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Recent Numbers Prove Seahawks Rookie OT Charles Cross Has Been Dominant

Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Charles Cross is a bit overlooked to the lack of flashiness from his position, but continues to prove he's one of the best rookies in the league this season.

The Seattle Seahawks have found success this season behind some seasoned vets and rookies that are playing ahead of their time.

But, despite being the No. 9 overall pick in April, often overlooked has been Seahawks rookie offensive tackle Charles Cross, who has been steady as can be for quarterback Geno Smith and rookie running back Kenneth Walker III.

This might be due to a natural lack of flashiness that comes with playing offensive line and the eye-popping play of rookies like Walker III, cornerback Tariq Woolen and defensive back Coby Bryant. 

But recent numbers for Cross that don't always show up on the stat sheet prove how productive he's been as of late and that he could only just be getting started.

NFL Rookie Watch provided pass-blocking stats from Cross' last two games and showed that out of 83 snaps he was blocking for Smith, zero sacks were allowed under his watch.

Still, while Cross can't control everything that happens on the offensive line, there's still room for improvement. Tasked with guarding Smith's blind side from his left tackle spot, Cross has done well, but his quarterback has still taken quite a few sacks.

Smith is tied for the eighth-most sacks taken (24) this season, a number Seattle could certainly improve coming out of the bye week.

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But aside from this, it's become difficult to discredit anything Seattle and it's rookie have done during what has been somewhat of a Cinderella season.


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