The Seahawks went through their first dress rehearsal Saturday afternoon at CenturyLink Field Saturday afternoon. The team’s first of three mock games was an opportunity for the players to get acclimatized to playing without fans. Even more important the mock game was an opportunity for coaches to evaluate the player’s in-game line conditions.
A brutal reminder of just how violent the game of football game is ended the scrimmage just before halftime because of an injury to DE Branden Jackson. The fifth-year player from Texas Tech suffered a blow to the chin and was knocked out. An ambulance was brought onto the field and Jackson was transported to an area hospital because the Seahawks did not have their full game-day medical equipment on site.
QUICK TAKES FROM THE SCRIMMAGE
THIRD DOWN EMPHASIS
The Seahawks starting offense led by Wilson was 4-of-5 on third down with three of the team’s big wideouts making critical plays. Greg Olsen, Tyler Lockett, and DK Metcalf all had big third-down grabs that allowed the drives to continue. Metcalf’s lone reception was not only on third down, but it was also touchdown. Lockett led all receivers with four receptions. According to Russell Wilson, the team has been working on its third-down execution.
“ When you can execute on third down you get the ball more and it’s something Shotty ( Brian Schottenheimer ) has been emphasizing during training camp.”
COMPETITIVE BATTLE AT CENTER
The battle for spots on the offensive line is fierce, intense, and downright contentious. Duane Brown is the only sure bet and all other positions are up from grabs. The starting offensive line for Wilson squad were guards Jordan Simmons, and Damien Lewis. Might have to retract my earlier statement. Lewis looks to be the other sure bet on the offensive line. The rookies play on Saturday and during training camp so far has been stellar.
The tackles where Chad Wheeler, and Brandon Shell with Ethan Pocic at center. The center position is the most competitive out of all the o-line battles. Head coach Pete Carroll noted that the Pocic, B.J. Finney and Kyle Fuller are all in the running for the starting position. Carroll did acknowledge that Fuller’s suspension will put him behind in the battle for the starting position.
“ It’s a battle and they are just competing like crazy and we got Kyle Fuller though a statement came out today saying he will miss some games. The competition will continue, and we have seen enough plays to know B.J. and Ethan can handle it. It’s a good healthy competition.”Pete Carroll on the battle for the starting center position
DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD LOOKS READY FOR ACTION
Linebacker Bobby Wagner sacked Gino Smith on third down to force a 40-yard field goal by Jason Myers. Safeties Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs fit like hand and glove. The communication between the two was clear, direct, and complimented the play of Shaquill Griffin, Quinton Dunbar and Tre Flowers.
Flowers trotted out with the first team defense but was later replaced by Dunbar. The two are engaged in a competitive battle for the starting cornerback position opposite Griffin.