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Early impressions of the rookies from SEA-MINN

Posted on: August 20, 2011 10:35 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2011 11:50 pm
 
I will be blogging live from the press box tonight from Seattle for the Seahawks-Vikings preseason game. My goal is to give readers some insight as to how some of the rookies and perhaps other young players for both teams performed.

This first post focuses on the Seahawks. I am looking forward to writing about the Vikings' players, but no rookies started for them. I am especially looking forward to scouting first two picks -- quarterback Christian Ponder and tight end Kyle Rudolph.

As expected, Seattle's young offensive line had their rough stretches. The timing between rookies John Moffitt (RG) and James Carpenter (RT) was clearly off on an early running play. Both players were asked to provide running blocks to the left (essentially pulling from their positions). Carpenter leapt out of his stance and quickly caught up to Moffitt (who was slow getting out) and the two stumbled over each other, providing little help to running back Marshawn Lynch.

On Seattle's second series, Carpenter was asked to release to the second level, but wasn't able to beat middle linebacker Erin Henderson to the spot. Henderson read the play, shot upfield and tackled Lynch for little to no gain.

Carpenter was much better later, effectively sealing off Minnesota defensive end Adrian Awasom on a couple of quick-hitters from Leon Washington.

On a more positive note, rookie safety Jeron Johnson forced a fumble of Viking punt returner Greg Camarillo. The ball was scooped up by outside linebacker Aaron Curry and returned roughly 45 yards for an apparent touchdown, but the play was whistled dead and Camarillo was ruled down by contact. The play was later overturned with Seattle receiving the ball (but not the score).

A tough start so far for second year receiver Golden Tate. He had an opportunity for a big play on the Seahawks' first play from scrimmage, but had the ball ripped from his hands from Viking cornerback Cedric Griffin. Tate also let a pass get through his hands following the Seahawks' fumble recovery. The ball was caught by Vikings' cornerback Marcus Sherels and returned for a score.

The Seahawks' offensive line (including Moffitt, Carpenter) held up well on this particular pass play and quarterback Tarvaris Jackson threw a very catchable ball.



Comments

Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: August 21, 2011 1:39 am
 

Early impressions of the rookies from SEA-MINN

That wasn't Greg Camarillo fumbling the punt return -- he's back in MN with a minor injury and not even in Seattle. 



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: August 21, 2011 12:00 am
 

Early impressions of the rookies from SEA-MINN

 It's always nice to have people like you to point out the incredibly obvious.  Most of us are watching the game, so I think we got a bead on it!  If anything happens that I don't think you saw, I'll get back to you as soon as I can. lol


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