The preseason is over and the Seattle Seahawks haven’t won a game. What was won that night was a runway for quarterback Geno Smith, but I think most suspected it was a read between the lines formality. We saw a plethora of players working hard to stay in the NFL and it even set the preseason standards for a crazy game.
Let’s dive into the winners and losers for the last time this month.
You may not like it, but for now, he’s the starter. Smith is the “boring” option and he’s not very good, but why bother when neither he nor Drew Lock will likely be the starting QB in 2023? Anyway, I thought this was very simple game for Tyler Lockett was encouraging.
He was a bit of a preseason all-star in each of his three seasons, but he looked his best in this particular practice period. Dallas rushed for 75 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown, with most of his success coming from a drive in which he touched the ball 10 of 11 plays. Both he and Travis Homer have performed so well that it should be reassuring that the Seahawks have quality recoil depth.
Hey, I can’t knock 4/4 on field goals and 2/2 on PATs. Myers was on his game and didn’t have close shaves on any of those kicks either.
Adams had a tackle for a loss and a half sack and several QB pressures. I liked him last preseason and the big man in the interior has really made a good case for being on the 53-man roster.
Jackson played the entire game, which meant a whole bunch of excellent Michael Jackson puns made by Michael Robinson and Michael Bennett. The outer cornerback was solid on his assignments throughout the night, playing a critical ball late in the 4th quarter to give the Seahawks another shot at a win (which they promptly lost). I believe Jackson will make the roster… but will he start week 1? You never know. Jackson and Josh Jones were two preseason stars.
Charles Cross and Abe Lucas
They might be your first two tackles in Week 1. Cross was clear and I thought he looked excellent. I’m not pinning Geno Smith’s sack on him, as Smith kind of bumped into it in a poor version of Russell Wilson’s worst sacks. He looks like a left wing NFL tackle and I can’t wait to see him against the first team league. Ditto for Lucas, who tries to be the pancake king. I’m more of a waffle man myself.
There has been a lot of defense of Lock’s performance tonight, which surprises me. I give him full marks for the touchdown pass because that’s him at his best and that’s what Pete Carroll definitely wants from this passing attack, but otherwise? Yeah, that wasn’t a good audition. I think the first interception, even if there is some blame on Dee Eskridge, is horribly telegraphed and the fact that the defending defender has jumped the route to perfection should make you realize it’s a risky throw, even if Eskridge are his does work. His second pick is terrible in high school and the third is definitely one that Aaron Fuller should make, but he threw several other passes that were nearly picked against a large number of players who probably won’t be on the Dallas roster on Tuesday.
You can play conspiracy all you want or complain that he doesn’t get a chance on the first team, but – I say this as someone who wanted Lock to win the job – he is now unable to win leagues on two different teams against Geno Smith, Joe Flacco and Teddy Bridgewater. That’s not a killer row of quarterbacks. At some point you have to wonder if it’s just bad coaches not giving him a chance or (the much more likely story) Lock just isn’t right. Or rather, his horrific moments are so horrific that they are unbearable for coaches.
His ceiling is probably higher than Smith’s, but his floor? It’s a lot like that second interception and a bunch of other dangerous passes he threw. We may see Lock start later in the season, we may not even see him on this roster on Tuesday, depending on how much Carroll loathed his performance.
Seattle’s Wide Receiver Depth
Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf’s drop off to everyone else on the depth map is both terrifying and an example of why some of us have panicked over the Seahawks’ approach to the wide receiver position in recent years. Dareke Young and Bo Melton are likely going to be on the practice squad, but they’ve dropped too many passes to warrant a spot on the roster. Freddie Swain has had a pretty uninspiring preseason and is not a roster slot. Only Penny Hart and perhaps Cade Johnson (without a muted punt) have staked reasonable claims for a roster spot. I believe Dee Eskridge, Hart and Marquise Goodwin will be the ones to round out WRs 3-5.
Honestly, he should be a winner for me because I’m not sure I’ve laughed so hard at a Seahawks sales before. He must have thought he was flipping the ball to Tacko Fall as he was definitely too high for Jacob Eason to grab. I was entertained by the folly, the coaches less so.
If they don’t move him to guard, he has no place in the NFL. He’s too slow to be a tackle and that won’t be magically fixed.
- Poor Jacob Easen. He has the chance to win the game three times and the end results were terrible in several ways, and none of that on him.
- It looked like Marquise Blair outperformed last week, including a near interception. With Ryan Neal’s injury, I think he’ll stay in his roster spot, but just barely.
- Hopefully Alton Robinson will be okay after he raises his knee. I thought he played well and can create a niche as a situational pass rusher.
- Joel Dublanko was significantly better than last week’s horror show, and I think that gives him a chance to make the practice squad.
- I suspect Kenneth Walker’s injury could be a good reason for Darwin Thompson to make the top 53. Flashy and fickle in his preseason, he is hardly an unknown product given his time in Kansas City.
- Programming note! The Seagulls podcast had been quiet for a few weeks while looking for new hosts, but we’ll be back on the air as of next week! Dan Viens and Dayna O’Gorman will be our two hosts with a rotation of guests each episode, starting with our former host Brandan Schulze. Look out for new episodes starting this week.