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Seahawks sign offensive lineman DJ Fluker
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:50 pm
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  • He played RG and RT for Solari last year with the Giants.

    This is a pretty intriguing signing.

    Very keen to see the contract given how awfully overpaid many have been.
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  • Welcomed addition. Versatility.

    Reworking that 2013 draft one player at a time.
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  • Jville wrote:Welcomed addition. Versatility.

    Reworking that 2013 draft one player at a time.


    11th overall IIRC.
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  • I like it. He'll integrate quickly given his experience with Solari. Seems to grade out well in run blocking (which we desperately need help with). Better than our other alternatives at the moment for sure.
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  • Alright !!!.Now we're cooking :irishdrinkers:
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  • Awful at pass blocking but seem to remember him being strong in the run game.
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  • I think Fluker may be a good signing, but IIRC there was injury concern. I'll have to double check that though.
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  • Excellent signing. I'm pretty pumped about this. Played with Mike Solari in NY. Graded well before injury.

    Brown, Fluker, Britt, Ifedi, Fant.... Okay, now with decent coaching, this line will actually be average! WOOO.
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  • lukerguy wrote:Excellent signing. I'm pretty pumped about this. Played with Mike Solari in NY. Graded well before injury.

    Brown, Fluker, Britt, Ifedi, Fant.... Okay, now with decent coaching, this line will actually be average! WOOO.


    Agreed! This Oline is finally taking shape. Now just gotta figure out a way to get someone - anyone - better than Ifedi in there starting and we'll have a LEGIT Oline. Good signing IMO!
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  • Seymour wrote:I think Fluker may be a good signing, but IIRC there was injury concern. I'll have to double check that though.


    He's had quite the laundry list of time on the injury report, including going on season ending IR in week 12 of last year.

    https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/dj-fluker-player-injuries

    Good talent, may fit in if he can stay healthy. At this point? I'll take any warm experienced body on the O-line.

    We really don't have a choice, not enough picks and too many holes elsewhere to find an O-line starter this draft. So gotta patch the holes for another year or two.
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  • :roll: :roll:

    Nope...Russell will get killed with this guy. What is Pete doing running with re-treads this year?? Christ on a crutch.

    Here are some players who had better PFF pass block grades than Fluker in 2017: -Ethan Pocic -Bradley Sowell -Luke Joeckel -Jordan Roos -Oday Aboushi
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  • FormerEvil wrote:
    lukerguy wrote:Excellent signing. I'm pretty pumped about this. Played with Mike Solari in NY. Graded well before injury.

    Brown, Fluker, Britt, Ifedi, Fant.... Okay, now with decent coaching, this line will actually be average! WOOO.


    Agreed! This Oline is finally taking shape. Now just gotta figure out a way to get someone - anyone - better than Ifedi in there starting and we'll have a LEGIT Oline. Good signing IMO!


    I think Ifedi might surprise you with some good coaching. Did you see how even Duane Brown regressed with poor coaching last year? That's all scheme and technique by Cable..

    Ifedi is raw, competitive and physically elite.. but he's also kind of dumb (no offence to him).

    Zone blocking schemes are mentally draining on certain players. A lot of these lineman like to have an assignment and just drive them into the ground.. that's what Ifedi will now be getting with most of Solari's scheme.. Ifedi is going to be the largest beneficiary of this new line coach.
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  • Sgt. Largent wrote:
    Seymour wrote:I think Fluker may be a good signing, but IIRC there was injury concern. I'll have to double check that though.


    He's had quite the laundry list of time on the injury report, including going on season ending IR in week 12 of last year.

    https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/dj-fluker-player-injuries

    Good talent, may fit in if he can stay healthy. At this point? I'll take any warm experienced body on the O-line.

    We really don't have a choice, not enough picks and too many holes elsewhere to find an O-line starter this draft. So gotta patch the holes for another year or two.


    Well I'm all for patching holes, but how bout using cement instead of sand? :pukeface:
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  • For those assuming he has signed to fill the hole at Left Guard - Fluker has only played on the right side of the line, both at Right Tackle and Right Guard.

    Seahawks may believe he is better suited for the LG position, but would be a new spot for him on the line
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  • FLuker has graded around 70+ at RT in his career, so perhaps they plan to move him to RT and push Fant to LG.
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  • lukerguy wrote:
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    lukerguy wrote:Excellent signing. I'm pretty pumped about this. Played with Mike Solari in NY. Graded well before injury.

    Brown, Fluker, Britt, Ifedi, Fant.... Okay, now with decent coaching, this line will actually be average! WOOO.


    Agreed! This Oline is finally taking shape. Now just gotta figure out a way to get someone - anyone - better than Ifedi in there starting and we'll have a LEGIT Oline. Good signing IMO!


    I think Ifedi might surprise you with some good coaching. Did you see how even Duane Brown regressed with poor coaching last year? That's all scheme and technique by Cable..

    Ifedi is raw, competitive and physically elite.. but he's also kind of dumb (no offence to him).

    Zone blocking schemes are mentally draining on certain players. A lot of these lineman like to have an assignment and just drive them into the ground.. that's what Ifedi will now be getting with most of Solari's scheme.. Ifedi is going to be the largest beneficiary of this new line coach.


    Could not agree more.

    2017 Ifedi and 2016 Britt will have a lot in common.
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  • lukerguy wrote:FLuker has graded around 70+ at RT in his career, so perhaps they plan to move him to RT and push Fant to LG.


    I had them taking one of Isaiah Wynn, Will Hernandez or Austin Corbett early for LG.

    I’m still adamant this will happen despite the Fluker signing.
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  • I like it, let the downers freak out. Welcome to Seattle DJ! Will help the Running game.
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  • Keep him at RG. Pocic isn't much at guard, IMO. He got overpowered there time and again.

    Pete said a couple months ago that there aren't any plans to move Ifedi back to guard anyway.

    Let Pocic compete at LG with Roos and then we'll probably add more too, although again, I don't really like Pocic at guard, but let him compete.
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  • original poster wrote:
    lukerguy wrote:FLuker has graded around 70+ at RT in his career, so perhaps they plan to move him to RT and push Fant to LG.


    I had them taking one of Isaiah Wynn, Will Hernandez or Austin Corbett early for LG.

    I’m still adamant this will happen despite the Fluker signing.


    What do you do with Fant than? Assuming 100% he sure looked like he showed some definite promise. I don't think you want to sit him out another year from progression.
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  • You have to wonder if this now makes Ifedi surplus to needs?
    Until we develop a pass rush that will cause opposing teams to be forced to scheme to defend it we will never be able to consistently take the final step. The interior rush needs improvement. The OLine clearly still needs work.

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  • Ifedi, Pocic, and Roos are going to have to work out the starting lineup with their play on the field and in practice.

    My guess is that Pocic ends up the swing guy, backing up multiple positions. If Pocic puts on 15 pounds of muscle then he's got a chance, but he just wasn't strong enough as a rook.
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  • Played for Solari, plus run blocker, negative in pass. It’s a fine signing if the $$$ is right. If it’s anywhere near Joeckel territory then it’s a mistake.
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  • jammerhawk wrote:You have to wonder if this now makes Ifedi surplus to needs?


    Looks more like a $4-5M fire was lit under his ass to me.
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  • lukerguy wrote:
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    lukerguy wrote:FLuker has graded around 70+ at RT in his career, so perhaps they plan to move him to RT and push Fant to LG.


    I had them taking one of Isaiah Wynn, Will Hernandez or Austin Corbett early for LG.

    I’m still adamant this will happen despite the Fluker signing.


    What do you do with Fant than? Assuming 100% he sure looked like he showed some definite promise. I don't think you want to sit him out another year from progression.


    Fant has never done anything to secure a prognosis as an NFL starter. He's one of the most overhyped players in recent Seattle history. He's as likely to get cut next year as he is to stay on as a backup.
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  • Fant is on his rookie contract. Let him sit behind Brown for a year and be injury insurance. Brown only has a year left on his contract anyway.
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  • I would rather have Fluker at RT. His length works much better on the perimeter, where he can engulf defenders with his massive wingspan.

    Move Ifedi back to his more natural RG position. Have Fant train behind both OTs in the event of an injury to Fluker or Brown. It's going to take Fant some time to adjust to playing on the right side, anyway.

    Brown, Fant
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  • hawknation2018 wrote:I would rather have Fluker at RT. His length works much better on the perimeter, where he can engulf defenders with his massive wingspan.

    Footwork is a mess, from what I've read. He's been moved to guard to mitigate that.
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  • vin.couve12 wrote:
    hawknation2018 wrote:I would rather have Fluker at RT. His length works much better on the perimeter, where he can engulf defenders with his massive wingspan.

    Footwork is a mess, from what I've read. He's been moved to guard to mitigate that.


    His footwork TECHNIQUE is excellent. He's just very slow footed. But his arm length makes up for that.

    Take a look for yourself. :D
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  • This is a start to begin to fix the mess created by Coach Fable with the OLine.
    Until we develop a pass rush that will cause opposing teams to be forced to scheme to defend it we will never be able to consistently take the final step. The interior rush needs improvement. The OLine clearly still needs work.

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  • vin.couve12 wrote:
    hawknation2018 wrote:I would rather have Fluker at RT. His length works much better on the perimeter, where he can engulf defenders with his massive wingspan.

    Footwork is a mess, from what I've read. He's been moved to guard to mitigate that.



    And Physically there is not much that separates the two players. Coming out of college, they were physically very close

    DJ Fluker
    Weight - 339
    Height - 76.63 Inches
    Arms - 36.68
    Hands - 10.50
    40 Yard - 5.31
    Bench - 21

    Germain Ifedi
    Weight - 324
    Height - 77.75 Inches
    Arms - 36
    Hands - 10.75
    40 Yard - 5.27
    Bench - 24

    Fluker is a little a little shorter, a bit heavier, but not as strong as Ifedi coming out of college. If anything, the more "athletic" Ifedi comps out better at RT than Fluker. Both have struggled at times in pass protection with edge rushers....
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  • Adds stability. I like. Solari probably said compared to what you got fluker is a pro bowler. All I know is that ifedi can’t play worse than last year. Right ?
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  • Spleenhawk2.0 wrote:
    vin.couve12 wrote:
    hawknation2018 wrote:I would rather have Fluker at RT. His length works much better on the perimeter, where he can engulf defenders with his massive wingspan.

    Footwork is a mess, from what I've read. He's been moved to guard to mitigate that.



    And Physically there is not much that separates the two players. Coming out of college, they were physically very close

    DJ Fluker
    Weight - 339
    Height - 76.63 Inches
    Arms - 36.68
    Hands - 10.50
    40 Yard - 5.31
    Bench - 21

    Germain Ifedi
    Weight - 324
    Height - 77.75 Inches
    Arms - 36
    Hands - 10.75
    40 Yard - 5.27
    Bench - 24

    Fluker is a little a little shorter, a bit heavier, but not as strong as Ifedi coming out of college. If anything, the more "athletic" Ifedi comps out better at RT than Fluker. Both have struggled at times in pass protection with edge rushers....


    Ifedi is way more explosive on tape. Fluker didn't test in the broad jump, vertical, shuttles, etc.
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  • He was a road grader for the Giants at a published 6'-5" 345 lbs.

    It is early enough in the process for him to benefit from Seattle's strength and conditioning and nutrition programs prior to OTAs.

    New Year. New Team. New Program. He is 27 years of age now. Time to mature into becoming best he can be.

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  • The o-line competition will be fierce during camps and preseason! It seems like only Brown and Britt are pencilled in, and the last 3 starting spots will be between Ifedi, Fluker, Pocic, Roos, and Fant + any rookies that are drafted or signed. I think Roos might push really hard for one of the guard spots.
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  • Yes! Down for anything that increases the competition at OL.
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  • Played under Solari in NY, and was graded WORSE than Luke Joekel. Don’t see this as an upgrade. Looks a lot like another James Carpenter.

    I’d have preferred to sign Andrew Norwell, and draft Will Hernandez. That would have significantly improved our interior line. Applying band-aids hasn’t worked, and it won’t work this season either.

    Thankfully it’s only a one year deal.
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  • We can plug him in at RT, and have Dixon pass block for him.
    I hope he can catch!
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  • Another 2013 draft bust, that was #11 overall.


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  • For what it is worth this early in the process ........
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  • Seymour wrote:I think Fluker may be a good signing . . .


    5 minutes later. :lol:
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  • hawknation2018 wrote:
    Seymour wrote:I think Fluker may be a good signing . . .


    5 minutes later. :lol:


    Quit cutting out the key words and stirring up crap.
    Do you understand what "may means" and "I need to double check means."?

    Your agenda is pretty clear.

    Seymour wrote:I think Fluker may be a good signing, but IIRC there was injury concern. I'll have to double check that though.
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  • If you thought he could be a good signing 5 minutes ago, then do you really have enough information now to know it is definitely a poor signing?

    Just sayin'. 8)
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  • Seymour wrote:Another 2013 draft bust, that was #11 overall.




    What do you know of the player outside his PFF scores from last year.. because your opinion has done one of the quicker and more extreme 180s i've seen on here in some time
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  • hawknation2018 wrote:If you thought he could be a good signing 5 minutes ago, then do you really have enough information now to know it is definitely a poor signing?

    Just sayin'. 8)


    Says the guy ..
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  • Seymour wrote:
    hawknation2018 wrote:If you thought he could be a good signing 5 minutes ago, then do you really have enough information now to know it is definitely a poor signing?

    Just sayin'. 8)


    Says the guy


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