1, We’ll start the 10 with this look by Jayson Jenks at one of the team’s most intriguing players — second-year running back Christine Michael. As Jenks notes, Michael remains something of a work in progress and at the moment is behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin on the depth chart at tailback. But unlike last year, when that meant Michael rarely got on the field, I think this year they’ll find ways to regularly use him. And then at that point, it becomes about production and limiting mistakes.
2, Also, here is our notebook with the news on the penalties assess to the Seahawks yesterday. Yes, essentially the Seahawks got docked for practicing too hard. And yes, the NFL may have been using Seattle to send a message here to the rest of the league. Player safety has become a bigger and bigger deal through the years, and particularly with the 2011 CBA. Is the NFL specifically picking on Seattle? That’s a judgment call — I’m sure many around here think that to be the case. We’ll see today what Pete Carroll has to say about it when he meets the media after the team’s walk-through before heading to Oakland.
3, Seahawks.com notes that Tharold Simon and Michael Bennett also sat out practice Tuesday. May have just been precautionary — we’ll find out today. Also note that Jeremy Lane was again out with a groin issue suffered against the Bears. Could be seeing a lot of Akeem Auguste at corner against the Raiders. As you can see in pictures on Seahawks.com, Auguste had maybe the play of the day yesterday with an over-the-shoulder interception of a deep pass intended for Jermaine Kearse.
4, ESPN ranked Carroll as the No. 2 coach in the NFL in a poll of league insiders released earlier this week.
Said one former GM of Carroll:
“He relates great to players, is a great motivator, good manager, can put together a good staff; he is connected with all that and you have to give that guy a lot of credit personally for their defensive scheme and how they play it. The other thing Pete does a good job of is, even when there is controversy, he goes with the flow and doesn’t come down too hard. He coaches people loose instead of being uptight. Players can perform and react very well. He does not have to jump in. And he is not afraid to play young guys, which is another really good thing.”
5, NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling says to not be surprised to see the Seahawks win it all again.
6, SI.com’s Greg Bishop, who used to help cover the Seahawks for the Seattle Times, with some fascinating insight into Russell Wilson’s inner circle.
7, CBSSports.com says the best-case scenario for the Seahawks this year is 14-2 and the worst is 9-7.
8, Matt Miller of NFLDraftScout.com impressed so far with the play of J.R. Sweezy:
JR Sweezy is about to become a household name at guard. I'm predicting an All-Pro caliber year from him.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) August 27, 2014
9, Wilson and Steven Hauschka made Pro Football Focus’ all-preseason team with Sweezy and James Carpenter given honorable mention.
10, Not much reason to worry about the opponent in a fourth preseason game. But if you’re so inclined, here’s lots of stuff on the Raiders from ESPN.