With all the question marks surrounding the wide receiver position, it was surprising to see the Seahawks spend so much time on the run game tonight (41 runs versus 30 passes). That would seem to indicate that the coaching staff already knew who they wanted to keep headed into this game, and it’s anyone’s guess at this point which receivers will survive the final roster cuts. Really, the best catches of the night were made by tight ends (Anthony McCoy and Cooper Helfet), not wide receivers. Read into that what you will.
At running back, Kregg Lumpkin got a long audition tonight, ending the game with 20 rushing attempts for 71 yards (3.5 yards per carry) and 2 receptions for 10 yards. Vai Taua also saw a lot of action with 9 rushing attempts for 39 yards (5.4 ypc) and a TD, plus 5 receptions for 39 yards (7.8 yards per catch). Jermaine Kearse got a shot at running the ball, but was mediocre on his three carries. Leon Washington, on the other hand, didn’t get a single carry. Combine that with Golden Tate’s questionable decision making on his returns tonight (running backwards for a loss is a Bad Thing) and it starts to look a whole lot like Washington’s job is secure enough that the Pete Carroll et al decided to rest him. I guess they aren’t fazed by his $2 million price tag.
Bruce Irvin finally got himself some sacks. Hell yes. Combine that with Jaye Howard’s ability to knife into the backfield seemingly at will and the pass rush is already looking up — and that’s before factoring in the other quarterback-devouring new guys like Greg Scruggs and Jason Jones. The Seahawks are going to be hell on offenses this year.
Allen Bradford and Mike Morgan were the two outside linebackers who stood out the most to me tonight; Morgan’s sack was great, and Bradford was around the ball all night long. Kyle Knox and Malcolm Smith also made some decent plays, but Korey Toomer all but disappeared tonight.
At defensive back, Jeremy Lane finally did something right by pulling in an interception, but one interception off a deflection doesn’t really outweigh his middling play in the rest of the game. Jeron Johnson got in his usual quota of kickass, Byron Maxwell did more things right than he did wrong (dude needs to learn to wrap up), and I am still unimpressed by Winston Guy.
I don’t recall either John Moffitt or J.R. Sweezy doing anything particularly noticeable on any given play, which for an offensive lineman is usually a good thing.
Come to think of it, I’m not sure anything I saw in this game actually answered any of my questions about who should make the final roster. The Seahawks have to hand pink slips to 22 players by 1 o’clock tomorrow afternoon. Who do you guys think will be headed out the door?