Only two short years ago, the Seattle Seahawks drafted defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson with lofty expectations for the fifth-round selection out of Maryland.
The 6-foot-4, 291-pound Jefferson looked like the second-coming of former starting defensive end Red Bryant and made strong first impressions during OTA practices, quickly finding his way into Seattle's defensive line rotation. Though it was early, all signs pointed to Seahawks general manager John Schneider unearthing another late round gem for his defense.
Unfortunately, injuries derailed his first season in Seattle, as he was limited by a thumb injury in training camp and suffered a torn ACL after appearing in only three regular season games. Unable to rediscover his rookie form coming off the severe knee injury, the Seahawks surprisingly chose to cut him last September.
Luckily for both sides, fate would bring Jefferson back to the Pacific Northwest for a second stint.
Once Cliff Avril went down with a season-ending neck injury, Seattle re-signed Jefferson off of the Rams practice squad as a reserve reinforcement for the defensive front. Though he battled through a broken hand, he appeared in six games for the Seahawks in 2017, recording seven tackles and his first NFL sack.
Taking full advantage of his second chance in Seattle, Jefferson has experienced a rebirth and served as a wrecking ball this preseason while seeing snaps at both defensive end and defensive tackle. In three games so far, he's racked up seven tackles and 0.5 sacks, nearly replicating his statistics from a year ago.
With Michael Bennett, Avril, and Sheldon Richardson no longer on the team, how much of an impact will Jefferson have for Seattle's new-look defensive line? And will he finally live up to the promise he showed as a rookie?
Check out my latest film breakdown as I bust out the tape and see why Jefferson has been turning heads this summer in Seattle.