Bobby Wagner admired Jamal Adams play, excited to have him with Seahawks

Getty Images

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner had gotten to know Jamal Adams a little bit in recent years through joint trips to the Pro Bowl or events together as representatives of the Jordan Brand.

Now the two will be teammates after the Seahawks acquired Adams in trade from the New York Jets over the weekend.

“I’ve always admired his game from afar. (And him) likewise mine,” Wagner said in a zoom call with reporters on Wednesday. “I’m excited to have him on the team, excited that we’re able to kind of get that going. Obviously it’s another play-maker on the field. Another guy that you have to respect. And so, you know, he’ll get a little bit of attention.”

Seattle traded two future first-round picks, a third-round pick and Bradley McDougald to the Jets in exchange for Adams and a fourth-round pick. While it was a large batch of assets to give up to bring Adams to Seattle, it puts another star back in the team’s secondary as they look to solidify their defense for 2020.

“I know John (Schneider) always likes to make moves, man, so I think he always does the best he can to make sure we have a great team and he’s going to make any moves he thinks is possible to do that. So I’m excited about it,” Wagner said. “I think Jamal is an amazing player. I’ve watched him from afar. He brings a lot of energy, a lot of passion to the game and I’m excited to have him on our team.”

Adams isn’t the exact same player as Kam Chancellor but he will fill a similar role in Seattle’s defense. With Quandre Diggs being brought in midseason last year, the Seahawks added a free safety that could capably handle the center field role in Pete Carroll’s preferred scheme. Adams now becomes the complement to Diggs that will play closer to the line of scrimmage.

Wagner believes that Adams will fit the role quite well for Seattle.

“He’s gonna come in and fit in just fine,” Wagner said. “A lot of times there’s certain defenses where we have a safety comes into the box, which I think he’s very comfortable in. A lot of times we have a safety come and blitz, which I think is very comfortable and so there’s a lot of things that we do that really complements his game. There’s a lot of things that we do that we feel can bring another element out of this game so I think this defense should be really, really fun for him.”

10 responses to “Bobby Wagner admired Jamal Adams play, excited to have him with Seahawks

  1. Adams adds some much needed speed to the Seattle defense, as Wagner and KJ have slowed down to the point that they simply can’t cover quick RB’s/TE’s/WR’s in the flats.

  2. Of course he’s excited. As great as Wagner is, he was awful in coverage last year, and now will be asked to do less with better safety play.

  3. I’m excited too, I’m excited to see how all these teams that handed out huge contracts will deal with a cap number that was supposed to be and they planned on it being $215mil next season but it will ONLY be $175mil, $40mil under what it was supposed to be when teams signed a lot of these players and it’ll go down in following years, this is going to be very interesting to watch, more interesting than the play on the field will be this year with the lack of practice time, 0 pre-season games and the fact that covid will eliminate some very good players, get the popcorn ready it’s going to be a very interesting season!

    If they make it through the entire season this season like no other deserves an asterisk*!

  4. To get real value out of the trade the Jets are going to have to hit home-runs in consecutive drafts with picks likely to be in the range 20-32. Given that any draft is a lottery that gets more difficult after the top 10 selections, is trading the picks to move up the board into the top 5 more likely?

  5. harrisbarton says:
    July 29, 2020 at 11:27 pm
    Adams adds some much needed speed to the Seattle defense, as Wagner and KJ have slowed down to the point that they simply can’t cover quick RB’s/TE’s/WR’s in the flats.

    5 12 Rate This
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Wagner is one of the quickest MLB’s you will ever see. Wright is a fair bit slower, but thats not what he is for nor the role he plays. The rookie Brooks is gonna be the speedster lining up at Leo coming down at the LOS to blow up the run game.

  6. Wagner is one of the quickest MLB’s you will ever see.

    ———————————————————
    You mean “was”, not “is”. Am not denigrating his greatness — every team in the league would love to have him. But last season it was not rare to see the back of his jersey as he was chasing after a guy who’d blown by him out on a pass pattern.

  7. Adams impact can’t be measured purely on numbers. Players know that. Just because he had 1 interception last year doesn’t mean he wasn’t the best safety playing. I think his impact is going to be immediate and the defense will set the tone of the games this season.

  8. ggtth1875 says:
    July 30, 2020 at 7:18 am
    harrisbarton says:
    July 29, 2020 at 11:27 pm
    Adams adds some much needed speed to the Seattle defense, as Wagner and KJ have slowed down to the point that they simply can’t cover quick RB’s/TE’s/WR’s in the flats.

    5 12 Rate This
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Wagner is one of the quickest MLB’s you will ever see. Wright is a fair bit slower, but thats not what he is for nor the role he plays. The rookie Brooks is gonna be the speedster lining up at Leo coming down at the LOS to blow up the run game.
    _____________

    What? Come on. Wagner has never been known for his speed and is nowhere near the quickest MLB you’ll ever see. He’s been great because he knows how to read the offense and put himself in the right position to make the right play. However, last year, he slowed down a ton and it was very clear that his lack of speed hurt the defense enough that they saw fit to draft his replacement with their first pick. His tackle numbers looked great on paper, but way too many of those tackles happened 7+ yards downfield. We’re all huge fans of Bobby, but come on, it’s ok to look at his game objectively and point out that he was slow and off last year.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.