So here we are. The final dress rehearsal before the 2008 season officially begins. The most important thing in the final game has absolutely nothing to do with performance or roster spots. It’s all about staying healthy. Luckily, our offensive and defensive MVPs will not be manning their positions, so we should see them in uniform in a week.

Here are the other things I’ll be looking for:

– Red Bryant
It’s his first action since coming back from knee surgery. The guy is supposed to be a difference maker in the interior line. I’ve never seen him even move before, so I’m eager to see what he might turn into. I don’t expect a great showing this close to surgery, but I’d like to get an idea of his game.

– WRs
Who is our slot receiver? Will Jordan Kent continue to be the lone bright spot, even though he projects to have the fewest opportunities in the regular season? This is a stellar set of DBs from the Raiders, so it will be interesting to see if Taylor can get open against these elite, physical CBs. I would LOVE to see Logan Payne standout. I really want a blocking WR in the mix

– TEs
Will we continue to see Holmgren utilize the TE to offset the absence of Engram? Probably. Carlsen and Putzier are consistently contributing in the passing game. I’d like to see that continue.

– Rushing offense
I want to see continuing signs of a renewed rushing attack. I care less about who gets the yards, and more about the way we’re getting the yards.

– Rushing defense
What does our run defense look like without Tatupu? Does DD Lewis fill in ably? I’d love to see David Hawthorne for an extended look.

– Justin Forsett vs. TJ Duckett
I think Forsett needs a big final game to make the roster. I have no love for Duckett, but I have an idea how people like Ruskell work.

– Mare
He still needs to prove he can hit a long FG. Hopefully, the snapping situation is resolved and that will remove any variables from the equation.

When and if Dalton Bell makes an appearance at QB, it’s probably best to avert your eyes. It could get ugly in a hurry.

I’ll be back around game time.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    Verne Lundquist? I thought Calabro was going to get a shot. Lundquist sucked the last game he broadcast. oh well…

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    Love those deep kickoffs

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    Interesting that none of the starters are playing. They usually play at least a series or so.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    nice tackle by floyd

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    oh no. That sucks for forsett.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    he so clearly is not ready to be a punt returner in the NFL

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    yes! Lo Jack! Nice to see that.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    I think he’s 2 for 2 forcing fumbles on his sacks in the preseason. I know he’s forced at least 2.

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    Duckett starting…hmmm

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    nice Tayor! That’s what I know he’s got.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    well lookie who makes a nice catch.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    obamanu hurt his knee

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    suhweet. Nice looking run.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    nice block from Courtney Taylor. good to see that

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    decent kick from Coutu, and very Brownesque tackle

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    nice fill by DD lewis

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    go!go! aww, that was sweet. I thought Wallace had a TD

  • http://xanga.com/lorit1998 Hawkgirl

    I’m getting bummed about Forsett. Seems like he’s choking a bit

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05168508209287526165 Steve

    That looked for sure like CJ Wallace had a TD. How is he so slow?!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    nice catch, ben. concentration with a hit about to come from the safety. great throw

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    too bad about the fumble by payne. I want that guy to succeed

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    holy crap, I’ve got babysitters older than Lane Kiffan

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    welcome, steve, btw

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    and welcome back hawkgirl

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    good snap, solid kick

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    what’s with the bowl cut on tatupu?

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    baraka atkins is playing with some fire. He made a nice play recovering on that screen pass.

    Red bryant in a few plays as well

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05168508209287526165 Steve

    Maybe he can’t afford a good haircut.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    whoa, and we thought we had WR problems…

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    he’s got to make that catch in the air, but he’s not confident enough. No way can forsett be our punt returner.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    nice reverse, but I think Payne should have got the first down there. Seemed a little shy of contact there…maybe the broken rib

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    nice 1st qtr

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    seneca looks like a different QB this year. His throws are perfect.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    vallos in at center

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    dude, forsett should have gotten in on that

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    like I said, all his throws are perfect. ;D

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05168508209287526165 Steve

    Looked like Forsett dove about 3 yards too early.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    the kid looks nervous. it started last game. he seems uncomfortable with having this big chance in front of him. duckett, on the other hand, knows the paycheck he’s after and has turned it on at precisely the same time

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    short kick by coutu, nice hustle by payne

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    what a tackle by wilson. I thought he was gone

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    another nice play by atkins

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    atkins pressured the QB there…bad luck on the tip

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    sartz stinks. he blew the tackle on the mcfadden run as well

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    it’s so weird seeing 79 out there. jacob green was not quite 320 though

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    is it just me, or does our offense look awesome this preseason? every single game.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05168508209287526165 Steve

    HA! That was quite the leap by Schmitt. Didn’t see that one coming.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    holy shit! did he just do that? that’s mack strong-esque.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    ya gotta love that speed at QB

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    nothing doing for forsett, but not a lot of holes to work with.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    Obamanu is
    hurt and is doubtful to return:

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    Putzier has been a pleasant surprise so far.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    great pressure from Atkins and Babin. Where has Atkins been all preseason? at least three straight games with a sack for Babin. maybe four.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    that might just seal the deal for duckett.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05168508209287526165 Steve

    Good night for Duckett!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    tough game for Pat Murray…hold and an offside

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    nice, logan

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    why do we suck so bad at screen passes now? other teams still do it against us. duckett’s not exactly the ideal screen back anyway

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    hello mr laury

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    dallas sartz again was punked.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    another good tackle from laury

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    red bryant still playing. that’s a good sign of his health

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    babin was in there again. he could be a real asset this season

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    Kirtman has had a really nice preseason, but I don’t see any spot for him

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    why the hell are we throwing the ball to bryan gilmore? that’s a wasted preseason play to a guy that will never make the squad

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    I hate that whole one-handed scrambling crap. two hands, please

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    and there’s babin against the run

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    Hey, louis rankan, the husky is in there

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    c’mon justin

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    tough luck, kid

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    I don’t understand why Payne isn’t playing unless he’s already made the team. maybe the obamanu injury is bad

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    this makes no sense to me. why isn’t forsett getting more chances? who cares if Seneca can pass to these WRs?

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    nice block by schmitt. really nice.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    schmitt OWNED a guy at the 5:55 mark. total pancake

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    two crappy punts from plack