Heaps: Why Seahawks LB K.J. Wright’s position change has been huge success
Heaps said Wright is a natural fit for a SAM linebacker at this stage of his career.
“K.J. is long – he has long arms – and he is a guy who can really hold the edge very, very well in run containment,” he said. “You just look at his ability to play in space, he’s still got that. I think sometimes at that WILL linebacker position, he is put in spots where he has to cover a little too much space whereas at the SAM linebacker position, I think he’s able to use his instincts.”
Wright still has to play in space at SAM, as evidenced in his interception, but Heaps said the move allows Wright to match up with players who he is better suited to defend.
“Really all he needs to do is either play the flat or he’s going to be matched up on a running back, a tight end – someone that is more apt to his skillset at this stage of his career,” Heaps said. “I think K.J. moving to the SAM linebacker position was really, really fun to watch and when Jordyn Brooks comes back, maybe he takes over as the permanent WILL linebacker.”https://sports.mynorthwest.com/1199810/ ... on-change/