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George Fant excels in transition back to tackle

Seahawks happy with George Fant's play in Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Credit: Quinn Harris
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Russell Wilson #3 and George Fant #74 of the Seahawks walk out to the field prior to the start of the game against the Bears at Soldier Field on September 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

The Seattle Seahawks offensive line played their version of musical chairs on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, with a rash of injuries shifting players around before and during the game.

George Fant was one of those moving pieces, transitioning from his “traditional” role as Seattle’s tight end/sixth offensive linemen and instead, filling in at right tackle with Germain Ifedi out with a groin injury.

Fant more than held his own, posting a 77.0 pass blocking grade and a 67.0 run blocking grade, which ranked 21st and 15th out of 63 tackles last week, respectively.

Fant joined Ethan Pocic as a new starter on Seattle’s offensive line Sunday. J.R Sweezy went down early in the game with an ankle injury as well, which forced D.J. Fluker into regular duty despite limited availability and shifted Pocic from right guard to left guard mid-game.

Despite all the changes, the Seahawks still rushed for 210 yards and passed for 271 more – marching through Kansas City’s defense with apparent ease.

Fant has been a solid blocker for Seattle all season at the tight end spot, but his seamless shift back to playing tackle was a big boost for the Seahawks in their playoff-clinching victory on Sunday.