Bradley McDougald is the oldest player in the secondary. The six-year veteran has played one game in Kansas City, 50 games for Tampa Bay, and 21 so far for Seattle. He has been the biggest addition to the Seattle secondary and is currently ranked as the sixth best overall safety this season.
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McDougald labeled as “high quality” by pro football focus. The strong safety currently has two interceptions, five passes defended, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and 32 total tackles. He has been a stud and played a huge role in every game so far this season. He has been a high-end replacement for safety Kam Chancellor.
Tedric Thompson has only started one game but had appeared in a few games when the Seahawks went three-safety formation. The California native had a good game last week against the Los Angeles Rams, replacing Thomas. He knocked Rams WR Brandin Cooks out of the game with a huge hit that reminded me of the old Legion hits.
Thompson has one interception, one pass defended, two fumble receptions, and 14 total tackles. The former Colorado Buffalo hasn’t played enough to gauge how good of a fit he is, but with his performance against the Rams, we can say he’s off to a good start.
These players are by no means the “Legion of Boom” secondary of old, but they aren’t nobodies. Maybe they need to coin their own name, but these guys are turning into a scary defense that opponents can’t look. The new secondary is smart, powerful, fast, and can play from sideline to sideline. I’m impressed that these players came into the lineup and had an immediate impact.
If 12s want to continue to call them the “Legion of Boom” or whatever they decide to name the secondary, just keep an eye on them. I believe these are the new faces of a strong defense and will be feared among the league because they will still bring the BOOM.