Just what will Cory Redding’s role be with the Seahawks this season?
Redding, you’ll remember, is the versatile defensive lineman who was obtained in March from the Detroit Lions for Pro Bowl linebacker Julian Peterson. But Redding was off the radar for most of the spring minicamps and OTA workouts because he was recovering from surgery to repair a dislocated kneecap.
Club president Tim Ruskell was asked about Redding – and his role – on Thursday during his pre-training camp Q&A session.
“That’s a great question,” Ruskell said. “Because I don’t know that that’s been defined.”
With Redding, it won’t be a role, but roles. He can play inside – at the three-technique tackle spot, where Brandon Mebane is the starter. He can play outside – at end in the base defense, where Patrick Kerney is the starter on the left side and Lawrence Jackson and Darryl Tapp are vying for the starting spot on the right side. Redding also has been a leader during his career, as evidenced by the fact that he was voted a defensive captain the past two seasons with the Lions.
“He reminds me of (Chuck) Darby in the way the players gravitate toward him, the natural leadership ability,” Ruskell said of the former Seahawks defensive tackle who signed with the Lions in free agency last year. “So we get that, as well.”
Just where he plays, and when, will be determined as camp progresses.
“He’s going to be a great addition for that group, no matter where we play him,” Ruskell said. “He’ll play a ton. Even if he doesn’t start, he’ll play a ton because of (all the things) he can do.”