The Seahawks have their first mock game of the 2021 season on Sunday at 1:25 pm PT. The game will be played at Lumen Field and will be open to 12s with general admission tickets only. Don’t expect to see a lot of gimmicks from the team as the mock game is just a glorified practice but it will be nice to have 12s back in the stadium.
If you are going to the mock game, there will also be live entertainment, food trucks and other things to take your attention away from the Seahawks but let’s be honest. You will be there to see Russell Wilson and company live for the first time in over a year.
So what are some things you should watch for? It’ll be fun to see how the cornerback group plays as they have had a pretty good training camp so far and those corners that stand out will have a good case for starting week one. But besides the corners, what else should you look for?
Three things to watch for in Seahawks mock game
Russell Wilson and friends in Shane Waldron’s offense
So, no. 12s going to the game or however you watch the mock game will not see the full scheme of the offense. Mock games are really a chance to work out the kinks of learning an offense. Plus, other eyes might be watching (like the Patriots, for instance) and Seattle won’t want to show its full hand.
That said, this offense is going to look a lot different than the last few years and that is a very good thing. Under Brian Schottenheimer, the Seahawks offense was a lot more basic and predictable and tried to beat other teams on talent alone really. That’s not a way to win long-term in the NFL.
I hope to see how the offensive line lines up, how the running backs are used, and how Waldron uses Tyler Lockett. Should be fun to watch.
The young guys on defense
Clearly, the Seahawks are not going to take a chance on Russell Wilson getting hit hard on a pass rush (or likely Geno Smith either) but how hungry the young guys on Seattle’s defense are should be entertaining. Darrell Taylor should be fully healthy and ready to go. Jordyn Brooks should be flying around. It’ll be interesting to see how he is adapting to being on the field a lot more.
Battles for third receiver
The mock game is a very good opportunity for one of the players battling for the third spot at receiver behind Lockett and D.K. Metcalf to show they should earn that role. Penny Hart and Freddie Swain and rookie D’Wayne Eskridge (if he plays) will all likely have bright spots in the mock game. But making sure they catch the ball, don’t turn it over and do something once they do catch the pass will separate them from the others.