When his 67-yard zig-zag punt return for a touchdown was over, Tyler Lockett was almost as confused as the San Diego defenders he left in his wake.
SAN DIEGO — When his 67-yard zig-zag punt return for a touchdown was over, Tyler Lockett was almost as confused as the San Diego defenders he left in his wake.
“I don’t know why I went left and why I didn’t go right,” Lockett said of his initial move before cutting to the right and into open space. “It’s just reacting at the end of the day.”
What could also be concluded is that the Seahawks appear to be getting possibly even more than they were hoping for when they traded three picks to Washington to move up 26 spots in the draft and take Lockett.
Lockett had a 103-yard kickoff return earlier in the preseason against Denver, and the return against the Chargers only adds to the growing evidence that Seattle’s return issues of a year ago are long gone.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said of Lockett that “the factor we were hoping to get really looks like it’s available. We won’t always be able to get returns for touchdowns and stuff, but it’s a great threat that will help us in many situations to come.”
Left tackle Russell Okung was held out with a sore shoulder causing the Seahawks to go with their third offensive line combination in three games.
Carroll said the injury “surprised us a little bit,” when Okung reported having a sore shoulder after practice a few days ago. “We thought he’d be all right with the day of rest but it was still sore so we took the precautionary move to hold him.”
Without Okung, Alvin Bailey got the start at left tackle, a position he was moved to after the Denver game.
Bailey had entered game as the presumptive starter at left guard. But when the lines struggled in the first game, Bailey was moved to backup left tackle with Garry Gilliam promoted to starting right tackle and Justin Britt moved from right tackle to left guard.
Bailey had his struggles in the first half against San Diego’s 3-4 defense, called for one false start and giving up a sack on a third down pass in the second quarter when he was beaten off the edge by San Diego outside linebacker Kyle Emanuel.
The position, though, is not necessarily new to Bailey as he started two games there last season, wins at home against Oakland and on the road at Arizona. The latter was the game when the Seahawks gained a franchise record 596 yards.
Too early to judge line
Aside from Bailey stepping in for Okung, the other four spots were the same as last week against the Chiefs with Britt at left guard, J.R. Sweezy at right guard, Drew Nowak at center and Gilliam at right tackle.
Carroll said he couldn’t evaluate the offensive line after the game and would need to review the film. He said he hopes the starters can stay together to create continuity the final two weeks leading into the regular season opener against the Rams on Sept.13 but couldn’t say that will happen.
Asked if it was a frustrating night for the line, Britt said: “sure. We were hurting ourselves. It wasn’t really much they were doing, it was us hurting ourselves whether it was penalties, missed assignments, bad technique, this and that. We’ve just got to stay on schedule and stay on rhythm.’’
Lynch gets a little action
Marshawn Lynch got what is likely his only work of the preseason when he played Seattle’s first series. He got the ball on every play of what turned out to be just a three-play drive.
He gained six yards on a first down run behind the right side. He got three yards on a pass over the middle that he bobbled before controlling. And he was held to no gain on third and one forcing the Seahawks to punt.
“It was good to see Marshawn,” Carroll said. “He took off, hit the first run real nice, got the ball a couple of times. We didn’t block anybody on the short yardage (third down). He’s ready to go now. That was it. Don’t hold your breath waiting for him next week cause he ain’t playing.”
Carroll said Lynch finished the preseason looking like “he’s ready to play football,which is really the goal.”
•Linebacker K.J. Wright suffered a shoulder injury when he was hit hard on a block by San Diego offensive tackle King Dunlap. Carroll said Wright likely could have re-entered the game but it was decided to hold him out.
“He wanted to come back in and would have seemed to be fine,” Carroll said. “But he did get knocked pretty good.”
•Linebacker Mike Morgan tweaked his hamstring, Carroll said, and safety Dion Bailey suffered back spasms.