The Seattle Seahawks were near without a key starter in 2022.
The Seattle Seahawks are fortunate to have some depth in their secondary for the 2022 season. However, one of those deep pieces that have been thrust into the starting lineup almost retired this offseason.
With the torn quadriceps injury suffered by Jamal Adams in Week 1 likely to keep him out for the rest of the season, veteran depth Josh Jones was forced into the starting lineup Monday night against the Denver Broncos. However, Jones recently told reporters that he almost didn’t even play this year.
According to ESPN Seahawks reporter Brady Henderson, Jones admitted that he almost retired this offseason due to frustration with his lack of production throughout his career and a desire to spend more time with his family. However, Jones admitted he came back thanks to a conversation with head coach Pete Carroll.
S Josh Jones, who will start in Jamal Adams’ absence, said he considered retiring the last offseason. He was frustrated with how his career had gone and wanted to be closer to family. His opinion changed when Pete Carroll called him in April. “That was the signal right there.”
With Adams’ injury, Jones will be asked to step up in a big way for the Seahawk’s defense. He has big shoes to fill replacing a deep All-Pro, but it will be a great opportunity for Jones to remind fans that he has earned a starting role at the NFL level.
How Josh Jones became a Seahawk.
He may not be a household name among the pros, but Josh Jones has earned his stripes and has gone through many ups and downs to get to where he is today.
Jones was just a 3-star recruit out of Walled Lake Western High School in Michigan. With offers to play for some solid FBS programs including Colorado, Pittsburgh and Central Michigan, Jones ultimately decided to head east and play for the NC State Wolfpack.
After redshirting his freshman season in 2013, Jones went on to be a consistent contributor for three seasons with Wolfpack. He filled up the stat sheet in his final season in 2016, finishing the year with 109 combined tackles, four tackles for loss, one catch, three interceptions, and eight deflected passes.
With a solid frame and athleticism that made him an intriguing hybrid player between deep and linebacker, Jones was selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He was a regular contributor in two seasons for the Packers, starting 12 games, but was ultimately let go shortly before the 2019 season.
Jones bounced around a few teams over the next two seasons with brief stints in Dallas, Jacksonville and Indianapolis. He signed with Seattle’s practice squad in December 2021, but was quickly recalled to play for the team.
The 27-year-old deep end ended up having four solid games with the Seahawks, and instead of retiring after the year, he is back with the team and will be asked to fill in for the injured Adams going forward.
Latest Seahawks injury news.
Jones will start for Adams going forward, but that’s not the only major injury news for the Seahawks heading into Week 2.
Third-year quarterback Alton Robinson was placed on the injured reserve list with what is feared to be a long-term knee injury. Hopes were high for Robinson after racking up five catches and ten tackles for loss in his first two seasons with the team.
In more positive news, rookie running back Kenneth Walker III is expected to play in Week 2 after missing the first game of the season with a hernia. Walker was an electric runner in college soccer last season with Michigan State and looks to bring a dynamic skill set to the field alongside Rashaad Penny.
Injuries will continue to pile up throughout the season, as they do for all NFL teams, but the return of a dynamic player like Walker is very positive early in the year.