By Jarrod Patterson @J_M_Patterson on August 17, 2014
In Week 2 of the preseason, the Seattle Seahawks returned home to CenturyLink Field for the first time since winning Super Bowl XLVIII. Needless to say, Seattle's 12th Man showed up in full force, creating more of a regular season environment than the San Diego Chargers were ready for. In the end, the defending champs stood victorious in a lopsided 41-14 victory. Here are five players that stood out for the Seahawks this week.
Most NFL fans don't notice the big men up front, but that isn't the case in Seattle. With one of the league's best offensive backfields in place, it becomes the job of the road graders on the o-line to make players like Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson look good. That's exactly what James Carpenter brings to the table. His nastiness has been stuck in overdrive so far this year, and his return helped solidify what was a shaky unit last week.
It's impossible not to notice the unbelievable speed and shiftiness that WR Percy Harvin brings to the offense every time he steps on the field. This week, he posted a team-high four catches for 31 yards. It was clear from the start of the game that OC Darrell Bevell intended to heavily feature Harvin in the offense this week. Posting that kind of production early in the first half was certainly a promising sign.
Simon has had an intriguing offseason thus far for the Seahawks. After missing his entire rookie year in 2013, he is pushing to make a name for himself amongst perhaps the most notable secondary in the NFL. Yet, this week, Simon made a spectacular red zone interception which he returned 105 yards for a TD. Unfortunately, it was nullified by a bad illegal contact call, but Simon has played well overall, last week's ejection excluded.
In limited opportunities, O'Brien Schofield managed both a sack and a tackle for loss, both at fairly critical moments, in the Seahawks' Week 2 preseason game. It's clear the pass-rushing linebacker is playing like a man with a chip on his shoulder after his contract debacle with the New York Giants this past offseason. As a result, Schofield spent the majority of Seattle's home debut in the Chargers' backfield. Hope New York was watching.
While it's difficult to pinpoint a single definitive highlight from Seattle's Week 2 preseason victory over the Chargers, the (non-QB) Game MVP was probably RB Robert Turbin. In a game where starting RB Marshawn Lynch failed to record a single stat, Turbin took the spotlight and ran with it. He posted a game-high 81 yards on 12 carries, even punching one into the end zone. In fact, his firs quarter TD made him the only non-QB to score this week.
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