Devon Witherspoon's rookie season is going well so far, with the Seattle Seahawks cornerback catching the attention not only of the fans and media, but of teammates as well. In the Seahawks' 20-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7, the solid start to Witherspoon's rookie campaign continued.
The 22-year-old had four tackles and one defended pass in the victory. He also had an interception and a sack, but both were taken back due to penalties on other players.
The performance caught the attention of teammate and safety Jamal Adams.
When asked how Witherspoon could switch so well between outside cornerback and slot corner throughout the game, Adams said (via Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune), "I don't know. You've got ask him on that."
Adams complimented the young player after the game, while also joking about his own career.
"Because my rookie year, I was ass," Adams said. "... He's a phenomenal football player. Again, hats off to him. He's very smart. He's coachable. He listens. It's a rare find, man. There's a reason why he's a top-five pick. He's definitely not ass."
A high compliment, and a funny one at that, from the veteran.
So far this season, Witherspoon has 31 tackles, two sacks, one interception, 97 yards and one touchdown. Adams' rookie year came in 2017, after he was taken with the No. 6 overall pick by the New York Jets. That year, he had 83 tackles and two sacks.
Witherspoon has certainly been a valuable piece to the Seahawks defense and has helped put the team at 4-2, second in the NFC West behind only the San Francisco 49ers, who are arguably the best team in the league.
The Seahawks defense has allowed the third fewest rushing yards (523), is tied for the sixth fewest yards allowed per pass attempt (6) and is tied for the fourth most sacks in the league (23).
Next week, Witherspoon and the Seahawks will try to keep the momentum of this win going as they face the Cleveland Browns.