Shaquill Griffin is Pro Bowl bound.
Griffin became the Seahawks first defensive back since Richard Sherman in 2017 to be named to the Pro Bowl. He was initially an alternate, but was moved up the roster on Monday. The Seahawks confirmed Tuesday that Griffin will replace Marshon Lattimore, who will not participate due to injury.
Griffin’s first Pro Bowl appearance will be a coming home of sorts. The Seahawks cornerback will be returning to Orlando, where his alma mater University of Central Florida is located. UCF sent out this tweet in support of Griffin on Monday morning:
In 2019, Griffin had a 55.9 completion percentage when targeted and was third in the NFL with 14 pass breakups. He allowed just three touchdowns and had 407 air yards allowed, 141 yards after the catch.
The 24-year-old spent the offseason honing his craft and perfecting his diet. He dropped down to 194 pounds, a loss of 12 pounds, by eating smaller meals with lean proteins. The extra work appears to have paid off.
“He’s had a terrific season,” Carroll said of Griffin in early December. “He’s been productive. He’s been consistent. He’s been really active. It’s a whole step forward from where he was last year. He’s playing lie he was capable of playing. I really hope that this would’ve been year two. I think last year, he and I both realized it, didn’t set it up the right way in the way we approached it. He fixed that this offseason and you can tell the results. He’s been consistently on it. He’s been fast, flying the whole time, the whole season. He’s been really aggressive and wanting to challenge everything. He’s had a great season.”
Griffin will join quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner as the third Pro Bowl selection for the Seahawks this season.