Seattle Seahawks Training Camp: Week 3 Stock Report
Two players that were especially underwhelming were Christine Michael and Robert Turbin, who would've been the team's leading runners had Marshawn Lynch held out longer. Thankfully Beast Mode ended his holdout, or else the 'Hawks would be on the bad side of having a two-headed monster at running back.
On the other side of the spectrum is one rookie who's been notably impressive throughout the offseason and stood out in their recent game.
Justin Britt is shaping up to be Seattle's best draft pick from this year (though it's still early) and is on pace to be the team's next starting right tackle. He's a ferocious blocker who's fit into Tom Cable's system well so far and will be a fun prospect to follow as the preseason goes on.
These aren't the only players who are feeling their stock with the team fluctuate, as there are a number of other high-profile players who are making headlines for good, and bad, reasons.
Stock Up: Justin Britt
Justin Britt has been leading the race for the starting right tackle spot all offseason long, and he firmed up his case with his performance in last week's preseason game. Britt was one of the lone bright spots in the trenches for Seattle in that game and held things down quite well during the time he was on the field.
"He [Britt] did well," said head coach Pete Carroll, via Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. "I thought Justin did really well. For his first time out, he looked comfortable. He got more aggressive as the game went on."
Britt is clearly on the inside track to being a starter, and it'll be hard for any other lineman to knock him off the mountain.
Stock Down: Bruce Irvin
Bruce Irvin has been out with injury for the majority of the offseason and is likely to lose his starting spot by opening day—that is, if he hasn't already. Irvin is certainly a threat as a pass-rushing linebacker, but he's coming off of an extremely disappointing year and has a very good backup that could easily replace him.
Malcolm Smith came on strong for the team last year and will probably end up supplanting Irvin before the 'Hawks take the field for the first official game. What's also hurting his case is that he's likely to miss the majority of the preseason and training camp, via Rotoworld, giving Smith a clear shot to take over his position.
Irvin is stuck in a position battle, yet he can't get on the field to make his case, putting him in an unfavorable position as we inch closer to the regular season.
Stock Up: Paul Richardson
Paul Richardson had a huge opportunity open up in front of him when Sidney Rice retired, and he is obviously making the most of it.
Not only has he been lighting things up in training camp, per Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com, but he also performed well in their preseason game. In fact, he was their leading receiver; Richardson recorded four catches for 37 yards.
Granted, those aren't the most eye-popping stats, but they aren't bad at all for his first NFL game. His speed was on display in his introduction to the NFL, and he really looked the part as a potential third receiver for the team.
If he develops as the team hopes he will, Richardson could become an integral part of Seattle's offense by year's end.
Stock Down: Christine Michael, Robert Turbin
There was a point in time where it looked like Marshawn Lynch was going to hold out for an indefinite amount of time, but he's now back and the Seahawks are surely thankful. Not only because he's a top-five running back in the league, but because his backups looked terrible in last week's preseason game.
Christine Michael and Robert Turbin combined for 21 yards on 11 carries, averaging out to an abysmal 1.9 yards per carry between the two of them.
It's clear Seattle is very fortunate to have had Lynch's holdout end because they would be far worse off without him.
Stock Up: Jeron Johnson
It's not like there are a ton of snaps to go around when it comes to Seattle's crowded secondary, but safety Jeron Johnson may be cracking the defensive rotation soon enough.
He's been practicing with the starters while Kam Chancellor finishes up rehab and has meshed seamlessly with the rest of the Legion of Boom. He won't be pushing Chancellor for his starting spot, but he will surely be taking away some snaps from him now that he's proved he can run with the race horses.
Johnson even received some shining words from Richard Sherman, via Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com:
Jeron is always disciplined. He's always technically sound. He's right where he needs to be. He's always in the right spot doing the right thing. Calling out the plays. He's a very sound player. He's going to make the open-field tackle. We don't miss a beat when he's out there.
Johnson has played his part so far, and it will be interesting to see what else he can do with the chances he's going to receive in Chancellor's absence.
Stock Down: Byron Maxwell
Byron Maxwell is a great player, however, he didn't look so great in last week's game. Admittedly, not many look great when Peyton Manning is throwing the ball their way, but there was a clear discrepancy between his level of play last season versus that in the first preseason game.
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times noted that Manning targeted Maxwell's receiver seven times, completing five of those passes.
His performance isn't necessarily a cause for concern, but it is certainly something he must correct before the season's start.
Stock Up: Brock Coyle
Linebacker Brock Coyle got a chance to start when Bobby Wagner had to sit out with injury, and he played pretty darn well. In last week's game against the Denver Broncos, the rookie free agent tied with Earl Thomas in tackles (and Thomas led the team).
He made several key plays for Seattle, including a couple of touchdown-saving tackles near the end zone.
Coyle is looking like he could be a very important cog in the machine that is the Seahawks defense, and we will see if he can have a repeat performance on Friday against the San Diego Chargers. It's evident that he has potential, and it seems like he could make for a nice bandage while Wagner heals up.
*All stats courtesy of NFL.com unless otherwise mentioned.