Seahawks addition of veteran safety a much better fit than Quandre Diggs

Rayshawn Jenkins is a step up from Quandre Diggs in every aspect but one

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Take a deeper look at Diggs vs. Jenkins

If you think a two-season comparison unfairly assigns more weight to Diggs' relatively poor 2023, fine. Let's look at a three-year comparison. That gives Diggs two of his three Pro Bowl seasons versus all of Jenkins' games at Jacksonville. Happily, PFR does the work for us again with their Stat Head feature. Quandre's advantage as a ballhawk shows up, with 10 picks to Rayshawn's five. But that's it; that's his only advantage. Some of these numbers are a bit startling. Again, these are for the past three seasons combined.

Comp %

Yds/Rcp

TD allowed

Pass Rating

Diggs

62.6

15.5

7

78.8

Jenkins

62.1

12.6

2

77.6

Those five extra interceptions don't quite balance out against the five extra touchdowns allowed. Five possession changes are great, but it's not quite the same as five scores by the other team. For the record, those same numbers last year were overwhelmingly in favor of Jenkins. The dropoff in the level of play by Diggs is - well, it's no surprise to any of the 12s who were paying attention last year.

Comp %

Yds//Rcp

TD allowed

Pass Rating

Diggs

63.9

15.7

2

103.9

Jenkins

54.1

12.8

0

62.5

Ouch. Over the past three seasons, Jenkins may not have had the flashy stat - the interceptions - but in every other metric, he was either even with Diggs or ahead. That advantage grew when you compare just the past two years, and was - well, there's really no comparison last year. Oh, for those who love Pro Football Focus (subscription required), they agree. While they grade Jenkins far lower than he should be, regarding the actual stats, he's still ranked 17 spots ahead of Diggs.