The Seahawks have been practicing for more than a week now, so they decided to change things up on Monday. The coaches decided that they would hold a mock game, which the team has done the past couple of years. This is an effort to help the team get ready for their upcoming preseason game against the Chargers.
The team was able to experiment with their starters and rotating players into the lineup on both sides of the balls. On defense, the Seahawks moved around the starting safeties. During the second half of the mock game, Bradley McDougald was brought in to play at both strong safety and free safety. He played with both Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas when he came into the game.
“Really natural player, he fits in beautifully,” Carroll said about McDougald. “He has really rotated with Kam and Earl, so we feel like we’ve got three starting safeties there, so that’s a great bonus for us. It’s the best we’ve been with that kind of experience and playmaking ability.”
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On the offensive side of the ball, the offensive line remained a work in progress. The starting offensive line is still a question because of two players being held out of the game. Germain Ifedi is still out after the injury he suffered during the incident with Frank Clark last week, and the team decided to hold out Luke Joeckel. Joeckel is still trying to fully recover from last year’s knee surgery.
With these two out, the starting offensive line for the game was, from left to right, George Fant, Rees Odhiambo, Justin Britt, Mark Glowinski and Ethan Pocic. Oday Aboushi was being rotated in with Glowinski during the second half of the game. If Ifedi and Joeckel play during Sunday’s preseason game, who will be on the starting offensive line during the season will become clearer.
The man the offensive line will be protecting is no question, however. Russell Wilson dominated during the mock game. Wilson was 15-18 with two touchdowns and no interceptions, according to the team’s unofficial stat-keeping. But the backup quarterbacks continued to struggle. Much throughout camp, neither Austin Davis or Trevone Boykin have been able to take over the number two quarterback spot. And their performances on Monday did not help make the decision.
Davis and Boykin both played three series. Boykin was 6-11 for 41 yards and threw an interception. The other two drives led by Boykin finished in punts. Davis was 8-13 for 68 yards and also threw an interception. One of his drives ended with a field goal, with the other finishing in a punt. Both players will need to step up their play if they want to be the definite backup quarterback in 2017.