3 winners and losers for Seattle Seahawks versus Packers in preseason Week 3

The Seahawks finished their 2023 preseason by playing the Packers in Green Bay.
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Seahawks winner No. 2 - Safety Jerrick Reed II

Reed is trying to make the team as a backup, of course, and he wasn't exactly fantastic in the first two preseason games (he wasn't terrible either), but against the Packers, he had his best game against a team wearing a uniform that wasn't his own. He was active in coverage but also showed some speed in run support. He finished with 2 tackles for loss, including an excellent open-field tackle against Green Bay backup QB Sean Clifford.

Does Reed look like he could be a starter for Seattle right now? No. He needs more seasoning and more reps. But does he look like he could stick on the active 53-man roster? That depends on several things.

How much does Seattle really think Coby Bryant will be a backup safety? Bryant might be needed more as a slot corner, just as he played in 2022, to begin 2023. Devon Witherspoon, the fifth overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft, has missed tons of practices due to a hamstring injury and expecting Witherspoon to be good against Cooper Kupp and the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1 might be expecting too much.

So if Bryant has to move up to the slot, that might open a spot for an extra safety. Joey Blount might make the team, but he hasn't proven to be overly good in a couple of years. Jonathan Sutherland has struggled with injuries. Reed was a decent playmaker in college and he could provide quality depth. He flashed against the Packer that he could.

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