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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says pass rusher Rasheem Green ‘needs to be a bigger factor’

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Seattle Seahawks Pete Carroll is expecting big things from Rasheem Green this year. The Seahawks had a lot of turnover on defense this year, including the trade of Frank Clark. They got rid of a huge portion of their pass-rush when they traded away Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs, and other guys will need to step up in his absence.

Carroll thinks that Green has the potential to be one of those guys. Seattle signed Ezekiel Ansah this offseason to help provide some pressure off the edge, but he still hasn’t been cleared from his shoulder injury. That means Green, a 2018 third-round pick, is getting more opportunities in practice.

“We’re counting on him being a legitimate part of this team,” Carroll said of Green back in May, per Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic. “He works hard, he’s tough, he’s strong, he’s fast, he cares. He’s in it. He’s a guy that needs to be a bigger factor. That’s why we took him last year, and he’s had a nice ramping-up, so we’ll see how that goes.”

Green was the 79th overall pick in last year’s draft, but he barely played as a rookie. He appeared in only ten games and notched just one sack and nine tackles. With Clark and Michael Bennett gone just in the past couple of seasons, there’s an opportunity open for one of Seattle’s young guys to earn a huge role.

Carroll seems to think that can be Green, but he hasn’t shown it yet. As Dugar points out, he was a healthy scratch at times last season. But the coaching staff is clearly high on his potential, and if he can have a strong preseason we’ll likely be seeing a lot of him.