4 Seahawks Labeled “Underrated” Ahead Of 2022 NFL Season
The Seattle Seahawks are preparing to move into the 2022 NFL season with several recent faces in addition to key starters coming back from injury. Tim Weaver of Yahoo Sports ranks his top-four underrated players on the Seattle Seahawks roster heading into training camp and the upcoming season. Making the cut are safeties Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs, defensive tackle Shelby Harris and out of doors linebacker Uchenna Nwosu.
Weaver starts out by highlighting Adams, the team’s dynamic safety entering his third season in Seattle. In 12 games in 2021, Adams notched 87 combined tackles, 5 pass deflections and a couple of interceptions.
“It could help fans not to consider Adams as a conventional safety – and Clint Hurtt and Sean Desai will help by not putting Adams into situations where he’s less suited to thrive. Specifically, dropping Adams into coverage against athletic tight ends and shifty slot receivers is setting him as much as fail. Letting Adams roam free across the box to wreak havoc on the opponent’s backfield is setting him up for fulfillment.”
The Seahawks acquired outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu in March via free agency. The 2018 Chargers second-round selection notched 40 combined tackles, 5 sacks and an interception in 2021 for Los Angeles. In July, Nwosu was chosen to represent the Seahawks and his Nigerian roots as a part of NFL Africa.
Nwosu doesn’t put up eye-popping traditional pass rush numbers, either. He totaled five sacks, 17 quarterback hits and 30 pressures in 2021 and most stars at this position put up larger numbers than that. Nwosu deserves more attention though because he’s probably the greatest all-around outside linebackers within the NFL – a classic jack of all trades. He plays tight coverage for his position, can rush the passer and excels at getting his hands into passing lanes.
Nwosu is the type of contributor who flies under the radar but helps your team win those one-score games that ultimately determine who makes the playoffs and who goes home early.
Seahawks defensive tackle Shelby Harris first visited team facilities in 2016, testing the waters in free agency. The 2014 seventh-round selection by then-Oakland Raiders out of Illinois State met with the team, but did not ink a deal, signing with the Latest York Jets. On March 16, the Seahawks and Denver Broncos got here to agreements on a deal to send quarterback Russell Wilson to the Broncos in exchange for tight end Noah Fant, quarterback Drew Lock, Harris and multiple draft picks. Weaver goes into detail on why Harris can add surprising depth to a solid Seahawks interior line of defense.
“Bringing Harris in might seem to be overkill for an interior rotation that already has two very-solid starters in Al Woods and Poona Ford. Nevertheless, doubling down on that strength is definitely idea – especially considering Harris’ ability to affect the passing game. Not only can Harris get to the QB, he has a talent for getting his hands up into passing lanes for pass breakups. Like Nwosu, Harris is an exceptional all-around defender who will make his team higher even if you happen to won’t get a meme out of it.”
Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs put together his best statistical season of his profession in 2021 before suffering injury within the season finale. Diggs notched 94 combined tackles, while going for his second-consecutive 5 interception season. For this, Diggs ranked No.77 on the NFL’s Top-100 players of 2021 list, and No.9 on Touchdown Wire’s Doug Farrar’s Top-Safety list.
Weaver keeps it temporary on why Diggs deserves more stuff.
“Since coming over in a trade with the Lions, Diggs has arguably performed as the one best ball-hawking safety in football. The interception numbers speak for themselves, but Diggs also is not gambling for turnovers the way in which another DBs who will remain nameless do. Perhaps the most important reason why Diggs stays underrated is because much of his best work doesn’t make it into the box rating – and even the printed angle on TV. The reality is he plays the deep-third of the sphere in addition to anyone within the league without delay. End of story.”
Read more on Weaver’s underrated list here.