What’s going to Seahawks safety Marquise Blair’s characteristic be in 2020? (Getty)
The Seahawks’ alternate for All-Respectable safety Jamal Adams closing week became as soon as with out a doubt one of the greatest items of stories this offseason no longer correct for Seattle, but for the general NFL as with out a doubt one of the league’s easiest avid gamers became as soon as on the rush and attributable to Seattle gave up three excessive draft picks besides as safety Bradley McDougald.
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McDougald’s inclusion within the alternate became as soon as unpleasant to a couple because the 29-year-venerable safety has correct one year left on his deal and is characteristic to manufacture nearly $3 million bigger than a younger safety some could per chance per chance possibly possess been incorporated within the deal in 2d-year participant Marquise Blair.
Of the three picks that the Seahawks gave as a lot as win Adams, two were first-round picks. Would possibly per chance well per chance also Blair’s involvement within the deal possess lessened the amount of price in picks that Seattle gave up?
“For the Jets, that would be a inexpensive participant and additionally a guy who has bought a form of promise and I could per chance per chance possibly be greatly shocked if he wasn’t section of that dialogue,” veteran NFL linebacker Dave Wyman acknowledged on 710 ESPN Seattle’s Bob, Dave and Moore on Friday.
However although Blair’s name did come up from the Jets, Wyman acknowledged it’s possible Seattle made it obvious they wished to reduction him.
“I additionally wouldn’t be greatly shocked if the Seahawks acknowledged ‘hi there, no, we treasure this guy and he’s very promising to us,’” he acknowledged. “And if that’s factual, then that design that the Seahawks in truth feel that Marquise Blair – (here’s) my translation of it – has enough promise and upside that he’s worth maintaining over a first-round draft selection you traded away in 2022.”
However what can Blair provide for the Seahawks’ defense in 2020 with Adams at trusty safety and Quandre Diggs at free safety?
Blair started three games within the route of the season and when Diggs became as soon as healthy after he came to Seattle from Detroit sooner than the alternate reduce-off date, Blair became as soon as mostly relegated to particular teams and backup safety Lano Hill noticed taking half in time over Blair leisurely within the year. Wyman says even in restricted opportunities, Blair showed loads to be enthusiastic about going forward.
“He correct looks treasure a guy who as soon as he gets it down – and I judge the Seahawks in truth price him – that he’s a guy that they were no longer going to alternate away attributable to they honestly feel treasure there’s a form of promise with Marquise Blair,” he acknowledged. “Manufacture I know this for obvious 100%? For sure no longer, but it from that standpoint and seeing the issues that I’m seeing, anyway, that wouldn’t surprise me if the Jets did seek info from about Blair and so they acknowledged no.”
One other seek info from on the Seattle defense that contains Blair, in particular after the Adams deal, is what occurs with the nickel nook set aside aside? Head coach Pete Carroll talked about Blair will look taking half in time there when he spoke to journalists earlier this offseason. If that nickel set aside aside could per chance per chance possibly be characteristic with either Blair, Ugo Amadi or yet any other participant, the reduction close of the defense is already well improved and could per chance per chance possibly back the defense as a full rob a gargantuan step forward after a wretched 2019 showing, in particular since Wyman believes safety play is “in truth valuable” for Seattle’s defense.
“It’ll be tantalizing to be aware now who’s the nickel guy,” Wyman acknowledged. “And with out (cornerback Quinton) Dunbar, we’re no longer fairly obvious. However I’m barely impressed, attributable to you’re a guy who became as soon as a 3-time Respectable Bowler and (two-time) All-Respectable and a captain in Jamal Adams who you correct traded for, Quandre Diggs came in and became as soon as correct a gargantuan distinction and that urge of games that went from San Francisco (Week 10) by Carolina (Week 15) … the set aside aside he became as soon as taking half in in truth well, they bought 16 of their 32 takeaways.”
And if the Seahawks don’t play with a customary nickel defense or with a factual nickel cornerback, there’s yet any other design to win Blair on the discipline.
“Are they going to play three safeties?” Wyman requested. “And is your personnel grouping going to must roughly hamstring what you should well per chance per chance well fabricate?”
Wyman illustrious that in 2019, the Seahawks carried out a form of heinous defense with three linebackers, but no longer unprecedented man defense, essentially thanks to the avid gamers that they’d. The personnel restricted what the defense could per chance per chance possibly fabricate, and he wonders if they attach Blair on the discipline alongside Diggs and Adams that it can per chance per chance possibly affect what the defense can fabricate in a adverse manner, essentially in protection.
“I’m skittish if they rush alongside with a 3-safety characteristic per chance it makes them must play a sure manner attributable to they don’t possess that factual nickel duvet guy,” he acknowledged. “A minimal of 1 hasn’t emerged yet, anyway.”
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