Friday, August 8, 2014
Observation Deck: Seattle Seahawks
By Terry Blount
In an opening preseason game that seemingly would never end, with numerous penalties and a lightning delay, the Denver Broncos got a little Super Bowl redemption on the Seattle Seahawks with a 21-16 victory at Sports Authority Field in Denver. Seattle had a chance to win late in the fourth quarter when they drove inside the 5, but a Terrelle Pryor pass was tipped in the end zone and intercepted by Denver linebacker Steven Johnson.
Here are some other thoughts on the Seahawks first preseason game of the year:
- Despite the interception at the end, Pryor made the most of his first game in a Seahawks uniform. Pryor showed his scrambling and running ability, and he also made some impressive touch throws over the middle. It would be a surprise now if Pryor isn't part of the 53-man roster.
- Running back Marshawn Lynch didn't make the trip to Denver, a decision by the coaches because he wasn't going to play. Others who didn't play include safety Kam Chancellor, offensive tackle Russell Okung, guard James Carpenter, defensive tackle Jordan Hill, linebackers Bobby Wagner, Malcolm Smith, Mike Taylor and Kevin Pierre-Louis, center Max Unger and defensive backs Akeem Auguste and receiver David Gilreath.
- The last thing anyone wants to see in a preseason game is a weather delay, but it happened. Lightning caused a 46-minute delay in the first half. Denver led 7-0 before the game was halted near the end of the first quarter. When it resumed, Russell Wilson led the Seahawks on a 90-yard touchdown drive with the help of some penalties on the Broncos.
- Brock Coyle made the most of his chance to start at middle linebacker and continues to be the biggest surprise of the summer for the Seahawks. The undrafted rookie from Montana had five tackles, including one hit when he clocked Denver running back C.J. Anderson, who left the game woozy after the hit. Coyle also had a tackle on a kickoff.
- Rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson didn't display his blazing speed with any long receptions, but he still had an impressive debut with four catches for 37 yards. Everyone knows Richardson can run, but he answered some questions about his toughness by breaking a few tackles and proving he's not as frail as some people have suggested.
- Thursday was an outstanding NFL debut by UCLA rookie defensive end Cassius Marsh. He had a sack and a tackle for a loss, and almost had a second sack before Brock Osweiler escaped his grasp.
- Veteran cornerback A.J. Jefferson might have taken a big step toward making the team with an interception and two passes defended in the second half, but he left the field on a cart in the fourth quarter with an ankle sprain.
- Who would have thought the most impressive running back for Seattle would be Demitrius Bronson? He had five carries for 22 yards, but dropped a swing pass that could have been the winning touchdown.