Marquise Blair was the star of the Seahawks mock game on Wednesday at CenturyLink Field. He posted two interceptions and a tackle for loss eight yards behind the line of scrimmage on a running play.
What’s most notable was that his production came at his new position. The addition of Jamal Adams has forced Blair to make the nickel spot his new home. Wednesday’s mock game was a step in the right direction.
“Marquise Blair had a big day,” Pete Carroll said. “He did a nice job with two huge plays turning the ball over.”
Shaquill Griffin was effusive in his praise of Blair. Griffin shared what he’s seen from the second-year defensive back.
“He’s comfortable,” Griffin said. “Last year, he was kind of going with the flow. He was a rookie. He was learning. Now he’s playing more like a vet. You can feel it when he’s out there with us.
“He’s showing up and he’s making the plays that we’re expecting him to make.”
Blair’s highlights should be taken with a grain of salt. Both interceptions came against third-string quarterback Anthony Gordon. A pass breakup by Griffin led to the first one and the second came on a pass thrown straight too him. The fact that Blair was in position to make a play on both occasions is a fantastic sign of progress in his transition.
Seattle’s 2019 second-round pick remains a bit of a wildcard in what should be one of the league’s best secondaries. If his speed, physicality and athleticism can translate to nickel, his presence only elevates the ceiling of the secondary as a whole.
“I feel like they’ve got everybody in the right places now, especially when it comes to Marquise Blair,” Griffin said. “I feel like he’s been shining so far in this camp, doing an amazing job.”
The reigning Pro Bowl corner made sure to cover the rest of the notable names in his position group.
“Having Quandre, we’ve got Tre Flowers, Quinton Dunbar – we’ve got everything we could possibly need to do awesome things in this secondary,” Griffin said.
Of course, he didn’t leave out the most heralded acquisition of all: Adams.
“Insane,” Griffin said, smiling. “That’s been a hell of an experience.”
Adams has been everything the Seahawks could have hoped given his performance in camp so far. He’s getting at least one sack per day, he’s constantly around the ball and he’s provided a noticeable uptick in swagger for the entire defense.
With so many question marks along the defensive line, it’s the overall talent and depth of Seattle’s secondary that will make the Seahawks defense go in 2020. Blair now seems to be cemented for a prominent role in that group.