For starters, no, I don’t really give a shit about Jeremy Lane sitting for the national anthem. And for the record, I don’t even get why we sing the national anthem before every game anyway; save it for the fucking Olympics.
From a football perspective, the greatest takeaway is that no important Seahawks got hurt. No one who figures to make the 53-man roster, anyway. Seems like a small thing, but the last thing you want to see is a key player get hurt in the most meaningless of the meaningless pre-season games.
This one was a real barker, too. I mean, seriously, woof! 2-0 at halftime, 5-3 after three quarters; we were so bored, my dad and I spent more time playing Yahtzee than watching the actual game. The Raiders’ D-Line is no joke, and I’m not even sure all of their starters were ever in there! The Seahawks really couldn’t do a damn thing for most of the first three quarters, thanks to their sheer dominance.
Then, the game turned on a dime, and became the most fun fourth quarter of a pre-season game that I can remember. The Raiders extended their lead to 8-3 to kick things off. A few minutes later – after getting the ball back – we pressured them into a pick-six to take the lead 9-8. After stuffing them again, we got the ball back and drove – mostly on the back of Troymaine Pope’s slashing running style – to extend our lead to 16-8. The Raiders drove down for a score of their own, but botched the 2-point conversion, to make it 16-14. After we recovered the on-side kick, Pope busted out another long run to get us down near the goalline. From there, Alex Collins officially sealed the deal with a goalline plunge to make it 23-14.
And yet, if that wasn’t enough, the Raiders ran back the kickoff to make it 23-21. Thankfully, they didn’t try to on-side kick it again, and the game mercifully came to a close. Still, pretty fun quarter when both teams had a combined eight points going in.
Getting back, I thought Pope was amazing, not just on Thursday, but this entire pre-season. I know he’s in a battle with Alex Collins, and I know Alex Collins has certain physical attributes that Pope doesn’t, but it would just be a shame to see Pope go. I just know he’s going to go off and be another Justin Forsett type, if he ever gets a serious opportunity to start.
After Pope, I didn’t really see many positives out of the offense. I was REALLY disappointed that Tanner McEvoy wasn’t able to play, because I feel like this was EXACTLY the type of game he would’ve shined in. None of the receivers really stood out – with no one catching more than 2 balls all game – but that was hardly their fault. Our offensive line was manhandled from the get-go (with Jahri Evans and J’Marcus Webb looking particularly overwhelmed on the right side), and Trevone Boykin was not up to the task of dealing with it all that well.
I don’t think Boykin cost himself the job or anything; I think he’s still young, cheap, and has lots of team control. I think keeping him on the 53-man roster – as opposed to the practice squad, while bringing in a veteran to backup Wilson – would be much more important to his development. Plus, I still contend that if Wilson gets injured, the team will simply sign Tarvaris Jackson and keep Boykin as the #2 until Wilson’s healthy again.
That having been said, the kid is raw, but I thought he dealt with things okay. You want a kid to know what it’s like to struggle like that, so next time he knows how to deal with it better. Russell Wilson didn’t come out of the womb an All Pro (in spite of his robot-like qualities); I think Boykin will be okay. Give him time to throw, give him lanes to run, he’ll be okay. Also, think of it this way: if he ever has to come in for Wilson, he’ll get the luxury of our starting O-Line, which is starting to come together pretty good.
I will say this though: Boykin better take better advantage of his opportunities to run in the future. He left A LOT of yards on the table by handing the ball off instead of tucking and running.
On defense, the guy who stood out the most was Keenan Lambert, who was just all over the place making plays. I thought Brock Coyle had a great game too, showing why the team likes him so much as Bobby Wagner’s backup. I thought KPL looked good, and I thought Marcus Burley continued his dominant pre-season with another great game. If he doesn’t make the team, I just don’t know anymore, because he’s easily the 3rd or 4th best corner going right now.
I thought Tharold Simon looked pretty bad. He was often caught not looking for the ball, and when he wasn’t penalized for it, it looked like he SHOULD’VE been. I still haven’t seen anything out of Tye Smith. And none of the young guys along the D-Line really stood out all that much, except for Ryan Robinson, obviously, who caught that pick-six, but I don’t expect him to make the team. I seem to remember Eric Pinkins making a great play at some point! Don’t know if it’s enough to save his job, but it was something, I’m sure of that.
Steven A. Taylor’s Long Snapper Corner
You thought this wouldn’t be important, huh??? (for the record, “you” is just my natural insecurities coming out, so don’t take it personal)
Well, Nolan Frese has just been cut in favor of Tyler Ott. I didn’t notice any bad snaps on Thursday – making it arguably his first clean game of the pre-season – but reports indicate he’s been dealing with a shoulder injury, and I wonder if he was gutting it out more than he was letting on. Okay, I have no idea what’s going on, but it sounds like the Seahawks may be working guys out? Either way, no Gresham this year, as I guess he’s moving back to Texas or some damn thing. I think it’s a mistake, but we’ll see when I’m proven right and a botched snap costs us a game.