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NFL 2014 Preseason week 1 roundup – Vol. 3

Volume 3

Over the last few days I have been watching every preseason game in its entirety looking for players who stand out one way or another.  Some stand out in a positive way and others not so much.  Preseason roundups are a brief, 2-3 paragraph, summary of what stood out.

Previous week 1 volumes

Volume 1 Volume 2

Buccaneers 10 (0-1-0) @ Jaguars 16 (1-0-0)

The Jacksonville Jaguars looked strong in their preseason opener against in state rival Tampa

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Bay.  Former Seattle Seahawks Chris Clemons, Red Bryant and Winston Guy took control of the game early.  Bryant stuffed the run while Clemons picked up a sack and Guy took an interception to the house.

Head coach Gus Bradley, former defensive coordinator of the Seahawks, has to be happy with what he is seeing from his team.  Especially rookie quarterback Blake Bortles.  Blake was cool, calm and collected in his Jaguars debut. Despite stating that they were not going to start Bortles, they will have little choice if he keeps playing like he did against the Buccaneers.

On the other side of the field, second year quarterback Mike Glennon had a solid game.

Dolphins 10 (0-1-0) @ Falcons 16 (1-0-0)

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Miami Dolphins’ undrafted free agent quarterback Seth Lobato squandered away opportunities to beat the Atlanta Falcons.  All around Lobato had a tough game but a miss-handling of a 4th quarter snap, deep in the red zone, was recovered by Atlanta and it ended the threat of the go-ahead touchdown.  He had one more chance to lead his team to victory but a 4th down pass thrown behind an open receiver sealed the Dolphins’ fate.

It wasn’t all bad for the Dolphins, Jarvis Landry looked good returning punts, including a 48 yard return that he almost took to all the way. Unfortunately, Damien Williams had to be carted off the field late in the game.

1st round pick Jake Matthews had an unimpressive debut.  He looked outstanding in the teams first drive but a couple big mistakes killed the teams second.  The biggest was a holding call on what would have been a 76 yard touchdown run by Antone Smith. Falcons’ running back Devante Freeman, a 4th round pick, was exciting to watch and showed big play potential. Fellow rookie Kimario McFadden made of couple big special teams plays before laving the field with an apparent shoulder injury.

Eagles 28 (0-1-0) @ Bears 34 (1-0-0)

The Chicago Bears fought back from a 1st half deficit to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles.  Former Panther Jimmy Clausen threw two touchdowns to take a 3rd quarter lead, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The most impressive a 73 yard touchdown to Chris Williams who pulled his hamstring on the play.

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Tight end Zach Miller had a strong day for the Bears.  He ended the game with two touchdown, one of which he used his strength to pull away from the defender.  6th round quarterback David Fales looked sharp on his first pass hitting Josh Bellamy down the sidelines for 41 yards.  The very next throw he miss read and it was nearly intercepted.  Luckily the cornerback couldn’t hold on.  Unfortunately few plays later Eagles cornerback Jaylen Watkins was able to hold on to an interception.

Mark Sanchez looked impressive in his Eagles debut.  He appeared to have complete command of Chip Kelly’s offense, leading Philly on three 2nd quarter scoring drives.  Not only did Sanchez have a good outing, helping his case in the backup quarterback battle, but Matt Barkley had a forgettable night.  Last years starter, and projected 2014 starting quarterback, Nick Foles had a rough night.  Foles was intercepted on his first drive and then again later by Chicago’s second unit defense. Nick only threw two interceptions all last season.

Steelers 16 (0-1-0) @ Giants 20 (2-0-0)

The New York Giants score a late touchdown to defeat the Pittsburg Steelers.  If I’m being

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honest it was one of the most boring football games I have ever watched.  Neither team played very well, and I cannot blame them.  The referee’s made threw so many flags that the game had no flow to it. A couple players managed to stood.  Steelers’ running back Dri Archer showed his explosiveness in space and Giants’ running back Rashad Jennings took a handoff up the middle for a 73 yard touchdown run. Giants defensive back Charles James II hurt his chances of making the roster with a muffed punt.


Week 1 NFL preseason roundup volume 4 click here.

Rams at Seahawks photo blog

Photos from the Seahawks game in week 17

In the final game the Seahawks played in 2012 they beat the Rams 20-13

Taima led the Seahawks onto the field Sunday. Photo by Brett Bivens

It was fan appreciation day at CenturyLink Field. Photo by Brett Bivens

Chris Clemons getting a hit on Sam Bradford. Photo by Brett Bivens

Doug Baldwin hauling in one of his two reception during the game. Photo by Brett Bivens

This pass to Zach Miller would have been Russell Wilson’s record tying 26th touchdown pass if not for a pass interference call on Anthony McCoy. Photo by Brett Bivens

Danny Amendola making a great catch against Marcus Trufant. Photo by Brett Bivens

Seattle is always tough on Steven Jackson. He has yet to rush for 100 yards against any Seahawks defense. Sunday was no exception as he managed just 52 yards. Photo by Brett Bivens

Jeremy Lane was in position to make a play on the ball. Unfortunately he went for the interception rather than knocking the ball away and the play resulted in a touchdown. Photo by Brett Bivens

Marshawn Lynch out for a little jog. Photo by Brett Bivens

Russell Wilson scrambles for yardage against the Rams. Photo by Brett Bivens

Seahawks photo blog: 49ers get humiliated

49ers at Seahawks photo blog

All I wanted for Christmas was a Seahawks victory, what I got was a 49ers butt whoopin’!

Zach Miller could be preparing for life after football. Seen here practicing his tight rope walking. Could he be a long lost cousin of the “Flying Wallendas?”

This was one of Colin Kaepernick’s better moments in Seattle. He looked dazed, sick and confused the entire game.

Chris Clemons chases down Colin Kaepernick from behind.

Marshawn Lynch was about to score a touchdown, Sidney Rice had the best seat in the house.

Steven Hauschka made sure he punished the 49ers when he had the chance.

Kam Chancellor forced a Frank Gore fumble, somehow the Seahawks didn’t come up with the ball.

Part I of Vernon Davis’ great catch against the Seahawks. These photos are very fuzzy but I think it is clear enough to show he made an outstanding play.

Part II of Vernon Davis’ great catch against the Seahawks.

Richard Sherman with a pass deflection against the 49ers

Patrick Willis intercepted a Russell Wilson pass that bounced off of Robert Turbin’s hands.

Bobby Wagner breaks up a pass intended for Michael Crabtree.

Russell Wilson breaks a Patrick Willis tackle.

It is no wonder Sidney Rice almost threw an interception on this play. His toes are pointed almost directly at me, not even close to his intended target.

Leon Washington was not the shortest person on the field Sunday.

Jermaine Kearse drags his right foot in bounds to make a big 3rd down reception late in the game.

Zach Miller snaps his head around to find the defender after making a reception.

Robert Turbin extends to make a great late game catch against the 49ers Sunday.

Richard Sherman steps in front of a 4th quarter pass for his 7th interception of the season.

Five Seahawks who impressed against the Patriots on Sunday

Seattle made the plays that mattered

Seattle Seahawks 24, New England Patriots 23
When: 1:05 PM PST, Sunday, November 14, 2012
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

After the Seahawks imploded in the second quarter, and stumbled their way through the 3rd quarter, they found themselves down by 13 points with less than 10 minutes to play.

From that moment on, both sides of the ball made every play they had to.

Sure, Tom Brady and the Patriots racked up 475-yards in total offense.  But, when it mattered the most, theSeattle Seahawks defense held the Patriots two yards short.

Russell Wilson #3

I have to throw out his line for everyone.  Partially because it seems like people like to talk about his stats, and partly because I love numbers.

16/27 for 293-yards, 3 touchdown and no interceptions.  Plus, 5 rushes for 17-yards.  It all adds up to a 133.7 Rating and a QBR of 91.4. If you felt like you have read that before, I stole it from my MMQB piece last night.

In case you didn’t read that piece, let me point out that the last time a Seattle Seahawks quarterback had that much of an impact (QBR) in a game was week three of the 2008 season.

Sidney Rice vs. Patriots Five Seahawks who impressed against the Patriots on Sunday

Sidney Rice made several nice plays throughout the game. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

We were able to see Russell Wilson air the ball out quite a bit on Sunday.  I have to be honest, I am extremely impressed with the way he throws a deep ball.  The last time I saw someone throw a ball like that, for the Seahawks, was before Matt Hasselbeck.

From here on out, defenses will have to game plan against big passing plays.  That should limit the amount of defenders opposing teams are willing to stack in the box.

Which should really help the running game, not that it isn’t pretty good already.

Sidney Rice #18

Sidney Rice made several nice plays throughout the game.  He also messed a few up, we will skip over those for the purpose of this piece.  After it was all said and done, two plays put Rice on my list. More. . . 

Seahawks photo blog: Packers at Seahawks

A great defensive battle tarnished

John Schneider pre-game. Remember, you can like us too, on Facebook. Photo by Brett Bivens

Russell Wilson signed a mini-helmet before the game. Photo by Brett Bivens

The 12th Man was rocking CenturyLink Fieldon Monday Night Football. Photo by Brett Bivens

This may have been the last game James Carpenter spends watching from the sidelines. He could replace Paul McQuistan this week t left guard. Photo by Brett Bivens

These guys stole the show during Monday Night Football.  One thing everyone can agree on, we need the regular officials back soon. Photo by Brett Bivens

Charly Martin fully extends to make this reception. Photo by Brett Bivens

Marshawn Lynch had 98-yards rushing on Monday. Lynch also had this 1-yard reception. Photo by Brett Bivens

Bruce Irvin may have had three sacks Monday, instead of two.  If Bryan Bulaga had not been holding him on this play. The Packers may be crying foul now, but I didn’t see any of them gripe about all the holding their offensive line got away with, especially during the second half. Photo by Brett Bivens

Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate scored two touchdowns Monday. There was no doubt about this one. Photo by Brett Bivens

Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons had 4 sacks in the first half of Monday Night’s game. This is the first one. Photo by Brett Bivens

Chris Clemons’ second sack of the first half. Photo by Brett Bivens

Chris Clemons’ third sack of the first half. Photo by Brett Bivens

Chris Clemons’ fourth sack of the first half. Photo by Brett Bivens

The Seahawks defense played an outstanding game. In this picture Richard Sherman is about to hit Packers’ receiver James Jones as the ball arrives. Photo by Brett Bivens

At least the refs got this call right, after a replay. Greg Jennings’ toe is clearly out of bounds long before he attempts to reach the ball across the goal line. Photo by Brett Bivens

Seahawks photo blog: Reunited and it felt so good

Seahawks 21, Raiders 3

CenturyLink Field

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Braylon Edwards talk to a fen before the game. Photo by Brett Bivens

John Moffitt is faster with his new porn-stache, even his hair is having trouble keeping up. Photo by Brett Bivens

There is no place I would rather be on game day. The City of Seattle is a stunning sight. Photo by Brett Bivens

For some, Thursday night was the end of a dream. For others, it is just the beginning. Photo by Brett Bivens

Jeron Johnson and Chris Clemons team up to make a stop. Photo by Brett Bivens

Bobby Wagner drags down the ball carrier. Photo by Brett Bivens

JR Sweezy is making the transition from DT to G look easy. Photo by Brett Bivens

Vai Taua delivers a blow to a defender. Photo by Brett Bivens

Rishaw Johnson leads the way. Photo by Brett Bivens

Josh Portis breaks out a little stiff arm action, must have learned that from Marshawn Lynch. Photo by Brett Bivens

Bruce Irvin sacks the quarterback and earns the 12th man a free hamburger. Photo by Brett Bivens

Jaye Howard earned the 12th man free pancakes and a hair cut with this safety. Photo by Brett Bivens

Greg Knapp was sure his offense was prepared for the Seahawks defense. I guess that is about as prepared as one could expect a Knapp offense to be. Photo by Brett Bivens

Seahawks news update:

Kellen Winslow has been released after refusing to take a pay cut.

Seahawks player grades vs Broncos: Defensive line

Seahawks player grades


This is the 4th part of the Seahawks player grades from the Broncos game. Already posted are; Quarterback, running back and linebacker.

In order to keep this post manageable I am going to be very brief in the descriptions. If you would like me to elaborate on any player in particular let me know and I will happily add that.

Defensive Line


Brandon Mabane #92

Last week Brandon received a B

Brandon Mebane is a solid player and he drew several double teams against the Broncos.  He was strong in the running game as usual and he was also able to create some pressure on the quarterback.  Mabane does need to work on his backside contain.

the grade: A


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Pep Levingston #93

Last week he received a C

Pep Levingston is a very athletic guy and it is not surprising that he is able to get pressure on the quarterback, or his ability to pursue plays from the backside.  What surprises me is his ability to hold the point of attack and the strength he shows when he throws guards to the ground to get run penetration.

the grade: A-


Red Bryant #79

Last week Big Red Bryant received a C+

We all know how solid Red Bryant is in the running game, but in years past he has been a liability in the passing game.  This year he is paying more attention to the quarterback throwing the ball and working to get his hands up to deflect it.  Against the Broncos he was able to tip a pass at the line that KJ Wright intercepted.  Conditioning may be a question, he looks a little more chubby than he has in years past and he seemed to take a couple plays off.

the grade: B+


Clinton McDonald #69

Last weeks Clinton received a C

Denver’s offense showed Clinton McDonald a lot of respect on Saturday.  They spent a lot of his snaps double teaming him, yet he was still able to get some run penetration.  I dinged him a bit on his grade because he definitely took one play off, he didn’t even pretend to defend on the play.  He should have been rushing the passer but just engaged the blocker and stood around.

the grade: B


Dexter Davis (Waived/Injured)

Unfortunately for Dexter Davis, he injured his hip during the game against the Broncos and the Seahawks parted ways with him earlier in the week.  I believe he was a long shot to make this years team had he stayed healthy.

the grade: B-


Greg Scruggs #98

Last week Greg really impressed me and received a B-

This week he was even more impressive making plays.  Greg Scruggs has shown an ability to effect the passing game by collapsing the pocket while lining up at the defensive tackle position.  Whether he was lined up inside at tackle or outside at defensive end he was able to create pressure, recording a sack while at DE.  The one thing that is annoying me about his play is that far too often he is the last player off the snap.

the grade: b-


Bruce Irvin and Chris Clemons before the Titans game. Photo By Brett Bivens

Bruce Irvin #51

Last week Bruce received a C+

This week I notice some signs of improvement in his pass rush.  There were two plays that really stood out to me.  When Bruce Irvin threw the tackle to the ground and when he pushed a tackle into Peyton Manning’s face.  That said, Bruce is still struggling in his pass rush, partially because he is getting a slow jump off that snap.  I would expect that to correct itself as he becomes more comfortable in the defense. Players always play faster when they stop thinking so much and start playing.  Bruce was a liability in the running game, especially  when they run at him but that is to be expected from a guy his size.

the grade: C+


Alan Branch #99

Allen Branch was able to create a lot of pressure from the inside, on one play the Broncos triple teamed him, yet he still able to get pressure on the quarterback. When the offense ran the ball at him he was unable to hold the point of attack.  Allen was pancaked on a pass rush attempt.

the grade: C+


Pierre Allen

Photo By Brett Bivens

Last week Pierre struggled and receive a unit low D-

This week Pierre Allen played a lot better than he did last week.  He was able to get some pressure in the running game as well as the passing game.  Allen’s biggest play of the night was when he was able to get to the running back behind the line and bring him down.  The worst play was when he was run out of the play 1:1 by a right guard.

the grade: C+


Jaye Howard #94

Last week Jaye Howard looked really good and received a B-

This week was a bit of a rough week for Jaye.  He was able to get a quarterback pressure and a tackle for a loss.  Other than those two plays Howard struggled to stay under control.

the grade: C-


Chris Clemons #91

Last week he received a C-

For the second straight week Chris Clemons under performed. Chris is losing 1:1 battles for the most part.  I need to see a more consistent pass rush than Chris has been giving.  Hopefully the money has not gone to his head, but if he doesn’t turn it around soon I’m going to start becoming concerned that is what has happened.

the grade: D


Seahawks player grades vs Titans: Defensive line

Seahawks defensive line grades


This is part two of the Seahawks player grades from the Titans game. If you missed the quarterbacks they can be found here.

Jason Jones tackle Chris Johnson for a loss. Photo by Brett Bivens

Jason Jones #90

The Good:

As advertised, Jason Jones was able to create pressure from the inside on Saturday. Jason showed off a wicked swim move that forced the Titans to double team him. I was surprised by his ability to get off blocks in the running game. He uses his strong hands to grab blockers and throw them off balance. Early in the game Jason locked up with a guard and pulled the guard towards him and off balance allowing  Jones to run Chris Johnson down from behind and pick up a tackle for a loss.

The Bad:

On one play Jones was pushed 5 yards down the field and out of a running play completely. Jason needs to do a better job of holding his ground.

The Grade: B+


Brandon Mebane #92

Honestly Brandon Mebane looked really good out there on Saturday, if he had played more snaps I would have been more apt to give him a higher grade. While he was in the Titans were double teaming him to keep him from disrupting the plays and he was still able to pursue them from behind as he shed blockers. Brandon looks like he’s in mid season form already, though his conditioning isn’t there yet.

The Grade: B


Greg Scruggs #98

The Good:

Greg Scruggs played the running game extremely well using his long arms to keep the blocker from setting solid blocks and then shedding the blockers. This is the technique he used to make a stop at the opponents 1 yards line as well as record a tackle for a loss.

The Bad:

I am not sure what was going on but on one snap him and Pep Levingston were talking while the ball was snapped and everyone began the play while those two just stood in their stance oblivious.

The Grade: B-


Jaye Howard #94

The Good:

The Seahawks 5th round looked pretty good on Saturday. On the third down play that was stopped at the Titans 1 yard line it was a combination tackle between Greg Scruggs and Jaye Howard as both players fought off blockers to make the big play. Jaye showed some ability to create pressure from the interior of the line as well as the power to collapse the pocket.

The Bad:

Jaye Howard lost his balance and was pancaked.

The Grade: B-


Red Bryant #79

Red Bryant is introduced to the 12th man for the first time in the new Nike uniforms. Photo by Brett Bivens

The Good:

Who would have thought that Red Bryant’s biggest contribution on Saturday would be against the pass? Yet it was. Red tipped an early screen pass causing it to fall short of the intended target and later dropped back into coverage while staying with the tight end step for step in the flat. The run game is Red’s forte and he was able to stretch the game outside keeping the running back from cutting upfield.

The Bad:

Red Bryant was unable to get any kind of a pass rush which isn’t odd for him but what was odd was watching him get blown up and pushed out of a running lane by a full back.

The Grade: C+


Bruce Irvin trying to rush Jake Locker. Photo by Brett bivens

Bruce Irvin #51

The Good:

When it comes to evading blockers Bruce Irvin does it well. Bruce showed he has an ability to stunt inside and find a gap to get a clean run at the quarterback as well as the ability to set up blocker and then change directions. In the running game he can fit through small lanes and he was able to record a tackle for a loss.

The Bad:

Once a tackle gets his hands on Bruce he’s done. The Seahawks coaching staff is going to have to work with him on that if he’s going to be successful at this level.

The Grade: C+


Several Players received a C and just like last year I am not going to break C’s down unless there is a specific player someone wants broken down.


Chris Clemons getting some pressure on Matt Hasselbeck during an interception. Photo by Brett Bivens

Chris Clemons #91


Chris Clemons made a nice swim move inside on the first defensive snap getting in the face of Matt Hasselbeck right as he released the ball.

The Bad:

After that play Clemons was unable to do anything positive. Chris lost outside contain on one play and was being consumed by the tackle while trying to rush the passer.



Dexter Davis #58

Dexter Davis getting a little pressure a little too late on Jake locker. Photo by Brett Bivens


Dexter Davis needs to get pressure from the edge if he wants to stay a member of Seahawks. He was able to get minimal pressure in both the running and passing game on Saturday.

THe Bad:

He struggled mightily in special teams coverage and an end of the roster player like him will have to contribute on special teams if he is going to suit up. Dexter Davis struggled even more than Bruce Irvin did when blockers were able to get their hands on him and he was fooled by misdirection plays.

Pierre Allen #95

The Good:

Pierre Allen was able to get some push at the point of attack.

The Bad:

Having a hand in 2 touchdowns scored against your team is not a way to make a positive impression but that is exactly what Allen did on Saturday. Pierre was pushed out of the way by the left tackle, opening a huge hole, on a rushing touchdown and he was out of position on the punt return for a touchdown.


Photo blog: Seahawks training camp 7/31/12

Seahawks Training Camp

I got Brandon Mebane to sign the game worn jersey I bought at the pro-shop last year.

Bruce Irvin signs autographs for fans after tuesdays practice,

Jason Jones posses for a picture as he runs back to the practice field after using the restroom.

Tom Cable coaches Breno Giacomini and Alex Barron during tuesdays practice.

Breno Giacomini teaches 7th round pick JR Sweezy some tricks to the trade as JR tries to switch from DT in college to OG in the NFL.

Bruce Irvin has such a quick first step but he really surprised me with his power on Tuesday. Duce Lutui in the foreground is looking pretty lean, well as lean as a Duce can look.

Matt McCoy (knee) takes a break from watching practice to take a drink.

Russell Wilson drops back to pass.

Offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable runs the offense through drills on Tuesday.

Middle linebacker Barrett Ruud (knee/shoulder) watches his teammates practice on tuesday.

Red Bryant and defensive line coach Todd Wash show offseason acquisition Jason Jones how to go through a drill.

Marshawn Lynch explains the power of the rainbow to Brandon Mebane during Tuesdays practice.

Seahawks Defensive Line Coach Todd Wash runs his group through drills on Tuesday.

Ricardo Lockette takes a breather during Tuesdays Practice

Seahawks Defensive Lineman Chris Clemons and Clinton McDonald wait for their turn during position drills on Tuesday

Seahawks Defensive Line Grades Regular Season Game 2011-9

Seahawks Player Grades



Defensive Line

1) Chris Clemons (B+)

Last week B


Chris pressured the quarterback 4 times, one of which he had an amazing jump off the ball and was in the backfield before the Tackle could react. He also had a couple quarterback hits and did a good job in pursuit on a screen play.


On the first end around he lost outside contain when he crashed down to support the run. Clemons got pancaked and called for offsides.

2) Red Bryant and Brandon Mebane (B-)

Last week: Red B- and Brandon B


Bryant was able to fight off blockers to make a tackle for a short gain and had a couple quarterback pressures. Mebane held strong at the point of attack when he was double teamed and was doing a good job collapsing the middle of the pocket.


On third and short when the Ravens ran a quarterback sneak they both were blown off the line and the quarterback picked up the first easily.

4) Alan Branch and Anthony Hargrove (C+)

Last week: Alan led the line with an A and Anthony had a C.


Branch had a big hit on Ricky Williams and had good backside pursuit on another play. Hargrove had a nice block on a kick return, a quarterback pressure and a quarterback hit.


Alan fell down rushing the passer on one play. Anthony missed a tackle on a sack and was called for offsides.

6) Raheem Brock and Clinton McDonald (D)

Last week: Raheem B- and Clinton C


There is nothing good to say about either player this week.


Brock was penalized for being offsides twice. Clinton got called for illegal hands to the face and got a personal foul for ripping a players helmet off.

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