Pete Carroll and Co. seem to have expertly navigated free agency and the draft once again. The linebacker spot has been very thin for the Seattle Seahawks in recent years, held together in 2012 by star rookie Bobby Wagner and thumping strongside backer KJ Wright.
Now the Seahawks have made it so two good starting linebackers may be all they need, as Antoine Winfield could play the nickel corner spot, tackling like a backer on every down. Still, it’s good to have some depth at each spot and Korey Toomer, team’s 2012 fifth-rounder who spent the past year on injured reserve, could be just that.
“(Seahawks linebackers Coach Ken Norton) was excited about the workout,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said when Toomer was a rookie, via the team website. “He saw that Korey is a great athlete, can run and had a positive attitude about him. It’s a great thing when you have the position coach buy in like that. Ken had a lot of conviction about him.”
Toomer is ready to return value on the faith in him during summer camp.
“Coach Norton, he did a real good job in talking to me – keeping me humble, keeping me here,” Toomer said, via the team website. “Going through all the training and treatment to get my shoulder right, he kept me on the right path. I stayed engaged, and it helped me a lot. … It’s been great just to get out there on the field and just to show progress from last year. Getting hurt really set me back, so it’s been important just coming out and just showing the coaches that I do have a little game; I can play, too.”