It’s no secret that the Seattle Seahawks have a plethora of talent on their full roster right now. Unfortunately, not all can be given a spot, so players in especially contentious position battles are duking it out during this preseason to gain favor with the coaching staff. After two exhibition games, the latest being a 41-14 romp of San Diego, some players have stood out above the rest.
O’Brien Schofield definitely deserves some love after he, according to Pete Carroll, “was all over the place” in the Chargers game. He was as good as gone in the offseason, but his deal with the Giants thankfully never got completed, and now he’s making a case for significant playing time at the Leo position. The Leo in the Seattle Seahawks defensive scheme has to be able to win his one-on-one match ups, and Schofield did more than that on Friday night. He slipped by two blockers on one play en route to stopping the running back behind the line for a loss, and he put numerous hits on the Chargers’ backup quarterbacks. With his recent performances, Schofield is making a case to be Cliff Avril‘s primary backup at Leo end. Give him a watch when the Hawks play the Bears on Friday; Schofield is sure to get plenty of minutes.
Another winner is Robert Turbin at running back. He and Christine Michael are at this point fighting for the number two running back spot behind Marshawn Lynch, and Turbin made the most of his 12 carries on Friday. He gained 81 yards and a score as the primary rusher, and from what I saw, Seattle wouldn’t be wounded next year if Marshawn Lynch is released. Turbin seems ready to emerge from Lynch’s shadow. His quickness is startling in all the right ways, and he’s well built. He used his physicality to initiate contact at the end of his runs, and his awesome stiff arm at the end of his 47 yard run was definitely a crowd pleaser. This guy is the real deal; he is the future.
Terrelle Pryor displayed his fantastic athleticism on his 44 yard touchdown run, and he’s thrown the ball well over the past few games. Don’t get me wrong, he’s not unseating Russell Wilson at quarterback. Wilson was phenomenal on Friday, going 11 of 13 for 121 yards and two rushing touchdowns. But Pryor is showing what he can do for this team, and he should be a nice wild card to throw into the offense every now and then during the regular season. Well worth the seventh round pick, I’d say.
Bryan Walters had a couple of returns that went for over twenty yards each, so he could be one of those last guys to make the final roster as a return specialist. Seattle is full of underrated and undervalued guys who made something of themselves, and I’m really rooting for Walters to become another major contributor. Plus, I don’t want other guys like Richard Sherman or Earl Thomas taking kicks. I’d be pretty upset at the coaching staff if either of those guys went down during a kick return.
Some battles still feel up in the air to me. It feels like anyone could start in the tight end spot. Zach Miller, Luke Willson, Cooper Helfet, and RaShaun Allen are all getting open for their quarterbacks and making blocks. Miller of course gets the starting nod, but who’s the next man up? It could be any one of them, but as of right now I like Willson. His hands are extremely solid, and I love tight ends who can catch.
And then there’s the injury-plagued linebacker position. Brock Coyle is a standout, but he’ll slide back when Bobby Wagner returns. With all of the injuries at linebacker, I don’t really see it as a position battle. It’s more like just waiting for the starters to come back. Do you feel the same way? or is one of the backups going to unseat the injured guys above them on the unofficial depth chart? Leave a comment.