Friday, September 4, 2009
Observations from Seahawks' exhibition game
By Mike Sando
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Thoughts and observations through most of the Seahawks' final exhibition game of the 2009 season:
- Defensive line battle. Rookie end Nick Reed and rookie defensive tackle Michael Bennett have both made strong cases for consideration on the 53-man roster. Both have fumble recoveries. Both are pressuring the Raiders' quarterbacks. This game is affirming what the Seahawks have already seen from them, perhaps not making the decision much easier. Finding a way to keep 10 defensive linemen would seem desirable.
- Obomanu steps up. The Seahawks figure to keep five or six receivers. Ben Obomanu appears to be affirming his status as the likely fifth wideout, followed by Courtney Taylor and Jordan Kent. Obomanu played 20 snaps in the first half, catching two passes for 58 yards and a touchdown. He looks dependable, though not very flashy. Taylor played 19 snaps in the first half and did not catch a pass, but he looked good and nearly made a spectacular touchdown catch in the third quarter, laying out for the ball in the end zone. Kent played six snaps in the first half and failed to make two catches he conceivably could have made, and he limped off the field early in the third quarter. Update: Kent suffered an ankle injury and will not return.
- Morrah or Newton? I thought seventh-round tight end Cameron Morrah might make a strong run through camp, but Joe Newton might be better prepared to be the third tight end. The race could be close. The Seahawks took a long look at Morrah in the first half, giving him 18 snaps. Newton, who played more a week ago, took one first-half snap. Starter John Carlson played five. Newton appears better than Morrah in run blocking, in my view. Both are eligible for the practice squad and one of them figures to land there.
- Curry having fun. Rookie first-round choice Aaron Curry appeared to be having more fun than at any point since signing with the Seahawks. He was the lone defensive starter to play and he stood out with four tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. He played with attitude.
- Domino effect. Louis Rankin's 45-yard touchdown run for the Raiders went down this way: Tight end Tony Stewart somehow cleared out massive Seahawks defensive tackle Red Bryant, and towering tackle Erik Pears then pancaked linebacker Will Herring, who inadvertently took out safety Jamar Adams. Bryant and Herring both appeared to be standing a bit too upright, sacrificing leverage.
Those are a few things I've noticed. As noted previously, I'll watch the Cardinals' game next, followed by the Rams game in the morning. Looking forward to them all.