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Friday Round-Up: Cody Barton Joins 710 ESPN's "Wyman & Bob"

The third-year linebacker spoke about his role with the defense, what it’s been like playing alongside players like Bobby Wagner, and playing against the new-look offense by coordinator Shane Waldron.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, July 30 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Cody Barton Joins 710 ESPN's "Wyman & Bob" Live From Training Camp

The Seahawks' linebacker group was recently listed among the very best in the NFL by Pro Football Focus, led by the ever consistent, seven-time All-Pro Bobby Wagner. 2020 first-round pick Jordyn Brooks figures to take a big step forward in his second season following a solid rookie showing, and third-year linebacker Cody Barton should also see his opportunities increase if the Seahawks do not re-sign K.J. Wright.

Barton only started two games last season, but he led the team with 17 special teams tackles and forced a couple of fumbles in the process. While the presence of Wagner and Brooks — and the return of strongside linebacker Darrell Taylor after missing his entire rookie season — may limit Barton's starting opportunities, he remains an integral special teams player and a serviceable backup linebacker who is familiar with the Seahawks' scheme.

On Thursday, Barton spoke with 710 ESPN's "Wyman & Bob" during training camp about the upcoming season, what it's been like learning from players like Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, and gives his take on the new offense being installed by new coordinator Shane Waldron. Read some of the highlights below, and click here to listen to the full podcast episode (the Barton segment begins around the 17:00 mark).

On having to play behind Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright early in his career:

"Everyone pictures coming in right away and it's just all success, greatest of all time. It is mentally challenging, coming in behind two guys that are pillars of the team, that have been here a long time, great players. There's pros and cons to it, in being younger and wanting to play so bad. But there's pros — they've got experience, and knowledge from the game that you can't get except through experience. And they can teach me. It's a double-edged sword."

On last year's defensive effort as a team and what sparked the turnaround midway through the season:

"There was a lot of factors, obviously. The pandemic came, no fans. Everything was changed. So I don't know if that [played] into it, but at first it was a slower start. I just remember there was a point in the season where we all came together as a team and said the past is the past. Whatever it is, people can say what they want, but now we're going to turn it around. We came together as a team and then did what we did."

His impression of the new-look offense under coordinator Shane Waldron:

"There's similarities, but also a lot of differences, too. They've got a good pace to them, a good tempo. I like the offense, how they're looking. It's tough to go against them. Some of the reads are a little tougher. They've got that explosive feeling to them … A lot of moving parts, pre-snap and post-snap as well. You've got to have your eyes everywhere at once."

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