Here’s some assorted observations from tonight’s game:
Once again, Russell Wilson took a couple quarters’ worth of preseason action and turned it into highlight reel material. The only difference is, this time he did it with the first string offense against the Chiefs’ first string defense. It’s a good thing his height is holding him back, because otherwise allowing him to play would be completely unfair to every other team in the league.
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Robert Turbin made some great plays in the run game tonight (he got a lot of yardage with second efforts), but so did Tyrell Sutton, Kregg Lumpkin, and Vai Taua. Those three are set on making the final roster cuts as difficult as humanly possible for Carroll and his staff. Leon Washington’s spot on this team is absolutely not safe.
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J.R. Sweezy missed a few blocks tonight, but is still showing steady improvement. One particular play that stood out for me was a scramble/rollout to the right in which Sweezy slid out alongside Wilson to provide some extra protection. It’s hard to tell whether that was part of the play design or if Sweezy was just improvising along with Wilson, but either way he looked good.
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Several of Turbin’s longer runs were thanks in no small part to Anthony McCoy’s blocking. I don’t know what was wrong with his performance last season, but he appears to have solved it. He’s also making all the catches he should and running decent routes. At long last, McCoy appears to be the complete tight end he was supposed to be when he was drafted back in 2010.
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Braylon Edwards deserves to be a lock to make the team, and so does Charly Martin. Really, Martin looks like the sort of big, rangy wideout that Kris Durham was supposed to be. Y’know, a guy with the size and talent to make catches and throw a stiff downfield block, too. Durham’s block on a defensive back during Anthony McCoy’s long reception was pathetic; if he had actually put som effort into it instead of just standing still, McCoy could have easily picked up another ten yards, if not a touchdown.
Also, Terrell Owens has been terrible. Yeah, he finally made a decent catch or two toward the end of the game, but his size and speed are worthless if he can’t consistently hold on to passes.
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Most of the time, Phillip Adams looked good in coverage, and he showed a great feel for timing on a blitz in the second quarter. He also made some really boneheaded mistakes, but he’s showing a lot more promise than most of the other reserve CBs on the roster.
Speaking of reserves, I’ve spent a lot of time this offseason worrying what would happen if Kam Chancellor or Earl Thomas missed a game now that Atari Bigby is gone. The way Jeron Johnson is playing right now, I’m no longer quite so worried.