Cowboys winners and losers 27 Seahawks 26 – Field Gulls

Cowboys winners and losers 27 Seahawks 26 - Field Gulls

Preseason is over, and the Seattle Seahawks didn’t win a game What was won on the night was a starting job for quarterback Geno Smith, but I think most suspected that was a formality reading between the lines. We saw a lot of players working to stay in the NFL and it made for a crazy game even by preseason standards.

Let’s dive into Winners and Losers for the last time this month.

Winners

Gene Smith

You may not like it but at least for now he is the starter. Smith is the “boring” option and he’s not very good, but why work when neither he nor Drew Lock are likely to be the starting QB in 2023? anyway, I thought this really simple play to Tyler Lockett was encouraging.

DeeJay Dallas

He’s been somewhat of a preseason all-star in each of his three seasons but he looked his best in this particular exhibition stint. Dallas rushed for 75 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown, with most of his success coming on a drive in which he touched the ball 10 times in 11 plays. Both he and Travis Homer performed so well that it should be reassuring that the Seahawks have quality return depth.

Jason Myers

Hey, I can’t hit 4/4 on field goals and 2/2 on PATs. Myers was on his game and didn’t have a close shave on any of those kicks either.

Myles Adams

Adams had a tackle for loss and a half-sack and several QB pressures. I liked him last preseason and the big man on the inside made a really good case to be on the 53-man roster.

Michael Jackson

Jackson played the entire game, which meant a bunch of great Michael Jackson song puns made by Michael Robinson and Michael Bennett. The outside cornerback was solid in his assignments all night and made a critical play on the ball late in the 4th quarter to give the Seahawks one more shot at victory (which they promptly squandered). I believe Jackson will make the roster…but will he start Week 1? You never know. Jackson and Josh Jones were two preseason standouts.

Charles Cross and Abe Lucas

They might be your two starting tackles come Week 1. Cruz was unpunished and I thought he looked outstanding. I’m not pinning Geno Smith’s sack on him, because Smith almost met it in a poor man’s version of Russell Wilson’s worst sacks. He looks the part of an NFL left tackle and I can’t wait to see him against first team competition. Ditto for Lucas, who is trying to be the crepe king. I’m more of a waffle person, myself.

losers

Drew Lock

There has been a lot of defense of Lock’s performance tonight which baffles me. I’ll give him full marks for the touchdown pass because that’s what he does best and that’s what Pete Carroll definitely wants out of this passing attack, but beyond that? Yeah, that wasn’t a good audition. I think the first interception, even if there is any fault on Dee Eskridge, is terribly telegraphed and the fact that the defensive back jumped the route to perfection should clue you in that it’s a risky throw even if Eskridge is doing his job. His second pick is a terrible high school pick and the third is definitely one Aaron Fuller should catch, but he threw several other passes that were nearly picked off against a bunch of players who probably won’t be on Dallas’ roster on Tuesday.

You can play conspiracy all you want or lament that he won’t get a chance with the first team, but – I say this as someone who wanted Lock to win the job – he now couldn’t win games in two different teams against Gene Smith , Joe Flacco, and Teddy Bridgewater. That’s not a killer quarterbacks row. At some point you have to wonder if it’s just bad coaches not giving him a chance or (the much more likely story) Lock is just not good. Or rather, his terrible moments are so terrible that they are intolerable for trainers.

His ceiling is probably higher than Smith’s but his floor? It’s a lot like that second interception and a bunch of other dangerous passes he threw. We might see Lock start later in the season, we might also see him not even on this list on Tuesday depending on how much Carroll hated his performance.

Seattle’s wide receiver depth

The removal of Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf to everyone else on the depth chart is both scary and exemplifies why some of us have been scared of the Seahawks’ approach to the wide receiver position in recent years. Dareke Young and Bo Melton are likely going on the practice squad but they dropped too many passes to justify a roster spot. Freddie Swain had a pretty uninspiring preseason and is not on the roster. Only Penny Hart and maybe Cade Johnson (without a muffled coup) made reasonable claims for a roster spot. I believe Dee Eskridge, Hart and Marquise Goodwin will be the ones to round out WRs 3-5.

Dakoda Shepley

Honestly he should be a winner for me because I’m not sure I’ve laughed this much at a Seahawks turnover before. He must have thought he was snapping the ball to Tacko Fall because it was definitely too high for Jacob Eason to catch. I was amused by the stupidity, the coaches less so.

Stone Forsythe

If they don’t move him to guard then he has no place in the NFL. He’s too slow to be a tackle and that won’t be magically fixed.

Final Notes

  • Poor Jacob Eason. He has a chance to win the game three times and the end results were terrible in different ways, and none of it on him.
  • It looked like Marquise Blair had a better performance than last week, including a close interception. With the injury to Ryan Neal I think he hangs on to his roster, but just barely.
  • Hope Alton Robinson is doing well after the knee. I thought he played well and can carve out a niche as a situational pass rusher.
  • Joel Dublanko was considerably better than last week’s horror show, and I think that gives him a chance to make the practice squad.
  • Kenneth Walker’s injury I suspect could be a good reason for Darwin Thompson to make the starting 53. He was flashy and shaky in his preseason touches and is hardly an unknown commodity given his time in Kansas City.
  • A note on programming! The Field Gulls podcast went silent for a few weeks while we looked for new hosts, but starting next week we’re back on the air! Dan come and Dayna O’Gorman will be our two hosts with rotating guests each episode, starting with our former host Brandan Schulze. Look out for new episodes starting this week.

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