This year, I will be writing a weekly piece about what the Seattle Seahawks need to do to win each game they play. The problem with that during the preseason is that winning doesn’t really matter — at least in the grand scheme of things.
What really matters is evaluation and opportunity.
With that in mind, I will be writing this piece about what I want to see the Seahawks accomplish rather than what they need to do to come out with the W on Saturday night.
All things start with the quarterback position. I want to see Russell Wilson and the Seahawks’ first-string offense get into a bit of a groove this week. I’m not concerned about what happened last week; however, it would be nice to see them look like the offense we saw during the second half of last season.
In order to get into a rhythm, the offensive line must do a better job blocking, especially in the passing game.
After Russell leaves the game, I fully expect to see Tarvaris Jackson running Seattle’s second-string offense. I want to see how he does against better competition after destroying San Diego’s end-of-roster defense last week.
Last week Robert Turbin missed the game due to injury. After a week of practice I expect him to get the bulk of the carries. Especially with Christine Michael having back spasms and being out this week.
This gives Robert a chance to regain some ground that he lost to Christine while Robert was on the team’s PUP list.
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I’d like to see more out of rookie tight end Luke Willson and rookie wide receiver Chris Harper. Both players should be cogs in the Seahawks’ regular season passing attack, so I want to see them taking steps forward every time they step on the field.
Along the offensive line I want to watch the battle between JR Sweezy and John Moffitt. I want to see one of them stand up and take the job — I don’t care which one it is.
On the defensive side of the ball I would like to see more pass rush out of the front four while the first unit is on the field. The “Legion of Boom” will get a lot of interceptions this season if quarterbacks don’t have time in the pocket.
Give Peyton Manning time. I don’t care how good your secondary is; he will pick the defense apart.
I definitely want to see Benson Mayowa working with the second unit. Then again, I wouldn’t mind seeing him get a few reps with the starting group this weekend. Benson was voted as the Seahawks’ camp “Best Rookie” this week. I think it is important to see what he can do against better competition.
John Lotulelei is another rookie that I want to see this weekend. Last weekend he was flying around the field and this week I want to see that result in a couple big plays — not that he didn’t make any plays last week.
Of course, I would like to see the Seahawks beat the Broncos, which I expect to be the case, but in the preseason it takes a back seat to other things.