5 Seahawks Non-Starters Who Stood Out In Green Bay

Aug 23, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Benson Mayowa (95) during the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Preseason win number three (eight in a row dating back to 2011) is in the books with the 17-10 win last night. I thought there were a few guys who really helped their case for either making the roster or really increasing their early season playing time with noticeable performances in Green Bay.

  • Christine Michael

Michael is a wrap to make the team, obviously, but he really made a big push for an increased role with his second really strong performance of the preseason. 97 yards rushing on only 11 carries, and 4 explosive plays (including a screen and the long touchdown run) really gave us a sense of why he was such a high value to Seattle on draft weekend. That’s Seattle’s third back making all of the plays we expected out of him.

  • Stephen Williams

If there was any question on the third year guy out of Toledo, he once again answered it and basically cemented his spot on the 53 man roster last night. He only caught two passes but they were both huge plays for his team. The first was a simple dump route on third down that he took all the way across the field (crossing five Packers in the process) to pick up 13 yards and a first down. Then, after dropping what would have been a difficult catch down the field in the 3rd quarter, he continued the preseason role with yet another touchdown grab of 42 yards down the left sideline in the 4th. The ball was slightly underthrown by Quinn, but at least he didn’t throw it out of bounds like on the previous attempt and Williams went up and took the ball away from the corner. To make things even better, it ended up as the game winner.

  • Benson Mayowa

Benson’s another guy that cemented his spot last night, if you ask me. He was around the ball a lot and got plenty of first team reps towards the late stages of the 2nd quarter. Without a sack, he also showed he can do more than just rush the passer by recording 4 tackles and a game saving fumble recovery with just minutes remaining. Being from Moscow, I have a really soft spot for the young man and I think he’s made the roster at this point.

  • Walter Thurmond

Remember when we were wondering about Walt and his ability to stay healthy, let alone make the roster in a challenging secondary? Worry no more. Thurmond was in the game on the very first series and did some really good things with his time. He was fast to the ball, recording a team-leading 5 tackles, recovered a fumble and had a punt return for 17 yards. He looked very much like the healthy version of the electric play-maker Seattle recruited out of Oregon and should make a major contribution in the nickel/dime packages this season.

  • Tony McDaniel

Granted, injuries along the entire defensive line help Tony out a little here, but he made his presence known during his time in the game last night and it bodes well for his chances, whatever they are. He only recorded a 1.5 tackles, but he played hard and made a contribution.

*Editor’s note: McDaniel is actually the starter right now at DT. Clinton McDonald did very similar things but McDaniel flashed late in the 3rd quarter a couple times if I’m remembering correctly. I wanted to get a D-lineman in there because they played very stout in the game. 

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  • huskiesrock

    Bradford has left a mark too. Hope he makes it.

    • Micah Nelson

      I think Bradford is a lock to make the team, he has made his presence felt in every Pre-Season Game.

      • 12thMan_Rising

        Bradford is the backup MIKE. I don’t see how there can be any doubt that he makes the team. I’ll be completely shocked if he doesn’t.

        • Hellifuknow

          I agree. Also, he’s probably the hardest hitter I’ve seen in some time. He reminds me of Ronnie Lott that way (no disrespect to Ken Easley who remains one of my all-time favorite Hawks).

  • Micah Nelson

    I thought John Lotulelei definitely took a step back against the Packers. He didn’t record any tackles while playing with an increased roll and playing against the 1st team offense in the 2nd Quarter. He seemed confused on coverage’s and out of position.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      I’d agree. He’s a project LB, and he showed that there’s still a ways for him to go.

      • Hellifuknow

        I still think he makes the team. Seattle gave him the biggest signing bonus of any free agent in the NFL this year just so he would come here, and if they waive him before the regular season, he’ll never make it to the practice squad – some other team will pick him right up.

        He played fairly well against SD and DEN, and despite his poor showing at GB, he has made nice contributions on special teams. I think they either shoehorn him on the roster by bumping some other bubble player, or use him to replace Farwell.

  • Ug

    At Joshua Davis,

    All 320 pounds of Alvin Bailey should be considered too! Fourth quarter, right after Winston Guy delivered the big hit, causing the fumble, and preventing GB from tying the score, there are seven minutes left in the game (hopefully you DVRr’d the game). Spend the next five minutes concentrating your eyes solely on our teams LT, number 78, Alvin Bailey. Yeah, it’s difficult to not follow the camera & Christine Michael all of the time, but it was Bailey that totally dominated the line game. You can’t ask a LT to do much more than he did, and Christine Michael was the primary beneficiary. My thinking is that Alvin Bailey is everything that James Carpenter was supposed to be.

    I like your list though. Glad you added Tony McDaniel, as he did play very good, and I’ve been sweating the loss of Alan Branch.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      Bailey is one of the guys I can’t stop watching in all of these preseason games. I though he took a step back this game. He gave up some pressures for the first time this preseason, and wasn’t a dominating in run blocking.

      He was still the best linemen on the 2nd unit though, and arguably better than 3 of the 5 starters So don’t think I’m totally down on him or anything. He was just so good in the first couple games that this one was a bit of a disappointment.

      • Hellifuknow

        I think Bailey has a legitimate shot to replace Giacomini as the #1 RT this season. Nothing against Giac, I actually think he’s decent, especially in the run game. But Bailey has flashed brilliant so far. Hell, he’s probably versatile enough to play guard as well as he plays tackle and could replace Sweezy if needed.

        • 12thMan_Rising

          I don’t think he starts week 1, but injuries are a part of football. At some point this season Bailey is going to play, and at that point, I think he claims a permanent job on the line.

        • Hawkman54

          Swwezy was sucking the whole first half and into the 3rd quarter – Yes lets move bailey to ORG!

    • http://Allcougdup.com/ All Coug’d Up

      Excellent eyes. I have to watch on my computer and the free site isn’t good quality. I don’t see O-line very well. From what I saw from the second unit, Brady just didn’t have as much time as I would’ve liked to see (or from what we saw in games 1 and 2) for the most part. Some of that was him but a lot of that was just missed assignments. I think GB went to their 2nd and 3rd units faster than Seattle did too, so that was a factor. Bailey was my favorite pickup after the draft and I hope he really puts it together in game 4 and makes a starting push.

  • Calibandawg

    Why are you calling Tony McDaniel a non-starter? Who would start ahead of him? One of the rookies or the new guy?

    • http://Allcougdup.com/ AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

      Dang, you’re right. I was thinking between McDaniel and Clinton McDonald. They both were about the same impact in the game and both are pretty similar players. McDaniel was in on a couple of plays later in the 3rd quarter IIRC so he flashed in my mind as non-starter. Oh well.

      • 12thMan_Rising

        McDonald has a cap # of 1.32 million. McDaniel is $605k. McDaniel will make the team over McDonald based on that fact alone.

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    roll*

  • Ug

    Did anybody get a good look at backup right tackle; either #73 Michael Bowie or #73 Mike Person?

    I’m in a similar boat as ‘AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)’ is, as my twelve year old non-high def & non-flat screen tube TV allows me to view the guard and tackle closest to the camera, but not the far side of the line away from the camera.

    Hellifuknow sounds like he is as fed up with Giacomini as much as I am with Carpenter, and neither player is looking like a bargain. From spotrac.com it would appear that Giacomini’s cap hit is $4,250,000 for this season with $750,000 in dead money. Carpenter’s cap hit is listed as $2,084,046 this year with $3,098,410 in dead money. Any NFL team can afford to sign/keep a first rate blue chip player for that big’o pile of greenbacks!

    On the other hand, Bowie’s numbers are under $450k. Bailey’s numbers aren’t yet listed, but I would expect them to be about the same as Bowie’s.

    That’s why I’m asking. Any thoughts?

    • 12thMan_Rising

      Bowie has looked good. He’s learning, but he isn’t quite ready yet. He hasn’t been quite as dominant as Bailey, but he’s no slouch either. His one major weakness right now is the speed rush. That hasn’t shown up in games since he’s playing against backups, but it was a problem in camp. I’d love to see someone replace Giacomini, but I just don’t think he’s ready yet.

      Person, on the other hand, I’m not sure he makes the team. I know the coaches like him, but in watching him play he’s a ways behind the other 2 backup OTs.

      • Ug

        Thanks. That’s answers the my question.

  • Hawkman54

    Wonder if Bailey can play ORG – because Sweezy was stinking the place up ! He had many penalties with blown assignments to Boot! Without a doubt the weak link on the O-line!

    • http://Allcougdup.com/ AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

      He’ll be ok. He’s had a great camp and PC said in the post game interview that they really didn’t game plan for any of GB’s pressure’s cause they were worried about other stuff. I know he’s the “weak link” but I don’t think it’s nearly as bad as what we saw. He’s still learning to play fast in that position. I’d say it takes at least 2-3 seasons to really make the full transition from D-line to O-line, meaning for that time some games you’re going to see a stud growing before your eyes and some games 1 mistake will lead to the next. I’d think Sweezy gets some good work this week with the 2′s, as he obviously isn’t “season-ready” just yet. One good preseason outing and he should be back

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