Seahawks News: Bobby Wagner Reveals Impact of Not Having K.J. Wright at Seattle's OTAs

Adam Taylor McKillop
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner recently revealed the impact of not having K.J. Wright at the team's OTAs.
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner recently revealed the impact of not having K.J. Wright at the team's OTAs. / Ralph Freso/Getty Images

For the better part of the last decade, the Seattle Seahawks have been synonymous with their swarming defense, led by a pair of stud linebackers in Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright.

Well, after nearly 10 years of dominance, the Seahawks linebackers corps is going to look a little bit different this season. Wright, who has spent the entirety of his 10 year career in Seattle, remains a free agent and signs point to him potentially not making a return. His longtime teammate is certainly feeling his absence and recently shared the impact of not having Wright at the team's OTAs this past week.

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Wager described Wright's absence pretty simply: He said taking the field without his longtime teammate has been "awkward." He also said, “I’m entering Year 10, and I’m used to seeing a particular face, so it’s definitely different."

It's certainly understandable for Wagner, as he and Wright have combined as one of the best one-two linebacker punches in the NFL. In fact, the pair both rank top-four on the Seahawks' all-time tackles leaderboard with 1,319 solo tackles (combined). Wright (66) and Wagner (65) also rank at the top on Seattle's all-time list of tackles for loss.

Seattle will look to improve on its defense from last season. As a whole, the Seahawks' defensive unit ranked bottom-11 in the league by giving up 380.6 yards per game.

Still, this team owns rather favorable odds (+2300) to win the Super Bowl next season, according to the latest NFL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook. It's likely to see Wagner have an even bigger impact on Seattle's defense without his longtime partner.

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