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Wagner shining as one of league's top linebackers

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 15: Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner #54 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after a play against the Los Angeles Rams at CenturyLink Field on December 15, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • Bobby Wagner was the best player on the field in the Seattle Seahawks Week 9 game versus the Washington Redskins. His 91.6 game grade was Sunday‚Äôs top performance for a linebacker and his fifth top-five performance of the season.
  • Wagner was all over the field Sunday making plays against the run, in coverage, and as a pass-rusher. On 36 coverage snaps Wagner was targeted five times and only surrendered seven yards on three catches. While in coverage he notched a pass breakup and three stops. Only rushing the passer on three snaps, Wagner made the most of his opportunity getting pressure on two of them including a sack in the end zone for a safety. Defending the run, Wagner added an additional two stops brining his total for the game to five.
  • Wagner has been the best linebacker this season by a decent margin. His696.6 overall grade is one of the top-graded seasons for a linebacker in the PFF era. Wagner is as complete of a player as they come ranking inside the top-10 in run-stop percentage (11.4 percent), pass-rush productivity (26.7), and yards allowed per cover snap (0.62).

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