Clayton: Who and what stood out in Seahawks’ scrimmage at Lumen Field

Aug 9, 2021, 12:00 PM
Seahawks Russell Wilson...
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is taking to the offense's faster pace, writes John Clayton. (Getty)

For the first time since 2019, the Seahawks played some football in front of fans in Lumen Field.

Will Seahawks be looking for Chris Carson to be a workhorse RB?

Sunday’s scrimmage went over big with an attendance of 15,578. Russell Wilson and the rest of the team seemed delighted in having the fans cheer in their behalf.

On the field, Wilson’s first team beat Geno Smith’s second team 22-3. The pace was fast and the quality of play was good.

Let’s break down some of thoughts from the scrimmage.

• Wilson looks great in new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron’s offense. He drove the team to one touchdown and four field goals. There might have been another touchdown or two but head coach Pete Carroll tested out certain plays in the red zone. Wilson unofficially completed 13 of 22 attempts for 196 yards.

• The opening drive was very impressive. Wilson fired a 45-yard pass down the left side of the field, which set up a fast, opening touchdown drive.

• The big thing you notice is how much quicker the offense is. The tempo is faster. Wilson has more ability to change plays as he sees the defense. Last year, Wilson held onto the ball for 2.97 seconds per pass attempt. Though nobody had the ability to count Sunday, it appeared to me he was getting the ball out closer to 2.5 seconds. What was great to see is how Wilson would start with short, quick passes and set up long passes down field. Some of the long passes weren’t complete but were still close.

• DK Metcalf continues to evolve as one the league’s best receivers. He’s so strong and fast getting downfield. He and Tyler Lockett rank among the top two or three in the league for wide receiver duos.

• The Seahawks are deep at tight end. Gerald Everett looks good as the starter.

• Chris Carson looked strong and fast with the new running attack. He had five carries for 39 yards and looks fast getting to outside runs. Rashaad Penny sat out with a thigh injury, and don’t count out Alex Collins for the backup job. He’s still just 26 years old and looks like the starting back he was after the Seahawks cut him and he went to Baltimore, almost gaining 1,000 yards in 2017.

• Carlos Dunlap and the pass rush looks quick. Darrell Taylor got work early at defensive end but will get some time at strongside linebacker in the future weeks. As I mentioned Friday, the Seahawks’ defensive ends have a combined 198.5 career sacks.

• D.J. Reed was out with a groin injury, but Carroll had rave reviews for fellow cornerback Tre Flowers. Carroll thinks this is the best Flowers has looked since being drafted by the Seahawks in 2018.

• You can see why a lot of people think Poona Ford could have a breakout year. He was able to pick up a ball after a bad backfield exchange and took it in for a touchdown.

• The battle for the No. 3 receiver spot should be a good one. Freddie Swain, Penny Hart and rookie D’Wayne Eskidge will battle it out in training camp and in the three preseason games.

Follow John Clayton on Twitter.

More Seahawks training camp coverage

Wyman: 5 Seahawks players we aren’t talking about enough
Rookie Seahawks CB Tre Brown: I’ll ‘definitely make a name for myself’
Most Important Seahawks: 2 players key to D turning around
Bumpus: The surprising standout player in the Seahawks’ secondary
Heaps: Why Seahawks are fired up about Darrell Taylor in training camp

John Clayton on 710 ESPN Seattle
  • 710AM ESPN SeattleTune in to 710 ESPN Seattle on Saturday mornings for The John Clayton Show.

Clayton Video tab

The Professor's Notes

John Clayton hosts a daily video breaking down the NFL

John Clayton

Seahawks Pete Carroll...
John Clayton

Clayton: Where the Seahawks stand after blowing lead to fall to 1-1

The Seahawks blew a two-score lead in their overtime loss to the Titans on Sunday. What jumps out as they sit at 1-1? John Clayton breaks it down.
2 days ago
Seahawks Titans...
John Clayton

Clayton: Seahawks are catching the Tennessee Titans at the right time

The Seahawks caught the Colts at the right time. Now, John Clayton says there's two reasons they're catching the Titans at a good time, too.
5 days ago
Seahawks Russell Wilson Chris Carson...
John Clayton

Clayton: Seahawks look like Super Bowl contenders after Week 1

Fresh off the Seahawks' 28-16 win over the Colts in Week 1, John Clayton breaks down his observations from a very impressive season opener.
9 days ago
Seahawks Quandre Diggs...
John Clayton

Clayton: Seahawks in great shape after resolving Brown, Diggs contracts

The Seahawks may not have extended Duane Brown and Quandre Diggs, but by restructured their deals they maintain flexibility while making both players happy.
13 days ago
Seahawks Pete Carroll...
John Clayton

Clayton: Where Seahawks stand after busy start to Week 1 of 2021 season

The Seahawks have been busy early this week. Could more news be coming? John Clayton on what he expects is next and the latest Hawks moves.
15 days ago
Seahawks linebackers...
John Clayton

Clayton: Where Seahawks stand at LB and CB ahead of Week 1 opener

With just over a week remaining before Week 1, John Clayton takes a closer look at the Seahawks' situations at linebacker and cornerback.
19 days ago
Clayton: Who and what stood out in Seahawks’ scrimmage at Lumen Field