Quinton Dunbar spoke to the media for the first time on Friday since joining the Seahawks in Seattle. Much of the conversation centered around his dropped armed robbery charges, although Dunbar couldn't divulge much information on the matter due to the fact that the legal cases against New York Giants defensive back DeAndre Baker is still open.
What he did share was how difficult the last few months have been for him and how he's grateful to have his name cleared.
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Dunbar has been eased into practice so far. Thursday was the first time he got reps in 7-on-7 and full-team drills, although he was on a pretty strict pitch count. Soon the training wheels will be taken off, and he'll begin competing with Tre Flowers to start opposite Shaquill Griffin.
How he fares against Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf will play a large part in determining who wins the job. Dunbar expressed his eagerness for the challenge posed by Seattle's top two wideouts.
"I haven't been practicing too much, so I haven't really gotten to go up against those guys," Dunbar said. "But watching from the sideline, Metcalf looks amazing, man -- looks like Julio (Jones) out there. I'm looking forward to getting better with him and matching up with him when I do get those intensive reps."
It's interesting that Dunbar used Jones as the comparison for Metcalf. A few weeks ago, as a guest on the Talkin' Seahawks Podcast, Dave "Softy" Mahler of Sports Radio 950 KJR suggested that Metcalf could have a second-year breakout comparable to Jones.
Jones posted 79 receptions for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns in his second season. That should be attainable for Metcalf after putting up 900 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie.
“That’s the kind of rise and the kind of step that I’m hoping DK Metcalf can take this year,” Mahler said.
Evidently Mahler isn't the only one. Metcalf has been mostly dominant in Seahawks camp thus far. Soon Dunbar will get his chance to slow down Seattle's budding mega-star receiver.