The Seahawks travel east to face the Detroit Lions this week looking to bounce back from a season-opening loss to the Rams. In addition to having an opportunity to climb to .500 in the standings, Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs, cornerback Michael Jackson, center Evan Brown and linebacker Nick Bellore will be facing their former team.
Quandre Diggs: Ultimate Trade Value
Safety Quandre Diggs came to Seattle via mid-season trade in 2019 during his fifth season out of Texas. The three-time Pro Bowler (2020-2022) doesn’t hold a grudge about being dealt from the team that selected him in the sixth round of the 2015 draft. Last season, Diggs discussed his feelings prior to Seattle's 48-45 win over the Lions in his first visit back to Detroit since being traded.
"Detroit is what made me who I am now," said Diggs "So I'm forever grateful."
But with an opportunity to wipe the bast taste of aWeek 1 home loss out of his mouth this weekend, Detroit is sure to get Diggs' best. Last season, Diggs' late-game interception against the Rams helped Seattle secure a trip to the NFC Wild Card, and bump Detroit out of playoff contention.
Michael Jackson: Who's Bad?
Since being selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2019 draft, cornerback Michael Jackson has spent time with three NFL franchises in two seasons. But since 2021, the University of Miami alum has made an impact in Seattle's secondary. Just months after being selected, Jackson was signed off the Cowboys' practice squad by Detroit in October of that year. After being declared inactive for most of the season, Jackson played two snaps on special teams for the year. Now, he returns with the Seahawks, coming off 17 games played last season and a blocked-field-goal-attempt recovery in Week 1 against the Rams.
Nick Bellore: Between Two Coasts
Seahawks captain and linebacker Nick Bellore has carved out a long career as a pro since going going undrafted in 2011. The Central Michigan alum spent time with the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers before signing with Detroit in 2017. After spending his early career exclusively as a linebacker, Bellore was moved to fullback in Detroit, serving as a blocking specialist before scoring his first-career touchdown that season. After a season in the Motor City, Bellore signed with Seattle, where he made his first Pro Bowl and became a special teams captain. In 2022, Bellore's impact on defense and special teams helped Seattle secure a 48-45 win over his former team in Week 4.
Evan Brown: Center of Attention
This offseason, Seattle added to their offensive line by signing former Lions center Evan Brown via free agency. The Southern Methodist University alum went undrafted in 2019, making stops with the Miami Dolphins, New York Giants and Cleveland Browns before sticking with the Lions midway through his second season. From 2020-2022, Brown played 32 games at center and guard, making 25 starts. With tackles Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas out this weekend due to injury, Brown will lead the offensive line against many of his former teammates. Of Seattle’s linemen to play in last Sunday’s loss to the Rams, Brown was the only player to not allow a pressure or sack, earning a 77.5 pass blocking grade from Pro Football Focus.
The Seahawks most commonly worn uniform combination for road games since 2012 is the white jersey and college navy pants combination, going 26-20 in the regular and postseason when wearing them.