CARSON, Calif. — So what did we learn from a Seahawks’ 48-17 preseason win over a Chargers Sunday night?
Glad we asked.
Here are 8 things that stood out, in no sold order.
1, Kasen Williams competence be prepared for a breakthrough.
Okay, all a common caveats request to all created here, that is that a starting units for any group played as a whole for usually one array and that this is usually one game, etc., etc., etc.
But even yet Williams was going opposite an undrafted rookie giveaway representative personification his initial diversion in Chargers cornerback Michael Davis, it was a perfect fantastic inlet of his 4 catches for 119 yards that stood out.
“He illuminated adult a sidelines,’’ manager Pete Carroll pronounced later. “Not since it was one or dual yet since it’s 4 estimable plays.’’
Williams has played in 3 unchanging deteriorate games and dual playoff games in his initial dual years with a Seahawks, spending many of his time on a use squad. His approach to a register mark seemed serve detained in a offseason when a group drafted dual receivers, including Amara Darboh in a third round. But Darboh has a sternum damage that hold him out Sunday and Paul Richardson also now has a shoulder damage that could sideline him for a while.
Suddenly, a doorway seems far-reaching open for Williams to start a deteriorate on a 53-man roster. And Sunday Williams showed he’s prepared to jump by — or should it be over? — anything.
2, The combination of a descent line stays muddled.
It competence be satisfactory to contend that a usually certain things sojourn that Justin Britt will start during core and that Luke Joeckel will start during possibly left ensure or left tackle. Germain Ifedi played a initial half during right tackle and stays a personality there. But he also got clearly kick by San Diego standout finish Joey Bosa on dual plays that helped kill a initial expostulate and rookie Ethan Pocic played many of a second half and stays an option. George Fant started during left tackle yet Joeckel also got some plays there creation it transparent a group considers that still an option, too. Oday Aboushi started during right ensure yet Mark Glowinski also played almost there and that seems like a flattering tighten heat, still.
Carroll pronounced after he suspicion a pass insurance “was unequivocally good tonight’’ afterwards total “we didn’t run a round as we would like to have opposite them.’’
Indeed, Seattle tailbacks total for usually 79 yards on 28 carries, yet they did measure 3 touchdowns, dual from rookie Chris Carson whose 19 yards on 7 carries doesn’t accurately execute how good he ran.
Seattle’s best using came from a quarterbacks, who total for 54 yards on 8 carries. Seattle will need to do improved out of a required using diversion to be a kind of group it wants to be this deteriorate (though we’ll chuck in another premonition that Wilson and Thomas Rawls also played usually one array — it’d almost demeanour improved with those dual using a review choice a lot).
3, Speaking of using backs, it was a good day for Carson and Mike Davis, not so many for Alex Collins.
Carroll remarkable after that Carson had a 13-yard run nullified due to a chastisement and pronounced Carson “looked flattering good. .. He ran tough down by a idea line.’’
Also impressing was Mike Davis, a waiver handle pickup in a offseason who was let go by a 49ers who led a Seahawks with 33 yards on 8 carries and also held one pass for 7 yards.
“Mike Davis did a good job, too,’’ Carroll said.
Collins, meanwhile, struggled with 9 yards on 6 carries (though he did have a touchdown) and a forsaken pass on fourth down and as of Sunday looks a small some-more like an peculiar male out in a foe for a final mark or dual during tailback.
4, Trevone Boykin appears flattering set as a backup quarterback.
One diversion won’t totally make any decision.
But Boykin was already a front-runner for a backup QB job, if maybe by a skinny margin, and other than one pass (the interception in a third quarter) could frequency have played improved in going 12-15 for 189 yards flitting while also using 4 times for 31 yards. Austin Davis also played good yet Boykin has girl and intensity on his side as good as a somewhat cheaper contract.
Said Carroll: “It was unequivocally a night for Tre.” One that competence have usually about already wrapped adult a amour over a backup QB spot.
5, The immature defensive backs are going to need some time to learn.
A lot of hype surrounded a drafting of 4 defensive backs final spring, generally third-rounder Shaquill Griffin, who with Jeremy Lane out got a start during right cornerback.
Griffin, though, was beaten for a touchdown on a initial array of a game, despite by a intensity Hall-of-Fame combo of Philip Rivers to parsimonious finish Antonio Gates, a five-yard scoring pass on third down.
“He had a possibility to make a play on Gates down there,’’ manager Pete Carroll pronounced later. “His initial shot during a Hall of Famer and he didn’t get it done.’’ Carroll also mentioned another pass that Griffin “wasn’t in good position on. … But we suspicion he did okay.’’
Fellow rookie Tedric Thompson after in a initial entertain wasn’t in position to during slightest enclose what became a 74-yard touchdown pass from Kellen Clemens to Travis Benjamin.
Carroll after pronounced usually “we missed a play. we can tell we that. We missed a play.’’
Such plays are to be approaching for immature players still anticipating their way, and it’s value remembering that’s what a 4 rookie DBs still are.
6, The Blair Walsh plan is off to a good start.
Because Walsh missed a brief game-winner opposite a Seahawks in a playoffs dual years ago and after was expelled by a Vikings has led to some distinct angst among Seattle fans already during slightest sad, if not officious unhappy, a group couldn’t keep renouned kicker Stephen Hauschka.
But all along a classification has taken a longer perspective of this tradeoff — Walsh is roughly $2 million cheaper this year than Hauschka (and also on usually a one-year contract) and a Seahawks consider a change of view competence concede him to lapse to a form he had in 2012 when he was a initial group All-Pro.
So distant so good as Walsh done both margin idea attempts (42, 29) and all 6 additional points and also sent 5 of his 9 kickoffs into a finish section with a rest executed good adequate that nothing were returned past a 29.
7, A lot of defenders stood out yet Nazair Jones competence have stood out a most.
The 4 forced turnovers led to a lot of defensive highlights, yet it’s value remembering that all came when a quarterback not named Philip Rivers was playing.
Still, it was heartening to see a Seahawks’ second and third units play such a ball-hawking character — it seemed to give some initial effect to Carroll’s explain progressing in a week that this register competence be improved from 1-90 than any Seattle has had in a while.
One actor whose opening competence have been a many suggestive was rookie defensive tackle Nazair Jones, who had 4 tackles, one for a loss, one quarterback strike and one deflected pass that incited into an interception.
The 6-5, 304-pounder can play 3 spots along a defensive line and a Seahawks are counting on him to play substantially, generally with a abyss holding a strike with Malik McDowell’s situation. Jones left a initial sense suggesting he should be means to fit right in immediately.
8, The many astonishing opening came from defensive finish Christian French.
The former Oregon Duck isn’t totally new to a Seahawks — he was primarily sealed as an undrafted giveaway representative following a 2016 breeze before pang an damage and being waived a few weeks after and also took partial in a team’s rookie mini-camp this year as a audition player.
But French didn’t react a group until being sealed again on Thursday, new adequate that he wasn’t on a central register for Sunday’s diversion heading to some difficulty in a press box among those unknown with a Seahawks
And yet he had usually dual days of use underneath his belt French looked some-more than comfortable, recuperating one fail that he returned to a 1-yard-line, recuperating another on a second-to-last play of a game, creation one pouch and creation another tackle on special teams.
Carroll remarkable that he also “had a integrate good rushes, too, when he didn’t get to a quarterback. He had a flattering good night initial time out.”
Said French: “It was a biggest feeling in a universe removing a pouch in a game. My initial NFL diversion and initial preseason diversion ever. It’s been a prolonged time coming. we have been operative out a lot to ready for this opportunity. It usually happened all during one time.”
The Seahawks are always looking for pass rushers and injuries to a likes of McDowell and Dion Jordan are withdrawal a doorway open usually a moment for someone else to trip through.
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