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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
Buccaneers 10 (0-1-0) @ Jaguars 16 (1-0-0)
The Jacksonville Jaguars looked strong in their preseason opener against in state rival Tampa
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)
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.
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
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.
A defensive battle
Written by: Carl Hoglin
This Sunday, the 3-0 Seattle Seahawks roll into Houston to battle the 2-1 Texans.
Two unrelenting defenses taking it out on opposing offenses, which one will stand the beating? Which team has enough depth to outlast the struggle that will ensue on Sunday? Will Seattle remain undefeated, or will Houston add another notch to the win column?
Houston and Seattle have only played twice after the Oilers left and the Texans were formed. Each team has managed to best the other on their home fields respectively. Seattle trounced Houston 42-10 in a 2005 meeting between the teams. Houston bludgeoned Seattle 34-7 in the latest meeting in 2009.
The last meeting in 2009 featured some of the key players that Houston has managed to build a team around. The only players still playing for the Seahawks since then are: Brandon Mebane, Max Unger, Red Bryant, and Jon Ryan.
This will be a huge struggle between two powerhouse defenses. In three games for both defenses, Seattle ranks first in yards per game, while Houston ranks second. The Seahawks have managed to only surrender 27 total points on defense, while 17 of those came while the second team was on the field versus Jacksonville. Seattle gave up 7 points to Carolina, and 3 points to San Francisco.
Houston has given up 82 points. 28 to San Diego, 24 to Tennessee, and 30 to Baltimore.
Seattle is allowing only 146.7 passing yards per game (1st), while Houston is allowing 157.7 (2nd). Houston is averaging only 91.3 rushing yards on defense (9th), whereas Seattle is allowing 95 (12th). Both Seattle and Houston have managed to pile up 8 sacks already this season. Seattle has managed to pick off opposing QB’s 5 different times, while Houston has only managed 1 pick so far this season.
Both Seattle and Houston will have problems moving the ball against these stout defenses.
Leading their respective offenses, Russell Wilson, and Matt Schaub will have to both be on their games in order to succeed. Wilson is 47/73 for 664 yards with 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Schaub is 85/128 for 838 yards with 6 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Both teams have amazing backs in Marshawn Lynch and Arian Foster. Lynch has rumbled 210 yards on 62 carries, and Foster has steamrolled 190 yards on 49 carries.
Seattle is managing 28.7 points per game putting up an average of 379 yards per game (247 passing, 132 rushing). Houston is averaging 388 yards per game(259 passing, 128 rushing).
Both teams have outstanding receivers, the Texans in Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, while the Seahawks have Sidney Rice and Golden Tate.
Any one of these players, on any given Sunday, can make or break a game.
Gary Kubiak and Pete Carroll have built highly respectable teams.
- Time managing Quarterbacks with powerhouses at Running Back.
- Big sure-handed receivers that can fly down the field.
- Complete total offenses that can light up any defense not full in tune.
- Strong, unrelenting defenses that can play lights out against any offense, any given game.
Either side of the ball for either team can take control and tilt the tables for their respected team. This game will boil down to who was better on the field, who wins each battle will win the final battle.
Are Houston’s receivers bigger than Seattle’s cornerbacks? Can Seattle’s defensive line hold Arian Foster? Can Russell Wilson escape JJ Watt and his teammates on the defense?
Seahawks beat Vikings 30-20
Seahawks player grades
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.
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
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 #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+
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 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 #90
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Jaye Howard lost his balance and was pancaked.
The Grade: B-
Red Bryant #79
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.
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 #51
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.
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 #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.
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.
THE GRADE: C-
Dexter Davis #58
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.
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
Pierre Allen was able to get some push at the point of attack.
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.
THE GRADE: D-
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Seahawks Player Grades
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.
Seahawks Player Grades
Last week he led the team with an A+
Alan did a great job against the run. He was playing in the Cowboys backfield on several running plays. He did a great job getting his blockers moving laterally to the line of scrimmage leaving the running back no lane to run through. He also showed great backside pursuit. He pressured Tony Romo on one play.
On one running play he was pancaked.
2) Brandon Mebane and Chris Clemons (B)
Last week: Brandon B and Chris C+
Mebane was very strong against the run. He held the point of attack even while being double teamed. He also recorded a tackle for a loss. Clemons did a nice job setting the outside edge and forcing the run back inside where he had help. He did a nice job timing his pass rush when he was lined up in a linebacker position. He had a quarterback pressure.
Brandon and Chris were two of three lineman who were rushing the passer for 5+ seconds on the Cowboys touchdown and they were not able to get any type of pressure.
4) Red Bryant and Raheem Brock (B-)
Last week they both had an A-
Bryant had a quarterback pressure and was able to hold strong at the point of attack. He did a nice job dictating where the blockers where going to go on the field if they wanted to block him. Brock had a quarterback pressure and a quarterback hit.
Bryant was the third and final pass rusher on the touchdown pass where Romo had 5+ seconds to find an open receiver.
6) Clinton McDonald and Anthony Hargrove (C)
Last week: Clinton B- and Anthony D
Seahawks Player Grades
Last week A-
Alan was behind the line of scrimmage most of the game. He got a lot of pressure in the running game and had three tackles for a loss. He was able to pressure the quarterback five times.
On one snap he was extremely slow getting off the ball. On of the time he got to pressure on the quarterback he should have had a sack but missed it.
2) Red Bryant and Raheem Brock (A-)
Last week: Red got ejected from the game and Raheem had a B
Bryant was playing in the backfield a lot of the game. He got in the backfield several times on running plays and recored a tackle for a loss. He was able to get some pressure on the quarterback and had a quarterback hit. Red also did a nice job keeping the quarterback in the pocket. Brock had three quarterback pressures and got some penetration in the running game as well.
Bryant got called for encroachment on third and inches leading to a first down. Raheem had a chance to get a tackle for a loss but missed the tackle.
4) Brandon Mebane (B)
Last week he led the line with an A+
Brandon was creating problems for the rushing offense by making tackles for a loss, short gain or no gain at all including a play where he got out to the side line to stop the running back after a short gain. Once again he was getting good jump off the snap.
He had trouble getting pressure on the quarterback even when they matched him up 1:1. Mebane had a missed tackle.
5) Clinton McDonald (B-)
Last week B-
Clinton had a quarterback pressure and a tackle for a loss.
There really wasn’t anything bad.
6) Chris Clemons (C+)
Last week A-
Chris had a couple tackles for a short gain and stayed at home on a reverse that forced the receiver to cut the ball back inside to try to avoid a loss on the play. He had three quarterback pressures including one where he was held and that is the only reason he didn’t get a sack and late in the game had a quarterback hit.
Clemons had three missed tackles, lost outside contain of the quarterback and was called for encroachment.
7) Anthony Hargrove (D)
Last week B
Anthony had a quarterback sack.
Hargrove lost track of the quarterback in the pocket and it allowed him to avoid pressure and he also fell down on another play which allowed the quarterback to step up and avoid pressure. He also struggled while blocking on kick returns not seeing a defender once and missing his block on another.
Seahawks Defensive Line Player Grades
1) Brandon Mebane (A+)
Last week A+
Brandon had McCoy’s snap count down pat and was able to get a good jump off the ball all game. He hit the quarterback once and had three more quarterback pressures including a play where he did an excellent job on a stunt. Mebane was able to fight off blocks and make three tackles for short gain including a play while he was being double teamed. He also had a tackle for loss.
Te Seahawks cannot clone him.
2) Alan Branch and Chris Clemons (A-)
Last week: Alan A and Chris A+
Branch spent a lot of the game in the backfield. He was getting penetration in the passing game as well as the running game. He tipped a pass, batted one down and had two quarterback pressures. In the running game he was creating problems by being in the backfield but did not record any tackles for loss although he managed a tackle for no gain. Like Mebane, Clemons was getting of the snap well. He recorded 2 sacks in the game and was able to hit the quarterback on another play. He had a tackle for a loss and a tackle for no gain in the running game.
Alan lost outside contain on the quarterback when the defense was blitzing from the opposite side allowing Colt McCoy to run away from the two free blitzers. On one running play Chris was unable to fight off a block by the tight end and on a passing play he was sent into zone coverage but did not drop deep enough.
4) Anthony Hargrove and Raheem Brock (B)
Last week: Anthony C+ and Raheem B-
Anthony was getting a good jump of the snap and that helped him get to the quarterback and hit him a couple times. He was also able to get run penetration. Raheem had a couple quarterback pressures and also showed a nice spin move that helped him make a tackle for short gain.
Hargrove missed a block on a kick return.
6) Clinton McDonald (B-)
Last week B-
He was able to get some pressure in the running game and had a quarterback pressure.
There were no glaring mistakes made on his part.
7) Red Bryant
He had a stellar game with 2 blocked field goals but after losing his cool, getting ejected from the game and costing the Seahawks one last possession he will receive no grade this week.
Last week A-