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Seahawks observations vs. Chargers

8/26/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks' third exhibition game produced a few more clues heading into the first wave of mandatory roster reductions Tuesday. A few things I noticed:

  • Justin Forsett's campaign for a roster spot hit a rough patch in this game. Forsett used poor judgment with a fair catch inside the 10. He carried four times for nine yards, losing a fumble after running into one of his offensive linemen. Forsett averaged 18.3 yards on three kick returns and five yards on one punt return.

  • Veteran running back T.J. Duckett carried six times for 46 yards, his first significant contributions of the preseason. He looked much better in this game.

  • Jordan Kent caught four passes for 47 yards and one touchdown. Mike Holmgren talked about "force-feeding" the ball to other receivers in this game, but Kent still led the team in receptions and receiving yards. Courtney Taylor was next among wide receivers with three catches, but he gained only 24 yards and appeared to be shaken up.

  • Rookie defensive end Lawrence Jackson appeared to have some problems against the run. He seemed to drift too far inside, sometimes for no apparent reason. This happened three or four times that I noticed and I'm not sure why. Jackson lined up at right defensive end and wound up on the other side of left defensive tackle Rocky Bernard on one play. The Chargers ran the ball well when this happened.

  • Patrick Kerney played extensively at left defensive end. The work was presumably good for Kerney, who has missed time with a calf problem. But he wasn't a factor as a pass rusher when I was watching him.

  • Linebacker David Hawthorne hits people hard. He broke up one pass with a violent hit.

  • Right tackle Ray Willis continues to look pretty good most of the time. He had a false-start penalty in this game, but Seattle can function with Willis subbing for the injured Sean Locklear.

  • Left cornerback Marcus Trufant appears to be gaining momentum as the season approaches. He played aggressively and effectively.

  • Third-team quarterback Charlie Frye looked much better tonight. He threw the ball more accurately and commanded the offense more effectively. The injury he suffered late in the game will be worth monitoring.

Seattle must release five players by Tuesday. This first cutdown should be easy. The choices become much tougher on the cutdown to 53. On the injury front, Frye and Lofa Tatupu are scheduled to undergo MRI exams for knee injuries. Holmgren told reporters the Seahawks think neither injury is serious. They expect to find no ligament damage, but Tatupu was reportedly on crutches after the game.