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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.
Seahawks beat Jaguars 45-17
The score seems like a pretty decisive victory but to be honest the game was not even that close. After jumping out to a two touchdown lead by early in the second quarter the Seahawks played a fairly vanilla game, both offensively and defensively.
Zach Miller‘s first touchdown of two in the game was anything but vanilla. When Zach threw what appeared to be a typical Seahawks chop block everyone, including myself, thought he was nothing more than a blocker on the play.
The way he popped back up to his feet and became wide open in the end zone was completely by design, hats off to Darrell Bevell for the design and call.
That play will set up plays in the future
Teams will see what Miller did on film which will cause the outside rusher to hesitate before they crash down on the line. In situations where the Seahawks only need little yardage any hesitation can be the difference in a positive outcome versus a negative one.
It was evident early on that the Seahawks intended to win the game but Pete Carroll and his team had no intentions on embarrassing their former defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
Despite the loss Jacksonville can hang their hat on the fact that they scored 7 more points against theSeahawks defense than the Panthers and 49ers did combined. Quarterback Chad Henne threw for twice as many yards than Colin Kaepernick did last week and nearly twice as many as Cam Newton had against the Legion of Boom in week 1.
Offensively the Seahawks seemed to be able to move the ball at will gaining a season high 479 yards of total offense.
Wilson after a punter?
Russell Wilson tied a career high with 4 touchdown passes in less than 3 quarters of work Sunday. Unfortunately he threw a pass slightly behind Golden Tate and the pass bounced off his hand leading to Wilson’s second interception in as many games.
Wilson had a nice day. 4 TD passes.
A play that really bothered me was when Russell was trying to avoid. . .More
49ers at Seahawks photo blog
All I wanted for Christmas was a Seahawks victory, what I got was a 49ers butt whoopin’!
“Autobots, roll out”
That was the message that Peter Cullen (the voice of Optimus Prime from the “Transformers” movies) left onRichard Sherman‘s voice mail, according to the Fox game broadcast of the Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions. Peter learned that Richard changed his name on twitter to “Optimus Prime” in response to Lions’ receiver Calvin Johnson’s nickname “Megatron”.
Of course the media jumped all over Sherman’s name change, and it made for great bulletin board material for in Lions’ locker-room. I had to jump on it because I grew up watching the cartoon. Between “G.I. Joe” and “Transformers” I was a very happy kid on Saturday mornings.
For the fun of it I decided to match a few players to characters from the movie:
|Optimus Prime – Richard Sherman||Megatron - Calvin Johnson|
|Jazz – Earl Thomas||Starscream - Titus Young|
|Ironhide – Brandon Browner||Frenzy - Matthew Stafford|
|Bumblebee – Kam Chancellor||Bonecrusher - Brandon Pettigrew|
Optimus Prime and the Autobots were able to contain Megatron as expected. Unfortunately, Frenzy was able to find Starscream and Bonecrusher whom were open all day, and the Decepticons stole the show.
Okay, I got the little boy out of me, now I am ready to get down to the nitty gritty.
Every loss is tough to handle, yet I actually feel pretty good about this one. The offense really stepped up and played well Sunday morning, in Detroit. Russell Wilson and company did more then enough to win the away game, if the defense had shown up to play.
Jazz and the Autobots are nothing like the 2000 Ravens quite yet.
It is difficult, yet in defeat we cannot lose sight of how big of a step forward the offense took.
I am left with a feeling of hope. Despite all the talk about how good theSeahawks defense is, they are not elite, they have not arrived.
They are nothing like the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, which is a prime example of what an elite defense looks like. What they are, is a very good, very young, up and coming defense who’s window is a season or two away from opening.
They are loaded with talent but lacking in experience.
Watching the offense Sunday, particularly Russell Wilson, I am left with a feeling of optimism that by the time the defense is ready to become elite, the offense will be good enough to make the Seahawks serious Super Bowl contenders.
Time of Possession
The Seattle Seahawks are built to control the time of possession. On Sunday they couldn’t even keep it close. During the first half, the Lions held the ball for five more minutes then the Seahawks.
What a crazy game we witnessed Sunday Afternoon. Seahawks win 24-23 after a 13 point 4th quarter deficit. Below are a few of the photos I took at the game.
Seahawks pass catchin’ player grades
Charly Martin #14
Charly Martin really impressed me against the Titans. Every opportunity Charly was given he made the most of. If Martin had a chance to go for YAC (yards after catch) yards he went for them without hesitation. He showed decent rout running ability and never gave up on plays until the whistle blew. The most impressive play was on Russell Wilson quarterback keeper late in the 4th quarter. Charly locked on the his man and blocked him for over ten yards down the field. That action allowed Russell to get by and score the touchdown that sealed the Seahawks victory.
the grade: B+
Deon Butler #11
Honestly, I am surprised we are still talking about this kid after his brutal injury a couple years back. He continues to impress. Deon Butler was running very good routes against the Titans and was able to get some separation. He also showed a willingness to get in and throw some blocks in the running game.
the grade: B
Braylon Edwards #17
Braylon Edwards made an outstanding play on a ball while it was in the air. Russell Wilson threw the pass up and gave Braylon a chance to go get it. Braylon delivered by stoping just short of the pass, out jumping the cornerback to go up and get it, while scoring a touchdown in the process. Plays like that are the ones I expect to see from him, spectacular receptions. Later in the game Edwards made a nice cut inside after catching the ball and gained about 5 extra yards in the process.
Braylon Edwards needs to play smarter. The block in the back penalty that he picked up was pure stupidity. Russell Wilson had already given up on the play and was running out of bounds after a nice pickup so, there was no need to even attempt to block at that point. That is the kind of play I would expect to see from a rookie not an 8 year NFL veteran.
the grade B-
Lavasier Tuinei #19
The rookie undrafted free agent out of Oregon had a very solid game as far as blocking from the receiver position goes. Lavasier Tuinei never caught a pass during the game, but his blocking was solid enough to earn him a good grade.
the grade: B-
Ben Obomanu #87
Ben Obomanu had a better than average game blocking.
Ben missed a block that led to a tackle for a loss. He flinched at the line of scrimmage on one play but, luckily for the Seahawks the false start was never called. I also need to see him start creating more separation at this point in his career.
the grade: C+
Jermaine Kearse #8
Jermaine Kearse really does a nice job fighting to get open once the quarterback starts to scramble. He recognizes the field gets cut in half and tries to become an outlet if he is on that side of the field, or hurries to break towards that side. Kearse showed great awareness by a young receiver.
the grade: C+
Golden Tate #81 and Kris Durham #16 both received C’s
Zach Miller #86
Despite having a couple of missed blocks during the game Zach Miller did a nice job blocking in general throughout his time in the game. Unfortunately, his time was cut short when he took a shot over the middle and was concussed. Zach was able to hang on to the pass after the big hit.
the grade: b+
Anthony Mccoy #85
Anthony has to clean up the dropped passes because he is driving me nuts. McCoy had a better than average day blocking. He was doing a nice job fighting to get open while running routes. Against the Titans he had a chance for a first down and had difficulty hanging on to a pass that hit him in the hands.
the grade: C+
Sean McGrath #45
Personally, I would keep this kid over Anthony McCoy. I believe Sean McGrath has a much higher ceiling. He made some very good plays in the blocker game and a couple really nice reception. Unfortunately, he also made the mental mistakes that I expect a rookie to make and blew a couple plays.
the grade: C+
Cameron Morrah #88
Am I the only one who is tired of waiting for this kid to develop? With 4 years experience, we shouldn’t have to wait any longer. On Saturday I watched him run the wrong route. At that point, I felt the Morrah experiment was over. Commissioner help us if he ends up with a final roster spot on this years team.
the grade: F
Seahawks Player Grades
Last week B-
Ben recovered the first fumble while covering the kick off and was smart just to stay down and not risk fumbling the ball himself trying to get up. He made another big play covering kicks when he flew down the field and made a tackle short of the 20 yard line. Obomanu fought back to the quarterback to make a catch for a first down.
That first down catch for 10 yards was his only reception of the game.
2) Sidney Rice (B-)
Last week he led the team with a B+
Sidney had a nice block for Zach Miller after Miller caught the ball. On a third down play he made a nice diving catch but unfortunately he was just short of the marker.
He only had 14 yards receiving for the game.
3) Doug Baldwin (C+)
Last week B
Doug had a 50 yard reception in the game.
Unfortunately that was his only reception and he would leave the game later with an injury.
4) Golden Tate (C-)
Last week he was not graded
Tate made an excellent catch on the sidelines.
Golden fumbled the ball but was lucky it went out of bounds because there were no Seahawks around to recover it if it had stayed in. He was called for illegal motion because he didn’t get set before the snap.
Last week B-
I just can’t spin anything good here.
He was targeted on a hitch and waited for the ball to come to him instead of fighting back towards it. Because he did this the defender was able to get around him and break up the pass. In an altercation he was the last player to shove the opposition and got himself a personal foul. The call was pretty weak but he should have kept his cool.
Zach had a nice backside cut block and a few other nice blocks in the running game. He pushed the pile at the end of runs to help the running back gain every yard they could. Miller did a nice job sitting down in the soft spot in the zone.
He missed a cut block.
2) Anthony McCoy (D+)
Anthony pulled out this superman Esq block where he flew through the air. It wasn’t the most successful block I have ever seen but it was effective enough and showed effort. He had a couple more nice run blocks.
For the most part he struggled trying to block people. He missed cut blocks, couldn’t hold blocks or just went after the wrong guy to block completely.
Seahawks Player Grades
Last week D+
Ben had to receptions over 20 yards including one for 55 yards and led the team with 107 yards for the game (not to mention by going over 100 yards he won everyone in attendance a free Top Pot Doughnut). He ran his routes well and was able to get himself open. He showed effort fighting for extra yards after the catch.
He doesn’t consistently play as well as he did against the Bengals.
2) Sidney Rice (B+)
Last week C+
Sidney made a few outstanding catches including a couple diving catches. He recognized when the quarterback was in trouble and did a nice job working back to him to give the QB a place to dump the ball. He showed excellent effort while picking up a first down by fighting off a tackler on a wide receiver screen. Once again he showed his willingness to be a blocker down field. He had 102 yards receiving for the day.
He had three dropped passes including one where he had adjusted to a very poorly thrown ball in the end zone but was unable to haul in the pass.
3) Doug Baldwin (B)
Last week C-
Doug made a few really nice catches including a beautiful one handed catch on the run. He also had a 31 yard reception.
Baldwin had an uncharacteristic drop in the game.
4) Golden Tate and Kris Durham (C-)
Last week: Golden C+ and Durham was not graded.
These are really the 5th and 6th receivers on the team and are not counted on very often.
Tate missed a block on the designed quarterback run that left Jackson with no where to run. Durham had a false start.
1) Cameron Morrah (C+)
Last week he led the group with a C+
He did a good job finding the open spot in the zone and sitting down in it. Morrah made a great catch with a defender draped all over him.
Cameron had a dropped pass.
Last week he was out with a head injury.
Miller ran an excellent seam route and made a nice catch at the sidelines staying in bounds for the reception. He also had a nice block.
Zach missed a block on a screen pass and was unable to hold his block in the running game a couple times. He dropped a pass because he was not prepared to catch it at the top of his route.
3) Anthony McCoy (D)
Last week C
Anthony stonewalled a defensive end who was trying to bull rush him. He set his feet and sunk his hips using picture perfect technique to manhandle a guy who had about 50 pounds on him.
He struggled when asked to run block. He was late getting to one block, got pushed 5-yards into the backfield on one and missed a cut block on another. He also added a dropped pass.