It’s wrong to read too much into a first preseason game. But players are being evaluated, so here are a few who stood out, good and not so good, for the Seahawks in the 21-16 loss at Denver on Thursday night.
First, players on offense:
Christine Michael: It was a bit of a mixed bag for the second-year running back. He had only 16 yards on seven carries, but one was an impressive 8-yard run up the middle near the goal line and another was a 1-yard TD that showed his strength. Michael also fumbled once and was whistled for an illegal block, but at least he was trying to throw a block.
Robert Turbin: He started at running back, but only had five yards rushing on four carries. Turbin was a victim of a makeshift offensive line was wasn’t making any running lanes, but Turbin will need to show a lot more in the other preseason games if he hopes to earn more carries this season.
Terrelle Pryor: If you didn’t see the game and only looked at the stats, you probably would assume Pryor didn’t play well, which proves stats can be misleading. Pryor completed 9 of 16 passes for 137 yards and one interception, giving him an unimpressive 58.5 passer rating. However, he was under constant pressure and often made positive plays out of what could have been a sack, rushing for 28 yards on seven carries. His interception came near the end of the game when he rolled out and tried to force a throw into a crowd of players in the end zone, but that play never should have happened. Running back Demitrius Bronson dropped a swing pass one play earlier on what would have been a 3-yard TD and probably would have won the game on an 89-yard scoring drive that Pryor engineered.
The backups on the offensive line: It’s difficult to single out one player because, frankly, the group as a whole struggled, to say the least. Starters Max Unger, James Carpenter and Russell Okung didn’t play. It showed.
Demitrius Bronson: Unfortunately for Bronson, his only bad play was the last one when he dropped a would-be TD pass, but Bronson opened some eyes with his aggressive running up the middle. Granted it was against backups, but Bronson had five carries for 22 yards. Bronson has one asset all good backs need, which is an initial burst at the line of scrimmage.
Paul Richardson: Sure, everyone wanted to see the rookie receiver beat someone deep and show off his blazing speed. That didn’t happen, but more importantly Richardson proved he can get separation to make slant-in and sideline catches and do something after he catches it. Richardson showed some toughness and gained a few yards after the catch. He had four receptions for 37 yards.
Steven Hauschka: The Seattle kicker is so consistent that it’s easy to take him for granted. Hauschka was perfect Thursday night with field goals of 41, 40 and 22 yards. He also kicked one extra point, no gimme in this game since it came from 33 yards out.