Once again, the Seattle Seahawks will be taking on the Oakland Raiders in the final preseason game. If last year was any indication, then we should expect the starting unit to play for about a single series. Rookies like Justin Britt, and players like Russell Okung and Max Unger may be the exception since they missed time due to injury. Week 4 of the preseason is primarily an important game for depth players and those who are fighting for a roster spot. Many of the players you see in a Seahawks uniform on Thursday may not see ample playing time, but they may have to step up at one point or another.
There is perhaps no player on the field more excited than Terrelle Pryor. Pryor was the final draft pick of Al Davis, the late Raiders owner and general manager. Pryor eventually got his shot as the starting quarterback with the Raiders, but despite making some great plays with his legs, he never materialized as a passer as the Raiders eventually decided to turn the keys over to Matt McGloin.
One can hardly blame the Raiders. Pryor is most certainly an incredible athlete, but the concerns the Raiders had with Pryor are the same concerns that I have with him. He is simply not a good, or even average, passer in the NFL. Being able to escape pressure and make big plays with your feet is great and all, but you need to be able to make plays with your arm if you are going to stand a chance in this league (such as Russell Wilson). However, Pryor has apparently made major strides this offseason, and he will more than likely see the most playing time against the Raiders on Thursday. There is no doubt that Pryor will want to make the Raiders regret giving up on him.
The Seahawks have yet to announce roster cuts. They will have to slim down to 75 by 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday, so this game will be significant for the players who may be in danger of making the final 53-man roster thereafter, such as Benson Mayowa, Greg Scruggs and Phil Bates (assuming they survive the first wave). For some, this game will either make or break them.