You always wonder when you hear stories of rookies or other lesser-known players doing well during training camp whether they can translate that success into an actual game.
For several Seahawks fighting for a roster spot who have been performing well in camp, Thursday night’s 31-10 thumping over the San Diego Chargers showed perhaps their success can translate.
Rookie running backs Christine Michael and Spencer Ware combined to carry the ball 23 times for 121 yards (5.26 yards per carry), Stephen Williams caught two passes for 83 yards with a touchdown and Benson Mayowa tallied 1.5 sacks.
Second-year wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, who many believe has solidified his role as the team’s fourth receiver throughout camp, caught two passes for 31 yards with a touchdown while Tarvaris Jackson almost certainly sealed his spot as Russell Wilson’s backup (If it wasn’t already sealed) by completing 8 of 9 passes for 128 yards with a pair of touchdowns.
With Robert Turbin trying to work through a sore foot and Marshawn Lynch guaranteed not to see a lot of action in the first preseason contest, Michael and Ware knew they were going to get plenty of opportunities to showcase their talent. Both were already essential locks for the final 53-man roster anyway, but with more performances like they had Thursday night, moving up the depth chart is hardly out of the question.
Despite the final score, Wilson and the first-team offense struggled, managing a paltry 47 yards on 12 plays. The first-team defense also had some issues, allowing the Chargers to drive 74 yards before kicking a field goal on the game’s opening drive.
But without Turbin, WR Sidney Rice, DE Cliff Avril, LB Bobby Wagner, C Max Unger, OG James Carpenter, TE Zach Miller, DE Chris Clemons and DL Tony McDaniel, the starting 22 was very different than what many are expecting in a month at Carolina.
The battle to see who will field kickoffs and punts was largely uneventful with two kickoffs going for touchbacks and two punts either going out of bounds or being downed. Walter Thurmond and Perez Ashford did manage a couple highlights though with Thurmond going for 46 on a third-quarter punt and Perez Ashford gaining 27 off a punt late in the fourth.
Seattle’s next preseason game is Saturday Aug. 17 against the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field.
– The Seahawks dominated in the trenches, totaling four sacks, eight tackles for losses and six quarterback hits while allowing no sacks, just one tackle for loss and just one quarterback hit.
– QB Brady Quinn was efficient, although not nearly as dominating as Jackson, completing 6 of 11 pass attempts for 59 yards and a touchdown.
– K Steven Hauchska came up just short on a 61-yard field goal attempt to close out the first half, hitting the crossbar.
– CB Byron Maxwell and S Chris Maragos each tallied an interception off Chargers backup and former Seahawk Charlie Whitehurst. Both picks were returned 28 yards.
– RB Derrick Coleman had a 6-yard TD reception in the final minutes of the game on a play similar to what the Seahawks ran with Michael Robinson in the team’s playoff win at Washington last season.
– P Jon Ryan punted the ball four times and averaged 61 yards a punt.