During the NFL preseason, players are competing against much different talent than they’ll see in the regular season.
However, for the purpose of this piece, I looked at how the Seattle Seahawks performed against the talent they faced.
The rookie running back was very impressive with the football in his hands. Early in the game, I was impressed at how Christine Michael leans toward contact to pick up extra yardage as he plows into a pile.
He also impressed me with his speed to turn the corner. Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin do not possess the speed that Michael does. The quickness that he has is also a bit of a change up from Seattle’s other two backs.
Christine led the team with 89 yards on 16 carries including a 24-yard run where he used his speed and a great block by Alvin Bailey to turn the corner.
Malcolm Smith looked like he was in mid-season form with a sack, a tackle for a loss and a quarterback hit. Hopefully it is a sign that he is going to spend time in the backfield getting after the quarterback once the season starts.
To date, Smith only has one career sack.
What a difference a season and a role with the team makes. Last year, Tarvaris Jackson was in a battle with Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson for the team’s starting job. Though I don’t think Jackson ever had a chance to win the job, Pete Carroll insisted he had a chance, at least until the Seahawks traded him to Buffalo.
It is important to note that Tarvaris worked as the team’s third quarterback and was going against a lot of players who wont be in the league in a month; however, his 8-for-9, 2-touchdown performance was very good — good enough that I would expect to see him running the team’s second offense against the Broncos.
Jackson’s only incomplete pass was because Cooper Helft dropped the ball. Two of Jackson’s passes were for at least 40 yards to Stephen Williams. One was a touchdown and the other one a pass down the sidelines that could not have been thrown any better.
Although Derrick Coleman only had one carry, he was a key cog to the offense when he was in the game.
The Seahawks used him as a receiver out of the backfield and a blocker much of the time. Coleman had a receiving touchdown and he also had a big block that sprung Spencer Ware for Seattle’s only rushing touchdown of the game.
Derrick also showed his usefulness on special teams making a nice tackle in kick coverage stopping the returner at the Chargers 15-yard line.
The player who I was the most impressed by was Benson Mayowa. I had heard all the chatter about what a great camp he was having, but I did not expect to see him be so disruptive.
Benson led the team with 1.5 sack and three quarterback hits in the game.
And that wasn’t the only time Mayowa was in the backfield. On Chris Maragos‘ interception, Benson forced the quarterback to get rid of the ball quickly or take a sack.
Those were my top performers of the game; however, I would like to give an honorable mention to Stephen Williams, who would have made the list if not for dropping a ball that he should have caught.