Seattle offensive line leader Duane Brown is preparing for an injury-free season. 2019 was a trying season for Brown who missed two games early in the season due to a bicep injury, two regular-season games at the end of the season, and the Seahawks Wild Card at Philadelphia due to a knee injury. Brown did make it back on the field for the Hawks NFC Playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers.
The Seahawks traded for the four-time Pro Bowler mid-season in 2017 and he has delivered despite last year’s barrage of injuries. In his two and half years with Seattle Brown Brown has been tagged for holding just five times. This offseason Brown has changed up his offseason routine to prevent a repeat of last season.
“Now I’ve been hitting more smaller muscles, just working my flexibility throughout my workouts,” he said. “Instead of just going out and doing bench press, squats, power cleans, I’m working in smaller muscle groups and working in flexibility between my lifts to stretch my muscles out.
FLEXIBILITY KEY TO STAYING HEALTHY
By working on the small muscles and concentrated stretching Brown is looking for more flexibility.
“One thing I’ve worked on this offseason is mobility, just being more flexible. For a lot of my career, I’ve just focused on speed, strength, quickness, things like that. I’ve really been big on mobility this year, just being more flexible. Working on my hips more, more body maintenance, being more proactive about my body than in years past. I work very hard, I work out five days a week, so in doing that, the older you get, you have to match it with the same level of physical therapy work, body maintenance, so your muscles aren’t getting too tight or things like that. So that’s been a big point of emphasis for me.”Duane Browns on his offseason stretching routine
Since his arrival from Houston Brown has been the offensive lines leader. That leadership will be severely tested as the Seahawks look to remake an offensive line that saw major movement during the offseason. The right side of the line saw the departure of Guard Germain Ifedi, tackle D.J. Fluker. Center Justin Britt was released.
Off-season acquisitions saw the addition of free agents C B.J. Finney, RT Cedric Ogbuehi, T Brandon Shell, and RG Chance Warmack. The Seahawks drafted LSU Guard “>Damien Lewis in the third round. Despite the large numbers of new faces, Brown believes the new and old faces can jell quickly once practice starts.
For the young guys who haven’t been a part of this team, I’m doing my best just to try to talk to them to tell them what to expect,” he said. “We’re going over our playbooks, any questions that anyone has, I’m answering for them. Whenever we’re up and going, we just have to try to shorten the learning curve as much as possible to get that continuity. Again, we have a lot of guys that were in the system last year, so it probably won’t be as drastic as it seems. But it still takes a little bit of time just to get that going, and OTAs and minicamp and things like that are essential. We’ll make it happen.”