Seahawks two biggest surprises of the preseason so far
No time like the present to look at the biggest surprises of the Seahawks preseason. One is a great surprise, the second, not so much.
Perhaps I’m jumping the gun on an overall preseason recap. There’s one game left, after all. But we all know that’s a game for the soon to be unemployed to elevate themselves to practice squad status. This year 15 more players will still be out there competing for those spots. The old interim cut after the third preseason game from 90 to 75 is gone. So the Seahawks will jump straight from 90 to 53 after the game against the Oakland Raiders. The roster cuts on September 2 will be brutal. There could be a lot of interesting names out there. But that’s another story entirely. Let’s take a look at what for me are the two biggest surprises of the preseason.
The surprise player
Chris Carson has to be one of the biggest surprises so far. Except maybe not to our sister site Emerald City Swagger’s Ben Renner, who wrote this three months ago.
"Carson took contact from defenders well and loved to bowl guys over. Adding another NFL-ready body and a known steam roller couldn’t hurt the Seahawks running back mix. He’ll have to leap over several qualified runners with NFL experience to earn a roster spot and playing time, but that doesn’t appear out of his reach entirely."
All Carson has done is pick up 92 yards on 21 carries and score two touchdowns. He’s also tied for third on the team with 4 receptions for 64 yards. Carson at this point is a lock to make the team, just as our own Aaron Thomas called months ago. When Doug Baldwin told reporters, “He just has all the tools. I think he is probably, to me, is probably the most polished of any rookie at that position that I have ever seen,” he clearly knew what he was talking about.