Who have been the standout young Seahawks players at training camp?
A fun part of every NFL training camp and preseason is finding out which young players are really standing out in a positive way. For the Seahawks, they have plenty trying to make a case for starting jobs or key roles on the 2021 team.
The crew over at 710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny and Gallant, including former NFL receiver and regular Seahawks analyst Michael Bumpus, have had players who’ve caught their eye over the last few weeks. They shared their picks and explained what’s been so impressive about their play during training camp and in the preseason so far.
Danny O’Neil and Paul Gallant: DB Ugo Amadi
Both O’Neil and Gallant have been impressed with Ugo Amadi, a defensive back who’s entering his third NFL season.
Both in training camp and in Seattle’s first preseason game, Amadi has stood out to Gallant.
“I would say more because of his versatility than anything,” he said.
Amadi played safety in college at Oregon, but since entering the NFL in 2019 he’s been a nickel cornerback. During the preseason opener, he played both positions, which Gallant was happy to see.
“Clearly there is a comfort in him that he can move all over the place,” he said. “He’s been pretty good.”
“He’s gotten a lot of opportunities,” O’Neil added. “He came into training camp seen as someone who he’s going to compete with Marquise Blair for the nickelback spot, the fifth defensive back spot — which really is a starter in today’s NFL.”
Blair, a fellow 2019 draft pick, is someone the Seahawks are very high on at the nickel spot, and he actually beat Amadi for that role to start 2020 before tearing his ACL in Week 2. Blair is currently out of action with a sore knee, which bodes well for Amadi’s chances at earning a key role to start 2021.
“The other thing is Ugo Amadi’s gotten some time at safety and he started last week’s preseason game as a safety,” O’Neil said. “… He’s getting some opportunities to show what he can do.”
Listen to the conversation in the first hour of Danny and Gallant at this link or in the player below.
Michael Bumpus: LB/DE Darrell Taylor
A little bit later in Friday’s Danny and Gallant, the duo asked Bumpus who has been a standout player so far this preseason and training camp. He also stuck with the defense, but the player catching his eye is someone we haven’t seen play in a regular season game yet.
“I look at Darrell Taylor, man, and I was really impressed with what he did during the game last week,” Bumpus said.
Taylor, the Seahawks’ second-round pick in 2020, is technically entering his second NFL season but didn’t play at all last year due to a shin injury.
Initially drafted as a defensive end, Taylor is now playing strongside linebacker while also rushing the passer.
“During camp he’s flashed a little bit, (but) you can’t really appreciate his assignments and what he’s been doing until you get the pads on,” Bumpus said. “Once I saw him with the pads on, I was like, ‘This young man can play.’ He can get off the football, he’s good in space. I can only imagine what he’s going to look like four, five or six weeks from now when he’s really comfortable and understands his assignments.”
Bumpus also thinks that young linebackers Cody Barton and Ben Burr-Kirven, both 2019 draft picks, have looked good in camp and in last week’s preseason game, but Taylor is the biggest standout.
“I’m looking at Darrell Taylor, man, I love what he brings to the team,” Bumpus said. “He’s fearless, young, he’s explosive. I’m excited to see how he develops over the next three or four weeks.”
Listen to Bumpus’ full thoughts in the second hour of Danny and Gallant at this link or in the player below.