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Friday Round-Up: Reaction to Seahawks 22-6 win over the Raiders
Good morning, 12th Man.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today, Friday, August 30, one day after the Seahawks closed out the preseason with a 22-6 victory over the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field.
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune highlights the Thursday night play of cornerback Walter Thurmond and offensive guard James Carpenter. Williams also projects the Seahawks final roster, which has to be trimmed down from 75 to 53 players by Saturday at 3 p.m. PT.
Meg Wochnick of the Tacoma News Tribune puts the focus on the return of tight end Zach Miller, who saw his first game-action since last season's playoff defeat against the Atlanta Falcons.
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune profiles yesterday's 12th Man flag raiser, former Seahawks scout and Raiders fullback/tight end Derrick Jensen.
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com also features Thurmond's play in his recap, and passes along word that wide receiver Stephen Williams wound up with concussion-like symptoms after knocking his head on the ground following his 50-yard first-quarter reception from quarterback Russell Wilson. O'Neil also reviews the Seahawks 22-6 win over the Raiders, naming Wilson his player of the game.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times has his game recap, calling out big performances from rookie defensive end Benson Mayowa and rookie tight end Luke Willson. Condotta also has an updated 53-man roster projection that he crafted prior to the Seahawks' win over the Raiders.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald shares his observations from last night's Seahawks victory, including thoughts on Bruce Irvin's transition to linebacker.
Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR AM predicts what the Seahawks final 53-man roster will look like.
Sean Quinton of the SeattlePI.com shares five things we learned from the Seahawks' win over the Raiders.
Stephen Cowen of the SeattlePI.com breaks down the status of several Seahawks players expected to be on the fringe of making the team's 53-man roster.
Terry Blount of ESPN.com has his thoughts following the Seahawks preseason finale, noting the team looks like a championship contender, allowing just 36 points through four games.
Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com has his post-preseason power rankings, and the Seahawks come in at No. 3 on his list.
On the Seahawks, Kirwan writes: "The Seahawks can run the ball on any team and they have enough pass rushers to overcome injuries and the suspension of Bruce Irvin."
On Wilson, Farrar writes: "It would take an exceptional set of circumstances for an allegedly too-short quarterback, selected 75th in the 2012 draft, to end the season tying Peyton Manning’s rookie record for touchdown passes, but that’s exactly what Wilson did. The Seahawks kept him under wraps early in the season, but Wilson proved that he could run an offense soon enough. Wilson rolled out of the pocket on 25 percent of his passing attempts, by far the highest percentage in the league last year, so we’ll see what defenses to do contain that."
Running back Christine Michael makes NFL.com Around The League writer Chris Wesseling's list of rookies who put together the most impressive preseasons.
Brandon Browner's 106-yard fumble return for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the preseason's second week is featured in NFL.com's Top 10 Plays of the 2013 Preseason.
Here at Seahawks.com, Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth has his game story and names kicker Steven Hauschka his player of the game after his successful boots from 56, 53, 51, 43 and 22 yards out.
And our team photographers Rod Mar and Corky Trewin collected several snaps from last night's victory, including a look at the 67,341 members of the 12th Man in attendance, which included one special guest from Long Beach, Calif.