The Seattle Seahawks lost their first preseason game of the 2021 season on Saturday and three players stood out as not playing well at all.
We learned a few things on Saturday in Seattle’s loss. One is that maybe for the 2021 season, Duane Brown actually is the more important extension than Jamal Adams. Giving Brown another here (for 2022) and getting him into camp before week one is crucial after what we saw against the Raiders.
One thing we already assumed coming into the game was that the Seahawks have an issue at cornerback. D.J. Reed didn’t play and he is likely one starter. But Raiders quarterback Nathan Peterman looked like he had been a long-term starter somewhere and completed 29 of 39 pass attempts for 246 yards.
Yes, Seattle’s offensive and defensive schemes were vanilla. But this was still Seattle’s backups against the Raiders backups and the ones for the Raiders were a lot better and it wasn’t close.
Three Seahawks who disappointed in preseason game one
Disappointing player number three: Stone Forsythe
I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on a guy who was playing his first live reps against an NFL team other than his own. And Forsythe also was not playing next to the players he would be playing next to in a real NFL game. That said, Forsythe looked very lost, especially at the beginning of the game, any time the Raiders brought a vanilla blitz. Most times there was an edge blitzer, Forsythe went inside where he already had a bit of help from a fellow offensive lineman.
Forsythe also had a holding penalty on the Seahawks first drive which negated a 17-yard throw and catch. Not that this play alone would have changed the way the game unfolded but it did stop any early momentum that Seattle had offensively.
The scary thing is that if starter Duane Brown continues his hold-in into the season, Forsythe could be the starter in week one (Seattle doesn’t really have any other player they could rely on at left tackle either other than Brown). If that is the case, Russell Wilson’s health is in danger.