Seaside Joe 1257, 8/14/22: How Vi Jones, Dareke Young, Bo Melton, and Aaron Donkor can make the Seahawks, plus updates on QB competition
It's interesting how Lock's last play tamped down the expectations for him. If instead of that strip sack Lock goes down and gets the winning points, the narrative would be set for him to be the starter. I still think he showed enough to get the start with the 1s on Thursday but we'll see. But... the point that the 2023 QB is not on the roster is a good one to keep in mind.
These preseason game reps for the rookie CBs are gold--and will accelerate their development. Love what I am seeing so far.
I don't see Coleman making the 53, nor Gabe Jackson either. I agree one of the WRs (likely Goodwin) will be a placeholder for Eskridge.
And yay! Short week to Thursday!
After the first preseason game, Lock looks allot sharper than Smith. Lock will probably get the starting QB role for the season? But it has been my belief, all along, that Lock or Smith would be only temporary QBs to get the team thru the 2022 season; And the Seahawks would then draft a quality QB, for a long term contract, from the next college draft.
Jerheme Urban is the last #5 receiver that I can think of who made any kind of difference, and even that was in individual games (as opposed to a season-long threat). Goodwin may be one of these vets like Brandon Marshall or Braylon Edwards who makes the team only to get cut in mid-season.
Cade appeared better at punt return duties than Swain, and I don't think Swain is any better than a commodity at WR. He filled Moore shoes competently, but any mediocre WR can do that. So he might lose his spot based on special teams. I don't think Cade will make it, unless he shines as a punt returner in the next game.
I don't think either Lock or Geno are QB 1s, just that it looked to me like Lock is our best option. The rookies (especially the CBs) started playing tentatively, but grew more confident. It'll be interesting to see their progression over the preseason. Am I the only one who thought Parkinson looked huge? He seems much larger than last season and the extra bulk might not benefit him.
I watched some of, and full highlights of the Dolphins and Bucs game. There was a pallethera of wide recieving talent. Don't forget there could be a move like that as well. Both Young and Melton had their moments, they really need to show in pre season game 2 to make the 53.
Lot's to digest, but as the Joe goes...it's only one game. Lock seems to like both Melton and Young and has some chemistry. I think they keep them both if they keep playing like they have thus far in camp and preseason. (Young had 4 receptions for 30 yards. 2 for 1st downs off 3rd down throws and one for a TD. What's that rating). Young is also a special team guy Vi Jones is a dark horse. I think he makes the team due to special teams but look out for his growth as a LB. I think he could be special. Anyone remember Sherman's 1st year play as a 5th round pick when he replaced Walter Thurmon. Both the CB's had some mistakes but what a great opportunity for both of these future stars to get experience and reps. They were close in coverage (one blown) and are not afraid to mix it up. I'll take that all day.
DJ and Homer both looked good. Walker will still be a money guy give him time. The new O-line was very encouraging. Shelby Harris...thank you Denver. He already seems to work well with Ford for interior pressure which Seattle has been missing.
Mafe. That's all I have to say. Hello Alton Robinson the forgotten one. Taylor is going to have a great year.
Now if Seattle can just keep people on the field. I think Seattle may well have enough depth on both lines, LB and secondary to be competitive. School is still out on Coleman. I didn't like what I was seeing last Saturday
Frankly I am surprised how good much of the NFL looked for a first preseason game. Could be a rock and roll year. Lot's of good young talent that shows up in games.
I'd imagine John and Pete will be looking to the waiver wire for depth wide receivers and linebackers. Young and Melton could be easy practice squad stashes if they're not good enough in special teams. I'd bet we don't run so many 3 wide receiver sets this year, or throw Fant in as third wideout, seeing as how Eskridge still hasn't had a camp with the team. Melton with those drops is just not gonna cut it with how the offense is so fragile when getting off schedule.
I'd prefer to see Amadi and Coleman cut with Blair at nickel and Bryant as his understudy. There will be several veteran CBs cut that might help the room. Cade Johnson might be in the receiver picture if Melton, Young, or Goodwin disqualify themselves. Jalen Reagor anyone? If Rhattigan returns as Barton's backup does that affect Vi Jones chance of sticking? Is Burr-Kirven temporarily done or done done?