Calitro totaled 45 tackles (32 solo) and a pass defensed in 16 games during his 2018 campaign and will provide some depth at linebacker for the Seahawks heading into offseason activities. With K.J. Wright on the books for two more seasons, it seems unlikely Calitro will see a major boost in playing time this upcoming season.
Calitro played a depth role with the Seahawks last season, and logged 45 tackles and a half sack across all 16 regular-season games. The 25-year-old played over 40 snaps in only four games in 2018, during which he averaged eight tackles. With K.J. Wright set to test his market in free agency, Calitro could be in line for an increased role 2019.
Calitro made 45 tackles (32 solo) in 16 games during the 2018 season.
Calitro recorded 10 or less defensive snaps on nine occasions but he worked a heavy rotation as necessary when Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright were injured. Among the four games he played over 40 snaps, Calitro averaged eight tackles. The 25-year-old is under contract for next season and will battle Shaquem Griffin and Jacob Martin for a starting role if K.J. Wright walks in free agency.
Calitro is poised to step into a larger role following the loss of Mychal Kendricks (leg) for the season, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.
Calitro seems to be the primary beneficiary with K.J. Wright (knee) and Hendricks currently sidelined. Last week, Calitro only received one defensive snap but had regularly earned 20-plus defensive snaps prior to Kendricks' brief return. Just 24 years old, Calitro possesses plenty of upside but will have to grow up quickly as Seattle looks to cement a wild card berth over the next few weeks.
Calitro had a career-high 10 tackles (seven solo) in Seattle's 43-16 win against the 49ers on Sunday.
The Villanova product saw a total of 49 snaps (40 on defense) in the game and made the most of his opportunity. Though he sits behind fellow middle linebacker Bobby Wagner on the depth chart, Calitro has certainly carved out a role in the Seattle defense.