Seahawks: Rook Report Week 2

Photo credit: Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times

 

Ugo Amadi         #28         FS           201         22           Oregon

Ugo had a stellar preseason game against the Broncos. He was heavily used in the defensive backfield, but made his mark on special teams. Amadi showed versatility in the free safety role and nickel back. He played 25 snaps on defense and 9 on special teams where we got to see him covering and returning kicks. You wont see any stats on his punt returns because they were called back due to holding penalties, but Amadi will make this team due to his versatility.

“He was all over the place tonight,” coach Pete Carroll commented after the game. “He’s played a lot of Nickel and some safety stuff, I think he got some work there. But his special teams work covering kicks and stuff was obvious.”

Cody Barton       #57         LB           237         22           Utah

Cody got the lion’s share of snaps with Bobby Wagner sitting on the bench. Cody did get burned on a long run by Denver’s Royce Freeman; however, he bounced back with 5 tackles on 23 snaps. Barton may be the future of this Seahawks team on defense. In year 1, he won’t start but look for him to take over a couple years down the line.

Marquise Blair  #27         SS           196         22           Utah

Blair got a dumb penalty for unnecessary roughness—no not dumb on his part, rather the NFL officiating called a roughing penalty for head to head contact even though Blair was nowhere near the head of the Denver wide receiver. Blair had 3 tackles and is making a name for himself as an enforcer. Once again, I question whether he has the size at the NFL level to be a dominant force like Kam Chancellor.

Ben Burr-Kirven     #55   LB           230         22     Washington

BBK got the looks and even registered a tackle against Denver. The problem is that the Seahawks are absolutely stacked at linebacker position and only has a realistic opportunity as a special teams player.  It is fantastic that the Seahawks are giving him this chance; however, what we saw against Denver, BBK is probably just a practice squad player.

L.J. Collier           #95         DE           291         23           TCU

Collier still has his ankle injury that keep him from practicing and we did not get a chance to see what he could do. As a 1st rounder, he will make the team, but don’t expect to see any impact from him until mid season.

Jazz Ferguson    #87         WR         228         22           Northwestern State

Ferguson had an outstanding 4 catches on 4 targets for 54 yards and a touchdown. The size and talents of Jazz almost reach DJ Metcalf territory and it showed. Granted Ferguson was going against the scrubs on the Broncos backfield so maybe we should pump the brakes on the hype. But that wont stop coach Carroll from feeding into the hype.

“Jazz didn’t get drafted because there were reasons, or whatever, in his past,” Carroll said following the 22-14 victory. “We’re giving him a chance to see if he can be with us and play right and play well and do his thing.”

Jackson Harris   #47         TE           251         Georgia

There have been a lot of injuries at the TE position so the Hawks went out and found a undrafted free agent to be a camp hand. Harris caught a pass for  6 yards. However, the TE position is absolutely stacked and he is just aiding in a pinch to give the likes of Will Dissly and Nick Vannett a break.

Jalen Harvey      #43         SS           203         23           Arizona State

Harvey didn’t have much of an impact in the preseason match against Denver. An injury may account for this as he has missed some practices right before and after the game.

Travis Homer     #25         RB           202         21           Miami

Homer had a quadriceps injury and thus Xavier Turner was brought in to carry the ball in the 1st preseason game. Expect Travis to carry the rock a lot versus the Vikings this Sunday as he has recovered.

Gary Jennings   11           WR         216         22           West Virginia

I am a huge fan of Gary Jennings; however, we didn’t get to see too much of him versus the Broncos. While the Hawks QBs did target him, he had no receptions. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer raves about what he has seen in Gary in practice.

“He was one of those guys that it kind of took him a while to pick some stuff up for us,” Schottenheimer said. “Now I think he’s kind of relaxed a little bit, ‘Oh, these plays make a little bit more sense.’ You see the natural speed, and size and athleticism. (Monday was) probably one of the best practices any receiver has had all camp, yesterday. It was borderline dominant some of the plays he made, and it wasn’t just one period it was every single period.”

Jawuan Johnson  #46     LB           224         23           TCU

We got to see the former Horn Frog in late in the game and he did collect a tackle off the run. Otherwise, his play time was limited, and similar to BBK there are far too many LBs ahead of him on the depth chart.

DK Metcalf         14           WR         229         21           Ole Miss

We were all super excited to see the Ole Miss sensation but the reality did not live up to that expectation as DK got 4 targets but only the one catch for 8 yards. The road ahead for Metcalf will be a long one.

Bryan Mone       79           DT           366         23           Michigan

The huge undrafted rookie played well against Denver with 3 tackles and one for a loss. He could benefit from the loss of Jarran Reed from suspension. There are DT jobs for the taking for those hungry enough and good enough.

Jay-Tee Tiuli       61           DT           340         23           Eastern Washington

The former Eagle and Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year got substantial play in the second half, but did not record a stat. Similar to Mone, there is an opportunity for him if he can prove himself.

Xavier Turner    41           RB           226         24           Tarleton State

The Seahakws played it safe with the running backs by sitting Chris Carson. Rashaad Penny got 6 carries, but fresh off the Cardinals roster, came Turner. He managed 13 carries for 42 yards, undoubtedly a lot of fun was had seeing this Cinderella story; however, the truth is that he was here for a quick cup of coffee as the likes of CJ Prosise, Travis Homer, Bo Scarsborough and JD Mckissic will fight for the final RB spot

John Ursua         15           WR         182         25           Hawaii
What a big play by Ursua catching a pass for 23 yards. It would be the only action that he would see, but Seahawks fans are excited to see more from the guy who in camp is being compared to Doug Baldwin.

Terry Wright      9              WR         177         22           Purdue

Wright had 2 catches just 5 yards. There was an effort to get the ball to this talented Boilermaker. Unfortunately, there is just too big of a logjam at WR, where he may at best earn a practice squad spot

Juwon Young     48           LB           250         21           Marshall

Young was just added this week and we will hopefully get to see what he can do game-time. He has the size, but does he have the skill to make the team? We will find out soon.

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.