entering the last year of his contract, and while I don’t believe his roster spot is in jeopardy, it does make sense for Seattle to give Brooks a chance at winning the WILL linebacker job as a rookie. Beyond getting Brooks in his ideal position, moving Wright to SAM could help preserve the soon-to-be 31-year-old linebacker a bit.

Seattle is in win-now mode with Russell Wilson in the midst of his prime, but getting a head start on Brooks’ future at WILL would be an ideal scenario should the Texas Tech product prove he’s ready. Apparently these type of conversations are already taking place.

 

“Whether K.J. plays WILL or SAM or however those guys want to do it, they’ll figure it out,” Schneider said, referring to the coaching staff.

Seattle’s GM explained that the front office was excited about all three of the top linebackers in this  year’s draft (Brooks, Patrick Queen and Kenneth Murray). With Murray already off the board, the Seahawks decided to take Brooks in favor of Queen.

“The guy has been really productive and really intense,” Schneider said of their first-rounder. “He embodies what our organization is all about with a chip on his shoulder. He’s a guy who really wants to be the best at his craft.

“Once he’s here, he’ll remind you a lot of Bobby and K.J.”

This isn’t anything to dramatize at this juncture, but it’s still valuable information to store away for down the road. Fans hoping to see Brooks in the starting lineup immediately could get their wish.