Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin was great late in week three versus Cowboys.
After being released on cut down day before week one, after not being picked up by any other team, after being signed to the Seahawks practice squad and after not playing the first two games of the season, Shaquem Griffin on Sunday versus the Cowboys showed once again that he can be a productive NFL player.
A big reason the Seahawks were able to hold on and beat Dallas was because of the 17 frenetic snaps that Griffin played on defense Sunday. He was everywhere. Griffin recorded the first pass defended of his career in coverage on the Cowboys final drive. Griffin got pressure on Dak Prescott too. And he played with an energy that Seattle needs.
Seattle, for once, did a decent job of pressuring a quarterback late. Prescott was hit 11 times with one of those coming from Griffin. Griffin didn’t record a tackle but that wasn’t really his purpose last night. His instructions were clearly to get in the game, pure rush the quarterback with a few dropbacks in coverage. Griffin did each level well.
Shaquem Griffin should have had a spot on the week one roster
It is actually a shame that Griffin didn’t get a spot on the week one roster. Seattle has missed his ferociousness. Sure, by the end of the game Dallas was dealing with some injuries along their offensive line. But this is the same Seahawks defense that didn’t look like it could pressure a Pop Warner team in the first two weeks.
Shaquem Griffin deserves a place on the Seattle roster and he deserves to get meaningful snaps in games. Because if the Seahawks give Griffin this chance, he will make the defense better and help Seattle win football games. Just like on Sunday.