LB - MIA
Week 2 Outlook
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Dolphins are signing former Seahawks LB Shaquem Griffin to a one-year contract.
Griffin mostly served as a special teams player in Seattle, but is aiming to achieve more playing time at linebacker in Miami. Still only 26-years-old, he should be a solid depth option for the team this season.
LB Shaquem Griffin “looms” as player on the roster bubble, per Bob Condetta of the Seattle Times.
Griffin does indeed loom as one of the more intriguing “bubble” players in camp this year,” Condetta added. “Griffin has yet to carve out a starting role as a linebacker, a spot where the Seahawks have added three draft picks in the last two years, Jordyn Brooks, Cody Barton and Ben Burr-Kirven to add to stalwarts Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, and then this year also adding veteran free agent Bruce Irvin.” Griffin is mainly used in a pass-rushing role, but with all the recent additions, he could be the odd man out. The 24-year-old racked up two solo tackles across 16 games in 2019.
Seahawks' rookie LB Shaquem Griffin played 41 of 74 defensive snaps while LB Austin Calitro played the remaining 33 in their Week 1 matchup against the Denver Broncos. Seahawks' head coach Pete Carroll suggested Monday that Griffin could lose snaps to Calitro in Week 2 unless he steps up his game: "We'll find out during the week how the guys play and how they do and how practice goes, and we'll see what we're going to do about play time."
"Austin did pretty well and Griff, he had some problems on some stuff," Carroll said. "There were some things that happened to him that wasn't quite as clean as we would have liked. He got fooled on a couple things[.]" Griffin was already on shaky ground, given that he's merely filling in for injured Seahawks' LB K.J. Wright, but after Carroll's comments he's likely better left on your bench.
Seattle LB Shaquem Griffin started alongside twin brother Shaquille, and registered two solo tackles in their week one matchup against Denver.
As hard as I am rooting for Shaquem Griffin, he simply was not ready to start week one. Griffin was not much of a factor in the run game and had a very rough day in coverage, giving up an easy TD to Denver RB Phillip Lindsay on a flare to the flat to help cover an already well-covered plodding TE Jeff Heuerman.