SEATTLE -- It's a good thing for the Seattle Seahawks' offensive line that the games don't start counting for another month. The starting group isn't settled, and Friday night's preseason opener supplemented ample evidence that there's plenty of work to be done before the line is regular-season ready.
The first unit -- featuring Lemuel Jeanpierre at center and Alvin Bailey at left guard -- played two series, the first of which lasted all of two plays as right tackle Justin Britt was beaten by Von Miller for a fumble-causing sack. The Seahawks allowed a sack on their second possession, Russell Wilson had to escape another and Jeanpierre -- the center -- was penalized for a false start.
Wilson was either sacked or pressured on four of his five drop-backs. Each time, the Seahawks had at least one more player in pass protection than Denver had rushing.
Some of those issues are to be expected, not only because it's early but because but of how the Seahawks have been rotating players at center and left guard while trying to determine a winner in the competitions for those spots. It doesn't look like those competitions are close to being settled.
Here's more of what stood out on offense while re-watching the Seahawks' preseason opener:
Graham's blocking: One of the subplots of the Seahawks' acquisition of tight end Jimmy Graham this offseason was the question of how willing and able he'll be to block, something he wasn't asked to do much of in New Orleans. He seemed to do a more-than-passable job during the two series he played Friday night. Graham had nice blocks on safety T.J. Ward on a pair of run plays, though Ward got around him on a pass rush.
Michael's inconsistency: Two plays on the same series perfectly demonstrated how third-year running back Christine Michael is enormously talented but also prone to mistakes. First, he made a beautiful spin move to avoid a tackle in the backfield, turning what would have been a loss into a 5-yard gain. Then he fumbled, which he has done too often for someone who has carried the ball so infrequently. To make matters worse, he had an opportunity to recover the loose ball but couldn't fall on it.
Smith's hands: Second-year wide receiver Kevin Smith made a pair of tough catches, helping his outside chance for a roster spot. The first came on a ball over the middle that was thrown behind him, forcing Smith to reach back across his body in mid-air. That gained 12 yards. The second was a 24-yard catch that he made while falling out of bounds. Smith caught coach Pete Carroll's attention. "He had two great plays and good finishes on catches. It was really cool to see that," Carroll said. "He's been really active in camp and done very, very well for us. The catch on the one behind him was a fantastic grab to hang on, and he got whacked, too. So a good showing."
Brady Henderson is the editor-in-chief at ESPN Seattle/710Sports.com.