It's time for our weekly look at the Seahawks snap counts. Seattle beat the Atlanta Falcons, 27-20, in Week 8 to close out the first half of the season with a 6-2 record.
Pete Carroll rotated several players into Sunday's game for two reasons. One, to give more guys opportunities, and two, to keep other players fresh. Here's a look at who played against the Falcons, how much and what it all might mean moving forward.
- Marquise Blair made his second-career start and recorded a game-high 11 tackles. The only reason he didn't play 100 percent of snaps was because he dealt with cramps at a few different points during the game. Bradley McDougald filled in for Blair during those 11 snaps. McDougald (back) was active but was meant to be used in emergency situations only. I'm very curious to see what the secondary looks like moving forward once McDougald and Quandre Diggs get healthy. Will Seattle try to get Blair, Diggs and McDougald on the field at the same time? Can that trio be a solution to staying in base defense as much as Seattle does? I think the Seahawks need to look long and hard at all of their options because the status quo isn't good enough.
- Akeem King started in place of the injured Tre Flowers (neck) and seemed to be picked on quite a bit in coverage. He had six tackles and no pass breakups. Seattle needs to hope that Flowers is back in the lineup against a talented Buccaneers offense next week.
- Cody Barton (for K.J. Wright), Neiko Thorpe (for King), George Fant (for Duane Brown) and Jamarco Jones (for Mike Iupati) all saw one series. I'm most curious about Barton. Wright said he knew the rookie was going to spell him for a series, and he was very complimentary of the work Barton has done in practice. This could be something we see more of moving forward. Wright hasn't been his normal self this season, and who knows, maybe the door is open for Barton to compete for more playing time.
- Jacob Hollister's usage dipped from 52% to 36% over the last two games. That largely has to do with the game script and Russell Wilson passing just 20 times against the Falcons. It will be interesting to see how things shake up when Ed Dickson (knee) returns to the lineup, which could be as soon as Week 9 against the Bucs. I still wouldn't be surprised to see the Seahawks add a tight end before Tuesday's trade deadline because I think it's a massive position of need. Seattle simply doesn't have the depth at receiver to make up for losing Will Dissly.
- After seeing just two snaps against the Ravens, Rashaad Penny played 18 snaps against Atlanta. He ran the ball eight times for 55 yards. NFL Network reported that Seattle has been shopping Penny, but I just don't see the Seahawks getting enough value to move on from him at the deadline. C.J. Prosise was a healthy scratch. The timeshare between Chris Carson and Penny (20 carries for Carson to Penny's eight) should be the norm moving forward.
- Pete Carroll said that L.J. Collier would play more with Quinton Jefferson (oblique) out of the lineup. That didn't end up being the case as Collier played just 14 snaps. He did have one tackle on a run stop in the second half.