With the calendar flipping to June and offseason programs recently wrapping up, NFL training camps will begin around the league in less than two months. To celebrate the new incoming season, we will be breaking down the Seahawks' 90-man roster over the next several weeks, exploring best and worst case scenarios and what to expect from each player entering the 2021 campaign.
Al Woods, Defensive Tackle
Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 330 pounds
2020 Stats: Did not play (COVID-19 opt-out)
While Woods last played for the Seahawks in 2019, it feels like he never left the team. The 10-year veteran was one of a handful of players who decided against playing during the 2020 season due to the pandemic and the Jaguars cut him in April without ever playing a game for the franchise. Previously playing for the Colts, Titans, Steelers, and Buccaneers, the former LSU standout has plenty of tread on his tires with 125 games played on his resume and turned 34 years old in March. But he should be well-rested after not playing last year and he was productive during his second stint in Seattle, producing 32 tackles, a sack, and a pair of fumble recoveries in 14 games two years ago.
Best Case Scenario: Not displaying any rust despite a year away from the game, Woods rounds into form quickly as a quality reserve nose tackle behind Bryan Mone, helping the Seahawks remain one of the best in the NFL at stuffing the run while offering an occasional quarterback pressure from the interior.
Worst Case Scenario: Struggling throughout camp and beginning to show his age, Woods becomes the latest experienced veteran to return to Seattle and not make the 53-man roster as the team opts to keep more athletic tackles in Robert Nkemdiche and Cedrick Lattimore instead.
What to Expect in 2021: It remains to be seen what Woods has left in the tank, but the Seahawks clearly believe the 6-foot-4, 330-pound run stuffer still has plenty of quality football left. They signed him before officially releasing Jarran Reed and while he's not the same type of player, he should be difficult for opponents to move off the line of scrimmage in the run game and will sporadically splash with a well-orchestrated bull rush to drive a blocker into the quarterback's lap. There's a good chance with Mone emerging he won't play 450 snaps as he did in 2019, but that's not necessarily a bad thing at his age and if he can play 250-plus snaps at a high level, he should be a helpful addition coming back to the Pacific Northwest.
Previous Seahawks 90-Man Roster Primers
Alex McGough | Darvin Kidsy | Greg Eiland | Joshua Moon | Cam Sutton | Walter Palmore | Jared Hocker | Brad Lundblade | Aashari Crosswell | Myles Adams | Jon Rhattigan | Aaron Fuller | Bryan Mills I Jake Curhan | Jarrod Hewitt | Connor Wedington | Nate Evans | Danny Etling | John Ursua | Gavin Heslop | Pier-Oliver Lestage | Tamorrion Terry | Tommy Champion | Cody Thompson | Josh Johnson | Saivion Smith | Jordan Miller | Aaron Donkor | Robert Nkemdiche | Alex Collins | Tyler Mabry | Damarious Randall | Cade Johnson | Cedrick Lattimore | Phil Haynes | Geno Smith | Kyle Fuller | Travis Homer | Tyler Ott | Rasheem Green | Ben Burr-Kirven | Penny Hart | Jamarco Jones | Aldon Smith | DeeJay Dallas