Quinton Dunbar, while an immensely talented player, comes with a few minor red flags. The most notable is his injury history. Dunbar is yet to play a full 16 game season since entering the NFL in 2015.
He’s been placed on Injured Reserve in each of the last two seasons with a mysterious shin injury in 2018 and a hamstring injury in 2019. Dunbar appeared in just 18 games over those two seasons.
The good news for Seahawks fans is that there’s reason for optimism, according to NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay. For starters, the fact that Dunbar is a seemingly perfect fit in Seattle helps take the edge off of any concerns.
“He’s 6-foot-2 with really long arms,” Finlay said on the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast. “When I see a guy like that, I think of those Seattle corners playing press, using their leverage and their arms in coverage.”
Finlay categorized most of Dunbar’s injuries as “relatively minor stuff” that shouldn’t impact his future. He went as far as to say that Washington’s lack of success as a team likely impacted in the number of games Dunbar missed.
“If the Skins were in competitive situations late in the year, he probably would have played through some stuff,” Finlay said. “I kind of think some business decisions got made along the way.”
The one exception was in 2018 when he had a mysterious shin injury that was nerve related.
“It was something that cost him the whole 2018 season, and nobody could really figure out what it was,” Finlay said.
According to Finlay, it just “kind of went away.”
There was some drama between Dunbar and the Redskins medical staff during that time. It should be noted that star left tackle Trent Williams also had noteworthy complaints about Washington’s medical team.
Finlay summed it up as “something to keep in mind” but not something worth worrying too much about.
The reality is that Seattle got a really good player at a steal of a price. Those are the types of trades you never argue with.