Gallant’s Seahawks mock game takeaways: Lockett is still Wilson’s favorite
Saturday’s Seahawks mock game was one of two opportunities for Seattle to simulate a real game before the season kicks off Sept. 13 in Atlanta. Unfortunately, it was one that was cut short. Defensive end Branden Jackson – rushing off the right side – was knocked out with a few minutes left in the first half and taken off the field in an ambulance. A scary moment for sure, and I obviously hope he’s OK.
We aren’t allowed to give many specifics as to what we saw Saturday at CenturyLink. But here are my takeaways from the scrimmage:
• Geno Smith solidified his status as the team’s backup QB. The veteran impressed on an opening series drive against what (appeared to be) the Seahawks first-string defense, showing off his legs, and taking advantage of free plays where the defense jumped offsides. He capped off that opening drive with a beautiful touchdown pass down the seam to Jacob Hollister.
• Former UW WR Aaron Fuller – an undrafted free agent – made the most of his chances Saturday. He had three catches, including what I thought was the catch of the game. On one of those aforementioned free plays, the ball was lobbed one up for Fuller who, despite some traffic on defense, was able to come down with the football.
• It’s been the summer of DK Metcalf. After a monstrous rookie season, the mountainous WR may be on the verge of taking the leap to NFL superstardom. But based on Saturday, it’s clear that Tyler Lockett is still Russell Wilson’s favorite target. Russ found Lockett early in his reads often for quick gains. The two looked an awful lot like Tom Brady did for so long with Wes Welker and Julian Edelman.
• I can’t give any more details regarding this bullet point. But for those who’d like to see a more modern Seahawks offense, I was very excited to see a few wrinkles that they took for a test run.
• Greg Olsen turned 35 in March. He didn’t look it Saturday, especially after the catch. He made a shoestring catch for his first catch before turning up field, and took his second all the way to the one yard line.
• The offense wasn’t without its sloppy moments. Russell Wilson fumbled a snap and had an unforced fumble while rolling to his right in the red zone. Will Dissly dropped a pair of passes. And while Metcalf beat his man on a post for a touchdown pass, he had an ugly drop on a comeback route earlier in the game.
• Benson Mayowa plays smart. He stays home and doesn’t get sucked in by misdirection. He might not be the kind of impact player that Jadeveon Clowney is, but I’m sure the defensive coaching staff appreciate his discipline.
• The Seahawks have a crowded linebacker room, headlined by All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner. Wagner had the lone sack of the day, blasting up the middle on a blitz to stop the offense on a fourth and short. Jordyn Brooks also wrecked a guy with a glancing blow of the shoulder. But the guy who stood out the most to me was Ben Burr-Kirven. That may been a byproduct of how animated he was – lots of trash talk – but he showed good speed in coverage.
• Phillip Dorsett certainly plays fast, but he doesn’t seem to be quite in sync with the offense yet.
• We’re all excited about what Jamal Adams can do. He FLIES to the ball in run support. But Quandre Diggs was the more intimidating safety on Saturday, smashing into two offensive players over a span of three plays.