Heaps: Seahawks’ Quandre Diggs ‘getting it done in every aspect’
The Seahawks got a much-needed win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday and the defense, which has been playing much better of late after a rough start to the season, was a big reason why.
The Seahawks held the Jags to just one garbage time score and just over 300 total yards. They also got a turnover courtesy of free safety Quandre Diggs, who forced an ugly throw from rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence and promptly picked it off.
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With the interception, Diggs is the only player in the NFL with at least three interceptions in each of the last five seasons. In 29 games with the Seahawks since coming to Seattle partway through the 2019 season, Diggs has recorded 11 interceptions.
After that game, head coach Pete Carroll raved about Diggs’ play and his presence, calling him an elite “interceptor” in the league.
“He’s a fantastic football player. And he’s a terrific teammate,” he said. “I mean, he’s just such a stud of a teammate. There’s some guys that when they say stuff, everybody listens. He’s one of those guys. And people respect him because of who he is and how he does what he does and how he works his business and all that. And so for him to have success, like that is great. He deserves every bit of it, and it’s fantastic. Boy, he had a couple of great hits and tackles today, too.”
“Quandre Diggs is getting it done in every aspect from a coverage standpoint, turning the ball over and then as a run defender,” Heaps said.
Diggs is known for his ball-hawking ways and his ability to take away deep plays and force turnovers, but it’s his tackling in the run game that Heaps thinks really sets him apart from others at his position.
“You could put anybody else out there that if you want, but I think Quandre Diggs is the best run tackling free safety in the NFL,” Heaps said. ” … He runs down the alley hard, he hits hard, and he’s a sure tackler, but he’s not reckless.”
Heaps thinks that Diggs’ play all year long is a big reason the Seahawks have been able to stay afloat despite some overall poor defensive numbers for that group.
“It’s just really impressive to see what Quandre Diggs has done, the body work that he’s been able to put together and it’s been a big reason why the defense has been somewhat stable amongst the chaos and obviously he’s been a big contributor and playmaker as they’ve gotten better and I expect to see even more big plays from Quandre Diggs,” he said.
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