Jeremy Lane comes back at a time when the Seattle Seahawks need him most, to help their struggling secondary.
If you were to look purely at the numbers, you could be forgiven for wondering why everyone is so concerned about the Seattle Seahawks secondary. At 207.2 yards per game, they currently have the second-best pass defense in the NFL.
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However, this shows why you should never solely base opinions on statistics. It is only by watching the Seahawks in action, that you realise how much the Legion of Boom is struggling this season.
In fairness, they weren’t helped by Kam Chancellor holding out for the first two games of the 2015 campaign. Regardless, the secondary has not been up to their usual standard so far, with Cary Williams in particular standing out with his poor performances.
(Despite the earlier comment regarding statistics, the optics still don’t look good when Blaine Gabbert has the second-most passing yards of his career against you. BLAINE GABBERT!!!)
In that respect, the return of Jeremy Lane couldn’t come at a better time. As reported by Brent Stecker of 710 ESPN Seattle, the cornerback has been activated for Sunday’s game with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Dec 21, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane (20) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 35-6. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
(Bryce Brown must be feeling a bit paranoid right now. This is the second time the Seahawks have released him this season.)
Lane hasn’t played, since suffering a broken wrist and ACL injury on an interception return in Super Bowl XLIX, against the New England Patriots. He started the year on the Physically Unable to Perform list, but returned to practice three weeks ago.
The 25-year old has previously played on the outside and at nickelback. Where he lines up against the Steelers, will depend on how the Seahawks decide to use Williams – who was benched during last week’s win against the San Franciso 49ers – and DeShawn Shead.
Lane has played in 35 games for the Seahawks, since being selected in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL draft. The Tyler, Texas native has totaled eight pass defenses, 63 total tackles and one forced fumble in the regular season.