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First Half Takeaways From The Seahawks' Preseason Opener vs Denver Broncos

What we learned from the first half of the Seahawks' preseason opener.

It's halftime at CenturyLink Field, where the Denver Broncos hold a 19-10 lead over the Seahawks in the 2015 preseason opener.

With Seattle's first-team offense and defense likely to get the rest of the night off, here's a look at how the team's starters performed in the first half of play.

Tyler Lockett's Big Returns

The Seahawks got a good look at the rookie's ability as a kick returner. Lockett, the wideout/return specialist Seattle traded up to select in the third round (No. 69 overall) of the 2015 draft, averaged 46.5 yards on four returns, including a 103-yard return for a touchdown in the second quarter and a 46-yard return in the first quarter that helped set up a 33-yard field goal from kicker Steven Hauschka.

Jimmy Graham's First Catch

The three-time Pro Bowl tight end acquired in an offseason trade with the New Orleans Saints recorded his first reception in a Seahawks uniform in the game's first quarter on a 12-yard play-action pass from quarterback Russell Wilson. The play helped set up Hauschka's 33-yarder. 


Russell Wilson's Debut

Wilson's night was over after the team's first two offensive series. He was sacked by Broncos linebacker Von Miller on the Seahawks' second play from scrimmage, fumbled on the play, and the Broncos recovered, resulting in a short field goal for Denver. Wilson's second series was aided by Lockett's 46-yard return, but the Seattle signal caller led an eight-play 28-yard drive capped by Hauschka's early boot. Wilson finished the half 1-of-1 for 12 yards and added one rush for another 12 yards.

The New-Look 'Legion of Boom'

As expected, Richard Sherman (hip) received the night off. So did Will Blackmon (groin). Pete Carroll has said both setbacks aren't too serious. In Sherman's place was Marcus Burley, who got the start opposite offseason free-agent addition Cary Williams. In the nickel, Burley shifted inside and 2015 fifth-round draft pick Tye Smith slid into Burley's spot on the outside.

With Kam Chancellor yet to report to training camp, DeShawn Shead was the team's starter at strong safety. Steven Terrell got the start at free safety for Earl Thomas (shoulder), who's expected to be ready by the time the regular season rolls around.

Frank Clark's First Impression

The Seahawks' first pick in the 2015 draft mixed in with the No. 1 defense in the first half. Clark got into the backfield and blew up a running play for minus five yards in the first quarter, forcing a fumble of Broncos ball carrier C.J. Anderson in the process that Denver recovered.


The O-Line Needs Work

Carroll admitted it this past week, stating "the young guys need a lot of work" in reference to the offensive line. That much was apparent in the first half as Wilson found himself under pretty consistent pressure from the Broncos defensive line. 

Two spots along the O-line are still up for grabs, with Lemuel Jeanpierre and Drew Nowak competing for the starting job at center and Alvin Bailey, Keavon Milton and rookies Mark Glowinski and Kristjan Sokoli battling for snaps at left guard. On Friday night it was Jeanpierre who earned the start at center and Bailey who was up first at left guard.

No Beast Mode

This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, but Marshawn Lynch didn't receive any work in the first half. Lynch was fully suited in Seahawks blue and took part in pregame warmups, but it was backup Robert Turbin who was introduced with the starting offense. Turbin finished the half with five carries for 13 yards.

12 Flag Raiser

Steve Neihaus, the first draft pick in Seahawks history and second player taken in the 1976 NFL Draft, raised the 12 Flag prior to kickoff.

Seeing Gold

You've probably noticed by now that both number 50s at midfield are painted gold. It's the case at every stadium around the League this year as the NFL celebrates its 50th season. The League is ditching its traditional Roman numeral naming system for 'Super Bowl 50,' which will be held next February at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., home of the division rival San Francisco 49ers.

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