On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks fell 28-23 against the Green Bay Packers in the NFL playoffs, ending their season and starting a long and interesting offseason for the team. The Hawks will have many questions and gaps to fill in the off-season, but during the loss to Green Bay, the team at least took a look at one of the players who could play a key role in the coming offensive for years.
Seattle had two tips in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft, the first by Gary Jennings, who is now with the Miami Dolphins, and the second by Phil Haynes. Haynes is a tall, powerful, and explosive lineman who brings the size that Solari likes, and also brings combine test numbers that open your eyes. Ahead of last season’s draft, I wrote the following about Haynes for SilverandBlackPride.com:
Haynes started 47 games in his time at Wake Forest, including 25 as left-hander in the junior and senior season (he started 13 in second year at RG and 9 as a newbie at RT). This is in line with many of the mid to late round designs that Seattle used for offensive linemen during Cable’s time, including Mark Glowinski. Ethan Pocic and Joey Hunt,
That said, Haynes started the 2019 season on the PUP list and was only activated in the middle of the season after missing the entire training camp. Despite being added to the active squad, he did not earn any playing time in the regular season. That changed in the postseason when he finally made his NFL debut in Jason Myers’ field goal attempt against the Philadelphia Eagles, which was blocked.
While many fans have shown their frustration at the game against Germain Ifedi, who believes he was responsible for the block, it looks like Haynes simply made a rookie mistake that allowed the block to pass.
Phil Haynes first NFL goal, # 60 on RG.
Blocks absolutely no one and leaves three guys to block for Ifedi and Fant. Ifedi is basically doubled up – one defender pushes him back while the other works inside and raises his arm for the block. pic.twitter.com/T1BlvA6QrE
– John P. Gilbert (@JohnPGilbertNFL) January 9, 2020
You can accuse Ifedi of being pushed back by two NFL defenders, or you can accept that beginners have a learning curve and Haynes seems to have paid some tuition for this game. In any case, this was his only goal against the Eagles. So we’re going to focus on matchup against the Packers. In that game, he was on the left for Jamarco Jones when Jones retired due to injury.
My impressions when watching these clips are the same that I got from his college tape: he has heavy hands that pop, and it is fun to see him generate considerable thrust and movement the first time he contacts the defender , This is in contrast to other guards the team has used in the past, including people like Ethan Pocic and Jamarco Jones. Haynes knows how to use his size and strength to create a boost in both the running and passing game, and that shows on tape.
On the other hand, despite his phenomenal test numbers, he is playing with heavy feet that make you question these parameters. Also, if a defender resists Haynes’ initial violent blow, he seems to be having difficulty maintaining his engagement for some reason. With a low season to work on and learn the system further, he will surely watch when the training camp opens in July.