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What life is like for a quarantined NFL player through the eyes of Seahawk Quandre Diggs

Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times on

Published in Football

SEATTLE -- Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs won't go as far as saying he's enjoying quarantine.

But he has to admit he may not be as bothered by it as a lot of people might be.

"The quarantine is perfect for me," Diggs said Thursday when he talked to Seattle-area reporters via Zoom from his home in Austin, Texas. "Because this is my life. I stay at home. Chill with my family. Play video games. Hang out. Crack jokes on Twitter. Instagram. This is kind of my life."

Within that life remains the task of trying to get ready for a 2020 NFL season that, like everything else right now, is colored in uncertainty.

Diggs became one of the key players on the Seahawks' defense when he was acquired in a trade from Detroit last October, immediately becoming the starting free safety and adding stability to a secondary that struggled mightily the first half of the season.

Diggs had three interceptions in five games -- which tied for the team-high for the season -- as the Seahawks went 4-1 in his starts, including wins against playoff teams the 49ers, Vikings and Eagles. After suffering a high-ankle sprain, he returned to play in both playoff games, including the wild-card rematch victory at Philadelphia. With Seattle returning every starter in the secondary from last season, Diggs had hoped for an offseason in which could better learn the Seahawks defense and refine his game.

 

Instead, like every other NFL player -- if not most Americans -- Diggs is being forced to adapt to a new way of working, continuing to take part in the team's offseason program through virtual meetings.

"You've got to take it all in stride" he said. "I think the situation at hand is bigger than football at the moment."

A typical day, Diggs said, begins with some early-morning time helping take care of his 10-month-old daughter.

Because he is in Texas and two hours ahead of Seattle, he can sneak in his workout before the virtual meetings. He said he typically works with a trainer from about 9-11:15 a.m. or so.

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