Bryan Walters makes up for fumbled kickoff with late TD reception
Walters leads Seahawks with three receptions and catches 7-yard TD pass from B.J. Daniels. Now he waits to see if he makes roster when final cuts are made Saturday.
Seattle Times staff reporter
OAKLAND, Calif. — Bryan Walters picked the worst time possible for his first fumble in four years as a professional football player — the first quarter of a game that loomed critical to his hopes of continuing with the Seahawks.
But Walters rallied from a fumbled kickoff that led to an Oakland touchdown to rank as one of Seattle’s few stars on a night when it lost to the Raiders 41-31 to end the preseason.
Walters led Seattle with three receptions for 47 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown from B.J. Daniels in the fourth quarter. He also handled every punt and kickoff return.
Walters said he didn’t let the early fumble get him down, saying “you’ve got to have a short memory. ... You start letting that get into you and you start tensing up and scared to make plays, and it all goes downhill from there.’’
Walters said he also wouldn’t stress whether his performance was enough to earn a spot on the final 53-man roster, which has to be set by Saturday at 1 p.m. Seattle time.
“I did what I could do,’’ he said.
Pryor delivers mixed results
The game also loomed critical for quarterback Terrelle Pryor, and was by his own admission, a little up and down. He was 11 of 17 for 134 yards but also admitted he missed a couple of throws he could have made.
“He made some plays tonight,’’ said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. “I think it was a hard night. ... He battled really hard to give us a chance.’’
Pryor, asked if he thinks he has made the team, said “not really my decision. That’s up to the coaches.’’
Harvin sits out
Receiver Percy Harvin did not play after he missed practices on Tuesday and Wednesday for what Carroll said was personal business. After the game, when asked about Harvin, Carroll said only that “we left a lot of guys home tonight.’’
Others sitting out were cornerbacks Jeremy Lane and Tharold Simon, running back Christine Michael, tight end Cooper Helfet, linebacker Bruce Irvin, defensive tackle Jimmy Staten and Tony McDaniel, defensive end Michael Bennett and receiver Kevin Norwood.
Wagner, Okung get back into it
Carroll said one of the real positives of the game was getting some extended playing time for some veterans who have seen little action in the preseason, notably left tackle Russell Okung, safety Kam Chancellor and linebackers Bobby Wagner and Malcolm Smith.
The game was Wagner’s first of the preseason after sitting out with a hamstring injury and he said afterward that “I felt good.’’
Okung played two series last week in his first game back from offseason toe surgery. He played the first half against the Raiders and said he felt he took “a huge jump’’ from how he had played the previous week.