A position switch
A seventh–round draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 out of Kent State, Jameson Konz moved from tight end to defensive end during training camp, and so far the results have been good.
“I played outside linebacker for three years in college, and a little bit on third downs they’d throw me in as a rushing defensive end as well,” he said. “So I kind of have a little bit of experience doing that.
“When I got here, I expected to play a little bit on offense. But they need me on defense. And I told this organization from Day One – put me wherever you want me. And if I can help this team win that’s fine with me.”
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A helping hand
Starting defensive end Chris Clemons – Seattle’s leader in sacks last season with 11 – has been helping Konz get lined up correctly during team periods for the Seahawks at training camp, as he learns the position on the fly.
“For the first couple days Chris was like my guy I just went to,” Konz said. “He was mentoring me, helping me line up and know exactly what I was going to do. And he’s been great through this whole process, making it a lot easier on me, for sure.”
Konz’s eye-popping workout numbers caught the attention of Seattle’s scouting department last year leading up to the draft. At 6-3, 235 pounds, Konz ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds, posted a vertical jump of 46 inches and broad jumped 10 feet, 8 inches at his school’s pro day.
“I think it’s something that’s kind of natural,” Konz said about his athletic ability. “I’ve actually gotten faster the more I gained weight. I mean I was 205, and I was probably running a 4.5 in high school. And then I gained a little weight and got up to 225, and started running a 4.4. And then I was 235 at my combine and ran a 4.3, so it’s just something that’s God given.”
A home on special teams?
Along with trying to make the roster as a defensive end, Konz could find a home on Seattle’s roster as a core special teams player. But Konz, 25, said he’s working to make the final roster any way he can.
“I’m just going to work hard and try to do everything that I can,” he said. “I’m going to try and be on special teams for sure and try to make plays on defense, and leave the rest up to the coaching staff.”