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Friday Round-Up: Marquise Blair Discusses Return From Injury, Training Camp Competition At Cornerback

The third-year corner spoke with 710 ESPN’s “Danny & Gallant” about rehabbing the torn ACL he suffered a year ago, and the training camp battle between him and Ugo Amadi for the nickel cornerback spot.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there this Friday, August 13, about your Seattle Seahawks.

Marquise Blair Joins 710 ESPN's "Danny & Gallant"

The battle for starting cornerback positions has been one of the hottest competitions so far at Seahawks training camp. After his very strong showing at right cornerback to close out the 2020 season, D.J. Reed figures to be a strong contender for a starting spot, along with fellow former 49er Ahkello Witherspoon, who started 33 games with San Francisco over the past four years. 

In addition to 2021 fourth-round pick Tre Brown, the group also features several other veterans, like Tre Flowers who has started in 37 games for the Hawks over his three years; Ugo Amadi, who performed well at nickel last year after Marquise Blair went down with an injury; Damarious Randall, who joined the Seahawks last year as a safety and is making the switch to corner; Pierre Desir, who has started 44 games over seven years in the league; and the aforementioned Marquise Blair. 

Blair suffered an ACL tear in Week 2 of last season, opening the door for Amadi to shine at the nickel corner spot and fueling the competition at corner this summer. With Blair back healthy, the Seahawks have two versatile nickel cornerbacks who can also play safety when needed in him and Amadi. This week, Blair spoke with 710 ESPN's "Danny & Gallant" about his return from the ACL tear, the training camp competition with Amadi, and which Seahawks receiver is the toughest to cover. 

On the challenges returning from the knee injury:

"I don't care. It is what it is with me. I just keep moving, I know I put the work in, so I know I'll be good … Of course [rehabbing] hurts, but I just kept getting through it everyday. I had an ACL [injury] in Utah, this one was ACL, MCL and both meniscus. This knee was kind of different."

On the training camp competition with Ugo Amadi

"Ugo, we came in together, I talk to him literally everyday, every morning. But we don't talk about that. We just know. It's just football at the end of the day. We just know that we're competing and it is what it is … But when we get to playing each other, we always talk a little trash."

The toughest Seahawks receiver to cover:

"Lock [Tyler Lockett]. He's crafty with it. He can get into your body and then break out. He's crafty … You see it in his game, he passes a lot of people. There it is. He runs past a lot of people. He's definitely fast.

Bobby Wagner Listed As Top Off-Ball Linebacker In NFL Heading Into 2021 Season

Another year, another accolade for all-world, future Hall of Famer Bobby Wagner. This week, former Pro Bowl linebacker and analyst Willie McGinest released his list of the top 10 off-ball linebackers in the league, and Wagner came in at number 1 over some impressive young players like Darius Leonard, Fred Warner and Devin White.

"Wagner is the full package and has been a model of consistency throughout his career," McGinest writes. "He has registered 130 tackles in six of his nine NFL seasons, including a 2020 performance of 138 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 11 QB hits, three sacks and a fumble recovery. One of the few Seahawks still around from those Super Bowl teams, Wagner has maintained his dominance thanks, in part, to his ability to read and identify formations and quickly diagnose plays, allowing him to always be in the right place. The six-time All-Pro is great in coverage and one of the best open-field tacklers (you don't hit the 100-mark every year of your career if you aren't). Simply put, Wagner is still the prototype for the position heading into his 10th NFL season."

Social Post Of The Day

DeeJay Dallas shares some quality time with his son, DeeJay Jr., at training camp.

More From Around The Web reporter John Boyle gives his observations from Day 12 of training camp.

Also at, Boyle with more on the training camp competition between Marquise Blair and Ugo Amadi.

The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta and Adam Jude recap what they saw during Thursday’s training camp.

Photos from Seahawks Training Camp practice, held on Thursday, August 12 at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Seahawks Training Camp is presented by Safeway.

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