For all the issues the Seattle Seahawks still have to work out on offense, the chemistry between their quarterback and top pass-catcher isn't one of them.
It was again evident Friday night in Seattle's 14-13 preseason loss to Kansas City. Jimmy Graham caught all three passes that Russell Wilson threw his way during the two quarters in which the Seahawks' offensive starters played, but one of them stood out.
Lined up in the slot on second-and-18, Graham released up the seam against tight coverage from safety Ron Parker. Graham wasn't open when Wilson delivered a perfectly placed pass toward his back shoulder for a 21-yard gain. Then again, he didn't need to be.
"He's hard to miss, being 6-7 and being able to show up and run as fast as he can," Wilson told reporters.
Call it whatever you'd like -- chemistry, trust, rapport -- but Wilson and Graham certainly seem to have built plenty of it already.
Here are a few more things that stood out on offense while re-watching Friday night's game:
Stats don't tell Michael's story. His 2.7-yard average on 10 carries doesn't look good, but Christine Michael's performance wasn't as bad as the stat sheet would indicate. He frequently had little room to run as Seattle's offensive line had trouble opening up rushing lanes. One exception was a 12-yard run in which Michael was aided by a block from right tackle Garry Gilliam and showed nice burst through the hole. Michael also delivered a devastating chip block that caused caused a rib injury to Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford. Doing his part in pass protection would go a long way for a running back like Michael who has yet to find his way onto the field much in two seasons.
Wilson's discretion. A few plays in this game demonstrated why Wilson has been able to avoid injury during his three NFL seasons despite playing behind an offensive line that often struggles in pass protection. He makes a conscious effort to avoid hits and he's adept at doing so. On one play, he spun away from an oncoming rusher to avoid what would have been a sack then ran out of bounds for a short gain instead of exposing himself to a hit by trying squeeze out another yard. Later, a breakdown in pass protection left three rushers converging on Wilson in the backfield. With no hesitation, he stepped up in the pocket and dumped the ball to Michael. It wasn't caught, but Wilson wasn't hit. Plays such as those are examples of why Wilson has yet to miss so much as a single snap in three seasons while a similarly mobile quarterback, Robert Griffin III, has had a hard time staying healthy over the same period of time.
Mixed bag for Daniels. B.J. Daniels is a former quarterback who's trying to make the team as a wide receiver. It was a good sign for his chances of doing so that he saw some time in the receiver rotation with the starters Friday night. He caught three passes, including one that converted a third down. But he didn't help his case with a drop and another low-but-catchable pass that he couldn't haul in. Daniels had six plays on special teams. Making an impact there is going to be key as he fights for a spot on the back end of the receiver depth chart.