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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Jenkins can line up anywhere for the Seahawks

We didn't even touch on the versatility of the players. Quandre Diggs is a free safety, maybe as pure a free safety as there is. Over the past three seasons, 3,055 of his 3,541 snaps came at the position. Compare that to Jenkins, who played everywhere for the Jaguars. Good grief, it's easier just to show you the numbers in another chart. All data regarding alignments is per Pro Football Focus (subscription required).

snaps

DL

Box

Free

Slot

Corner

Diggs

3541

23

314

3055

140

9

Jenkins

3061

116

1313

982

519

131

The first that pops out here is that Diggs played a hell of a lot more snaps. Jenkins missed three games in 2021, but that accounts for only about 192 snaps, based on his average. Part of that is that the Seahawks simply had more snaps on defense. Over the past three years, the Hawks had 3,611 snaps on defense while the Jags had just 3,383. That tends to happen when the defense can't get off the field.

That's another 228 snaps. So 420 of the 480 snaps aren't a matter of usage, just circumstance. Over the past two seasons, Jenkins played 97.8 percent of all defensive snaps, while Diggs played 98.6 percent of his. So, not a big difference. Especially when you consider that Diggs played seven snaps on special teams in the past three years and Jenkins took 382. Maybe, he simply needs an occasional rest, huh?