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5 things to watch for in Hawks vs. Broncos

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm with 23 Comments »
August 17, 2013 2:13 pm

I expect Russell Wilson to play at least a quarter against Denver tonight. And after last week’s performance, expect the Seattle Seahawks to look crisp on offense today.

Specifically, having Max Unger back should help up front. And I think we might see Marshawn Lynch carry the ball a few times this evening. Also, the addition of Robert Turbin should help offensively, particularly on third down.

Talking to reporters earlier this week, Wilson said he’s looking to get into a rhythm this weekend.

“Well obviously when you have more reps, you get more plays throughout the game and you get more of a rhythm,” Wilson said. “So I think that is the biggest thing for us is, ‘Can we get into a rhythm and stay in a rhythm throughout the game?’”

That said, let’s take a closer look at five storylines to watch for this evening.

Can Jordan Hill earn a starting job? Pete Carroll praised Hill’s performance in practice this week, and he’ll get the start next to Brandon Mebane at defensive tackle. With Jesse Williams (knee) and Tony McDaniel (groin) dealing with injury issues, it will be interesting to see if Hill can take the job and run with it. A third-round pick in this year’s draft out of Penn State, Hill was initially considered as part of the team’s third down rush package. However, he’s proven better than expected against the run, which gives Hill an opportunity to earn playing time on first and second downs.

Who’s rushing the passer, take two: DE Benson Mayowa stood out last game against San Diego’s backups, so I’m interested to see if he’ll get a chance to play against Denver’s starters. Also, with Bruce Irvin, Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril all out nursing injuries, O’Brien Schofield needs to step up and claim his role as one of the edge rushers that can be counted on for this team.

Turbo time: With Lynch likely playing just a few snaps in this game, and Christine Michael limited due to back spasms, Turbin will get his first opportunity at lengthy playing time this preseason. And with the way Michael played last week, Turbin needs to perform well to solidify his role as the team’s No. 2 back.

Competition at right guard, take two: After hearing Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell talk about the competition at right guard, it appears that J.R. Sweezy is ahead of John Moffitt. A more interesting development has been Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey getting reps at left guard in practice, opening the door for someone like Paul McQuistan to move to right guard if James Carpenter cannot get healthy from his foot issue. Bottom line – there’s still some things to be sorted out at both guard spots for Seattle.

Return game: Carroll said that Golden Tate will get first opportunity to return punts, and Jermaine Kearse will be the first one back to return kicks. Walter Thurmond, Will Blackmon and Perez Ashford all had good returns in the punt game. Kearse is an interesting choice as kick returner. He has some wiggle, but I wonder about his long speed. I think Carroll is looking for someone to seize that kick return job so the team can start developing some consistency in the return game.

Other things to watch: I expect QB Tarvaris Jackson to continue to play well, putting pressure on Brady Quinn to match his performance. … WR Stephen Williams needs to build on his performance last week, and you might also see him on special teams. Bryan Walters also gets a chance to work back into the battle for the last couple receiver spots. … It will be interesting to see if Phil Bates gets any reps at fullback. … The competition at long snapper continues between Clint Gresham and Kyle Nelson.

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  1. sluggo42 says:

    RW will play a half I’m guessing, unless they really click immediately

  2. princeaden says:

    Bowie and Bailey at guard huh ?

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Carroll said the 1s will play into the second quarter. Next week is usually when the ones play a full half and into the third.

  4. Bofa my eyeballs will be on Jordan Hill tonight. It’s really the only question mark position on defense and it’s critical that whoever mans that spot can at least hold their ground against the run.

  5. I don’t think he’ll play a half until game four, but he might go a bit more than a quarter, depending on how long the O-drives are and how well the defense is playing.

  6. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    SLUGGO ,I think he needs to play a half. the offense needs to come into the season firing on all cylinders. i am not content with a couple of blow-outs i want the majority to be blow-outs. i want our hawks to be dominate on both sides of the ball.

  7. trout_hound says:

    I’m sure RW3 will play a little more dynamic tonight. I like the personal goals he has pasted inside his locker:

    1. Consistent
    2. Dominate
    3. Clutch
    4. Healthy

    If he can do all those four things all season long, we are going to have a great year.

  8. sluggo42 says:

    Denver is tough, and it’s a good time to really dig in. If they don’t roll right off the bat, he will stay in is my guess. I know it’s not the “norm”, but since when do we abide by the norm.

    I’m also guessing the back up time goes to Quinn, because we need him to play well in order to get some trade value. Since we all know T-Jack will be the back-up…


  9. SaigonSun says:

    Guys, I am watching the Tards vs. Cowgirls game. Arizona is not a bad team. Can’t fall asleep on them this year. Ariens got his players prepared.

  10. sluggo42 says:

    Ya, I’m watching the tards too. Different team than last year for sure…Cowboys suck tho

  11. SaigonSun says:

    I am not scared or even worried , just sayin’.

  12. Big E’s “Five things to Watch For!” WhooHoo. Must be game day.

  13. Watching the Cardinals too. The Cowboys are just handing the game to them with dumb turnovers.

    I have a hard time getting worried about the Cards this year. Palmer-to-Fitzgerald should be a frequent hookup and keep them from getting embarrassed like the 58-0 whipping we gave them last year, but the Cardinals are still a team full of holes on O line and defense.

  14. If I were coach I would not play a single guy who has a starting job locked up.

  15. sluggo42 says:

    Does the game start at 7 or 7:30?

  16. sluggo42 says:

    Crap, NFL channel says 7:30
    Would they really rather show the 4th quarter of the two crappiest teams rather than the beginning of this years Super Bowl preview?

  17. Alright! The game is on ABC tonight in Vegas. A treat.

  18. Dukeshire says:

    Jacksonville’s uniforms are absolute garbage. Fitting for the franchise, actually.

  19. lol. I was just thinking the same thing about Jax uniforms. Their no-huddle offense looks pretty good though.

    actually I was thinking I’m glad the Seahawks don’t have the ugliest uniforms ever. Only the second worst, or maybe tied with Jacksonville. Its okay, though. Be ugly, get mad, and hit people hard. it could work.

  20. Marcus Trufant picks off Sanchez in the endzone. Nice start to his Jax career.

  21. MoSeahawk12 says:

    No Sid Rice or C Michael tonight.

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