Roster projection at midpoint

Logo -- PreseasonPhilip Rivers and Melvin Ingram gave the Seahawks a great test in Game 2 of the preseason, a 24-14 win by the Chargers, and we can only hope young guys such as Tedric Thompson, Tre Flowers and Germain Ifedi will learn from it.

Meanwhile, Chris Carson again showed why he is the No. 1 tailback (unless he keeps fumbling), Jaron Brown entrenched himself as the No. 3 receiver, David Moore secured a roster spot with a couple of stellar plays, and Maurice Alexander, Dontae Johnson and Poona Ford all gave the coaches something to think about as we head into the final two weeks.

Here’s our roster projection after two games:

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What we’re watching in Los Angeles

Logo -- PreseasonThe Seahawks have had a couple of surprise changes since their first preseason game.

As they head down to Los Angeles to face the Chargers in preseason Game 2, they will be without Rashaad Penny and Marcus Smith – the latter a surprise release Friday due to personal issues.

The Seahawks were going to have to make a roster transaction to accommodate new pass rusher Erik Walden, but cutting another pass rusher was a surprise.

It’s not like the Hawks are flush with pass rush, but Smith apparently has some personal issues he is working out and Pete Carroll said Smith agreed “it was the right thing to do.”

The Hawks also swapped out a cornerback for a running back, since Penny and Gerald Holmes (concussion) won’t play. In good RB news, C.J. Prosise is expected to play. Of course, he was expected to play last week, too, and then failed to.

Here’s what Carroll is looking for in L.A.: “We need to clean up all of the stuff that happened in the second half (against the Colts). We had 10 penalties in the second half. We need to get rid of that. That was terrible. First half was fine and clean and all that; we moved the ball well and did a lot of good things, but that got in the way in the second half – and it was all the young guys (who) were on the field and they need to be poised and make good decisions and play good, clean football.”

Here’s what we’ll be watching, by position:

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Penny aside, roster is getting healthier

Seahawks bandagesThe Seahawks have had a few big injury issues this camp — missing Dion Jordan, Doug Baldwin and Ed Dickson, among others — and now we can add Rashaad Penny to the list.

Along with a handful of guys coming off surgeries and a bunch of short-term ailments (at least seven hip flexor issues), it seems like the Hawks have had a lot of injuries. But the good thing — even in the case of Penny — is that very few of them are big deals. And the roster is getting healthier.

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Roster projection ahead of second game

Training camp logo2As the Seahawks gear up for their second preseason game (at the Chargers on Saturday), the roster already seems to be firming up — with only a handful of spots appearing open at this point.

The position with perhaps the most questions is cornerback. With Byron Maxwell and Neiko Thorpe missing over a week now, it has given others a chance to show what they have. Rookie Tre Flowers has grown daily, coaches say, Trovon Reed was a pick machine until he got nicked up, and Akeem King played very well against the Colts last week. Jeremy Boykins impressed enough that he got reps with the first defense this week, and Dontae Johnson is finally healthy enough to get into the starting mix a bit in practice.

It’s hard to see Maxwell not starting opposite Shaquill Griffin, but there’s enough talent that he or Thorpe could be in peril — especially if their injuries linger late in the month and other guys excel.

Other spots that seem up for grabs are RB4 (can C.J. Prosise get healthy?), WR5/6 (is Amara Darboh in danger?) and the back end of the offensive line.

Here are roster projections based on what we know at this point:

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Rookies, pass rushers show well vs. Colts

Logo -- PreseasonIt was Rookie Night at C-Link, with most of Seattle’s draft class and a few other newbies showing pretty well in the Seahawks’ first preseason game, a 19-17 loss to Indianapolis.

Third-round pick Rasheem Green was in on two sacks, including one with sixth-rounder Jake Martin; fifth-rounder Shaquem Griffin led Seattle with nine tackles; and fifth-rounder Michael Dickson boomed three punts for a 47.3 average, landing one inside the 20.

First-rounder Rashaad Penny showed good feet, even if he didn’t gain much ground (16 yards on eight carries), and Trey Flowers played pretty well for his first game as a corner.

“The young guys did really well. The draft picks were all involved with doing good stuff tonight,” Pete Carroll said. “They have been looking that way in practice as well, so it’s not really a surprise. It’s just really pleasing to see it showed up at game time. That’s very promising for us.”

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What we’re watching in preseason opener

Logo -- PreseasonSo much has changed with the Seahawks this year — stars gone, coaches switched, touted rookies arrived — and we finally get to see how it is all coming together when the Hawks open the preseason against the Colts on Thursday.

One of the biggest overall stories to watch is the development of the offense under Brian Schottenheimer, who has always come across as a very average coordinator but who also has never had a quarterback like Russell Wilson.

Schottenheimer has said the offense is 70 percent carryover from Darrell Bevell and 30 percent tweaks from Schottenheimer and Mike Solari. We won’t see every trick in Schottenheimer’s book, but it will be significant to see how the blocking scheme has improved (hopefully) and also see how Schottenheimer makes better use of running backs and tight ends.

“We’re a little different than we’ve been,” Pete Carroll said. “We have a little more spread in things that we’re trying to do with the running game in particular. It isn’t rocket science, but it has given us a chance to work our guys in some different principles and some man-blocking schemes and all of that, and our guys have really taken to it. Mike is a master of it and he’s doing a great job of transitioning these guys, so I am excited. … It’s probably the part of our team that I’m most looking forward to.”

Here’s what else we’ll be watching, by position:

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Top observations after one week

Training camp logo2One week into summer camp — and a week before the first preseason game — the Seahawks have had a few injury concerns pop up but also seem to be making progress in rebuilding their team.

Injuries to Doug Baldwin and Dion Jordan, especially, have some fans fairly concerned about receiver and pass rush.

Here’s a look at developments at each position so far and our concern level (5 being very worried):

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