With the calendar flipping to July and offseason programs recently wrapping up, NFL training camps will begin around the league in less than a month. 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.
Damien Lewis, Guard
Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 327 pounds
2020 Stats: Three sacks allowed in 16 starts
Mid-round draft picks rarely emerge as day one starters on the offensive line, especially during an unprecedented season where traditional OTAs and minicamps were axed due to a pandemic. But from the moment he arrived at the VMAC for training camp, Lewis was inserted into the starting lineup at right guard and never looked back, starting all 16 games for the Seahawks as a rookie, including a surprise start at center in place of injured starter Ethan Pocic. The third-round selection out of LSU was far from perfect, as he committed a league-high 12 penalties and Pro Football Focus credited him with 28 quarterback pressures allowed on 633 pass blocking snaps. But while he's a work in progress in pass protection, Lewis instantly became one of the best run blocking guards in the game, using his brute strength and physicality to maul opponents at the point of attack and earn an 81.5 run blocking score from PFF, second-best behind only Quenton Nelson with 900-plus snaps. Capping off a wildly successful first season, he was named to the PFWA's All-Rookie Team in January.
Best Case Scenario: Building off his stellar rookie campaign, Lewis once again starts all 16 games and after cutting his penalties in half and allowing just a pair of sacks, he's named a Second-Team All-Pro selection and makes his first Pro Bowl squad anchoring Seattle's offensive line.
Worst Case Scenario: Though Lewis continues to excel at run blocking, he endures another rough season protecting Russell Wilson and allows five sacks on the season, playing a key role in the offense underperforming and the Seahawks consequently missing the playoffs.
What to Expect in 2021: Thanks to the arrival of veteran Gabe Jackson in an offseason trade with the Raiders, Lewis will be sliding over to the left guard position for the Seahawks, which might potentially create some adaptation issues early in the season in a new scheme coordinated by Shane Waldron. But moving to the left side also means he will have the benefit of playing alongside standout left tackle Duane Brown, whose veteran presence should help him in a myriad of ways. Oozing with toughness, Lewis has already established himself as a top-10 run blocker in the league and if he's able to cut back on penalties and become more consistent in pass protection, he could be a borderline Pro Bowl or even All-Pro player in 2021. Such a development would be a game changer for the franchise following years of playing musical chairs at both guard positions.
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 | 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 | Nick Bellore | Stone Forsythe | Colby Parkinson | Al Woods | Cedric Ogbuehi | Alton Robinson | Jordan Simmons | Pierre Desir | Ryan Neal | Tre Flowers | Michael Dickson | Jason Myers | Freddie Swain | Cody Barton | Bryan Mone | Benson Mayowa | Rashaad Penny | Ugo Amadi | Ethan Pocic | Tre Brown | Darrell Taylor | Will Dissly | Ahkello Witherspoon | Kerry Hyder | Marquise Blair | Brandon Shell | D'Wayne Eskridge | L.J. Collier | Gerald Everett | D.J. Reed