Which Seattle Seahawks Could Benefit Most From Role Change in 2024?

As a new coaching staff experiments with personnel groupings on both sides of the football, Coby Bryant headlines a group of Seahawks veterans who may be best served to change positions.
Aug 26, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Seattle Seahawks cornerback Coby Bryant (8) during the
Aug 26, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Coby Bryant (8) during the / Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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With a new coaching staff taking the reins for the first time since 2010 under Mike Macdonald, change could continue to be a central theme for the Seattle Seahawks when returning veterans hit the practice field for OTAs later this month.

Aside from breaking in a new draft class and several free agent signings, Macdonald and his staff likely will do some experimenting with returning veterans as they adapt to a new scheme. Among those who already look to be prepping for a position change, veteran defender Dre'Mont Jones may be a better fit playing primarily off the edge in a Jadeveon Clowney-style role up front, especially with first-round pick Byron Murphy II expected to immediately play substantial snaps next to Leonard Williams and Jarran Reed inside.

But while Jones could be in the midst of a transition playing more snaps off tackle, several other players could receive a boost by a change of position. After only suiting up for three games last year, Coby Bryant looks to be the odd man out at slot cornerback and switching full time to safety may be his best shot to retain a roster spot next season. Even on offense, two physical slot receivers in Dee Eskridge and Laviska Shenault may be best utilized seeing some snaps out of the backfield.

With OTAs only a week away, Locked On Seahawks hosts Corbin Smith and Rob Rang investigate five returning vets who would benefit from either a position switch or a newly devised role next season, including Bryant, who faces a challenging situation competing in a deep, talented cornerback group headlined by Devon Witherspoon and Riq Woolen.

Smith and Rang also tackle listener mailbag questions such as who the Seahawks could pursue for a third quarterback behind Geno Smith and Sam Howell and break down two new undrafted rookie additions signed to the 90-man roster.

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Graduating from Manchester College in 2012, Smith began his professional career as a high school Economics teacher in Indianapolis and launched his own NFL website covering the Seahawks as a hobby. After teaching and coaching high school football for five years, he transitioned to a full-time sports reporter in 2017, writing for USA Today's Seahawks Wire while continuing to produce the Legion of 12 podcast. He joined the Arena Group in August 2018 and also currently hosts the daily Locked On Seahawks podcast with Rob Rang and Nick Lee. Away from his coverage of the Seahawks and the NFL, Smith dabbles in standup comedy, is a heavy metal enthusiast and previously performed as lead vocalist for a metal band, and enjoys distance running and weight lifting. A habitual commuter, he resides with his wife Natalia in Colorado and spends extensive time reporting from his second residence in the Pacific Northwest.