Seattle Seahawks demand safety Johnathan Abram waives

RENTON, Wash. — Former first-round pick Johnathan Abram claimed waived from the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday, as the Seattle Seahawks struggled with the escape defense and hurt starting safety Ryan Neal, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Abram, 26, joins his third team this month. His previous regime was waived on November 9 by the Las Vegas Raiders, who drafted him 27th overall in 2019. The Packers captured him the next day and waived him on Tuesday. Abram appeared in two games with Green Bay, 29 snapshots but one came to special teams, and he was a healthy bruise at Week 12.

Abrams’ addition comes as Neal deals with elbow and shoulder injuries. Coach Pete Carroll appeared optimistic that Neal will play against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium this Sunday, but said he’ll likely miss Wednesday’s practice.

Neal starts off strong for the Seahawks and Jamal Adams is absent for the season due to a Week 1 knee injury. Josh Jacobs’ 86-yard game-winning goal.

Jacobs rushed for the most 229 yards Seattle has allowed a single player. This comes just after the Seahawks also battled their lost run before saying goodbye to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 10.

Coach Pete Carroll said a potential adjustment would be to play another defense to play closer to the scrimmage line; That said, they didn’t do much against the Raiders as they tried to help their corners against All-Pro receiver Davante Adams.

Abram (6-0, 205) played a strong defense first and is more known for his physical presence inside the box than his defense. He allowed for the second-highest completion percentage as the closest defender, among 121 players who have logged at least 1,000 coverage since Abram was waived by the Raiders in 2019, according to NFL Next-Gen Statistics.

Abram has made 257 steals, eight losses, three interceptions, 12 defensive passes and two fumble saves in 38 career games.

The Seahawks have found a spot in their 53-man roster after placing Dee Eskridge, who made the weekend’s wide receiver/kick-off comeback, on the injured bench, so they don’t need to make a corresponding move to match Abram.

The NFL Network first reported that Seattle had claimed Abram.

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