Marshawn Lynch returns to Seattle, though don't expect to see much of him on the field, as the Seahawks host the Raiders for their fourth and final preseason game still in search of their first win. Follow along as we bring you live updates and analysis from CenturyLink Field.
Seattle Seahawks (0-3)
vs. Oakland Raiders (2-1)
7 p.m. | CenturyLink Field | Seattle, Wash.
TV: Ch. 13/113 (HD) | Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM | Stream: Seahawks.com
1:54 | Raiders 30, Seahawks 19 Alex McGough is probably not going to make the Seahawks’ roster.
The rookie quarterback made a somewhat compelling pitch for the practice squad on Thursday, however, completing 12 of 23 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown, while adding 31 rushing yards. The 6-3, 214-pound quarterback also had a long touchdown pass wiped out when wide receiver Malik Turner failed to get both feet in bounds.
It was an inconsistent preseason for McGough, but the rookie may have shown enough promise for the Seahawks to want to keep him around. — Mike Vorel
5:55 | Raiders 30, Seahawks 13 Keon Hatcher reels in his third touchdown reception of the game for Oakland, and the Seahawks appear well on their way to their first-ever winless preseason.
5:17 | Raiders 23, Seahawks 13 When the Seahawks drafted him in 2017, safety Delano Hill’s strength was supposedly his sure tackling. And yet, Hill blew a tackle attempt in the third quarter on Thursday, allowing Oakland wide receiver Saeed Blacknall to bounce off and run into the end zone for a 45-yard touchdown. Hill entered training camp as a potential starting safety for the Seahawks, but Tedric Thompson has since seized that position opposite Bradley McDougald. Hill’s underwhelming preseason continued on Thursday. — Mike Vorel
HALF | Raiders , Seahawks
— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) August 31, 2018
Three halftime thoughts:
- Austin Davis did well enough for himself if the plan was for him to let other NFL teams know he can be a viable backup going 13-20 for 194 yards and one touchdown and a passer rating of 113.3. He did miss a couple of open receivers. But you might also chalk that up to having barely played in the preseason prior to tonight, throwing just 11 passes. He also impressed with some veteran poise when he controlled a bad snap in the end zone from Joey Hunt and then threw it away to avoid a safety.
- Shaquem Griffin had another three tackles in the second quarter and has seven for the game. The quality of competition can’t be discounted. But Griffin continues to impress. His best play might have come on a third-and-three early in the second quarter when he raced over to push Chris Warren out of bounds after just a two-yard gain on a pass play.
- Damore’ea Stringfellow was the offensive star of the half with his 81-yard TD. He still seems on the outside looking in to a 53-man roster spot. But the practice squad seems likely if he goes unclaimed. — Bob Condotta
0:24 | Raiders 17, Seahawks 13 Mike Davis is currently the Seahawks’ No. 3 running back. It didn’t look like that on Thursday.
In the first half of the Seahawks’ final preseason game, the 5-9, 217-pound running back carried nine times for 45 yards, and he closed the half with a 1-yard touchdown. Even despite J.D. McKissic’s foot injury, the Seahawks look to enter the regular season with quality depth at the running back position. Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, Davis and C.J. Prosise are all likely to make the team’s 53-man roster.
13:58 | Raiders 10, Seahawks 0 The Seahawks have 13 wide receivers vying for five or six roster spots. Second-year pro Damore’ea Stringfellow made the most noticeable impact in the first half on Saturday, pulling in a lofting pass on a go-route and outrunning the Raiders 81 yards for a score. It may be too little, too late in Stringfellow’s bid to crack the Seahawks’ 53-man roster. But if he doesn’t stick in Seattle, that highlight might earn him an opportunity somewhere else. — Mike Vorel
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) August 31, 2018
Three quick first-quarter observations:
- Seattle’s offensive backup tackle spots seem a little problematic after what we just saw from Isaiah Battle. Battle was benched midway through the first series after giving up a sack and two holding penalties playing left tackle. He then was replaced by Willie Beavers. Battle had been regarded as making something of a push at tackle early in camp before suffering a knee injury in the first preseason game. George Fant came in on the second drive along with Beavers at tackle — Germain Ifedi played right tackle on the first series. Ifedi and Duane Brown are set as the starters but the backups appear still in question.
- Shaquem Griffin had four tackles in the first quarter and now has 13 in five quarters at CenturyLink.
- Mike Davis continues to run strong with 18 yards on five carries in the first quarter. He may be active early in the year for as long as J.D. McKissic is out. — Bob Condotta
7:57 | Seahawks 0, Raiders 0 In the fourth preseason game, Isaiah Battle got the start at left tackle instead of entrenched starter Duane Brown.
This did not work out well for the Seahawks.
Battle almost singlehandedly submarined an otherwise promising opening drive, allowing a sack and being called for two holding penalties before being mercifully pulled from the game. Battle – a 6-foot-7, 310-pound tackle – is vying for a roster spot but he hasn’t helped his case on Thursday. — Mike Vorel
6:42 p.m. A third-round pick in 2017, Seahawks wide receiver Amara Darboh was expected to play on Thursday after missing the previous three preseason games with injuries. It now appears that won’t happen, as the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder was not dressed for warmups. Perhaps Seattle’s most competitive position this preseason has been wide receiver, and Darboh is in jeopardy of not cracking the team’s 53-man roster. Fringe wide receivers Brandon Marshall, David Moore and Keenan Reynolds have all impressed in the preseason. — Mike Vorel
6:32 p.m. The Seahawks’ trade of a 2019 sixth-round pick to the Packers for backup quarterback Brett Hundley became official on Thursday, with the team waiving linebacker Jason Hall to make room on the 90-man roster.
Hundley flew in to Seattle Wednesday and passed his physical on Thursday. He was not in uniform for Thursday night’s game.
But during his weekly pregame radio appearance on ESPN 710 Seattle, Seahawks general manager John Schneider noted that Hundley could make a quick transition due to the fact that he spent the last three years in Green Bay under head coach Mike McCarthy.
McCarthy and new Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer worked together in Kansas City and Schottenheimer said in a recent interview with the Times that he considers McCarthy as having had as much of an influence on his coaching as anyone else.
“So there’s a lot of the same verbiage (in the offenses of McCarthy and Schottenheimer),’’ Schneider said. “So I wouldn’t think it would take long for Brett.’’
With Hundley out the Seattle backups were Austin Davis and Alex McGough.
— Bob Condotta
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4:42 p.m. If this has been a regular season game, then it would have been a big deal that Marshawn Lynch was back at CenturyLink Field for the first time since the played his last game with the Seahawks in 2015 (or first time in an official capacity, anyway).
Since it’s the final preseason game it’s not — Lynch doesn’t have a carry in the preseason and it seemed unlikely he’d play Thursday.
But Lynch made his presence felt before the game as he made the rounds of CenturyLink during early pregame warmups, stopping to chat to a few former Seahawks assistant coaches and staffers, and at one point stopping and putting a playful chokehold on general manager John Schneider.
Lynch is scheduled to have a real reunion with the Seahawks later this year when the two teams play on Oct. 14 at Wembley Stadium in London.
— Bob Condotta
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