As a rookie in 2017 4Justin Britt Jersey , Shaquill Griffin was all but anointed the successor to Richard Sherman as the Seattle Seahawks’ shutdown corner. Griffin, a third round pick, started 11 games as a rookie in a promising first season. Griffin’s crowning as Seattle’s next great cornerback was completed following Sherman’s release, with Griffin’s switch to Sherman’s vacated left cornerback position. However, 2018 didn’t bring about an All-Pro selection for Griffin, unlike Sherman’s sophomore season. Though Griffin’s sophomore slump was greatly exaggerated, he didn’t exactly step into Sherman’s role as an elite cornerback, either. After allowing 3.2 receptions per game as a rookie, Griffin allowed 3.4 per game in 2018. His yards per reception allowed also failed to improve, increasing from 13.1 as a rookie to 14.2 as a sophomore. Worse still was Griffin’s on-ball production, as his passes defended dropped from 16 to seven (though he did increase his interception total from one to two). The way in which Griffin’s season ended, making several high profile mistakes in the Seahawks’ loss to the Cowboys, only served to increase the criticism surrounding him. However, his performance was not nearly as bad as some would make it seem. Griffin, playing on a bad ankle—against the type of wide receiver in Amari Cooper who matches up well against Griffin at full health—allowed six catches for 52 yards on 11 targets. The touchdown he allowed was a perfect throw and catch, with Griffin providing solid coverage. Griffin was hardly perfect on Saturday night, but you would be hard pressed to find a Seattle defender who was. Hell Tyler Lockett Jersey , Bobby Wagner, who tackles everything, missed Dak Prescott on what was essentially the game-sealing run. There could be a number of reasons as to why Griffin failed to live up to the (lofty) expectations of him in 2018. The most obvious one would be that he took on an entirely new role, as the defense’s number one cornerback, and all the responsibilities and challenges that come with that spot. And there’s certainly some truth in that. But a bigger reason may be what comes with stepping into the number one cornerback spot in Seattle’s defense—for Griffin, it meant switching sides. Upon entering the NFL, Griffin had to learn Pete Carroll’s rare technique for cornerbacks, a tall task in itself, and one that much more experienced corners have failed to do. (See Williams, Cary.) Instead, Griffin acquitted himself well—as well as any rookie has done since Sherman. Then, in year two, Griffin had to continue to try and master this technique, while switching sides. The mechanics of the position, which he spent an entire year learning and adjusting to, were flipped completely. Geoff Schwartz, a former NFL lineman and now a writer for SB Nation Authentic Frank Clark Jersey , told Pro Football Focus about the difficulties of switching sides on the offensive line in 2012: Though I’ve never played cornerback, nor been a member of any type of Legion of Boom, I would imagine the same goes for defensive back. Athleticism, physicality, footwork, hand placement and mentality: All incredibly important traits for a cornerback to have, and all thrown into flux for Griffin over the course of his first two seasons. Despite all of that, he’s largely been a good cornerback, a position that in itself is difficult as a young player.Tre Flowers gives the Seahawks another ultra exciting prospect at cornerback, as Carroll ushers in a new era in the defensive backfield. However, Griffin should not be forgotten about, or written off, as he enters his third year—and really, just his second, as he continues to take on the role of Seattle’s left cornerback. Former Seattle Seahawks guard and fourth round draft pick Mark Glowinski will remain a former Seahawk after signing a three-year, $18 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts, per Adam Schefter.Glowinski was the 134th overall pick in 2015 out of West Virginia Youth Will Dissly Jersey , starting one game at guard as a rookie, then all 16 in year two. But in 2017, Glowinski was demoted and ended up appearing in just 10 games and starting two despite Seattle having significant problems at guard with players like Oday Aboushi, Luke Joeckel, and Ethan Pocic. The team waived him on December 16, 2017 and the Colts immediately claimed him off waivers.He made Indy’s final roster but only as a backup to Matt Slauson. However, Slauson went on injured reserve after Week 6 and Glowinski got another chance to prove himself, this time with a new team and offensive line coach. He started the final nine games and drew rave reviews for his play. ESPN’s Seth Walder says that Glowinski had the highest pass block win rate among all guards with at least 250 pass blocks.With the Colts having about $30 million more in cap space than any other team this year, there was pretty much no chance of Glowinski hitting the market or leaving Indianapolis. Keep in mind too that the Colts fired offensive line coach Dave DuGuglielmo despite the strides of that unit, with reasons ranging from him not being a Frank Reich hire to rumors that he’s a bit too cold hearted. So it appears that the Seahawks did draft a good offensive lineman after all. As we all ponder what to say about Tom Cable at this moment, it must be a little confusing: Cable tends to get blamed for making all of the offensive line draft pick decisions, but in this case, it appears that Glowinski was not a bad draft pick. Maybe Cable could identify talent, and he just didn’t know what to do with it. (Though we’ve seen plenty of examples of former Seattle offensive linemen who never re-signed with anyone.)
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