McDougald made five tackles, two pass breakups and two interceptions during Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Broncos.
McDougald replaced Kam Chancellor, who retired after his neck injury was deemed too serious, at strong safety. This showing must provide relief to the a Seahawks team that's lost most of its once frightening Legion of Boom. He'll have a Week 2 meeting with Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears.
McDougald was sidelined for the final two exhibitions due to a strained pectoral, but the absences appear to have been precautionary. He'll enter the season as the replacement for long-time strong safety Kam Chancellor (neck) on the heels of three consecutive seasons with 75-plus tackles and working alongside All-Pro Earl Thomas.
McDougald (pectoral) has been ruled out for Friday's preseason game against the Vikings, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.
McDougald sustained a pectoral strain during Wednesday's practice and seemingly won't be ready in time for Friday's contest. His absence doesn't necessarily increase concern regarding the severity of the injury, but rather could be a byproduct of a short turnaround from practice to game. Next week's practice report will likely yield a more clear picture of his status moving forward.
McDougald will start at safety during the 2018 season, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.
After accruing 75 tackles and four pass breakups in a limited setting during 2017, McDougald was the obvious choice to fill in after Kam Chancellor (neck) couldn't get medically cleared. How exactly he's used is another question, though. If Earl Thomas decides to hold out into the season or is traded, Maurice Alexander and Tedric Thompson would both get reps at strong and free safety, respectively. McDougald would then likely bounce between the two positions, as he has the ability to perform in both situations. The sixth-year pro racked up 91 tackles, 10 pass breakups and two interceptions as a starter in Tampa Bay in 2016.
McDougald had 75 or more tackles each of the last three seasons, despite making only nine starts among his 16 games in 2017. He had a limited role in the first half of the season, eventually taking over as the starter at strong safety after Kam Chancellor suffered a career-threatening neck injury. The Seahawks hope Chancellor can return for 2018, but if not, McDougald is a competent replacement. The 27-year-old piled up 52 tackles in seven games (7.4 average) after Chancellor went down for the year.
|4||9/30/18||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ OAK||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|8||10/28/18||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ SF||4:05 pm|
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|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||50||40.0||10||0||1||0||0.0||0||0||7|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||87||67.0||20||0||2||1||0.5||1||0||4|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||91||79.0||12||0||2||32||16.0||32||0||10|
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|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||0||0||1||6||1||0|