What to look for in Seahawks first preseason game


Preseason is nearly here, folks. Friday the Seattle Seahawks will face off vs the Denver Broncos in the pre-season opener for both teams and there is a lot to look forward to in regards to the Seahawks. What should you keep an eye on?

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1: First off, don’t be results oriented in preseason. Going 4-0 or 0-4 in preseason doesn’t improve or hurt any teams chances. Keep an eye on performances, no one is playing completely 100% to win in preseason. No one likes to lose and no one plays to lose, but it isn’t the end of the world if the Seahawks lose a preseason game. Calm minds shall prevail regardless of outcome.

2: The offensive line. The Seahawks offensive line has had a major overhaul compared to last years group. Specifically, keep an eye on LG and C. Alvin Bailey and Lemuel Jeanpierre may be favorites currently to win the starting LG and C start week 1, but watching their performance along with those behind them will be key. Ideally, you want both positions to be as competitive as possible. There is a now ultra rich QB to protect now, after all.

3: Wide receivers. Doug Baldwin himself on Facebook mentioned this is the best overall receiving core he’s been around in all his years of football.  All the receivers have something that is worth focusing on. Doug Baldwin, the longest tenured veteran of the group is the sole leader of the WR group.  How does Tyler Lockett look when facing real live action? Lockett has been stellar since he walked through the doors after being drafted by the Seahawks, and seeing a couple nice plays from him on the field would be great. Can Douglas McNeil continue to impress?

4: Cornerbacks. This might be the Seahawks weakest position group at the moment due to a combination of things, but largely injuries to Jeremy Lane and Tharold Simon, although Simon should be back soon. The Seahawks acquired Cary Williams in free agency to replace Byron Maxwell. Does he fit in with the Legion of Boom? His personality seems like it would, seeing his play do the same would be a treat. Playing opposite of Richard Sherman is not easy, and Cary Williams will need to stand up and face that challenge.

5: Jimmy Graham. I’m giving him his own section even though he will not play many snaps since he’s such a valuable starter. While the Seahawks won’t show all the ways they will use him in pre-season, seeing him knock over a defender while run blocking or catching a seam route before exiting the game would be a treat for the new giant toy the Seahawks traded for.

6: Front 7 on defense. Bruce Irvin looks like a monster (in a good way) so far and this is a contract year for him. Bobby Wagner got rewarded for being arguably the best MLB in the game. KJ Wright is the jack of all trades. The Seahawks really like second year LB Kevin Pierre-Louis and will look to find ways to get him in the game. A healthy Mebane alongside new acquisition Ahtyba Rubin could be a nasty combination and is something to watch. Opposing offensive lines could be in for a lot more trouble compared to last year.

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