The Seattle Seahawks are counting on some of their younger defensive linemen to improve what was one of the NFL’s least effective pass rushes last season. One of them, 2019 first-round pick L.J. Collier, is eager to prove himself after a disappointing debut.
On a Zoom call with reporters Friday, Collier struck tones of indignation and resolve while saying he feels disrespected by those who have already written him off.
“I am chomping at the bit to get out there because it’s one of those things where you didn’t have the year everybody wanted you to get, so they just kind of shift you off to the side as if you can’t play,” Collier said. “It’s disrespectful and I feel very disrespected, but I’m the type of person there’s no need for talking; just showing. Go out there and you run through a couple people, you run through people’s faces, you make noise, and people, they’ll remember who you are very quickly.
“I’m excited to get back out there and show people who I am. I don’t really care about the first-round-pick stuff. I’m a football player at the end of the day and I can play football at a high level just like everybody else can, and I’m out there to prove that, that I’m one of the best and I can do what I need to do. I can rush the passer; I can stop the run. I’m out there to prove that, that I’m one hell of a football player and I’m going to show that this year.