As the 12’s brace for the first football game in the emerald city in 2017, the Seattle Seahawks look forward to further growth and development among their young players layered in the depth chart.  As week 2 of the preseason goes the first team will get a few series then hit the sideline to cheer on their teammates, while key starters will sit this game.

What will I be looking for in week #2

Offense:

Russell Wilson to sustain long drives through the air when needed with accuracy/touch and scoring production.

Eddie Lacy who has grown on me after shedding twenty plus pounds has shown the down hill run skills with vision to bounce to open space that he displayed as a rookie at Green Bay.  With the “Junk yard Dog” Thomas Rawls not in action tonight, look for Lacy to set the tone early in the run game.

Chris Carson is currently the preseason darling scoring touchdowns last week on a few one yard plunges.  A downhill runner with good size and speed, I want to see him create in space and burst for first downs consistently.

Alex Collins who worked hard to change his physique from a year ago, is a slashing runner with quick feet to string several cuts on a single run, has done very little with the opportunities given him thus far in camp and vs. the Chargers in week one.  While it is still early in the process the 5th round pick from 2016 maybe on the outside looking in.  As competition mounts at the running back position don’t be surprised if the Seahawks brass entertain calls from other teams about this talented runner caught in a bottle neck.

Mike Davis the former 49er is extremely talented and possesses both speed and power along with a pick and slide running style to breakdown and shake defenders in space or run them over.  Not enough footballs to go around.

 

Continuity among the Offensive Line:  As we all know Coach Cable likes playing music chairs with his players, a mix and match line up each week in order to grasp an understanding of the right combination of players heading into the 2017 season.  The method to his madness is finding the right combo, but also mentally preparing players to develop as swing players at other positions in case of injuries.  The run game mesh points or fits are critical for all successful offenses.  Pass pro is reactionary development and recognition while maintaining proper technique through the whistle.  Growing together as a group and developing the continuity headed into the season opener will be the challenge for Coach Cable and this young group.  I like what I see!

Wide Receivers:

Kasen Williams had an outstanding performance against the Chargers and looks to build on his route tree production in week #2.

Amara Darboh has caught the least amount of balls of all the receivers in camp.  Its time for this rookie to have a break out game and display why the Seahawks drafted him in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft.  He has the rare combination of size and speed with a wide catching radius.  Its time to make to make some noise young man!

Tanner McEvoy  This talented receiver has size, speed and play making ability, currently finds himself in a dog fight for a 2017 jersey, I have him on the roster but he has to make that step and continued growth as a receiver and special teams ace to remind the Seahawks why he earned a jersey as a rookie.

Kenny Lawler Has done everything the Seahawks front office has asked, gain weight and strength – done.  Develop your overall game when it comes to route running skills and the understanding of the defensive concepts you face on pre snap reads – done.  Lawler has ran with the ones and looked good, my only question can he develop and take that next step as a special teams core player.

David Moore made alot of noise early and often in rookie mini-camp and early stages of training camp but sense faded into the ranks.  A former running back converted to receiver from a small college in Ada Oklahoma, has good skill set and likes to get dirty, meaning high pointing and diving for balls to make the high light catch.  Look for this young player to open some eyes and impress the coaching staff the next few weeks.

 

Defense:

With KJ Wright going through what Coach Carroll called a “Process” to research or treat an injury, the Hawks depth at linebacker is getting tested early.  Veteran Terence Garvin has been a huge bright spot during OTA’s, Training Camp not to mention his pick six vs the L.A. Chargers in week one of the preseason.  I really like his football instincts vs run or pass and ability to play in space.  While Dewy McDonald is undersized for the position according to NFL standards, keep an eye on this linebacker who does a very good job seeking out ball carriers while sifting thru traffic and is a core specials team nut.

Naz Jones continues to grow and develop from rookie mini-camp til today.  He has excellent combination of size, length, power, body balance and control not to mention speed in chase and pursuit.  Alot of what this big man possesses is god given talent, but the passion for the game has jumped out at me during practice sessions.  Bright future!

The Seahawks front office added a veteran cornerback Tramaine Brock this week, while rookie Shaq Griffin is continuing to develop on the edge and gets better with every rep adding Brock to the depth is a smart move.  I like Neiko Thorpe’s body type and skill set but his football instincts outside the numbers falls short for me.  His inconsistent ability to track and get his hands on balls, separates him from some of his teammates.

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