PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Seattle Seahawks had a 22-14 preseason win over the Denver Broncos Thursday night, and while there weren’t many regular starters taking the field, head coach Pete Carroll shouldn’t be disappointed in what his rookies had to show.
1. Seahawks should feel good about Paxton Lynch
The race for the back-up quarterback position continues for the Seahawks. After Thursday night’s preseason match-up against the Broncos, Carroll and the rest of the Hawks should feel good about Lynch. Lynch’s playstyle is much like Russell Wilson’s in a sense of when needed, they both can be serious factors in the rushing game. Lynch, who didn’t start Thursday, came in after starter Geno Smith struggled and went 11-15 for 109 yards and one touchdown. Safe to say, Lynch impressed.
2. Jazz Ferguson is going to stand out
Its preseason which means defenses are going to run basic plays and offenses will do the exact same. With that being said, Ferguson showed why he can be an absolute nightmare for defensive backs. Standing at 6″5″ and weighing in at 230, an undrafted rookie out of Northwestern State hauled in four receptions for 54 yards and one touchdown in his first NFL game. With Ferguson being a mismatch for defensive backs, the Seahawks may have found themselves a diamond in the rough.
3. Former Oregon Duck Ugo Amadi as versatile as expected
Ugo stood out in his first NFL game, even if the stats don’t show it. The rookie defensive back shined on special teams with his ability to be an effective return man on both punt and kick return. While his blazing speed and return ability are impressive, the sure tackling and playmaking also stood out. Ugo posted an open-field tackle on the kickoff, a pass break-up, and a quarterback pressure when he was brought on a safety blitz.
4. Way too many penalties
Coach Carroll said himself: “The penalties were really a mess.” The Seahawks did not look sharp in their first game having 15 penalties for 131 yards. They will have to clean that up come the regular season.
5. Much pressure could come from defensive backs this season
Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton Jr. brought safeties on a blitz at least four times in Thursday’s night game. Former Portland State standout Deshawn Shead broke free when he was called on a blitz and got the right pressure and sacked the quarterback, which led to a safety. Amadi and rookie Marquise Blair both came on blitzes as well and brought pressure on the quarterback.
6. The young talent showed out
After Carroll said Thursday night’s game would be “dedicated to the rooks,” the young talent made some big-time plays for the Seahawks. Ferguson stood out with his big receiving night, defensive backs Cody Barton and Marquise Blair showed great ability to be physical in his run game and some sure tacklers on defense. Amadi showed his versatility all over special teams and the defense, and D.K. Metcalf had one reception for eight yards, but Metcalf beat his matchup multiple times; however, quarterback Geno Smith overthrew him.
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