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Friday Round-Up: Quandre Diggs Named One Of 15 Most Important Seahawks Ahead Of 2021 Season

710 ESPN’s Jake Heaps and Stacy Rost talked about what makes the Pro Bowl safety such an integral piece of the Seahawks’ defense and secondary.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, July 23 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Quandre Diggs Named One of 15 Most Important Seahawks Heading Into 2021 Season

Ever since his arrival from Detroit midway through the 2019 season, free safety Quandre Diggs has provided an imposing presence in the Seahawks' defensive backfield.

He kicked off his Seahawks stint with an interception of a Jimmy Garoppolo pass in an overtime win over the 49ers in his first game with the team, and hasn't looked back since. Diggs recorded five more interceptions during a strong 2020 campaign on the way to earning his first career Pro Bowl nod, where he and Jamal Adams became the first pair of Seahawks safeties to make the Pro Bowl together since Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas in 2015.

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Now heading into his second full season with the Seahawks — new jersey number and all — Diggs will look to build on the strong foundation he's built in Seattle. On Thursday, Jake Heaps and Stacy Rost of 710 ESPN's "Jake & Stacy" put Diggs at number 10 in their countdown of the 15 most important Seahawks heading into the 2021 season.

"He's the quarterback of the secondary," Heaps said. "When you talk about Quandre Diggs, he's the guy that gets everything set back there. And when you're looking at that particular area of the team and of that defense to get better, you need Quandre Diggs. You need your established, veteran player, a Pro Bowl-level player, to be able to lead the charge and to get everybody set."

Beside his ability to help organize the defense, Heaps cited Diggs' penchant for getting his hands on the ball as another reason he serves as a vital piece to the unit.

"He's got a tremendous playmaking ability," Heaps said. "One thing that people are overlooking is the fact that Quandre Diggs has been able to get his hands on the ball … He's been right place, right time, but he's also anticipated a lot of those interceptions. And with Diggs, having that playmaker on the back end is huge."

Click here to listen to the full podcast episode, complete with the classic voice of Steve Raible calling a couple of Diggs' interceptions from a season ago.

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