New position, less attention in Shaquem Griffin's 2nd year

Published 6:14 p.m. ET June 13, 2019

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Shaquem Griffin is thankful for a relatively normal offseason, even if it included a position change.

After a year during which he was in the spotlight for first being drafted and then making the Seattle Seahawks roster despite having lost his left hand as a child, the second-year linebacker enjoyed the lack of attention this year.

“I didn’t have to worry about the extra everybody trying to hype your head up and get you big-headed, and stuff like that, and everybody telling you what you can and cannot do,” Griffin said Thursday as the Seahawks wrapped up their mandatory minicamp. “More so for me was to take time for yourself, find out who you are, find out what you want to do, find out what your goals are, and what you want to get out of the next season and go after it.”

Griffin will begin his second training camp next month in a different position and feeling more comfortable when he’s on the field. Griffin has moved from weak side linebacker to the strong side, where he will play closer to the line of scrimmage. Griffin’s ability to be disruptive there won’t be known until the preseason rolls…

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