While Sunday’s nod to start is just the beginning the journey to get that in that position was long and trying for Seahawks defensive end L.J. Collier. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll announced the former first-round draft pick would start Sunday at Atlanta.
A DISAPOINTING ROOKIE SEASON
The Seahawks used their first round pick in the 2019 draft to draft the promising DE from TCU.
The pick was 19th overall so expectations were high for Collier to make significant contributions if he was not starting. A high-ankle sprain in the first week of training camp put the promising rookie schedule and he was never able to catch up. Collier was inactive for three of the first five games of the season. A disappointing season ended with Collier recording three sacks and recoding double-digit defensive snaps in just eleven games.
DETERMINED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
After vowing to show what he is made of during the spring Collier proved to be a man of his word. A strict offseason regiment of exercise and nutrition saw Collier drop his weight from 291 down to somewhere in the 270s which is closer to his college days.
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The extra effort paid off with Collier being the starter at defensive end over Rasheem Green.