Jameson Konz: What a rush
Posted by Danny O'Neil
The position switch is the sort of thing you see in college.
A running back is moved over to play safety. A defensive end switches to the offensive line. Happens all the time as coaches try to find where their pieces fit best.
You don't usually see it in the NFL. Then again, there's not much that's usual about Jameson Konz's skill set.
You remember him, right? He was Seattle's seventh-round pick out of Kent State last year, chosen to play receiver or tight end. He caught 21 passes for 298 yards and a couple of touchdowns. Those weren't the numbers that got him drafted, though. No, it was being measured with a 46-inch vertical leap and running the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds.
A hip condition derailed his rookie season before he was ever started. He was diagnosed in training camp and placed on injured reserve.
Then in the first week of training camp this year, Konz's jersey changed color. He went from practicing as a tight end to playing defensive end.
It's not entirely out of the blue. Konz did play three seasons of strongside linebacker in college, and there were times he lined up at end in passing situations.
But lining up at LEO -- Seattle's designated pass-rusher -- he has looked impressive, his speed and explosive first step are evident.
Now, that's a long way from saying he's going to make this 53-man roster, especially given the depth at defensive end after Raheem Brock's return.
But he's been impressive enough to keep an eye as the exhibition season begins Thursday in San Diego.
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