Seahawks Preseason: What We’ve Learned So Far

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Thursday, August 7

Denver 21-16 Seattle

Aug 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) runs the ball during the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 21-16. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Key Performers:

Terrelle Pryor– Came on in the third quarter throwing for 137 yards with an interception and adding 28 more yards on the ground. He completed 9 of his 16 attempts but threw a pass behind his intended receiver in the end zone resulting in an interception. Looked exactly how you expected as a fan, great arm strength and running ability but inaccurate and inconsistent at times. In my eyes his chance to make the team went down slightly after this performance.

Paul Richardson– While we didn’t get to see the blazing speed we’ve heard all about, we did see four catches for 37 yards from rookie playing in his first NFL game ever. While there were no spectacular grabs or blowing by defenders, Richardson did just enough to prove he belongs; when he finally comes down with his first 40-yard bomb, we will all know he has arrived.

Brock Coyle- The starting middle linebacker job for the NFL’s best defense is a tall order, but the undrafted rookie from Montana was up for the task. Filling in for the injured Bobby Wagner, Coyle impressed with his instincts, tackling ability and nose for the football. The stat sheet only gives him four tackles with an assist but it seemed as if he was always around the ball. Although this was only his first game, he gave the coaches and fans alike something to rave about, even though he has no chance of starting.

As a Team- A strange box score to look at because Seattle opponents were usually held to 14 points or lower in 2013; the Hawks never got entirely comfortable during the game. There were numerous reasons why both sides of the ball were not at their best; the lightning delay, the high altitude, the constant rotation of players. But simply put, this was not a good showing all-around for the Seahawks; the offensive line was atrocious, there was little pressure on the opposing quarterback, and the running game was not up to the normal standard of excellence.