Gabe Jackson: No added pressure to protect Russell Wilson

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New Seahawks guard Gabe Jackson is the singular big addition for the team along the offensive line this offseason coming to Seattle in a trade with the Las Vegas Raiders two weeks ago.

Jackson is penciled in to replace the retiring Mike Iupati at guard as the Seahawks are otherwise bringing back last season’s offensive line group mostly intact. Starting center Ethan Pocic was re-signed as well as backup guard Jordan Simmons and tackle Cedric Ogbuehi.

Jackson inadvertently comes to Seattle in the middle of a tiff between Russell Wilson and the team.

Wilson said earlier this offeason that he was tired of being hit so much. Jackson is the one move Seattle has made so far over the offseason to address that complaint. So does that add any pressure to Jackson as he joins his new team?

“I wouldn’t say that,” Jackson said on Tuesday. “I mean, as an offensive lineman or a player in general I feel like you’re always under a microscope. But the best thing you can do is just be yourself and work hard, take coaching and just do your best and if you do everything right, you train right, you practice right and all that, I mean it will payoff on Sundays. Just do the small things.”

Jackson said he’s spoken to Wilson since the trade as well as some of his new line mates such as Duane Brown and Damien Lewis.

“(Russ) was excited,” Jackson said of the conversation with Wilson. “I don’t know if he was as excited as me but we’re both excited to work together.

“I know it’s a great group of offensive line. I’ve watched them play and I’m just excited to play with them cause I know we can be great.”

6 responses to “Gabe Jackson: No added pressure to protect Russell Wilson

  1. Why would you worry about protecting him when he doesn’t protect himself. Stop running around like an idiot and throw the ball away.

  2. If Shell, Pocic and Brown can stay healthy, Lewis improve on a respectable rookie season, then Russ will be fine.

    The number of sacks/his he takes are 70/30 are the lines fault, but mainly for not being at full strength rather than poor play. The 30% is Russ holding onto the ball too long and on occasion, being too keen to scramble rather than step up in he pocket.

    Hope Gabe makes the line better. Iupati was good in the run game but was a turnstile in pass pro, fingers crossed Gabe does better.

  3. hey his o-line coach was one of Seattle’s o-line coaches , Tom Cable. Couldn’t be in better hands. But has regressed a bit as a run blocker. Seahawks should be fine, but better address other positions.

  4. Of course Jackson feels no added pressure, his money is guaranteed whether Wilson gets murdered next season or not. If I was Wilson I’d be heated, they went into this off-season wanting to upgrade at Center and they badly wanted all pro center Rodney Hudson not Jackson but they lacked the draft capital to match a simple 3rd round pick offer for arguably the best center in the NFL. Instead they end up with a below average OG who costs just as much money as Hudson does, that’s some seriously impressive stuff by SEAs GM LoL.

  5. I think there’s always added pressure to protect a good quarterback because fans automatically blame the offensive line when quarterbacks have a bad game or stretch of games, regardless of whether there is any validity to it.

    It’s also a position where you can play a perfect game aside from one mistake, and your one mistake is the only thing most people notice about you.

  6. A couple of years ago Duane Brown said after a prior re-make of the Seattle offensive line — “Our line has a chance to be the best in the league, I think”. Regardless of what Gabe Jackson or Brown say, this is at best a serviceable OL, certainly not a great one. It’s also paper thin — Brown (who’ll be 36 y.o. before the season starts) at left OT has played 16 games only two seasons out of the last six. If he goes down, as Scooby would say, Rut Roh. Finally, although Gabe Jackson is excellent in pass protection, he’s never blocked for Russell Wilson, which is a different task than blocking for Carr.

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