Five Questions: Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Jun 13, 2017; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Eddie Lacy (27) talks with running back Thomas Rawls (34) during a minicamp practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

When the Seahawks travel to Los Angeles for Sunday’s preseason game against the Chargers, almost the entire roster is likely to play. This will help the Seahawks management get a feel for the roster, mainly the players competing for roster spots. Here are five questions heading into Sunday’s game:

Who gets the most time at SAM linebacker?

The Seahawks have not had a mainstay strongside linebacker since Bruce Irvin’s departure before the 2016 season. This year is a competition that is wide open, with many players looking to get the job. Michael Wilhoite seems to be leading the competition for the job right now. But if he starts on Sunday, that leaves the other players a lot of time to make their statement. Defensive end Cassius Marsh could get time at SAM on Sunday, as well as Mike Morgan, Terrance Garvin and Marcus Smith.


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Will Thomas Rawls make a statement?

During Monday’s mock game on Monday, Rawls and Eddie Lacy were both splitting time as the Seahawks starting running back. The expectation for 2017 is that Lacy will start, but Rawls will still see a lot of time in the backfield. But what if Rawls has a good game on Sunday while Lacy struggles? With a good preseason, starting on Sunday, Rawls could find his way to becoming the number one running back for Seattle.

Can someone take the right cornerback spot from Jeremy Lane?

Lane has taken over the competition for starting right cornerback since training camp started. But when Lane comes out of Sunday’s game, will another player make it a harder decision for the team? Neiko Thorpe and Shaquill Griffin will likely be the two corners that get the most time when Richard Sherman and Lane come out of Sunday’s game. Griffin impressed Carroll during Monday’s mock game, and Thorpe has been the right corner in the nickel defense. Can either play good enough on Sunday to tighten Lane’s lead for the job?

What will the offensive line look like?

If Luke Joeckel and Germain Ifedi play on Sunday, it will help answer this question. With the uncertainty of these two during camp, however, the offensive line has been mixed and matched. Joeckel and Ifedi are expected to be the left and right tackles, which leaves the only competition at right guard between Mark Glowinski and Oday Aboushi. The starters on the line Sunday will help show where the team expects to go with the offensive line.

Who will take the backup quarterback job?

All throughout camp, neither Trevone Boykin or Austin Davis have taken advantage of the other player struggling. Sunday gives each the opportunity to go against a defense other than their own. If one of these two quarterbacks play well on Sunday, that will likely vault them into the leader for the job. It may be tough to move Boykin out of the number two spot though because of his familiarity with the team.

Sunday will help the team start to make their decisions on the roster spots. Players need to step up their game if they want to earn jobs on the team.

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