The Only Seven Training Camp Battles You’ll Ever Need To Follow

As soon as Shaquem Griffin was drafted,


fans started theorizing where he would best fit in an NFL defense. Is he a corner, a safety, a pass rusher, an (undersized) outside linebacker, or strictly a special teamer until a natural position finds him?

Is he just a… playmaking defender? That’s possible too. Some guys let their position remain somewhat fluid while they go about finding the ball and making shit — good shit — happen.

We at the Pode are here to tell you that Shaquem Griffin’s bid to make the squad, somewhere, anywhere, will be a compelling story in training camp. Maybe one of THE compelling stories in camp. Sure looks like he’ll be in competition with several teammates. Including some you might not have foreseen.

Quem vs. Justin Coleman

Seattle’s gone with smaller athletes at slot corner before. Griffin may just be six feet even, but he’s got those 32 1/8 arms that Pete Carroll wet-dreams about. Coleman was a solid piece in 2017 and projects as a steady contributor, maybe more. But he hardly stood out in previous years with the Patriots, racking up all of eight passes defensed while causing no turnovers in his 20 games with New England. One season does not a star make.

Keen NFL observers will remember that Tyrann Mathieu played some slot corner for the Cardinals before settling in as a playmaking safety. Why couldn’t Griffin follow a similar path?

Quem vs. K.J. Wright

K.J., who is greatly appreciated by the Pode, as he should be, is in the final year of his contract. If we’re judging by “has a nose for the ball,” both men excel. If we’re judging by “costs the team a great deal less and opens up some serious cap space,” it’s Quem. There’s always one surprise cut each year. Could it be Wright? As wrong as that would feel?

Look at the new guy move laterally.


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Quem vs. Doug Baldwin

Baldwin has two hands. That just gives the ball two targets to bounce off of and fall incomplete. Or worse, into an opponent’s fingers. With one less hand in the way, Griffin can be counted on to have half as many drops as Baldwin.

It’s #math. Trust me.

Quem vs. Will Dissly and Nick Vannett

We’ve seen Shaquem fight through blocks on the defensive line. He’ll clearly throw better blocks as a result. That’s all Will and Nick are going to be asked to do anyway in the new 80-20 run-pass offense. Quem for TE2.

And nobody’s catching Griffin in the open field, not with that 4.38 speed.

Hey. You’ve got a short quarterback, can’t hurt much more to have a short tight end.

Quem vs. Jon Ryan and Michael Dickson

Do you think Griffin can’t punt? FOH.

Quem vs. Earl Thomas

A) Griffin can win this battle if Earl doesn’t show up

B) Earl’s gonna show up

C) Sorry Quem

Nobody else can do this:

Quem vs. Quill

Don’t do it Pete.