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Wednesday in Hawkville: Players competing for roles and roster spots get one final opportunity
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 27, when the Seahawks held their “No Repeat Friday” practice in preparation for Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Raiders in Oakland:
WORD OF THE DAY: COMPETITION
That’s the word everyday for the Seahawks, but that also definitely will be the case in Thursday night’s preseason finale – especially for those players battling for roles and roster spots.
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“In 2013, Maxwell rivaled Richard Sherman: a 51.1 percent completion rate to Sherman’s 50.9 (13th and 11th in the NFL) and a 47.8 passer rating to Sherman’s 36.2 (second and first).”
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“This is a big final step for us,” coach Pete Carroll said after practice. “A lot guys with opportunities, guys battling for spots. It’s a highly competitive opportunity and it’s a big deal to us.”
The 75-man roster must be cut to 53 players by Saturday, so this is a final opportunity for many.
“We’re hoping that we can really show guys and give them the chance to make a statement for their opportunity to make this club,” Carroll said. “There’s stuff that’s in the balance. There are a number of competitions where it’s one or the other. So we’re going to take all of the information in. We have not made our final decisions at this point.”
ROSTER MOVES: DEMITRIUS BRONSON RETURNS, PATRICK LEWIS CLAIMED
“Demitrius did a real nice job when he was here,” Carroll said. “We’re really glad to have him back.”
Also, the team has claimed center Patrick Lewis off waivers. To clear roster spots, offensive lineman Greg Van Roten and linebacker Marcus Dowtin were released.
PLAYER WATCH: BYRON MAXWELL
|STAT DU JOUR: IF THIS IS THE FINALE, IT MUST BE THE RAIDERS|
For the ninth consecutive summer, the Seahawks will close their preseason against the Raiders. Here’s a look at how the Seahawks have fared in their previous eight finales against the Raiders:
Note: The only loss came in Oakland.
When the since-departed duo of Brandon Browner (injury) and Walter Thurmond (suspension) were lost last December, the Seahawks turned to Byron Maxwell as the starter opposite All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman. All Maxwell did was intercept four passes in his first five NFL starts and then force a fumble in the Super Bowl.
While Maxwell’s start to the preseason this summer was slower, the fourth-year corner is hitting his stride.
“Maxie’s finishing this camp really well,” Carroll said. “He may have started a little slower. … But he came in and, as always, he’s done everything that we could ever ask him to do. He looks great now and back to full speed.”
Exhibit A: Maxwell’s in-a-blink recovery in Friday night’s victory over the Chicago Bears to break up Jay Cutler’s third-and-15 pass to Alshon Jeffrey.
“He had a great play last week to show you his burst and playmaking ability,” Carroll said. “He’s a terrific football player. The dynamic that he brings is that he gets to the football.”
Exhibit B: Maxwell forcing a fumble on a third-down play that was overturned upon review because Jeffrey’s knee was down before the ball game out.
“He gets after the ball,” Carroll said. “I mean he knocks the ball on the ground last week and almost got that turnover. He’s just a big-play guy that is really instinctive and disciplined, too. We love the way he plays.”
IN ’N OUT
UP NEXT: GAME NIGHT
The team flew to Oakland after Wednesday’s practice for Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Raiders.
The players will have Friday off and then hold a walkthrough on Saturday, when the 75-man roster must be trimmed to 53 players.