"He's going to be another special player one day," Robinson said of Wagner. "I call him a 'Baby Patrick Willis' because I hadn't seen a linebacker move like that since Pat."
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With the Seahawks unwilling to match what the New Orleans Saints were willing to pay David Hawthorne, Seattle's leading tackler the last three seasons, Wagner is competing with veteran Barrett Ruud for the starting middle linebacker job. Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradleydiscussed Wagner's progress with "The Brock & Salk Show" on 710 ESPN Seattle.
"He really is doing well," Bradley said. "I think those flashes that Michael talked about – the speed, the strength and just his ability to show some flash plays has shown up. That's the reason why we drafted him."
Bradley added that the team is trying to "speed up the learning curve" for Wagner, including having the rookie from Utah State make all the calls in a defensive huddle that has a strong leadership presence.
"It comes back to the cliché of mental toughness and trying to develop that," Bradley continued. "And for us, we try to put our guys in a calm and, at times, a hostile environment, because that's how you speed up the whole process. So we're forcing Bobby to make all the calls. Now, let's say its two weeks or three weeks, we're really struggling at that point, K.J. Wright can make all the calls. He did it last year, he can get us into defenses and can make the solid calls and we can take a little less off of Bobby's plate. So we have answers to it, but we'd really like to progress (to) where he's (Wagner's) in charge of the huddle."