Seattle Seahawks' Ugo Amadi most certainly has the right to feel some type of way about how his NFL career has started so far.
Being a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Amadi worked his way into winning the nickel back competition as a rookie.
Amadi started and played 20 snaps in his first career game as a Seahawk. Not too bad coming right out of Oregon and getting a starting position.
However, in the next couple of months, Amadi’s rookie year was plagued with up-and-down performances and finished on a sour note, when Amadi was beaten for a crucial catch in the divisional round loss to the Green Bay Packers.
After the 2019 season ended, head coach Pete Carroll made it clear that the nickel job would be ‘Amadi’s to lose’ in his sophomore season.
Months after being the starter at nickel, Amadi had to wait for an opportunity to make a statement.
And on Sunday Night Football's matchup against the New England Patriots, he did just that.
Blair suffered a knee injury that took him out for the remainder of the contest, and Amadi took it upon himself to seize his moment.
He finished the game with eight tackles, one tackle for loss that was against Rex Burkhead, which was read perfectly.
During the final drive for the Patriots, Amadi forced a crucial incompletion by Julian Edelman that would have for sure turned the tide for the Seahawks and the final outcome of the game.
Following the game, Carroll praised Amadi’s performance and indicated he would have an opportunity to step up massively, with Blair’s status unclear at the moment.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on @710ESPNSeattle said they don't have Marquise Blair's MRI results yet, "but it looks like Ugo (Amadi)'s going to have to take over for a bit."— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) September 21, 2020
No update on Bruce Irvin yet either.
As unfortunate as the Blair injury is, Amadi seems to found his window of opportunity to step back into the role that Carroll once said was his for the taking.
If Sunday's game was any indication of what he has to offer for the remainder of the season, the Seahawks should stick with the second-year corner at the Nickel.
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