Barkevious Mingo happy the Seahawks have him rushing the passer

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With Frank Clark now playing in Kansas City, the Seahawks are looking for other players to generate their pass rush during the 2019 season.

They signed one in Ziggy Ansah and drafted another in L.J. Collier, but the search also includes a holdover from last year’s team who will be playing a new position. Barkevious Mingo played defensive end at LSU and was the sixth overall pick by Cleveland in 2013 off that production, but has spent his NFL career playing linebacker.

Seattle’s moved him back to defensive end this year in a move that head coach Pete Carroll said is designed “to see if we can make him a really good rusher that can be a factor.” Mingo is all for it.

“That’s what I came into this league to do,” Mingo said, via the Seattle Times. “I came into this league to rush the passer. And teams I’ve been on before, they’ve had a different idea of what they wanted me to do. And that’s OK. It’s their team. They can play their players how they want to play them. But looking back at it, I’m happy I get to go back and do it. I wish it would have been a little earlier in my career. But still, I’m just excited for the opportunity to go out there and just help the team.”

With Ansah still recovering from shoulder surgery and Collier out with an ankle injury, Mingo should get plenty of chances to show the shift is a step in the right direction. The Seahawks would save $4.1 million in cap space and $3.4 million in salary if they parted ways with Mingo before the start of the season, so he’ll need to make the most of it to keep his spot on the roster.

5 responses to “Barkevious Mingo happy the Seahawks have him rushing the passer

  1. The only problem is, you have other responsibilities at LB than just doing what Clay Matthews did for 10 years or what TJ Watt does now, which is just blast into the backfield over and over again, exposing the run D and having a predictable, weak defense.

  2. “The only problem is, you have other responsibilities at LB than just doing what Clay Matthews did for 10 years or what TJ Watt does now, which is just blast into the backfield over and over again, exposing the run D and having a predictable, weak defense.”

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    T.J. Watt had the second most snaps in coverage last season. The Steelers led the league in sacks. Pittsburgh ranked sixth in yardage allowed last season.

    Clay Matthews also has been playing MLB/ILB for much of the last few years, if that matters.

    Also, Barkevious Mingo was a strict pass rusher all throughout college. The decision to not use him as such in Cleveland was more confusing than having rush the passer exclusively. Incidentally, that is the primary responsibility of a defensive end, which will be Mingo’s new position.

  3. Usually you hear about a guy being used in a new way that he hasn’t ever tried before.

    What a strange situation that the Seahawks are asking him to go back to what he did so well in college that he was the 6th overall pick…yet somehow nobody has asked him to do it yet in the pros?

    I’ll admit I’m confused here. Was there a reason that he didn’t ever get used as a pass-rusher off the edge in Cleveland?

    Is it ridiculous to suggest that he could become a monster going back to his natural position that he was so good at for LSU?

    One thing he should be happy about is if he has a great year those edge rushers are making some big money these days.

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