With the Seahawks secondary plagued by injuries, Seattle added former Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns defensive back Damarious Randall to the practice squad Wednesday.
“Damarious is a guy who we saw through the process of Arizona State back in the draft times,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said ahead of Wednesday's practice.“We thought he was a really, really good athlete and all around player. He has great speed and he’s had a solid playing career."
Randall, a former first-round pick out of Arizona State in 2015, spent his first three years as a pro with the Packers before joining the Browns in 2018. Despite being limited to just 11 games in 2019, Randall recorded 2.5 sacks, 61 total stops and six passes defensed.
Randall was with the Raiders this offseason but failed to make the team’s 53-man roster cuts in September. The 28-year-old veteran has 56 career starts and 14 interceptions across his five-year NFL career.
"The film that you watch of him is really strong and he makes a lot of play, covers a lot of ground, makes a lot of tackles, and again, he runs 4.3 something so he has a great range back there," Carroll said. "So, for us to be able to pick him up under these circumstances is, with guys banged up and there’s some uncertainty here, that’s a great job by John [Schneider] to figure that out and how to get him here and all that. He looked good in workouts and we’ll see what happens as our needs present themselves this weekend.”
It’s been “next man up” mentality for Seattle, who has counted on players like Ugo Amadi, Ryan Neal, L.J. Collier and Alton Robinson to step up on defense with several players nursing injuries or out for the season.
In recent weeks, the Seahawks have lost starting cornerback Marquise Blair and veteran defensive end Bruce Irvin to season-ending ACL injuries, as well as safety Jamal Adams (groin), cornerback Quinton Dunbar (knee) and safety Lano Hill (back), who are all battling injuries and currently sidelined.
“Lano has not fully bounced back, but he’s looking towards playing this week,” Carroll said. “We’ll see if he can get through the week.”
Carroll said Randall will play safety for Seattle and that “he’s most at home playing on the back end."
Randall, who initially visited the Seahawks in March before his recent visit to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center this week, will serve as an insurance policy for the Seahawks as injuries in the secondary continue to mount from week-to-week.
The Seahawks also moved to add Ryan Neal to the 53-man roster and linebacker Tim Williams to the practice squad. Seattle still has one open spot on its 53-man roster.
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