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Saturday … “mock” game on the way

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Aug. 2, 2014 at 6:42 am with 10 Comments »
August 2, 2014 6:42 am

  The Seahawks don’t take the field until 1 p.m. today and will have what coach Pete Carroll is calling a “mock game.” We presume that includes some work on special teams. Generally these are at least close to live action, although possibly not on kicks and punts.

  These are not only a chance to see everybody in game-speed action, but also just part of refining the protocol of getting everybody on the field at the right time with the right units – the sort of thing that can get confusing in early preseason games when there’s so many new and young players.

As we look toward the preseason games, there are few positions that are sources of contention. Right tackle, certainly, remains in doubt. Michael Bowie has been out with a shoulder and could be losing what consideration he had as last year’s fill-in starter when Breno Giacomini was injured. Justin Britt is the second-round draft pick and is likely the player they’d envision taking over the spot in the long run. And Eric Winston is the veteran just brought in.

Britt seems to be playing like a rookie. He has plays where his promise is obvious, and plays where he gets beaten pretty badly. Tom Cable says he corrects his mistakes and plays with a lot of energy and attitude. Winston, at this point, would be the most consistent of the trio. Staff has repeatedly said he’s been brought in as “depth.” But if Bowie can’t get or stay healthy and Britt remains on the learning curve, Winston could be the guy there. The thing Winston has, certainly, is durability, having started 119 games.

There’s a lot of manpower to figure out on the defensive line, too, as we see where newly healthy Greg Scruggs fits in, along with new free agent Kevin Williams and some young guys like Jordan Hill, Benson Mayowa, Cassius Marsh and others.

Another battle that could have nothing to do with how the team performs during the season is at the backup quarterback spot. Tarvaris Jackson has the league experience and is comfortable with the scheme, but free agent Terrelle Pryor has an abundance of physical gifts and seems to be improving his accuracy as a passer. These are the sorts of things that can be better judged during game situations.

–Here’s the column I did on Walter Jones’ Hall of Fame induction. I covered nearly every game Jones played in during his 12-year career, and was awed by his day-to-day excellence. More than that, there’s not been a more humble and genuine superstar in the NFL.

–Here’s my news report on Marshawn Lynch’s return.

Our Evan Thompson took a closer look at the promising DeShawn Shead.

–A USA Today story out of Jacksonville looks in on a pair of Seahawk defenders now with the Jaguars – Red Bryant and Chris Clemons – playing for their old Seahawks coordinator Gus Bradley.

–Former Seahawks linebacker Dave Wyman looks at the learning experience of some Seahawk rookies.

–ESPN’s Bill Williamson writes about the contract situation of Niners coach Jim Harbaugh.



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  1. I hope Beast Mode shows up on time today, even if he isn’t doing anything.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    I will be anxious to hear how Britt performs a
    D the d line configurations.

  3. tealskin says:

    I’m with you rbuzby. Here’s hoping that the waters haven’t been poisoned by the holdout. Maybe they’re all adults and there are no hard feelings but in some ways we’re all kids until the end. Hope ML is big enough (or small?) to let it go.

  4. WiscCory says:

    I love Right Tackle at the moment. NCAA star Britt is getting work while potential starter Bowie is taking ice baths with grizzly bears.

    Service-able vet Winston waiting in the wings in case Britt needs time. Winston seems to want to be on this team, based on quotes I’ve seen. Is he an upgrade to having Giacomini?…time will tell.

  5. WiscCory says:

    Looking forward to seeing Cassius Marsh this preseason.

  6. Newborough says:

    Some bad news for the 49ers DL, who seem to have lost NT Glenn Dorsey for the season with a torn biceps

  7. Bowie waived injured today!!!

  8. Ray_Maines says:

    Well that just sucks.

    Various Tweets….

    Curtis Crabtree , Sports Radio KJR, Sports Reporter
    Seahawks have waived/injured T Michael Bowie. Will need surgery to repair damages shoulder.

    Brian McIntyre , Yahoo Sports, NFL Writer
    Michael Bowie played 51.7% of Seahawks reg. season snaps & entire playoff win over Saints. Seahawks taking risk by exposing him to waive

    Brian McIntyre , Yahoo Sports, NFL Writer
    With Carroll describing Bowie’s shoulder injury as “significant”, it’s probably a risk they’re comfortable taking.

  9. FivePercentWrong says:

    Very sad for Bowie. The Winston signing looked great before. Now, it looks brilliant. I forget. Which came first, the injury or the signing?

  10. Does anybody have a link to Walter Jones speech at the HoF Ceremony?

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