L.J. Collier: I’m one hell of a football player and I’ll show it this year

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The Seahawks took defensive lineman L.J. Collier in the first round of last year’s draft, but he didn’t make much of an impression on the field during his rookie season.

Collier dealt with an ankle injury during the summer that kept him out of three of the team’s first five games and then saw action on 152 defensive snaps over 11 games the rest of the way. He recorded three tackles in that playing time and was inactive for both of Seattle’s playoff games.

On a Friday conference call, Collier said he may have pushed himself back too quickly from the ankle injury and that he feels ready now to put forth a better showing for the Seahawks.

“I’m excited to get back out there and show people who I am. . . . I’m out here to prove I’m one of the best. . . . I’m one hell of a football player and I’m going to show that this year,” Collier said, via Curts Crabtree of PFT and KJR.

General Manager John Schneider said in February that the team remains high on Collier and discussed his ability to rush from both the inside and the outside of the defensive line. With the team adding defensive ends Bruce Irvin, Benson Mayowa, Darrell Taylor and Alton Robinson, showing off that versatility should help him carve out a bigger role this time around.

10 responses to “L.J. Collier: I’m one hell of a football player and I’ll show it this year

  1. Can a player be “ comeback player of the year” even if it’s just his second year of his career? It sounds like he expects to play at a level where that is considered. I, for one, hope he is able to play up to his draft expectations.

  2. If not this year then the year after that and if not that year then the year after that

  3. I want LJ Collier to live up to being a first round pick. I dont buy the excuse that if you miss the pre-season you cant work your way off the bench on a team dying for pass rushers.

    I do like the mentality because some people use the tough times to spark a jump to another level.

  4. I had him rated as a high 4th round pick. He plays the run well and has a motor but didn’t show the “heck of a player” side to him at the college level. If he does break out he will need to reinvent himself on pass plays.

  5. Jordyn Brooks will be the latest player trying to break the Seahawks'”first player drafted” curse. Actually think that he stands a better chance than most of his predecessors. We’ll see.

  6. Petey and Snide have had a terrible record picking players in the first round. That is why they often trade away their first round picks or trade down or more picks.

  7. californianewton says:
    May 31, 2020 at 4:40 am
    Petey and Snide have had a terrible record picking players in the first round. That is why they often trade away their first round picks or trade down or more picks.
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    Unlike SF, who draft high due to so many consecutive and consistent losing seasons, Seattle has not had that luxury often picking near last in the first round due to NOT sucking. Trading down to bolster the available pick count and creating more depth makes sense.

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