Seattle Seahawks: How KJ Wright and Ed Dickson returns impact Hawks

K.J. Wright, Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
K.J. Wright, Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images) /

As they head to a week eight matchup in Detroit on Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks roster will be bolstered by two veterans. Both K.J. Wright and Ed Dickson will make their 2018 debuts.

The Seattle Seahawks are coming off a week seven bye and they acquired two players during the break, although they were already on the Seahawks roster. Linebacker K.J. Wright and veteran tight end Ed Dickson both returned to practice this week and will see game action for the first time this season.

Return of a Legionnaire

KJ Wright, who is coming off a knee surgery which held him out of the first six games of the season, is a solid linebacker who made 108 total tackles last season. Pairing him next to his best friend on the team in Bobby Wagner will give the Seahawks defense an instant boost.

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The Hawks will need all the help on defense they can get, as their next four opponents (Detroit, San Diego, LA Rams, Green Bay) all have high scoring offenses and very good quarterbacks.

After the loss of Earl Thomas, Seattle’s defense is in need of some additional veteran leadership. He will tag back in for Austin Calitro at outside linebacker, which should help communications with the Hawks young corners.

A veteran debut

31-year-old veteran tight end Ed Dickson (quadriceps) will make his Seahawks debut this Sunday. The nine-year pro, out of Oregon, could step in a be the starter for Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson right away.

After the loss of fellow tight end Will Dissly, the Hawks have not had very much production from that spot this season. Dickson is not a game changer, but he blocks well and has good hands that allowed him to grab 30 receptions for 437 yards and a touchdown in 2017.

Additionally, he has experience playing with a mobile quarterback as he spent the past four seasons with Cam Newton in Carolina. He’ll make a nice safety valve for Wilson.

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Seattle is who is coming into week eight at 3-3 on the year will look to have some road success this Sunday at Ford Field in Detroit vs the Lions.