Here are Three Impressions on the Seahawks’ mock game today from beat writers Jayson Jenks and Bob Condotta;
First, from Jenks:
1, Pete Carroll didn’t commit to naming defensive tackle Kevin Williams the team’s first option at defensive tackle in the nickel package, but Williams did run with the first-team defense in those situations for the entirety of Saturday’s scrimmage. Other candidates for that job, which Clinton McDonald played so well in last year, are Jordan Hill, Gregg Scruggs and, as a longer shot, D’Anthony Smith. Williams, who will be 34 this season, arrived in Seattle under the assumption that he would be a rotational player, and that might be his role moving forward.
2, Wide receiver Bryan Walters had a number of nice catches over the middle, including one in which safety Earl Thomas popped him but Walters held on as he fell to the ground. Walters is battling for one of the final receiving rosters spots, and he is also in the mix for the punt-return job. Carroll singled him out as having a nice practice.
3, Linebacker Brock Coyle worked with the first-team defense all game with linebackers Bobby Wagner, Malcolm Smith, Korey Toomer and Bruce Irvin all sidelined with injuries. Coyle, an undrafted rookie out of Montana, has spent the last week working with the first-team offense and said he made all the calls for the defense during Saturday’s scrimmage. Coyle is still raw, but the Seahawks like his speed. If nothing else, they’re getting a long look at him while Wagner, Smith, Toomer and Irvin get healthy.
And from Condotta:
1, As noted earlier, it was a defensive day out here as the offense did not score a touchdown in 12 possessions and more than 80 plays. Instead, there were three field goals, one interception (a Russell Wilson pass intended for Jermaine Kearse in the end zone that was tipped by Heath Farwell and caught by Terrance Parks), seven drives that ended in punts (though they didn’t really punt) and a Hail Mary at the end. I know the first response is to question if it was a bad day for the offense. Certainly, it wasn’t a great day, as there were a handful of illegal procedure and delay penalties. But the formats of these also somewhat favor the defense — specifically, that they weren’t tackling to the ground, with runners whistled down on contact. But the defensive line definitely had its way with the offense throughout. The DL is totally healthy right now while the OL is not, and that was evident throughout. As Carroll said, Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett were pretty hard for the OL to block today, as was Benson Mayowa, from what I could tell. Given the Michael Bowie news of today, Eric Winston is suddenly looking like a really critical pickup.
2, Percy Harvin might have been the player of the day, making an 18-yard catch on an early third-and-15 and later catching a 38-yard pass on a third-and-five. He also had a nice gain on a fly sweep. Had it been a real game, you figure he would have been featured more. But he did enough to reiterate how much he figures to mean to the team this season. Both receptions came from Russell Wilson.
3, Terrelle Pryor and Tarvaris Jackson took turns guiding the No. 2 offense, with B.J. Daniels getting a series with the No. 1 offense. Pryor seemed more erratic — a few really good plays but also some not-so-good. Jackson was dependable. That may be Seattle’s choice at that spot and whether they want to keep two or three QBs — the consistency and dependability of Jackson versus the upside of Pryor. I think the preseason games will tell a lot there.