The Seattle Seahawks got behind early on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, but the second unit took care of business, leading them to a 48-17 victory. While there were a lot of highlights, here are five players who really shined in Sunday’s victory.
WR Kasen Williams Williams was targeted four times in Sunday’s match and made the most of them, hauling in all four and totaling 119 yards. This included a nice 34-yard gain on a pass from backup QB Trevone Boykin. Williams is entering his third year in the NFL after only playing in three games his last two seasons. The former Washington Husky still has a long road ahead of him to find the field in 2017, with Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Paul Richardson, Jermaine Kearse and Amara Darboh all ahead of him on the depth chart. Sunday’s performance is a big step in the right direction for Williams, but unless injuries strike it seems unlikely that he will be a big performer once the regular season rolls around.
RB Chris Carson Carson had seven rushing attempts for 19 yards, but found the end zone twice on one-yard runs for the Seahawks. Carson added one reception for three yards on the day as well. The seventh-round pick out of Oklahoma State has been impressing teammates and fans alike in training camp, and seeing him push two touchdowns across only adds to his resume. While Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise figure to get nearly all the carries this season, Carson has made a nice jump up on the depth chart and could be in line for some work this season, especially if any of the big-three get injured. Carson’s primary competition comes from Mike Davis and Alex Collins. Davis had eight carries for 33 yards on Sunday and Collins had six carries for nine yards and a touchdown. Carson has the tools to jump both on the depth chart heading into 2017.
QB Trevone Boykin Amidst a tumultuous offseason that saw Boykin in legal trouble on more than one occasion, the Seahawks gained national attention looking for a replacement backup quarterback. Ultimately, they decided to stick with Boykin and early returns look promising on the second-year man out of TCU. Boykin took over for Russell Wilson after the first quarter and completed 12/15 passes for 189 yards. He had two total touchdowns, completing a two-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Lawler and running one in from four yards out at the end of the second half. Boykin filled in for Russell Wilson last year in five games, completing 13/18 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. Barring an injury to Wilson, Boykin should remain on the bench for the majority of the season. However, he has proven he is more than capable of stepping in if need be.
LB Terence Garvin Garvin helped pad his case to start at linebacker this season, picking off backup QB Kellen Clemens and taking the ball 37 yards to the house for Seattle’s only defensive touchdown of the game. Garvin, who came over from Washington in the offseason, is competing for the starting strongside linebacker spot. Mike Morgan, Marcus Smith and Michael Wilhoite are in the mix for those spots as well, so competition will be fierce right up until week one. Garvin has played 59 games in his four-year NFL career, recording 27 tackles and eight assists.
CB Pierre Desir A 48-point game means a lot went well on the offensive side of the ball for the Seahawks, but let’s not forget the defense as well. One of the players who stood out on the defensive side was former Chargers’ cornerback Pierre Desir. Desir had two tackles and an assist, while also recording a sack and forcing a fumble. Desir has recorded 41 tackles in 24 games across three NFL seasons, but figures to be a depth piece for the Seahawks this season.
While these five were not the only players to stand out on Sunday, they each made a case for a bigger role on this team heading into 2017. For a team looking to make another deep run into the playoffs, having depth at every position is paramount. Sunday’s game proved the Seahawks have hungry players at every spot, ready to come in and contribute at a moment’s notice.
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