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Seahawks player grades vs Broncos: Running back

Seattle Seahawks player grades

 

Before I get into the individual players in this group, I would just like to say how fantastic the group was as an entire unit.  I cannot remember having a position group where every player evaluated had a grade above a C before today.

Earlier this week I posted quarterback and linebacker grades.

 

Halfback

 

Robert Turbin #22

Last week Robert was solid, but did not stand out and received a C for the week

the good:

One of the biggest holes on the team was at backup running back.  When the Seahawks drafted Robert Turbin they hoped he could carry his running tough style from college over to the NFL.  If he could run like he did in college at the NFL level the Seahawks would have a guy playing behind Marshawn Lynch who could run like Marshawn Lynch.

Don’t get me wrong, his running style isn’t identical to Marshawn’s, but it is very similar.  Robert Turbin is a tough runner and he is learning how to stick his cleat in the ground, make one cut and go.  Of course he breaks a lot of tackles, but he also has a nice lateral jump cut that allows him to avoid tacklers.

the bad:

Like many rookies Robert Turbin has a lack of awareness that, at times, creates a liability on offense.  No one expects him to be perfect.  If he was he wouldn’t have made it out of the first round.

the grade: A-

 

Kregg Lumpkin #20

Last week Kregg Lumpkin led all running backs with an A-

the good:

On the Seahawks first touchdown of the game Kregg Lumpking did a nice job getting to the outside by using his free hand to avoid the only defender he had to beat.  Kregg also showcased a nice little cut to avoid tacklers, as well as a little power.  In the beginning of the game he had a nice cut block to clear a passing lane.

the bad:

For the most part Lumpkin struggled in pass protection.  He was beat a couple times that force Russell Wilson to scramble to avoid a sack.

the grade: A-

 

Marshawn Lynch #24

Last week Marshawn did not play

the good:

I don’t really think I need to say anything other than, Marshawn looked like Marshawn out there.  When he had the ball in his hands he did what he does.

the bad:

Marshawn Lynch was beat by a blitzer early in the game, but was smart enough to hold the defender and take the penalty rather than allowing his quarterback to take a big hit.

the grade: B

 

Tyrell Sutton #30

Last week Tyrell Sutton received a C-

the good:

Last week it looked like Tyrell Sutton was going to fade into obscurity, and allow Kregg Lumpkin to take the Seahawks 4th running back position.  This week he looked much sharper.  In particular the play that he made when he caught the screen pass for a touchdown, that play was all about individual effort.  In order to score the touchdown Tyrell had to break 3 tackles.  It reminded me of a play Leonard Weaver made back in the days when he was trying to earn a roster spot.

the bad:

Sutton needs to work on his pass blocking ability, specifically holding his blocks longer.

the grade: B

 

Leon Washington #33

Last week Leon received a B

the good:

Leon Washington did not see much playing time in the game but, in limited action, he was able to make a few plays that stood out.  On one play he did a really good job picking up a blitzer and gave his quarterback the time to throw the ball.  One thing that Leon does as well as anyone on the Seahawks roster is set up his blockers.  He has the patience to give them time to get into position before he makes his move.

the bad:

The return game is really the time for Leon to shine, and in Denver Leon Washington made a stupid mistake.  There is no reason to call for a fair catch around the 45 yard line and then let the ball hit the ground.  Nine times out of ten that is going to put your offense much deeper in their own territory.

the grade: B-

 

Fullback

 

Via Taua #40

Last week Via struggled early the game, but came on strong and received a B-.  This week Via Taua played the entire game with Michael Robinson sidelined.

the good:

Via shows the ability to make some pretty big blocks look easy.

the bad:

He reminds me a little of the player Michael Robinson was a couple years ago.  What I mean is, at times he goes for the big hit on the defender but doesn’t stick his block.  In the NFL defenders are very good at absorbing those hits and then making a play.  Via Taua will need to make the same adjustments Robinson did if he ever wants to be a solid NFL fullback.

Seahawks player grades vs Titans: Running backs

Seahawks running back line grades

 

This is part three of the Seahawks player grades from the Titans game. Previously I posted quarterbacks and defensive lineman.

 

Running back

 

Kregg Lumpkin fighting off a would be tackler. Photo by Brett Bivens

Kregg Lumpkin #20

THe Good:

Kregg Lumpkin may have been the best player the Seahawks had on the field Saturday. He was doing everything and making the most of his reps. After the Seahawks drafted Robert Turbin his chances of making the final roster were reduced significantly. Showing he can contribute as a blocker, a pass catcher and a runner against the Titans is a step in the right direction if he is going to make this squad.

The Bad:

Roster numbers might force the Seahawks to cut him.

THe Grade: A-

 

Leon Washington #33

The Good:

Leon Washington was doing a nice job gaining yards after initial contact against the Titans. He was able to break some tackles and when he wan’t doing that he was reading his blockers and finding open holes.

The bad:

The most a running back can ever ask for is to be put in a position where he only has one man to beat, on Saturday Leon was in that situation with a linebacker and was unable to win the battle.

The Grade: B

 

Robert Turbin #22

Robert Turbin earned a C against the Titans. I don’t get into players who grade at average but you can see what I had to say about his performance during the game here if you are interested.

 

Tyrell Sutton running so fast he’s the only thing in focus. Photo By Brett Bivens

Tyrell Sutton #30

If the Seahawks keep 4 half backs on their roster (which I think they will) Tyrell Sutton is in a direct battle with Kregg Lumpkin for a roster spot. In a game where Kregg Lumpkin was near perfect,t against better competition, the only thing Tyrell Sutton did to leave an impact was get his feet out from under him and slip after making a catch. He definitely has some major ground to make up now.

 

fullback

Via Taua #40

Via Taua make a catch against the Titans. Photo by Brett Bivens

The Good:

After Via Taua settled down he showed that he has a lot of ability as both a blocker and a pass catcher. If he plays like he did later in the game during the rest of the preseason he could be in a battle with Kregg Lumpkin for a roster spot and force Pete Carroll and John Schneider to choose between having 4 halfbacks and 1 fullback or have 3 halfbacks and 2 fullbacks. It’s a very good problem to have and I would give the inside track to keeping an extra halfback.

THe Bad:

When he first came into the game he struggled mightily. Via Taua missed a couple block early, one leading to a tackle for a loss and another one where he passed a free tackler and went up to block someone on the next level. Sometimes as a blocker you need to improvise because blocking someone at the next level doesn’t mean anything if the back can’t get past the first one. All he needed to do was chip the defender and the back would have been able to get to the second level.

The Grade: B-

Michael Robinson #26

Michael Robinson joins KJ Wright and Jason Jones as team captains for Saturdays Titans game. Photo by Brett Bivens

The GOOd:

Wow has he grown since this time last year. I would have to say he is the most improved player on a team full of players who have made major strides. This time last year I was worried that the Seahawks would struggle at the fullback position and need to limp through the year until they could add an adequate player to the position during the offseason. All he did was prove he could learn the position and become one of the best at it (proven by his Pro Bowl appearance). He has really shown an ability to seal running lanes and hold his block long enough for the running back to get through. Robinson become a hard nose blocker at the fullback position and I’m very glad he’s back.

THe bad:

I think he lost concentration a couple times and got beat on his blocks. The defenders didn’t seem to beat him as much as he seemed to beat himself. The dog days of camp might be getting to him.

The Grade: C+

 

Next up will be the linebackers. I should have them up in a before 7:00 local time and then have the offensive line up later tonight.

 

Seahawks Quarterback and Running Back Grades Regular Season Game 2011-9

Seahawks Player Grades

 

 

Quarterback

Tarvaris Jackson (B)

Last week D

THE GOOD:

Jackson did a nice job staying strong in the pocket and finding open receives with pressure in his face. He was also doing a good job going through his progressions to find an open target. Tarvaris used his feet to avoid pressure including on the 50 yard pass to Doug Baldwin. You may remember last week I knocked him on his first interception when he improperly threw it away into the line and it got tipped up and intercepted, well this week he correctly threw the same pass at the feet of the running back.On 4th and 1 he did a good job finding a small crease on the quarterback sneak.

THE BAD:

At times he struggled with his accuracy and just missed throwing three touchdown. One of them was to Zach Miller and two of them were to Sidney Rice.

 

Running Back

1) Marshawn Lynch (A)

Last week A+

THE GOOD:

Marshawn was running hard every play keeping his legs driving or breaking tackles to pick up extra yards. He had 100+ yards for the second week in a row (the first time he has accomplished this in his NFL career) and led the team with 58 yards receiving. He had a sick juke move to pick up a first down that left Ray Lewis and Jarret Johnson in a pile wondering where he went. He was also able to pick up a blitz or two on his free time.

THE BAD:

On 3rd down he was close to the marker as he went out of bounds and he didn’t reach the ball in front of him and if he did he would have had a first for sure. One play he had an opening for a couple yards but he tried to break a big play and ended up losing yards because or it. He missed a blitz pick up.

2) Michael Robinson (B)

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

He owned Ray Lewis all game including on the Lynch touchdown and even pancaked him on another play. It was by far his best performance as a Seahawk.

THE BAD:

On one of his blocks on Ray he hit him but didn’t stick with the block and he missed a tackle covering a punt.

3) Leon Washington (C)

Last week C+

4) Justin Forsett (C-)

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

This wasn’t his typical week.

THE BAD:

Justin missed a blitz pick up.

Seahawks Quarterback and Running Back Grades Regular Season Game 2011-8

Seahawks Player Grades

 

 

Quarterback

Tarvaris Jackson (D)

Last week C

THE GOOD:

Jackson was getting the ball out of his hand pretty quickly most of the game. He was showing an ability to anticipate where his receivers where going to be so his passes were on time. He extended a few plays with his feet using his mobility to buy extra time to find an open receiver.

THE BAD:

A couple times he led the receivers out of bounds with his throws giving them no chance to make a play. He made some very poor decisions including all three of his interception but there where others as well. At times he tried to get the ball out of his hand before he needed to and before he found a target that was open.

 

Running Back

1) Marshawn Lynch (A+)

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

Marshawn was bringing beast mode all day breaking tackles and fighting for extra yards. He was turning losses into gains and short gains into big runs. He scored a touchdown had 135 yards (the first time he has broke 100 yards in a regular season game for Seattle) and averaged 5.9 yards per carry.

THE BAD:

He miss read a block and cut to the inside when the block was set up for him to cut it outside.

2) Justin Forsett, Leon Washington and Michael Robinson (C+)

Last week: Justin and Leon had C+’s and Michael had a D-

THE GOOD:

Forsett did a nice job picking up the blitz. Washington had a couple nice runs including one where he got skinny to slip through a very small hole. Robinson had a critical block on Marshawns touchdown.

THE BAD:

Leon muffed a kick and had to fall on the ball at the five yard line.

Seahawks Quarterback and Running Back Grades Regular Season Game 2011-6

Quarterback and Running Back Player Grades

 

 

Quarterback

Charlie Whitehurst hit Doug Baldwin during the 2011 preseason. Photo by Brett Bivens

Charlie Whitehurst (F-)

Last week B+ in almost half a game after replacing Tarvaris Jackson (injury)

THE GOOD:

Charlie did a good job handling the high snaps from backup center Lemuel Jeanpierre. He showed and ability to fit the ball into small windows and get it out in a hurry at times.

THE BAD:

Whitehurst did have trouble handling one of the high snaps. He was throwing into a lot of coverage and should have had more interceptions but he was lucky that the Browns secondary cannot catch balls that hit them in their hands. On his final pass of the game he threw a ball (on fourth down) that had 0% chance of being completed. There were no open receivers at the time but he threw it to the worst possible one. The others had a low chance of success but at least there was some chance. He struggled finding the open receiver and on multiple occasions threw the ball to someone who was covered when he had a receiver open. At the goal line he threw the ball out of bounds in the direction of Michael Robinson but he had Cameron Morrah at the 1-yard line with a couple steps on the line backer. That should have been an easy touchdown but Charlie never made an attempt. He had a lot of trouble hanging onto the ball when he was sacked or at one point even when there was no pressure on him and he lost control of the ball while attempting to throw it. He threw an interception on the play after Leon’s SHOULD BE touchdown. They had great field position and the quarterback needs to show poise in that situation not frustration like Whitehurst did. Late in the game he had Sidney Rice wide open and all he needed to do was throw the ball on target but instead threw the ball so that Rice was forced out of bounds. They still got a big completion but that play should have been a touchdown. He started to panic in the pocket towards the end of the game.

 

Running Backs

1) Leon Washington (A-)

Leon Washington evades tacklers. Photo By Brett Bivens

Laste week he led the backs with an A-

THE GOOD:

First, to get it out of the way, he had a punt return for a touchdown. The block in the back was a bogus call and I am not about to take that return away from Washington because he deserves it. What I will say though is he shouldn’t have been show boating before he got in the end zone and taken that big hit. It kinda reminded me of last year when he was show boating and got tackled just short of the end zone. He needs to stop that. When he got the ball in his hands he did everything in his power to make something happen. He averaged 5.6-yards per carry and was showing his wicked ability to cut and make people miss. At times he just decided to run over a would-be tackler. He showed patience setting up his blocks and vision finding cut back lanes. He also showed the speed needed to get to the edge and that he has an ability to pick up the blitz.

THE BAD:

He only had 7 carries and took a kick off back to the 14-yard line. If you are going to take the ball out of the end zone on a kick off you better get back to the 20 at least.

2) Justin Forsett (B-)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

He showed his ability to make hard cuts and make people miss. He did a nice job picking up the blitz and giving his quarterback more time to throw.

THE BAD:

He only averaged 2.9-yards per carry and part of the reason was because he was hesitating to hit the hole. On special teams he had a missed block during a kick return.

3) Michael Robinson (D+)

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

On Leon’s punt return for the touchdown he had a nice block that sprung him at the beginning of the return. He had a couple nice run blocks.

THE BAD:

He struggled most of the game. Michael had a missed tackle on punt coverage and one on kick coverage. He missed a block on a kick return but the worst mistake was at the goal line when he lead the running back into the hole and dove on the ground blocking no one. Had he blocked one of the two defenders bearing down on the running back it would have probably been a touchdown.

Seahawks Player Grades Regular Season 2011-5

Seahawks Player Grades from the Giants game.

 

 

First of all let me apologize for not getting the grades done like usually. I have been very sick and unable to sit at the computer to type them out.

I was able to do all the game notes and I have all the information I would normally put out but I think in the interest of getting the grades out I will post the actual grade for every player and if I get a request about why a players grade is what it is I will add to this post.

Thank you all for your patience.

The last grade I gave out was the quarterbacks so I will start here with the running backs

 

Running Back

 

1) Leon Washington (A-)

Last week he led the running backs with a B+

2) Marshawn Lynch (B+)

Last week C+

3) Justin Forsett (B-)

Last week B

4) Michael Robinson (C+)

Last week C-

THE GOOD:

He did a very nice job on special teams while blocking on punt returns and getting downfield in a hurry on a kick return and getting in on a tackle inside the Giants 15-yard line.

THE BAD:

He ran into the back of his own player and fumbled the ball near the giants goal line. Darrell Bevell should have never handed him the ball three straight times but it is his job to hold onto the ball every time his number is called.

 

Wide Receiver

 

1) Doug Baldwin (A+)

Last week he led the receivers with an A-

2) Ben Obomanu (B+)

Last week B

3) Sidney Rice and Golden Tate (B)

Last week Sidney had a C+ and Golden did not receive a grade.

 

Tight End

 

1) Zach Miller (C+)

Last week B

His grade was extremely limited this week because he was injured on the Seahawks seventh offensive play.

2) Anthony McCoy (F+)

Last week C+

 

 

Defensive Line

 

1) Brandon Mebane and Chris Clemons (A+)

Last week: Brandon had a B+ and Chris had a B-

3) Alan Branch (A)

Last week he led the unit with an A

4) Red Bryant (A-)

Last week C

5) Raheem Brock and Clinton McDonald (B-)

Last week; Raheem B+ and Clinton an A-

7) Anthony Hargrove (C+)

Last week he was last of the defensive line with a C-

8) Al Woods and Jameson Konz (C)

This was the first week either player was graded.

 

 

Linebacker

 

1) KJ Wright (B+)

KJ Wright has almost perfect coverage on Tony Gonzalez. Photo by Brett Bivens

Last week C+

2) Leroy Hill and David Vobora (C+)

Last week: Leroy C+ and David was signed on October 4th.

4) David Hawthorne (C)

Last week D+

5) Aaron Curry (D-)

Last week he led the linebackers with a B-

 

 

Defensive Back

 

Cornerback

1) Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman (B+)

Last week: Brandon C and Richard led the corners with a C+

3) Walter Thurmond (B)

Last week he was not graded

4) Kennard Cox (B-)

Last week D-

Safety

1) Kam Chancellor (A+)

Last week Atari Bigby started in his place due to injury

2) Earl Thomas (B+)

Last week C+

3) Jeron Johnson (B-)

Last week he led all safeties with a B-

4) Atari Bigby (C-)

Last week D+

 

 

Seahawks Quarterback and Running Back Grades Regular Season Game 2011-4

Seahawks Quarterback and Running Back Grades

 

Quarterback

Tarvaris Jackson (A-)

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

Even during the first half of Sundays’s game he was doing a good job going through his progressions and usually found his open targets. You could see he was comfortable with the offense for the first time this season and he was doing things that we hadn’t seen from him before. He was using his pump fake and his eyes to look off defenders and he was throwing to guys who weren’t wide open but open enough. He was comfortable using his legs to move around in the pocket without tucking the ball and running at the first sign of pressure. Jackson had better timing with his receivers and spread the ball around throwing the ball four or more times to seven different receivers. He really showed awareness on the 52-yard touchdown to Sidney Rice when he noticed the free play and aired the ball out for the long touchdown. When he did scramble he usually had no other choice. Last but not least he threw for a career high 329 yards and he also threw 3 touchdowns.

THE BAD:

Tarvaris still struggles with his accuracy and on one play he threw the ball behind Mike Williams causing it to be tipped up and intercepted. Sometimes at the end of his drop he does an extra hop on his back foot that cause him to be late on timing routes.

 

Running Back

Leon Washington's big punt return against the Falcons 10/2/2011. Photo by Brett Bivens

1) Leon Washington (B+)

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

When the team needed him most he had a good kick return and a big punt return where he where he took the ball down to the 11-yard line. He keeps his legs pumping making it hard for defenders to bring him down and he gained extra yards because of it. Leon showed his agility as he tip toed down the sidelines.

THE BAD:

Like Justing, Leon only carried the ball twice but unlike Forsett he was only targeted once as well.

2) Justin Forsett (B)

Last Week C+

THE GOOD:

He showed vision when his lane closed by noticing a cutback lane. He showed a lot of awareness in the two minute drill getting out of bounds to stop the clock and he showed concentration catching a ball that was tipped on the screen pass.

THE BAD:

Forsett only had 2 carries.

3) Marshawn Lynch (C+)

Last week B

THE GOOD:

As usual he ran tough and broke tackles. Marshawn showed patience waiting for his block to set up on  the outside before trying to get up-field. He did a nice job picking up the blitz and had a touchdown that was more a credit to his blockers opening a huge running lane than his actual running.

THE BAD:

There were a couple times where he could have been a little more decisive and hit the hole faster. He dropped a very catch-able ball but the most concerning to me was his barrel roll after his touchdown. He landed fairly hard on his shoulder and the last thing the Seahawks need is an injury caused by stupidity.

4) Michael Robinson (C-)

He missed last week due to injury

THE GOOD:

He had two big blocks; one on a kick return and the other on Leon’s big punt return.

THE BAD:

Michael missed a tackle on punt coverage and ran into Leon when he called for a fair catch late in the game which could have led to disaster.

Quarterback and Running Back Grades Preseason Game 2011-4

Image by Ryan Gray

Quarterback

1) Tarvaris Jackson (D+)

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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.

Running Back

1) Thomas Clayton (B+)

Last week Thomas led the backs with a B

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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

THE GOOD:

On a touchdown run he had the lead block and was able to move the pile enough for the score.

THE BAD:

Would like to see him making more impact blocks

 

Quarterback and Running Back Grades Preseason Game 2011-3

Image by Ryan Gray

Quarterbacks

1) Charlie Whitehurst (B)

Last week B

THE GOOD:

On his first pass he was able to roll out of the pocket to avoid pressure and deliver a strike while still running. Charlie also showed his pocket mobility by stepping up in the pocket to buy extra time and then had the pocket presence to feel when it was time to just throw the ball away. During a screen pass he really sold a pass downfield with his eyes and body language then snapped his head around to locate his running back and had a quick release. In the middle of the final drive he had perfect timing letting the ball go right before his receiver started his break. On that pass he did a good job not leading the receiver into coverage.

THE BAD:

Had Golden Tate open for what would have probably been a touchdown but over threw him by a couple yards.

2) Tarvaris Jackson (C+)

Last Week C+.

THE GOOD:

At times he had good timing with his receivers and went through his progressions to find the open man. He also had good ball placement when he had time. Tarvaris used his legs to avoid sacks and either threw the ball away or got it out to his target while on the run. He threw the Seahawks only touchdown pass of the game.

THE BAD:

Two of the sacks were on him. The first one that was his fault he held the ball too long and on the second he had Sidney Rice open on a slant cutting right across his face calling for the ball but never saw him. Speaking of missing Rice he was wide open on another play where Jackson had time but forced a pass into Justing Forsett who was double covered. Jackson missed a protection adjustment on a cornerback blitz. At times when he felt pressure in the pocket he would stop looking for his receivers and stumble around in the pocket. When he had a blitzing corner in his throwing lane he needed to pump fake to get the corner to leave his feet before he threw the ball but didn’t and the corner knocked the ball down at the line.

 

Running Backs

1) Thomas Clayton (B)

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

He showed vision on the 3rd and short when he broke the run outside and picked up the first down. Thomas was able to sneak out on play action. He made a couple nice blocks in pass protection including the one that gave Tarvaris enough time to hit Dominique Byrd in the end zone for the only offensive touchdown of the game.

THE BAD:

He missed a block in the passing game.

2) Justin Forsett (B-)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

He was running hard and picking up yards after initial contact. Justing also was able to make something out of nothing picking his way through holes that were barely there.

The BAD:

He only rushed 6 times and was targeted once for no receptions.

3) Leon Washington and Michael Robinson (C)

Last week Leon led all running backs with a B and Michael had a B-. Both players had good plays and bad but as per usually I don’t break down mediocrity on these posts in order to keep it a quicker read.

 

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Running Back Grades Preseason Game 2011-2

Part 3of8 of the Seahawks player grades from the Vikings game. Quarterbacks and Offensive Lineman have already been posted. 

Running Backs

The Seahawks gained 150 yards on the ground this week.

1) Leon Washington (B)

Last week Leon received a C+.

THE GOOD:

Washington showed good balance breaking a tackle where he had one leg hit. He had good vision on the run where he made a nice cutback turning nothing into a big gain. For the game he averaged 6.5 yards per carry.

THE BAD:

Leon only got 4 carries in the game.

2) Justin Forsett and Michael Robinson (B-)

Last week Justin didn’t play and Michael receive a C+.

THE GOOD:

Forsett was able to break tackles and pick his way through small holes in the line. He showed patience waiting for the hole to form and then stuck his foot in the ground and hit it. Michael got a rare carry on a fourth down play and he kept his legs pumping to get the first down after it looked like he would be stopped short. On special teams he did a good job getting down the field in punt coverage.

THE BAD:

Justin averaged 1.1 yards per carry but a lot of that was due to running him 4 times at the goal line and going no where.

4) Thomas Clayton (C+)

Last week he led all backs with a B+.

THE GOOD:

When he had the ball he kept his legs pumping to gain extra yards. He continues to show he can handle pass blocking responsibilities by picking up the blitz and being successful cut blocking.

THE BAD:

Thomas wasn’t able to make a guy miss when he had him 1:1 in space. His vision was questionable on a play where he had a clean hole to the outside but chose to cut it up inside where two defenders were waiting for him.

5) Marshawn Lynch and Via Taua (C-)

Last week Marshawn was last on the team with a C and Via wasn’t on the team.

THE GOOD:

Lynch ran hard and gained extra yards with second effort. Taua averaged 7.5 yards per carry.

THE BAD:

Marshawn had trouble pass blocking against the linebacker. He didn’t have many holes and only gained 2 yards on 3 carries. Via wasn’t given many chances to make an impression with the ball in his hand and the only time he touched it in the passing game he dropped it.

7) Dorson Boyce (D+)

THE GOOD:

As a receiver he had a good game catching three ball all of which were for a first down.

THE BAD:

Being a fullback his most important job is blocking and he missed two blocks in the running game including one that may have sprung a touchdown.

 

 

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