While it seemingly took forever for the Seattle Seahawks to make it through the offseason after the devastating season ending defeat at the hand of the Dallas Cowboys, the preseason, on the other hand, has flown past. In losing the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday the Hawks are now halfway through their preseason schedule, with the final two games rapidly approach. This Saturday Seattle will take on the Los Angeles Chargers before closing out their prep games against the Oakland Raiders. Before getting ahead of ourselves, though, here is a look at how some of the team’s vast number of rookies fared against the Vikings.
Amadi has made some plays on defense, but Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll loves special teams, and on Sunday night Amadi showed phenomenal potential as a gunner and if there was any doubt about him making the team, there is a chance this may have erased that doubt.
Now, I am going to allow myself to get ahead of myself for just a moment because I want to imagine the Seahawks All Pro punter Michael Dickson booming one down the field as Amadi and Neiko Thorpe barrel down the field at some poor sap tasked with returning the punt. Obviously, Thorpe is in a battle of his own to make the roster, but if the Hawks roll out in punt formation with Thorpe and Amadi as the gunners, I’m feeling a lot of fair catches on punts over the course of the season.
Rookie wide receivers:
In the preseason opener against the Denver Broncos several rookie wide receivers had noteworthy plays. Jazz Ferguson put up an effort that got fans starting to talk about him making the roster, DK Metcalf had a couple of passes that were just off his fingertips otherwise they would have been big gains and John Ursua showed some nifty moves.
Sunday against the Vikings the rookie wideouts were far less impressive. Metcalf didn’t play due to a knee injury that will require surgery, Ursua had a single reception for 25 yards, Gary Jennings was targeted only once on the night and it was intercepted and Ferguson caught just two of seven passes thrown his way, fumbling the ball after one of those two receptions.
The battle for roster spots behind Tyler Lockett, Jaron Brown and David Moore is certain to continue over the next two games. Thus far in the preseason, however, the three wide receivers Seattle drafted in April have combined to make three catches for 56 yards, with Ursua accounting for two of the catches and the majority of the receiving yards (48).
Rookie offensive linemen
With the projected starters at the guard spots, D.J. Fluker and Mike Iupati, having a reputation as injury prone, the young interior offensive linemen had not only a great chance to make the roster this season, but a good likelihood that they’d see significant playing time. Unfortunately for the Hawks, while D.J. Fluker has been healthy and playing this preseason, Iupati has been kept off the field by a string of injuries, Phil Haynes remains on the PUP list following surgery to repair a sports hernia, Jordan Simmons had a follow up procedure after knee surgery last season and then in the fourth quarter rookie Demetrius Knox went down as well.
It was less than a month ago that Knox was activated off the NFI list and finished rehabbing from the Lisfranc injury he suffered playing at Ohio State in 2018, and now it appears as though his 2019 season may already be over.
Blair finished the Vikings game without having recorded any stats: no tackles, no passes defensed and no interceptions, and then late in the game some surprising news was passed down.
Hopefully it is nothing serious, but in my experience, when back injuries and carts are involved, it’s rarely a good thing. Hopefully this is different, but we’ll have to wait and see.
If Blair’s injury is serious, it is entirely possible the Hawks will finish out their preseason without any of the top three draft picks – L.J. Collier, Blair and Metcalf – seeing any more on field action.
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