In the second preseason game of the preseason for the Seahawks, Seattle decided to give more playing time to the starters. Many players had solid games, but there were some that continues to struggle. Here is the Seahawks stock report after the second week of preseason:
Stock Up: Blair Walsh
Many were unsure about Walsh when the Seahawks signed him to be their kicker in 2017, mostly because of his missed chip shot against Seattle in the 2016 playoffs. But Walsh showed his worth against his former team. Walsh missed his first kick, which was a 52-yard field goal that hit off the crossbar. But he then came back and hit two 50+ yard field goals. If Walsh can prove to be reliable inside of 50 yards and hit 50+ yards with ease, like he did Friday, he will be a nice addition for Seattle.
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Stock Down: Alex Collins
Collins looked like he was going to crawl himself out of the basement of the Seahawks running back depth chart. He was having a strong game until the final minutes of the 4th quarter. Collins lost a fumble inside of the Vikings 10-yard line, after the Seahawks worked a 84-yard drive. Even with his 10 carry, 58-yard night, Collins will still find himself behind Chris Carson and Mike Davis on the depth chart.
Stock Up: Neiko Thorpe
Thorpe has lost ground on the starting right cornerback competition, but showed why he was in the competition on Friday night. Thorpe did not get much time with the first team offense, but was all over receivers later in the game. He was playing suffocating coverage, almost always on the hip of the receiver. In the 4th quarter, Thorpe was in press coverage, knocking Vikings receiver Isaac Fruechte off his route, forcing the pass to be deflected and intercepted. Thorpe is showing to be a great depth player and special teams player.
Stock Down: J.D. McKissic
With Tyler Lockett still missing time due to injury, McKissic had an opportunity to make his presence known on special teams and make the team. But after muffing a punt and almost losing the fumble, he severely hurt his chances of making the team.
Stock Up: Mike Davis
Davis is fighting to make the team, behind four other running backs on the depth chart. Davis was able to make an impact on multiple facets against the Vikings with a big run and a receiving touchdown. His best play was a 38-yard run that got the Seahawks out of bad field position. He was able to show his speed, explosiveness and vision in one play, bouncing to the outside after the middle of the field was stuffed.
Stock Down: Offensive Line
The offensive line faced many issues against the Vikings. The main problem is the loss of starting left tackle George Fant, forcing Rees Odhiambo to play tackle when he has played guard most of camp. Also, the right tackle position has been a problem with Germain Ifedi and Ethan Pocic both struggling. With two weeks left in the preseason, there is still a lot of work to be done with the line.