Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks

It’s hard to determine how much each preseason game impacts looming roster decisions. The Seattle Seahawks lost to the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday, 25-19, and we were left with more questions than answers. In this week’s mailbag, we dive into some of those unknowns facing Seattle with two games left in the preseason.

As always, thanks to those who asked questions.

There hasn’t been any report to suggest Rashaad Penny is nursing any sort of injury. But you’re right. To say he’s been ineffective through two preseason games would be putting it mildly. Penny has just 13 yards on 12 carries. There haven’t been many running lanes to speak of, but Penny hasn’t shown much burst or make-you-miss ability, either. I’m not one to overreact to what happens during the preseason. He may be poised for a breakout sophomore campaign.

“We’ve got to block for him better,” Carroll said regarding Penny on Sunday. “He didn’t have a chance.”

Even so, I’m seeing a guy fall further behind Chris Carson, who has established himself as Seattle’s clear No. 1 option. Seattle is going to give their 2018 first-round every opportunity to show himself. Penny will get touches – maybe even up to 10 a game. It’s understandable, though, why fans feel like they aren’t seeing enough from the second-year running back just yet.

 

I think John Ursua is good enough to make the team and I think he’s got a chance to make the team, but ultimately I don’t think he will. Ursua has just two receptions in the preseason – a 21-yarder against the Denver Broncos and a 25-yarder against Minnesota – but he showed impressive run after the catch ability on both.

Ursua is simply falling victim to the numbers game. I’m of the belief that Jazz Ferguson will make the team (more on that in a second), and I’m also betting that Seattle keeps Jaron Brown around. If I’m wrong about either of those things, then Ursua would be the next in line for a roster spot.

Ferguson failed to put together an encore to his standout preseason debut against Denver. After catching all four of his targets for 54 yards and a touchdown versus the Broncos, Ferguson secured just 2-of-7 targets for 24 yards and a fumble in Minnesota. To his credit, the fumble was a fantastic play by the defensive back, and several of his targets were uncatchable. Paxton Lynch struggled to get on the same page with any receiver on Sunday.

As I mentioned above, I’m still anticipating Ferguson will make the team. The fact remains that 6-foot-5 receivers with 4.45 jets don’t grow on trees, and Ferguson has shown enough to take a chance on. His ceiling is much higher and harder to find than Ursua’s. I also think the Seahawks have a much better chance of sneaking Ursua onto their practice squad. If Seattle opts to cut Ferguson, another team is likely to claim the big-bodied lottery ticket.

I’m having a really hard time projecting what kind of year David Moore is going to have in 2019. He seems to be behind DK Metcalf when the rookie is healthy. On Sunday, Jaron Brown also played with the first-team offense over Moore.

Moore did some good things as a rookie, finishing with 26 receptions for 445 yards and five touchdowns in 2018. But he disappeared down the stretch (just four catches for 32 yards over the final five weeks) and has been quiet overall during training camp. I’d be cautious about predicting much more than the 53 targets he saw last season. I think it’ll be in the same ballpark in 2019 unless Metcalf misses significant time.

Someone asked in last week’s mailbag if I anticipated the Seahawks making a move for Jadeveon Clowney. They may have inquired with the Houston Texans as to Clowney’s price tag, but I’m sure it was too rich for John Schneider’s blood. And if not Clowney, I don’t see why Seattle would pursue anyone else.

Seattle seems content to go to battle with the names that are currently on the roster, hoping that Ezekiel Ansah and L.J. Collier will make an impact sooner rather than later. In the meantime, Cassius Marsh, Poona Ford, Rasheem Green, Al Woods and others should be able to hold it down until Jarran Reed returns from his six-game suspension.

Shaquem Griffin’s knee injury isn’t doing his case for a roster spot any favors. Thankfully for him, Ben Burr-Kirven hasn’t been stellar, either. I still think Griffin beats out Burr-Kirven for one of the final spots on the 53-man roster.

For starters, congratulations on being able to make your first Seahawks home game. I’m sure that’s going to be a thrill of a trip for you and whomever you’re coming with. Arrive early and make your way to touchdown city in the CenturyLink Field events center. The biggest thing I’d stress to anyone coming to their first game is to make sure they’re in their seat for the raising of the 12th Man Flag. For my money, that’s far and away the best pre-game tradition in the NFL. Then hang around and bar hop a bit on Occidental after the game. Please let me know if you have any more specific questions. I’d be happy to help any way I can. Have a fantastic time!