The Seahawks f wrapped up their 2023 preseason with a 15 to 19 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Saturday afternoon at Lambeau Field. The Packers started their first teamers while the Seahawks fielded a team made up mostly of second teamers. Such is the case in the preseason. Teams are at different phases in their evaluation process.
“Coming here is a special place. Good crowd and all that kind of stuff, so we had to do silent count and all the things you do on the road. Our young guys handled it. What I was really pleased about and what I love about these guys is that it doesn’t matter who is out there. They play their tails off. Terrific effort up front on offense, up front on defense from our guys regardless of who is out there. We fight all the way throughout, whatever the opportunity presents to us. We were hoping to bring them down and win a football game there at the end. We were all thinking we were going to win. The mentality of that and this locker room is special, it is strong, it is together, and I couldn’t be more pleased with it”Pete Carroll on his young guys taking on Packers first team starters
The Packer’s 2023 season will see the debut of quarterback Jordan Love as a full-time starter. With Geno Smith returning as the starter Drew Lock saw the majority of the quarterback snaps for the Seahawks. Saturday’s preseason final was the last opportunity for nonstarters to impress coaches in a game-like condition.
MATURATION OF DREW LOCK
The goal this offseason was to get Lock game-ready if and when his number was called. As a result, Lock played the majority of the snaps in the Green Bay Packers.
Lock cemented his place with the coaches as not only a capable but ready back. Call this preseason the maturation of Lock. Against the Packers, the Seahawks punted in their first four offensive series. A patient and mature Lock engineered a Seahawks scoring drive on its fifth possession of the game. The Seahawks went to a no-huddle offense ran the ball four straight times and scored on a nifty 18-yard touchdown pass from Lock to Jake Bobo.
The 6’4 207 undrafted rookie out of UCLA continued to maximize his opportunity to land on the Seahawks 53-man roster. His strong outing on Saturday pretty much sealed the deal for Bobo who finished the game with two receptions for 27 yards which included an 18-yard TD catch. In the team’s three preseason games Bobo caught seven catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns
A likable player because of his perspective Bobo became a team favorite and now he is becoming somewhat of a cult hero to the 12’s.
BOBO THANKFUL TWEET
“He has done everything he has had a chance to do. He has blocked well. He has played with terrific effort. He is a smart kid. He has made big plays. He has made routine plays. He just comes through with whatever we ask him to do. I am thrilled for him that he had another chance in this game. Drew (Lock) gives him a great pass and a great call. The whole thing was just a gorgeous football play and he figured out how to finish it just right. He has been terrific.”Pete Carroll on Jake BOBO
EASOP WINSTON JR
Another receiver who will make it difficult for coaches is Easop Winston Jr. Like Bobo Winston Jr. had a productive preseason recording six catches for 103 yards and one touchdown.
The Seahawks have 13 receivers listed on their roster. That number will quickly change in the next 72 hours. With DK. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Jackson Smith-Njigba occupying roster spots it becomes a sheer numbers game. Dee Eskridge will soon be placed on the suspended list. That leaves three maybe two roster spots.
Three players, Winston Jr, Bobo, and Matt Landers who had two catches for ten yards on Saturday will be fighting for those three spots. Also in the mix are Dareke Young a special teams player last in 2022, Cody Thompson and Cade Johnson. Johnson played 12 snaps against Green Bay which is somewhat of a miracle since he cleared concussion protocol on August 22 just twelve daysafter going to the hospital at halftime in the Vikings game. Young and Thompson did not play in the Green Bay game.
“He has great hands. He catches the heck out of the football all the time, so there is nothing new there, but he came through. You still have to do that in the game. I’m really glad that he got the opportunity to show that and put it on film.”Pete Carroll on Winston Jr. performance
The talent and depth in the defensive backfield have produced a neck-to-neck race for the starting cornerback positions. Rookie Devon Witherspoon has been hampered all summer with a leg injury that has knocked him out of the competition for now. Witherspoon will begin running next week and when he was healthy, he played the slot in the nickel.
The fierce battle for the starting cornerback has Riq Woolen, Tre Brown, Coby Bryant, and Michael Jackson scrapping it out like junkyard dogs. Jackson started the last two preseason games at right cornerback and has recorded 11 tackles and two pass defenses. Jackson’s issue in the two games has been inconsistency. Against Green Bay he gave up a touchdown then blocked the PAT on the next play. One of his two-pass defenses against the Packers showed how good he can be. After biting on a receiver fake Jackson chased down the receiver and battered the ball away for an incomplete pass.
- Mariners have plenty to do to repair their reputation
- After a mini-break, the Seahawks set sights on a rematch with the 49ers.
- Mariners make the first move at Winter meetings, trade Marco Gonzales, Jarred Kelenic, and Evan Wither
- Seattle Storm to Host Draft Lottery Party Sunday at Rough & Tumble Pub
- BREAKING: No.2 Huskies to play No. 3 Texas in College Football Semi-Final Game at Sugar Bowl