There is not a lot to be learned from third and fourth string players opposing one another on an NFL field. A significant number of the young men who played Thursday night between the Raiders and the Seahawks will never play a snap in a regular season NFL game. Seattle rested at least 31 of the 90 players on their roster, and is set to cut 37 players this Saturday. A few players made their case to avoid the reaper.
The speedy Husky linebacker had yet to make much of an impression through training camp or three preseason games, but he was everywhere against the Raiders. He finished with 12 tackles, a sack, a pass defensed and would have had more had they not called a ridiculous penalty on him for tackling the quarterback.
It will be hard for the Seahawks to let Burr-Kirven go at this point given his youth and progress. He may also be aided by an injury at the position.
Griffin played only briefly, but once again showed how valuable he is as a special teams player. He had a great tackle on punt coverage and was flying all over the field on other coverage plays. The bummer for Griffin is that he was forced to come out due to ongoing issues with his knee.
Pete Carroll said Griffin will undergo an MRI this week to determine if anything more serious is going on. Either way, there is an increased chance Griffin could be cut should the team not see a clear path to health in the near-term, especially given the step forward from Burr-Kirven.
However, I believe the Seahawks will cut Barkevious Mingo. Losing both Mingo and Griffin would greatly impact the special teams unit. Only Neiko Thorpe comes close to their contributions.
Smith all but wrapped up the backup quarterback job last weekend against the Chargers, and clinched it with a flashy first half against the Raiders. He threw his best two deep passes of the preseason and looked in command while Paxton Lynch was pretty awful.
Smith did come out of the game with an injury to the knee he recently had a cyst removed from, so that is something to watch.
What a difference a week makes. The man most Seahawks fans love to hate because of his durability issues, once again showed why the coaches have been so patient with him.
Prosise is arguably the most talented running back on the roster. Set aside his durability and just look at his ability to run inside, outside, avoid tackles, break tackles, break big runs, run routes as a receiver, and pass block. Chris Carson is obviously a worthy debate, but he is the only one.
It seems all but assured that Prosise will once again make the roster, and if he can somehow stay on the field, it very well could be the most shocking and impactful addition to the Seahawks offense.
- Gary Jennings did nothing to make a stronger case for himself in this game, and it anyone’s guess whether the team will spend a roster spot on a player who clearly is not ready to contribute. It will come down to him or Malik Turner.
- The nickel corner job remains a question mark. None of the players have done enough to feel confident in their stake. I’d personally go with Ugo Amadi at this point and bet on him growing as the season wears on.
- Thank goodness we finally saw Michael Dickson kick the way we know he can. He had been having a quietly poor preseason before booming a few Thursday night.
Be sure to tune in Saturday evening at 5PM PT to watch Real Hawk Talk as we break down the Seahawks cuts and make our season predictions!