Tyler Lockett scored on a 63-yard touchdown pass and Frank Clark made a sack that led to a touchdown as the Seahawks beat the Raiders in their final preseason game.
The Seahawks’ exhibition finale featured more of what has been a welcome sight throughout — highlight-reel plays from rookies Tyler Lockett and Frank Clark.
And it featured the return of something that had been sorely missing — a touchdown from the first-team offense.
Lockett was a factor in both, corralling a 63-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson on Seattle’s second play of the game, streaking past Keith McGill down the left sideline to give the No. 1 offense the only touchdown it scored in 13 possessions in the exhibition season.
The play sparked a 31-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field and allowed the Seahawks to have what coach Pete Carroll called “a really good way to end the preseason.’’
Seattle won its past two games after losing the first two.
The pass from Wilson was the third touchdown of the exhibition season for Lockett — the others coming on a 103-yard kickoff return and a 67-yard punt return.
But just when you thought that might have wrapped up preseason MVP honors for Lockett, the team’s third-round choice in the 2015 draft, Clark — the team’s second-round selection — re-entered the picture.
Specifically, Clark blew past Oakland’s Matt McCants and into quarterback Matt McGloin to force a fumble in the end zone that Jordan Hill recovered for a touchdown with 11:21 to go in the second quarter.
That made the score 17-0 and put a fitting capper on what has been a sensational beginning to the NFL career of Clark, who was a controversial selection by the team because of his involvement last November in a domestic-violence incident that got him kicked off the team at Michigan.
“They just made a great statement throughout (the exhibition season) that they are going to definitely help us,’’ Carroll said of the team’s top two draft choices.
As happens in the fourth game of the exhibition season, much of the rest of the game meandered and the Raiders rallied to within 17-14 before former University of Washington and Skyline High School star Kasen Williams made the kind of play he hopes leaves a lasting impression in his fight to win a roster spot.
Williams caught a 15-yard pass from B.J. Daniels at the back of the end zone for a touchdown that made it 24-14 with 3:50 to play in the third quarter. It was the first touchdown of the exhibition season for Williams, an undrafted free agent who made a catch on fourth down last Saturday at San Diego to spark Seattle’s rally in a 16-15 victory.
That was one of two touchdown drives led by Daniels, a third-year player who was moved to receiver in the spring after playing his entire career at quarterback. But with backup Tarvaris Jackson held out another week because of a sprained ankle, Daniels stepped in and showed he can still handle the offense, running for 75 yards and throwing for 45.
“It was a blast watching him,’’ Carroll said of Daniels. “People didn’t want to go home because they wanted to see what was going to happen next.’’
Wilson, meanwhile, played just two plays, leaving after the pass to Lockett, which helped also send him into the regular season after what had been some uncommon struggles in the first three games.
“We planned to let the offense play a little bit more than that, but they scored quickly so we got them out of there,’’ Carroll said.
Wilson ended the preseason 18-for-32 passing for 209 yards and one touchdown, leading the No. 1 offense to one touchdown and four field goals with seven punts and a fumble.
As was the case for all but three plays of the preseason, running back Marshawn Lynch did not play, joined on the sideline for this game by many of the team’s regulars.
In fact, no defensive starter played other than Dion Bailey, who currently holds the title of starting strong safety with Kam Chancellor holding out (now at 35 days).
The real work for the team’s executives and coaches began the minute the game ended as the Seahawks — as do all NFL teams — must cut their roster from 75 players to the regular-season limit of 53 by 1 p.m. Pacific time Saturday.
Asked during a pregame interview with 710 ESPN about who he would be watching most, Seattle general manager John Schneider gave an intriguing answer.
“There are probably five, six guys we are concentrating on tonight and comparing those guys to other players that are out there right now that we are talking to other teams about,’’ Schneider said.
Players such as Williams and Daniels hope the calls they get over the weekend come with welcome news.
“There’s nothing I can do at this point,’’ Williams said. “I feel like I put my best foot forward all camp.’’