Bobby Wagner
Bobby Wagner
28-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Seattle Seahawks
Questionable
Injury Groin
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Wagner is a high-velocity wrecking ball that gets nicked up from time to time – he was limited by a hamstring injury for a stretch even as he played 16 games last year – but that speed and violence are the same traits that make him so effective. With 4.5 speed and 300 tackles over the last two years, few linebackers pose the danger he does, including as a blitzer and turnover source. With the Seattle dynasty in seeming decline, it's possible his per-snap tackle rate will increase as opponents perhaps call more run plays due to having more leads than they did against the Legion of Boom at its greatest heights. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $43 million contract with the Seahawks in August of 2015.
May be ready for Week 3
LBSeattle Seahawks
Groin
September 17, 2018
Head coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Wagner (groin) could return for Week 3's game against the Cowboys, Liz Matthews of USA Today reports.
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Wagner will be sidelined for Monday night's showdown with the Bears after playing in every defensive snap for the Seahawks in Week 1. More information on Wagner's status will come when Seattle resumes practicing next week, but the team appears to be optimistic even though the Seahawks will be operating on a short week.
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Depth Chart Status
Snap Counts
  • 2018 Defensive Snaps:
    74
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    5
 
Def Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
1072
72
2017
1026
76
2018
74
5
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other LBs)

Height:   6' 0"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   245 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.46 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   4.28 sec
ELITE
Cone Drill:   7.10 sec
ELITE
Arm Length:   0.00 in
Not Available
Hand Length:   0.00 in
Not Available
Vertical Jump:   40 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   132 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   24 reps
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Seattle Seahawks Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
Wagner had a career year in 2016, mainly because he stayed healthy. It was the first time since his 2012 rookie year that he played 16 games, as he dealt with a combination of ankle, toe, and pectoral issues the three years prior. Perhaps last season was a fortunate aberration, or perhaps it was the new normal. Either way, even if he misses a couple games this year, Wagner's nose for the ball and elite athleticism give him high weekly upside. He is capable of producing in all phases of defensive play.
If Wagner could stay healthy for 16 games, he would be a good bet to outperform this ranking. Unfortunately, he missed games in each of the last three years, eight in total, due to ankle, turf toe and pectoral troubles. When on the field, Wagner is an elite player in both real life and IDP terms, combining crushing physicality and DB-like speed to pose a threat in all phases of defensive play. The bottom line is his upside makes him worth the injury risk after he produced at a pace that projects to 136 tackles, three sacks and one pick per 16 games over his first four seasons.
Two years too late, Wagner finally received his first All-Pro honor last season, despite missing five games with a turf toe injury. Even on a defense that has ranked no higher than 27th in snaps each of the last three years, Wagner has been an unstoppable tackle machine, averaging nearly 10 a game last season. Considering he hit triple-digit tackles on just 658 snaps last year, Wagner has 160-tackle upside if he ever sees close to 1,000 snaps, though Seattle's ability to consistently force punts and turnovers make that unlikely. As perhaps the league's most athletic linebacker with 4.46 speed, he also has more upside for sacks and interceptions than his career numbers suggest.
Wagner was, as expected, a big hit in 2013, posting 120 tackles (72 solo), five sacks and two interceptions despite missing two games with a high ankle sprain. Measuring in at 6-0, 241-pounds, Wagner possesses 4.4 speed to go along with elite lower body strength and explosiveness (39.5-inch vertical, 132-inch broad jump), and he possesses blitzing skills very few linebackers can match. That makes him a lethal fit in Seattle's swarming defense, as offensive lines can't account for both Wagner and the defensive line, leaving creases between blockers that allow Wagner to fly to quarterbacks and other ballcarriers. The result has been 259 tackles (158 solo) and seven sacks in his first two years, and there's no reason to think he'll slow down from here. Since Seattle is so good at pressuring quarterbacks, Wagner also gets the opportunity to intercept hurried and off-target passes, something he's done five times thus far in his two-year career. His ankle sprain from last year appears to mostly be a fluke, as he didn't miss a game in any of the four years prior to last, dating back to his days at Utah State. He's a high-floor, high-ceiling IDP investment and a dark horse candidate to finish atop the linebacker IDP point total this year.
If you're the gambling sort, you might want to rank Wagner ahead of James Laurinaitis and perhaps even on a plane similar to Luke Kuechly's. Like Kuechly, Wagner was a rookie last year who, despite possessing much less hype than the Carolina star, quickly established himself as one of the league’s most dominant defenders. Although he began the year in a two-down role, it didn't take long for Wagner to emerge as Seattle's top linebacker, and he finished with 139 tackles (86 solo), two sacks and three interceptions. Wagner is a highly disruptive player with exceptional speed, and he should continue to supplement his high tackle totals with impact plays in coverage and behind the line of scrimmage. And there's actually reason to suspect Wagner can improve on his stats in 2013. He posted those 139 tackles while playing just 849 snaps on defense, whereas Kuechly and Laurinaitis played 923 and 1,080, respectively. If Wagner can approach 1,000 snaps on defense, 160 tackles might come with them.
David Hawthorne's departure leaves the middle linebacker spot open, but Wagner will have to beat out veteran Barrett Ruud. Like Mychal Kendricks in Philadelphia, Wagner has athleticism that rivals that of the typical NFL cornerback – he posted a 40-yard dash of 4.46 seconds at his pro day while adding a 39.5-inch vertical. A gifted blitzer, Wagner should be a frightening presence in an amorphous Seattle front seven that is loaded with versatility and speed. Wagner finished his last 37 games at Utah State with 394 tackles, including 26.5 for a loss. He just needs to get on the field.
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Won't play Monday
LBSeattle Seahawks
Groin
September 15, 2018
Wagner (groin) is ruled out for Monday's game against the Bears, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
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Misses practice again
LBSeattle Seahawks
Groin
September 14, 2018
Wagner (groin) missed another practice Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Tending to groin injury
LBSeattle Seahawks
Groin
September 13, 2018
Wagner was absent from Thursday's practice due to a groin injury, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
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Makes five stops Sunday
LBSeattle Seahawks
September 10, 2018
Wagner made five tackles -- including one for loss -- and one pass breakup in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Broncos.
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Lined up with starters at walkthrough
LBSeattle Seahawks
August 16, 2018
Wagner (hamstring) worked as the starting middle linebacker in Thursday's walkthrough practice, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
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