SEATTLE (CBS/1090 THE FAN) — The Seattle Seahawks will travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs for their preseason opener Saturday.
Fans may be excited to see their favorite starters, but many will play just through the first or second series. The exhibition games are a chance for the players still looking to secure a spot on the roster, or a starting spot, to make their case. Quarterback Trevone Boykin (who has been working with the second team in camp) will likely get the bulk of Saturday’s snaps, though local product Jake Heaps (who has been working with the third team) will also see playing time as the battle continues at QB 2. In the offensive backfield, the likely starter will be veteran Christine Michael; but expect to see plenty of rookie tailback Alex Collins, who scored two touchdowns in last week’s scrimmage.
A few players won’t be making the trip at all. Rookie running back C.J. Prosise, wide receivers Kasen Williams, Kevin Smith, and Deshon Foxx, and tight end Jimmy Graham will not be traveling with the team.
Graham’s absence shouldn’t worry fans — head coach Pete Carroll seems more insistent that Graham get enough daily practice time and reps, rather than preseason playing time.
“He’s staying with all the hard rehab [in Seattle],” Carroll told reporters after Friday’s practice. “He’s doing well, he’s coming alive.”
Running backs Thomas Rawls (who has also been activated from the preseason PUP list) and Zac Brooks, defensive tackles Jordan Hill and Sealver Siliga, and strong safety Kam Chancellor will also be sitting out.
Other Pre-Game Notes
There will be a bit of a switch on the offensive line: free-agent Bradley Sowell will be starting at left tackle, a position Garry Gilliam transitioned to this offseason (Gilliam will start at right tackle, with J’Marcus Webb out). The starting line from right to left will likely be: Sowell, Mark Glowinksi, Just Britt, Germain Ifedi, and Gilliam. On the defensive side, the battle for starting strongside linebacker will continue through training camp. Mike Morgan, Cassius Marsh, and Eric Pinkins will all get a shot at the spot Saturday.