Winner No. 1 - Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III
And we have ourselves a winner! Sort of. Kenneth Walker III gets the one nod for positivity almost by accident. There were few players on the team who deserved praise. Pro Football Focus said that defensively edge rusher Uchenna Nwosu had the best grade, but he still kind of stunk in pass rush and that's exactly where Seattle needs him to be good. Linebacker Bobby Wagner also graded well, but was terrible in coverage, and his lack of coverage skills really hurt in Week 1.
Overall, tight end Will Dissly got the best grade but only played 16 snaps. 16? What the heck were the Seahawks thinking? Backup tight end Colby Parkinson played 21 snaps. Why? Maybe if Seattle had played Dissly a bit more the offense would be a bit more efficient. Or possibly Week 1 was just a game the Seahawks should flush and forget.
Walker only ran the ball three times in the second half so the Seahawks offensive awfulness shouldn't be blamed on him. Overall, he had 12 carries for 64 yards. That's an average of 5.3 yards per carry which is basically 2 yards better than the rest of the offense. The question isn't why Walker wasn't good in Week 1, but why offensive coordinator Shane Waldron didn't use him more.
Walker also had 4 catches, which led the team, but for only 3 yards. Basically he was used to dump the ball off to instead of some intelligent design of the offense. Walker needs the ball more in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions, plain and simple.