Predicting Seahawks secondary with two weeks to go until week one
By Lee Vowell
The Seattle Seahawks secondary should be very good in 2020.
The Seattle Seahawks used to have one of the best secondaries in the history of the NFL. Potential Hall of Famers Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas were part of the group, along with four-time Pro Bowler Kam Chancellor. But in the last few years, Seattle’s secondary hasn’t been close to that group.
Things could change in 2020, though. The Seahawks traded for All-Pro safety Jamal Adams and cornerback Quinton Dunbar as well. Plus, slot corner appears as it will be in good shape. This is my latest guess at who will form the new Legion of Boom with 13 days before the 2020 season begins.
Starters at cornerback
Marquise Blair (slot)
Everyone has been raving about the job Blair has been doing in training camp in the slot. Blair has not overtaken presumed starter Ugo Amadi as the slot guy, but he looks to be a potential starter there for a couple of seasons. Before he gets moved back to safety. Blair is quick and can hit and he will help put the boom back in the LOB.
Dunbar was the second-highest graded corner in the NFL last year, according to Pro Football Focus. He needs to still prove he can be consistently good. But since his off-the-field issues from this past offseason appear to be behind him, he should get the chance.
Griffin is becoming the cornerback that the Seahawks hoped he would be and was excellent in 2019.
Backups at cornerback
Flowers will probably still see a lot of action as he has started the last couple of years. Amadi will share some of the duty at nickelback with Blair. Thorpe makes the team because of his special teams prowess.
Starters at safety
Quandre Diggs (free)
Jamal Adams (strong)
This is the best safety tandem by far since the Seahawks had a healthy Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas roaming the back of the defense. And Diggs and Adams might form arguably the best safety duo currently in the NFL.
Backup at safety
I have just three safeties listed here because Blair is really a safety. Seattle will keep four, including the experienced Hill. While I think that it would be bad if Hill had to play significant snaps, if Diggs or Adams were to be hurt, Blair would likely be a starter and Amadi move into the slot corner position.