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Quinton Dunbar doesn’t have a starting spot on the Seahawks defense just yet

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Quinton Dunbar practiced on Wednesday ahead of the Seattle Seahawks’ 2020 regular season opener against the Atlanta Falcons, but the sixth-year cornerback isn’t a lock just yet to be starting opposite Shaquill Griffin.

Dunbar, who was removed from the Commissioner’s Exempt list after his armed robbery charges were dropped, was acquired earlier this offseason via trade with the expectation that he’d usurp Tre Flowers at the right cornerback spot. His legal troubles have affected his ability to participate in training camp — he’s not totally done with this story yet given new information and the possibility that the league may still suspend him — so after going through COVID protocols and bereavement leave he is not listed as the #1 RCB on the team’s unofficial depth chart.

Pete Carroll was noncommittal on naming a starter, because... you know, Always Compete.

“You can tell a little bit, but because of the savvy player that he is and the experience that he has, we’d be comfortable with him playing for us Sunday,” Carroll said (via NBC Sports Northwest’s Joe Fann). “He’s a really bright kid. Picking up the system has been nothing for him. It’s been really easy. He’s had good, competitive work.”

Flowers has been with the Seahawks since 2018, overcoming a rough start to be a capable starter and he looked to be improved in 2019 before a brutal postseason really soured his sophomore campaign. Lacking a preseason, we’re going by Carroll’s usually gushing praise as reason to be encouraged that year three will be a big leap in performance for the former Oklahoma State safety.

“Tre came back with a level of confidence with two years behind him that he’s benefited from,” Carroll said. ”He had a really good camp. It was the best he’s been, and he did a nice job.

At this point, Seattle’s secondary is as deep as its been in quite some time. Whether Dunbar or Flowers starts, we know that Shaquill Griffin is the LCB, Quandre Diggs and Jamal Adams are in the safety spots, and both Ugo Amadi and Marquise Blair are options at nickel. I’d just like to see if Dunbar can win the job and prove that the trade was a worthwhile one that will help achieve Seattle’s goal for a vastly improved secondary.