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.
Kerry Hyder, Defensive End
Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 270 pounds
2020 Stats: 49 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and 18 quarterback hits in 16 games
Since breaking into the NFL as an undrafted rookie out of Texas Tech in 2014, Hyder's career has been full of peaks and valleys. He spent his entire rookie season on the Jets practice squad and didn't play in a single game, eventually landing with the Lions on a future/reserve deal. He finally made his NFL debut in the season finale in 2015 and the following season, he emerged as an unexpected pass rushing threat for Detroit, producing 8.0 sacks and 19 quarterback hits. An Achilles injury cost him all of the 2017 season, however, and he was relatively ineffective over the next two seasons with the Lions and Cowboys, registering just 2.0 combined sacks in 23 games. Then in 2020, after signing a one-year deal with the 49ers, the veteran journeyman filled in admirably for injured starters Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas, setting new career-highs with 49 tackles and 8.5 sacks while starting 14 games. Signed to a multi-year deal in March, the Seahawks are hopeful the 30-year old will be able to build off his career year and add more bite to their pass rush at the base defensive end spot.
Best Case Scenario: Demonstrating his strong 2020 campaign wasn't a fluke, Hyder seizes the starting base end spot in training camp and hits double-digit sacks for the first time in his career, playing a starring role on one of the NFL's most improved pass rushes while further solidifying the team's run defense.
Worst Case Scenario: Though he avoids a serious injury like the one that cost him the entire 2017 season, Hyder doesn't come close to matching his pass rushing production in San Francisco, finishing with just a pair of sacks while rotating into the lineup as a reserve behind L.J. Collier.
What to Expect in 2021: The Seahawks have always valued versatility, particularly on the defensive line, and Hyder should be able to provide quality snaps at defensive end and 3-tech defensive tackle. Comments from defensive line coach Clint Hurtt suggest he will be a starter come Week 1, but Collier's presence doesn't make that a guarantee heading into camp and he will have to earn the job in August. The key will be staying healthy, as injuries have been problematic for him in the past. Based on his career trajectory, he may be hard-pressed to equal or surpass his pass rushing numbers from a year ago, but if he plays stout run defense and generates consistent pressure on quarterbacks, he should prove himself well worth the investment from the franchise and add more bite to the defensive line.
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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 | 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