Ah…The pre season. The time of year when most of our non football fanatic significant others collectively roll their eyes in disgust. The ” Football is starting already?” or “Why do you need to watch that? its only a stupid pre season game” statements begin to spew like the leaky faucet you were supposed to fix..Good times.
Here at the Matchups Zone we believe that every football season(Pre,Regular or Post) is worthy but for vastly different reasons.
Starting this week, we will focus on bringing you the “Cover 3 Awards“. As you more than likely gathered, we will be selecting 3 players every week that stood out for the Seahawks. During the Pre Season we will also opine on what their performance could mean to the shaping of final roster.
So grab a coffee, some earplugs and let’s get to it.
QB Josh Portis (5-9, 69 yds 1 TD).
I didn’t expect much from Portis even after the hype that flowed from training camp practices. Despite a mix bag of ugly/decent/amazing plays it’s something to note that his play got increasingly better, not worse, as the game progressed. Nice to see for his first professional outing. Fans pining for the Seahawks next star QB of the future are quick to pin their hopes on this kid. Not so fast in my opinion, but his very raw, and potential rich talent should keep him on the roster for 2011. Chance of Roster spot: 70%
TEs Dominique Byrd.( 2 Catches, 52 yds)
Byrd’s 26 YPC Average was an eye opener. As was his very nice 29 yd play early in the 3rd Quarter. With our TE heavy roster, plays like that will help his case for a spot quite nicely.
Chance of roster spot: 50%
CB Brandon Browner (2 Tackles, 1 Pass defense)
The last Seahawk to wear # 37 turned out to be pretty good. That sophomoric approach to predicting success aside, Brandon Browner’s size (6-4, 200 lbs), speed, cover ability, press ability, and just overall tenacity during the first pre season game earned him first team defensive reps this week. Who knows if that remains the norm, but what a nice start from the former Oregon State Beaver and recent Canadian Football league star. Chance of Roster spot: 90%
So that’s it. Now, we want to hear what you think. Please leave us a comment, and bring on the debate. After all, it’s better than fixing that leaky faucet!