Neiko Thorpe was a Seahawks team captain but he is a free agent. Connor Wedington might be the perfect replacement to Thorpe on and off the field. Thorpe was great in the locker room as well as being a very good gunner on kickoffs. This is exactly what Wedington brings to the Seahawks.
But Wedington might even do Thorpe one better. Wedington would give heart and soul towards making Seattle successful, possibly even more than other NFL teams, Wedington is a local guy who played football at Sumner High School, at 16 he began working out at Ford Sports Performance in Bellevue where some Seahawks work out in the offseason and where he met Bobby Wagner, and Wedington grew up (and likely still remains) a Seahawks fan.
Talk about your boyhood dreams coming true. Wedington ended up at Stanford, got hurt a lot in college, but when he was healthy was a very good contributor on special teams by returning kicks and punts and, you git, being the gunner on kick coverage. This is where Neiko Thorpe found his forte with Seattle as well.
Connor Wedington could be Seahawks new Neiko Thorpe
Every team needs players who can and willingly will do the dirty work that has to be done to make a team successful. Not every player can be D.K. Metcalf or Bobby Wagner. Teams need players like Thorpe or, as Seattle could have in the future, Wedington. Wedington has the speed to get down field fast and the ability to cut through would-be blockers to tackle opposing returners.
This isn’t an assumption. He excelled at this at Stanford and there is no reason he can’t with Seattle. If he doesn’t, it won’t be through not trying. Wedington is a 12 as much as the rest of us are and, just like us, will likely give every ounce of energy he has towards making Seattle in 2021.