Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs is hitting his stride at 29, preparing for his ninth season in the NFL. Since joining the Seahawks via a trade with the Detroit Lions in 2019, he's caught 20 interceptions in 38 games for Seattle. Despite back-to-back Pro Bowl nods, Diggs wants much more - of himself, and for the team heading into 2022.
In January, Diggs went down with a broken right fibula and dislocated ankle in Week 18 against the Arizona Cardinals. The injury ended Diggs season just minutes before the end of regulation. In March, Seattle re-signed Diggs to a three-year deal, showing great faith in their star safety who is reeling off consecutive five-interception seasons. During Day 2 of training camp, Diggs took some time at the podium to give an update on himself and what he saw on the field.
With the preseason around the corner, Diggs' recovery has been a hot topic.
"I am just right," he said. "I am just where God wants me to be and for me it is important for me to get out here and be out here with my teammates as much as I can, so for me I am just taking it one day at a time and for me just being blessed and living in the moment for the most part. I got a beautiful family and getting a beautiful opportunity to come out here and be around the guys and be back with my coaches, so it's really dope."
Even with a new contract, Diggs still maintains the hunger and humility that have attributed to his success.
"You can always feel settled, but you can never get comfortable," he said. "So for me I'm happy to be here for another three years and at the end of the day you know I still got work to do and still got stuff to prove, so for me you can never just think you are settled in somewhere and think everything is fine and dandy because it's a business at the end of the day."
The former Detroit Lions captain is known as a "do-everything" player for the Seahawks defense, and the numbers show it. For the 2021 season, Diggs recorded a career-high 94 combined tackles, 5 interceptions and 7 passes defensed.
Despite being one of only 20 players to ever record consecutive five-interception seasons, Diggs took another slight from the recently-released Madden 23 ratings. If Diggs manages to catch another five interceptions in 2022, he'd be the 11th player to nab five-or-more interceptions in three-consecutive seasons in league history.
Diggs addressing his Madden rating for his catching skills despite being one of the best ballhawks in the league
At training camp, Diggs took time to address if he felt slighted about the game ratings and all of the rankings from various media outlets.
"I take a slight into everything," He said. "For me, it isn't nothing that I don't take a slight to. If they would've put me as the second-best safety in the league, I still would've taken slight into that. For me, it's all the same. If I'm not first and I'm not the best and they don't think that, then that's on them. I feel that way."
The 29-year-old Diggs is the oldest member of the secondary, just two months older than cornerback Justin Coleman. Diggs may be goal-oriented and focused on his own success, but he's taking note of the upcoming talent around him. Namely rookie Seahawks cornerbacks Coby Bryant and Tariq Woolen.
"I love their mentality," Diggs said. "I mean those guys work their tail off and Coby reminds me of a lot of myself when I was a rookie and how he approaches the game and how he goes about his business. He's all about the ball also and that's kind of something that I pride on myself on is young guys still do. Tariq has all the tools. He's a Texas guy so of course I take a liken to him. Those guys are both impressive players and I'm excited that they are here. When we drafted them, I was really excited that they were able to come here."
Injuries, trades, rankings - none of that matters to Diggs. What matters is getting what he rightfully deserves - respect. Another season for the league to feel his pain.
Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf, head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider talk with the Seattle media following the wide receivers signing a contract extension with the club.