Philip 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:
Continue reading Roster projection at midpoint
The 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:
Continue reading What we’re watching in Los Angeles
It 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.”
Continue reading Rookies, pass rushers show well vs. Colts
So 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:
Continue reading What we’re watching in preseason opener
Last year proved pretty definitively that backup QB is one of the least important positions in Seattle.
They went with a rookie behind Russell Wilson, who then refused to miss a start despite major knee and ankle sprains that had him functioning at around 50 percent or less for much of the season.
If Wilson didn’t miss a game last year, it seems unlikely he will ever miss one (barring an ACL injury or something similarly major).
So this summer’s battle between incumbent No. 2 Trevone Boykin and Austin Davis is not really a big thing. Still, the Hawks need a second passer and need to make a choice.
The question Seattle coaches must ask themselves: Do they want a guy who makes big plays both ways or a guy who makes smart plays? Because that is the difference between Boykin and Davis.
Continue reading Backup QB choice: Big plays both ways or just play it smart?
As they prepared for their final preseason game, the Seahawks seemed to have made some key roster decisions.
The report that they are looking to trade Jermaine Kearse basically confirms that J.D. McKissic will be on the 53-man roster after Saturday’s cuts. It also could mean they are clearing a spot for Tanner McEvoy to join receivers Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Paul Richardson, Kasen Williams and Amara Darboh.
With the do-it-all McKissic now counting as a running back, the Seahawks seem locked in on these positional numbers: QB 2, RB 6, TE 3, DL 9, LB 6, ST 3. And most of the decisions are made at those spots, with backup QB maybe the only position of contention (if David Bass and Marcus Smith are the final two D-linemen and D.J. Alexander is a keeper at linebacker).
So the fluid positions appear to be WR (5 or 6), OL (8 or 9) and DB (9 or 10) — with one of those groups destined to go light a player.
Continue reading Which position gives for McKissic?
Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise “can go” vs. Oakland, but will they?
Five more Seahawks are undergoing the blood treatment K.J. Wright said made him feel “1,000 percent” better.
Doctor reviews on Regenokine are mixed, but the Seahawks are always in “relentless pursuit of a competitive edge.”
Tyler Lockett is one of the guys in the Regenokine “circle,” meaning he won’t play at all this preseason.
Doug Baldwin did not undergo Regenokine, but he did go to London for preventive stem-cell treatment.