Posts tagged Josh Portis
Seahawks 21, Raiders 3
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Seahawks news update:
Kellen Winslow has been released after refusing to take a pay cut.
Seahawks quarterback player grades
Russell Wilson #3
This week I had so much to say about Russell Wilson’s performance that I wrote an entire piece on it. You can read why I gave him the grade I did here.
the grade: A+
Matt Flynn #15
If you look at the stats, Matt Flynn’s day looked terrible, stats can be very misleading. To be honest, while I was watching the game, I didn’t realize how well Matt Flynn played. It wasn’t until I broke down the game that I was able to grasp it.
Matt does not get the credit he deserves for his mobility. Its tough to be recognized when you are on the same team with guys like Tarvaris Jackson, Josh Portis and Russell Wilson. (All known for their ability to run.) Watching practice I noticed Flynn has quicker feet than Tarvaris. He may not take off and run like the other three quarterbacks do, but he is able to slide around the pocket or scramble to turn a negative play into a positive. I would like to see him look more down field a little longer before he tucks the ball when he’s forced up in the pocket.
All week I have heard people questioning Matt Flynn’s ability to throw the deep ball. Don’t confuse the ability to recognize what a defense is giving you and taking advantage of it with a deficiency. Against the Titans the short passing game was left open and he used precision passing to pick them apart. Denver played a tighter defense, allowing Flynn to open it up a bit and show off his arm. He delivered a dead strike, 49 yards in the air, to Terrell Owens who flat out dropped the would-be touchdown. Flynn should have had another touchdown later in the half when he hit Golden Tate in the end zone, but the combination of a great defense play by the cornerback and an inability to come down in bounds by Golden took those 6 points off the board.
There were a couple deep throws that Matt Flynn let sail on him. These could be a product of the thin air in Denver or not having enough time with his receivers, maybe a little bit of both. His timing with Terrell Owens was terrible at best. I’m not sure Flynn and Owens were in the same playbook, let alone on the same page. I would like to see Matt try to force the ball into coverage a little less often. Sometimes punting is the best game plan.
the grade: b+
Josh Portis #2
Josh Portis saw his first action of the preseason in Denver. Late in the game Josh showed his ability to scramble for a first down with under two minutes left in the game. Portis needs to recognize his situation and avoid running out of bounds while the team is trying to run out the clock. Quarterbacks can avoid being hit by sliding feet first.
the grade: C-
Last week C+
Tarvaris becomes better when he is on the move as demonstrated by a 15 yard pass hitting his receiver on the numbers in stride. He had good ball placement on a screen pass allowing his back to catch the ball and turn upfield without losing momentum.
His accuracy was a problem while throwing in the pocket throwing behind his receiver on a slant and under throwing a deep fade on a play where Golden Tate made a great adjustment on the ball and still made the catch. On Jackson’s interception he stared down Tate the whole time and could see he was throwing into double coverage but still chose to throw the ball to him.
2) Charlie Whitehurst and Josh Portis (D)
Last week: Charlie B and Josh didn’t get graded
Charlie may not be as fast as Tarvaris but he did a good job using his feet to avoid pressure and buy extra time. What he did better than Jackson was keeping his eyes down field while looking for an open receiver and was able to make two big plays while doing this. He was reading the defense well and going through his progressions most of the game.
Whitehurst had a lot of accuracy troubles in the game. He threw it wide, high a couple times including one so high that 6’6″ Kris Durham couldn’t jump up and reach the ball, he also threw behind his receiver a couple times. His pocket awareness came into question when he felt flushed and ran straight into a defender who was being well blocked getting himself sacked. On one play he threw into coverage when his receiver had no chance to make a play. Josh made a poor decision throwing a ball that should have been intercepted. He also had trouble with ball placement on a deep fade throwing on the inside shoulder and slightly behind his receiver when the ball should have been over the outside shoulder because the corner had inside leverage.
Last week Thomas led the backs with a B
Thomas showed off his power lowering his shoulders driving in for his touchdown and with a stiff arm later in the game to pick up extra yards. He showed off quickness with a sharp cut into the hole and another one cutting it outside.
He tends to shy away from linebackers and their presence caused him to choose the wrong hole twice.
2) Leon Washington (B)
Last week C
Everyone has seen Franco Harris’ Immaculate Reception but on saturday we got to see and equally impressive preseason deflection reception from Leon. He had a wicked cut in the backfield making a would-be tackler miss and bouncing the ball outside for a pick up of 5 yards instead of a loss on the play. Washington also gained extra yards by keeping his legs pumping and running hard.
Leon was limited in effectiveness by his amount of playing time.
3) Justin Forsett, Dorson Boyce and Vai Taua (B-)
Last week: Justin B- while Dorson and Vai were not graded
Justin showed he can do more then run the ball when he made a nice one handed catch on a screen pass that was throw too high. He showcased his quickness on a couple runs using his cuts to avoid tacklers. Dorson is very powerful and he showed it while blocking and running the ball. As a blocker he was able to seal the lane and had a crushing block towards the end of the game when he got hurt. When he was given the ball he lowered his shoulders and keeps his legs pumping to gain extra yards. Via is a tough runner who keeps his legs pumping to gain extra yardage. He showed some agility avoiding tacklers and scored a touchdown.
Forsett’s vision was off choosing the wrong hole to run through. Boyce was delivering a hit on the guys he was responsible to block but not stick with the block allowing them to recover and still make a play. Taua lacked the patients to allow his blockers the time needed to set up their blocks and showed a lack of vision when he could have cut it outside for a touchdown but chose to cut inside to tacklers.
6) Michael Robinson (C+)
Last week C
On a touchdown run he had the lead block and was able to move the pile enough for the score.
Would like to see him making more impact blocks
It took me a few days but I have finally finished grading the players from the first preseason game. This is the first position and will post three or four positions a day starting tomorrow. These rating grade reflect how they played against the competition they faced.
1) Charlie Whitehurst (B+)
None of the QB’s played a perfect game but Charlie had the best out of the group.
He showed good timing with his receivers and on multiple occasions the ball was already on target by the time the intended target made his break. When his throws were accurate he had good ball placement most of the time. Showed poise in the pocket looking off the safety to open the field for his intended target and showed toughness by standing in the pocket and taking the big hit to deliver the strike. His mobility was put to the test today and he was able to avoid the rush and turn would be sacks into positive plays including a first down.
On a fade he had the coverage on the inside and instead of throwing the ball to the outside leading the WR to the sideline he threw the ball on the inside shoulder putting the defensive back position. Golden Tate went up and knocked the ball out of the defenders hands or it would have been intercepted and on a deep fade he under threw his receiver who had his man beat. While in the Shotgun he miss handled a low snap on one play and on another play he cut the field in half by turning his body away from his 2nd and 3nd options forcing him to throw into coverage while he had a man open on the other side.
2) Josh Portis (C+)
When he came out he looked very nervous and this is to be expected from a undrafted free agent who has had very little time to prepare for his first NFL action.
Lets face it this kid is an athlete and has some serious speed at the position but he has the ability to use it while (in most cases) still keeping his eyes down the field looking to throw the ball (including the play where he threw his TD pass). For being such an inexperienced young player from Division II he does a pretty good job reading the defense and throwing to the right receiver.
At the beginning of the game his throws were all over the place. He threw passes short, high and sometimes wide. Sometimes he has a breakdown reading the defense and makes poor decisions because of it. He also needs to learn how to read the pre-snap defense and check out of bad plays.
3) Tarvaris Jackson (D+)
This grade is a bit skewed by the fact that he has only been able to practice for roughly a week. Even then he was throwing to guys who weren’t able to play in the game on thursday.
In one word, LEGS. He used them to move around the pocket to keep the play alive and to scramble when nothing was open.
Has a tendency to throw the ball high which is the worst possible way to miss. I saw a lot of this while watching video of him from Minnesota as well. On one play he got “happy feet” and panicked from a little pressure. The problem was that when he decided to run he ran right into the pressure and got sacked. He needs to learn to throw the ball away when nothing is open.
I was talking to Sam Monson from ProFootbalFocus.com (@ProFootballFocus) about Tarvaris’ play and he gave me a nice outsiders perspective on his outing. He sent me his notes and does an outstanding job breaking down each one of Jacksons plays. I am going to share them with you so we can get an outside perspective.
· Jackson: o 3rd down and 6, hits his RWR on a crossing pattern for a 1st down in the face of a 6-man rush. Nice play. o Dump off on 1st down on at least his 3rd read across the field against a 4-man rush and zone coverage. o Free play against Chargers who had jumped offsides, overthrows a bullet 25-yards downfield for TE Zach Miller, who was looking for a penalty on the coverage. o Ugly sack/intentional grounding when he was flushed from the pocket. 5-step drop, wanted to hit his RWR on a hitch but was covered tightly by Quentin Jammer and had to pull it down. o Picks up 9 on the run on 2nd and 21 after 4-man rush gets pressure from the HB on the left. Was looking down field until he saw good yardage on the run. o Quick out on 2nd and 4. Read the blitz off the right side and hit the correct receiver but the ball was a little late coming out and the coverage converged to shut down the play. o 3rd and 3 – Dances around and picks up the 1st down, BUT, came away from his intended first target, a deep route from his LWR who got good release off the line and was facing just a single high safety. These are the throws Jackson has to talk himself into making, or at least attempting. o Lofted pass incomplete to the HB out in the flats on 2nd and 10. Looked like there was a little too much air under it, but the HB could and should have brought it in o Sacked by blitzer beating the FB outside. o Coverage sack with a 3-man rush. Clean pocket initially, Jackson found nowhere to go with the football, eventually the pressure got to him, dump-off option Leon Washington tripped over a LB as he was breaking across the field, which didn’t help.