Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's 'out there' for today - Wednesday, January 2 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
PFF Tabs Wagner First-Team All-Pro
Bobby Wagner is one of two Seahawks players along with punter Michael Dickson who were voted to the 2019 Pro Bowl, and with the end of the 2018 regular season, media outlets are beginning to hand out year-end honors that further acknowledge the impressive and consistent play of Seattle's middle linebacker and defensive captain.
Pro Football Focus released its 2018 NFL All-Pro team this week and Wagner is one of two players at his position named to the first-team. The analytics website's unique player grades played a large role in the rankings makeup, but PFF says playing time and situation were also taken into account to come up with this year's All-Pro roster. Wagner, who has topped 100 tackles in all seven of his NFL seasons, was PFF's highest-graded linebacker in 2018 with a 91.9, while fellow linebacker Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers, the site's other first-team All-Pro at the position, graded out at 90.7 for his play this past season.
Here's a look at what PFF had to say about Wagner and Kuechly's place on the first-team:
With a lone miss in Week 16, Wagner’s chance at the perfect season went down the drain. The Seahawks linebacker started the year with over 100 straight tackles without missing any, though his 137 total with only one miss is still unbelievably good. Wagner and Kuechly are in their only class at the linebacker position, as Kuechly also added another 90-plus graded season to his Hall of Fame resume.
On Tuesday, Wagner was asked if there was ever a time when he was a sloppy tackler, and the five-time Pro Bowler candidly replied, “Sloppy tackler? Maybe when I was an infant and I was barely walking. It’s kind of hard to bring people down. Legs weren’t fully developed yet.
"Nah," Wagner continued. "When you think of a linebacker, you think of a guy that knows how to tackle so when I chose to play linebacker, I was like ‘all right, I’m going to make sure that that’s one area of my game that nobody can question, my ability to tackle.’ It’s something that you focus on, you take pride in, and when you play those guys that talk trash after they make you miss, you don’t want them to talk so what better way to shut them up by not missing?”
Washington’s Zach Brown and Dallas’ Leighton Vander Esch, who the Seahawks will face this Saturday in a Wild Card playoff game against the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, were named second-team All-Pro by PFF at the linebacker position.
Social Post Of The Day
Today's 'Social Post of the Day' comes from NFL Throwback, which shares video highlights from the last time the Seahawks and Cowboys met in the Wild Card round of the postseason.
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More From Around The Web
Seahawks.com's John Boyle opens up the mailbag and answers questions from the 12s heading into Wild Card weekend.
After missing a majority of the regular season with a knee injury, K.J. Wright is back to feeling like his former Pro Bowl-self in time for this weekend's playoff game against the Cowboys.
Safety Delano Hill was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a hip injury.
Eight Seahawks players did not participate in Tuesday's practice.
Stacy Rost at 710Sports.com identifies three Cowboys to watch in this weekend's game against Seattle.
Gregg Bell at the Tacoma News Tribune looks back on the Seahawks' regular-season meeting with Dallas.
Mike Vorel at the Seattle Times has a feature on what motivates Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald.
Ryan Divish at the Seattle Times highlights the pass-rushing surprise Jarran Reed turned out to be in 2018 for the Seahawks.
The Seahawks and Cowboys will meet for the second time in the postseason this Saturday in Dallas. Take a look back at photos from past games played between the two teams.