The Seattle Seahawks will host the Minnesota Vikings Friday Night at CenturyLink Field in game two of the preseason. The Friday Night under the lights encounter will be the first time the Hawks are playing host.
Seattle will be looking to build on last Sundays impressive 48-17 win over the Los Angeles Charger in LA. A solid defensive effort was aided by the Trevon Boykin and Kasen Williams show. Boykin passed and ran for a touchdown while Williams grabbed 4 passes for 119 yards.
The Vikings will be looking to continue their undefeated preseason after a 17 to 10 win over the Buffalo Bills. Vikings quarterback Case January had decent passing numbers as he went 11-16 for 121 yards. The mobile Keenum will be a good test for the Seahawks second string defensive back corps.
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Thomas Rawls has suffered a minor ankle injury and he is not expected to participate in the game, paving the way for Eddie Lacy to prove to coaches he is still an effective running back. Lacy is not the only one looking to prove his worth in the crowded competition for a running spot on the 45 man roster.
“Yeah. You’re going to see Eddie Lacy and see a good dose of Eddie and CJ [Prosise] and Chris [Carson] and Alex [Collins]. You’re going to see all the guys.” Head coach Peter Carroll said after Thursday’s practice. “Mike Davis played really well last week, so all those guys will play and again we’re going to just keep accumulating reps as we evaluate those guys. With really high hopes. It’s a very competitive group. Hopefully, we can get moving at the line of scrimmage so we can see those guys.”
2. Defensive backfield
Rookie Shaquill Griffin started at right cornerback for the injured Jeremy Lane against the Chargers and had a decent game. Lane had a groin injury and could play on Friday. Although he practiced, Lane sat out full team drills and was replaced by Griffin. To complicate matters, the Seahawks signed former San Francisco 49er Rightcornerback Tramaine Brock.
“It’s competition. It just goes to the competition. Really, we are just trying to get better. We are pretty young. ” Carroll said of the defensive back competition.” Without DeShawn Right-cornerback around, we don’t have the backlog of our style of guys playing with us in the program, so it’s just an area we are looking at and we want to make sure we can make it as competitive as possible.”
Shead was last years starter along side Sherman but he is not expected back until October or later due to a torn knee ligament and surgery suffered during the Seahawks playoff to Atlanta last January.