Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Monday, Aug. 16 – for your Seattle Seahawks.
Rasheem Green In The Spotlight After Preseason Opener
Football is finally back after the Seahawks kicked off the preseason on Saturday night against the Raiders in Las Vegas. Even though the final result wasn't what Seattle anticipated, there was plenty to be encouraged about.
A limited number of Seahawks starters were active for the game, which gave others the chance to prove themselves. One player who definitely fit that bill was Rasheem Green. The fourth-year defensive end led Seattle with four sacks in 2019. He's looking to get back to that form this season after an injury-plagued 2020 campaign.
Green picked up a sack and had a handful of other pressures in the preseason opener. Carlos Dunlap II, Benson Mayowa and Kerry Hyder Jr. all got the night off, so Green played 83 percent of the Seahawks' defensive snaps.
Local and national media loved what they saw from Green -- here's what some outlets wrote about Green's performance:
"Green started the game at LEO defensive end opposite Taylor at strongside linebacker. Green on the first snap generated a quarterback pressure that forced (Nathan) Peterman to step up and into defensive tackle Bryan Mone's arms for a sack. To start the second quarter, Green, again rushing from the edge, beat left tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith with a cross-jump chop -- the move with which Rams DT Aaron Donald snatches souls -- and sacked Peterman. Of the four sacks Seattle had against Las Vegas, that was the most impressive one since Green simply beat his man off the line rather than cleaned up someone else's work. Green forced a tackle for loss in the second quarter in the red zone as well."
"I thought Rasheem Green was the best Seahawks defender on the field Saturday night. He had a sack, deflected a pass that linebacker Jordyn Brooks nearly intercepted, and was regularly in the right place at the right time."
"The Seahawks released Aldon Smith earlier this week, which paved the way for Green to potentially move up the depth chart. Green played 17 pass-rushing snaps, generating five quarterback pressures and a sack. The Seahawks failed to generate a consistent pass rush last season so seeing Green create some pressure Saturday night was a welcome sight."
"The fourth-year player from USC had a sack in the first half and was a constant presence in the Raiders backfield."
Seahawks Players React To NFL Top 100 Rankings
The unveiling of the list for the annual NFL Top 100 rankings began on Sunday night, with players 41 through 100 revealed. Two current Seahawks players were among the players listed -- Tyler Lockett at No. 76 and Quandre Diggs at No. 77. Longtime Seahawk and current free agent K.J. Wright was No. 67 after his strong 2020 season in Seattle.
Seahawks players took to social media to react to the list:
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Running back DeeJay Dallas was mic'd up on Saturday night, which was convenient considering he scored a touchdown in the preseason opener:
More From Around The Web
Seahawks.com reporter John Boyle on the encouraging night for Darrell Taylor, Alton Robinson and the Seahawks’ pass rush.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times had three takeaways from the game, with points on the offense, defense and DeeJay Dallas.
Paul Gallant of 710 ESPN Seattle with more on some Seahawks defenders who made the most of their opportunity on Saturday.
Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic gave 10 observations from the game, including Shane Waldron’s debut, Darrell Taylor’s performance and more.