WVUPros in the NFL 2017 Player Previews: Terence Garvin
We continue our 2017-18 NFL previews by examining Seattle Seahawk Terence Garvin’s past, present, and future.
The Past: Garvin enters his fifth NFL season. He signed with Seattle as a free-agent after spending one season in Washington.
The Present: Interestingly enough, Garvin could be the eventual replacement for Bruce Irvin who left Seattle for Oakland last season. Mike Morgan started at SAM linebacker in Irvin’s absence last season. However, Morgan is currently an unsigned free-agent, meaning that the job is once again up for grabs. The Seahawks spend a lot of time in nickel defense, meaning that the strongside linebacker is often not on the field. When the team goes into their base defense, the SAM is needed.
Garvin has been known as a special teams ace throughout his career, but he comes to Seattle with a chance to earn a starting job. Head coach Pete Carroll mentioned two names who will contend for that starting role: Garvin and Michael Wilhoite.
“Terence Garvin has looked really good at the Sam position,” Carroll said. “He was a DB coming out of college, so he’s got good coverage skills that we’re looking for in that position, as well as enough size and strength to play on the edge. He’s battling it out with Mike Wilhoite right now there, that’s a really good competitive spot.”
The Future: Wilhoite has the ability to play all three LB positions and has starting experience. A key attribute for a player to possess is the ability and athleticism to play against the run and pass. Garvin has both. Regardless of whether he earns the starting job or not, Garvin seems to be with a team where he’ll be used more on defense while continuing to light up kick returners on special teams.
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