Most of the Seahawks looked pretty good in their first game action of 2018. Sadly, these gentlemen did not. The clock is ticking, guys.
I’m the first person to admit I’m much more of an optimist than a pessimist. I not only see the glass as half full, I also see a full water pitcher in my peripheral vision. I’m not in Pete Carroll’s league, of course. I mean, rainbows are dark and gloomy compared to Pep Talk Pete. So when I write an article taking a dim view of Seahawks developments, it’s probably something to worry about. Unless of course I’m just wrong. Wouldn’t be the first time, either. I had high expectations for Eddie Lacy, after all – ugh.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time grousing about Germain Ifedi already. And yes, I’m aware he got through Thursday’s game without a penalty. He was in for just 22 plays, so my criticism stands. While he didn’t dig an even deeper hole for himself, two other players did. One of them managed it without even getting into the game. And that has always been his problem.
As promising as he is, Prosise needs to get on the field
C.J. Prosise is an electrifying player. He can do so much whenever he touches the ball, it’s overshadowed the fact he’s only had 64 touches in two years. That’s the problem, of course. He seems to almost always be injured. We tend to remember his great performance against the New England Patriots, when he had 153 yards from scrimmage. In his second best game Prosise totaled 103 yards, that coming against the New Orleans Saints. He only broke 20 total yards one other time in his rookie year. He only played in six games in his rookie season.
2017 brought more injuries and very little success. He caught three passes for 65 yards versus the Tennessee Titans in week three. He only took the field in two more games, and managed a total of three yards in those contests. It isn’t that he can’t play; it’s that he can’t stay healthy. Prosise came into camp saying he was in the best shape of his life.
So of course he was scratched from the first preseason action with what Carroll described as “a little hip injury”. Saying Prosise has a little injury is like saying California has a little trouble with some bonfires. Prosise needs to get healthy. It’s an awful shame that he can’t get on the field, but as we’ve written before, he’s the most likely running back to see the Turk this year. He’s got time, but the clock is ticking.
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His game fits the Seahawks style, his performance doesn’t
Alex McGough has shown some flashes in camp, and did the same against the Colts last Thursday. Unfortunately the operative word here is “some”. At first glance his stats look good, as he was 10 of 13. But then you see he only accounted for 48 yards on those 10 completions. He was also sacked twice. To be fair, Austin Davis didn’t look much better with a terrible pick he threw to a wide open Nate Hairston. At least Davis has a track record of decent play in the league.
McGough has struggled in camp too, which is the biggest reason the Seahawks brought in quarterback Josh Johnson as a possible upgrade for the backup spot. While Johnson has six years in the league, that can be a bit misleading. He had four starts as a rookie for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in 2009. Since then, he’s only had 52 pass attempts, and hasn’t been in a regular season game since 2014. So I think there might be a bit of rust. When your team is looking at a guy that hasn’t played in four years, your spot on the roster is in trouble.