This was a much improved performance on last week. The Seahawks moved the ball well on offense and several players had a chance to shine.
Here are my notes…
— Mychal Kendricks stood out in a big way during pre-season and for the third consecutive week looked special. He was all over the field and had an impact operating in space and when pressuring. It’s going to be fascinating to see how he’s used during the season but he could easily be an impact player in 2019. He finished with a TFL and three solo tackles.
— The running back depth took a shot in the arm tonight. Rashaad Penny performed well even if his stat line doesn’t stand out. He finished his touchdown well. C.J. Prosise looked incredibly sharp when he came onto the field and also scored an impressive TD. J.D. McKissic showed what he can do and Travis Homer was pretty good too with limited snaps. This is a very competitive group and it makes you wonder if they might find a way to keep everyone.
— It was trending that way anyway but John Ursua is making the team. He only received two targets tonight and turned them into 52-yards. He plays quick — you can see his suddenness running a route and with the ball in hand. He looks the part and will be on the 53-man roster. Gary Jennings had a needless penalty on a Russell Wilson run and only caught one pass for 12 yards on three targets. He came very close to making a deep-play before half-time but was called out of bounds. If he makes it it’ll be because they don’t want to write him off after one summer. Jazz Ferguson’s targets dropped off with Paxton Lynch not in the line-up. It still seems likely the Seahawks will try to stash him on the practise squad.
— Geno Smith likely secured the back-up gig tonight. He’s the more conservative pick for sure. Paxton Lynch is younger, cheaper and the former first round pick. Yet Smith’s experience as a backup and his ability to just play within the offense will probably be the difference. Lynch impressed against Denver but struggled a bit last week.
— Jacob Hollister dropped a catchable pass early in the game and finished with three receptions from five targets. It was clear they wanted to get him involved. Has he done enough to warrant a spot? How do they incorporate him into the passing game given he’s not a Will Dissly, Ed Dickson or Nick Vannett type? There’s a question mark here on whether he makes it.
— The Seahawks need Ziggy Ansah and nothing tonight was reassuring about the pass rush. This is not a good Chargers O-line and they were missing Russell Okung. They needed big performances from the likes of Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin and simply didn’t get them. Cassius Marsh and Branden Jackson were Seattle’s best edge rushers and while the interior guys played well again — they just don’t have enough at defensive end. Watch Easton Stick’s touchdown throw. Jacob Martin is dumped on his back and Mingo is nowhere. Rasheem Green had no impact either. They can’t pin their entire hopes on Ziggy Ansah and L.J. Collier returning from injury. They’ll need to go shopping.
— Pete Carroll wanted a look at Ugo Amadi on punt returns. His fumble today likely makes that a short experiment.
— Elijah Nkansah gave up another sack in the fourth quarter. They need Jamarco Jones and George Fant healthy.
— Andrew Luck retiring is stunning.
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