The entry that doesn't focus on Russell Okung's ankle
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Russell Okung and his ankle are going to dominate the discussion coming out of this game.
But I will now pause from the wringing of hands and discussion of injury history to highlight the fact that there were some other football players on the field Thursday, and while not many of them are as important to Seattle's season as a left tackle of Okung's caliber, they shouldn't be ignored, either.
So here are my quick thoughts:
• Leroy Hill could be the steal of Seattle's offseason. He has been Seattle's most athletic linebacker since he joined the team in 2005, and watching him back on the field Thursday was a reminder of the speed and violence he brings to the position. If two years of injuries and off-field injuries are behind him, he could be an absolute steal of a signing.
• Doug Baldwin led Seattle with a four catches, and he looks very much like someone who could excel in the slot. He's going to get a look.
• There's two ways to look at the pair of passes Brandon Browner defended. The first is that he got away with some contact on the receiver. The other is that it's possible that years of undersized Seahawk cornerbacks have numbed our city to the idea that a big man on the outside is simply more of an obstacle. Browner played with Seattle's second-unit defense, and he's worth watching.
• Tarvaris Jackson completed three of five passes, none for more than 7 yards, but coach Pete Carroll sounded like a coach willing to chalk that up to the fact that four of the team's top receivers were out.
"I thought the quarterbacks did just fine," Carroll said. "We didn't get open a couple of times for Tarvaris Jackson early on, moving around. He showed us great stuff. But I thought nothing but good things about the quarterback tonight all the way through."
That included Charlie Whitehurst, who threw for 115 yards.
"Charlie played very well tonight," Carroll said. "Charlie has been practicing beautifully and he played just like he practiced out there. Really poised and in command. Really happy to see that."
Undrafted rookie Josh Portis threw his first touchdown pass, too, as he played the final quarter.
"To see Josh get in there and do some stuff," Carroll said. "They had that great drive and showed some of that athleticism, that speed that he has, to get out of trouble."
• Rookie linebacker K.J. Wright was credited with seven solo tackles, most on the team.
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