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Quinton Dunbar confirms the Seahawks plan to use him on the right side

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Following the Seahawks’ acquisition of cornerback Quinton Dunbar in late March, it was assumed the former Washington corner would be penciled in opposite Shaquill Griffin, on the defense’s right side.

In a Thursday morning conference call with reporters, the newly acquired Dunbar confirmed as much, saying the expectation is for him to compete on the right side.

Dunbar’s main competition, as Bob Condotta notes, will be Tre Flowers. The much-maligned third-year cornerback made that spot his own as a rookie and has kept hold of it through two up-and-down seasons. With Dunbar entering the fray, Flowers’ position will be challenged really for the first time—something that should be positive for both parties.

Though Dunbar didn’t say the slot is planned for him, that remains a possibility, as well. With experience playing inside and the traits to succeed in doing so, Seattle could start with Dunbar and Griffin on the outside, before sliding Dunbar inside with Flowers taking over on the right in nickel packages.

All of the hypothetical alignments, of course, hinge on whether or not Dunbar is able to pick up Pete Carroll’s preferred technique for cornerbacks—something that has proved to be a challenge for other newcomers in the past.

Dunbar was asked about that challenge, and he gave an excellent answer.

However Dunbar’s first season with the Seahawks turns out, it appears he is approaching it with a great mentality.