By Jarrod Patterson @J_M_Patterson on August 14, 2014
While it's hard to imagine, Seattle is heading into Week 2 of the preseason already. However, there is still a great deal of roster shuffling taking place, which is likely to continue throughout the preseason as players continue to jockey for position on the depth chart. Of course, that philosophy dominates their mentality not just now, but throughout the entirety of the year. Yet for preseason Week 2, here are 5 players to watch.
Seahawk fans received troubling news, as rookie DE Cassius Marsh injured his knee during practice this week. While it remains to be seen how serious the injury is (he's having an MRI soon) veteran Greg Scruggs will be expected to pick up the pass-rushing slack. While Scruggs himself finished last year on IR, and the former Louisville product has looked better than ever this year. Regardless, Seattle will hope the impressive Marsh is okay.
The Seahawks released their preliminary depth chart for the preseason, and rookie second-round draft pick Justin Britt is listed as the starting right tackle over veteran Eric Winston. Obviously, this is outstanding news for Seattle's fanbase, as the team was somewhat criticized for overvaluing Britt at the 2014 NFL Draft. Regardless, the young man will look to solidify his standing with the No. 1 unit this week and prove he's here to stay.
Terrelle Pryor is an intriguing prospect as far as the defending champs are concerned. On the one hand, his potential is far greater than that of fellow backup QB Tarvaris Jackson. On the other hand, Jackson has proven to be the more consistent of the two. It really creates quite a conundrum for head coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Therefore, Pryor must prove able to adapt quickly to the offense if he hopes to stay.
This could end up being the best competition in Seattle this preseason. The Seahawks acquired Terrell Thomas via free agency just weeks ago, creating an open competition with Jeremy Lane for the slot CB job. Luckily, Thomas is familiar with Pete Carroll from his USC days. Yet, while Thomas has more NFL starting experience, Lane not only has tenure in Seattle but first crack at the job and perhaps the league's best mentor in CB Richard Sherman.
Perhaps the biggest storyline of the preseason in Seattle was the short-lived contract holdout of starting RB Marshawn Lynch. While Lynch quickly caved and returned to training camp last week, it still created quite a stir. Additionally, there were reports that Lynch was "out of shape" upon returning to training camp, although those allegations were quickly shot down by coach Carroll. Regardless, fans are definitely excited to see Lynch.
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