Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today – Wednesday, July 6 – about your Seattle Seahawks.
Quandre Diggs Ranked One Of NFL's Top Safeties
Despite rehabbing from a season-ending injury, the expectations are high for Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs, and the praise even higher. After making several early preseason lists, Diggs makes another. Touchdown Wire's Doug Farrar released his Top-13 NFL safeties list, with Diggs coming in at No.9.
The criteria for the list was based on performance in the 2021 season, with injuries coming into play for rankings for Diggs; and omission of others like Indianapolis Colts safety Julian Blackmon.
Farrar went into detail about one of the most-important factors of the list - coverage.
"Most of the guys on this year's list are primarily coverage safeties. It's great when you can blow up run fits and crossers from the slot, and if you can blitz from the edge, that's fine, too. But in today's NFL, where everything is about creating and preventing explosive plays, we wanted to focus on the safeties who do the latter thing best. Not to undermine those who ply their trades closer to the line at a more exclusive level, but when we're talking about the most valuable safeties in the modern game, you'd best be able to erase deep."
Before being hurt in the season finale, Diggs put up a career-high 94 combined tackles, while nabbing five interceptions for the second-consecutive season.
Farrar discussed his reasoning for placing Diggs at No.9.
Diggs was targeted seven times on passes of 20 or more air yards, allowing no completions. One reason Diggs is so effective as a deep defender is that he has the confidence in his quickness to lay in wait for the route to develop, and the acceleration to jump to the ball before the receiver can get to it.
Read more on Farrar's top safeties here.
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