With the loss of middle linebacker David Hawthorne in free agency this offseason, the Seattle Seahawks have an open starting spot in the middle of their defense. One guy that would love to fill that spot is rookie second round pick Bobby Wagner.
Wagner has been thrown right in at middle linebacker during minicamp and head coach Pete Carroll has made it clear that the spot is open for whoever wants it.
“The (MLB) spot is wide open and we have to see what happens. This is what Bobby is putting his sights on, but we’ll have to see how it goes,” Carroll said.
Carroll would love to have Wagner on the field because of his speed.
“Bobby’s going to get a heck of a chance. We want to see him. We’d love to get that speed on the field if we could. It’s rare to find a linebacker that runs that fast,” Carroll said. “… But he’s got to do it. He’s got a long way to go before he can take that over.”
Wagner is ready to deal with the pressure and do whatever it takes to start this season.
“I love the pressure. I’m just going to do whatever I can to start. I know I’ve got a lot to learn, but I’m going to take my time,” Wagner said.