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The Seattle Seahawks returned to Lumen Field Saturday for the fans, hosting the annual mock game powered by Boeing. With a week before the Seahawks head to Pittsburgh for the preseason opener against the Steelers, the mock was a chance for iron to sharpen iron. With players at several positions vying for snaps, several players made the most of the opportunity. Here are five players that shined in Saturday’s mock game.
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Seahawks rookie cornerback Tariq Woolen was the definition of a competitor Saturday, thrown into the fire with the Seahawks talented corp. Seattle got several looks at Woolen against different types of wideouts, from superstar DK Metcalf to Cody Thompson. Woolen showcased his speed and coverage abilities against Olympian Marquise Goodwin. Woolen showed off his 4.26 40-yard dash speed, holding his own against the shifty wideout with a couple of forced incompletions.
"That was really good work for him," Pete Carroll said of Tariq Woolen.
Woolen ran with the first-team defense at right corner with Artie Burns on the left with Sidney Jones sitting out.
Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith discussed Woolen’s performance at the team presser following the contest.
“Not many guys that can run step-for-step with DK Metcalf and Marquise Goodwin, but he’s one of them,” Smith said.
That Woolen Wingspan 🤯 @_Tariqwoolen #SeahawkCamp x @Boeing pic.twitter.com/hFMoz6vmwq
Seahawks wideout Cody Thompson attacked the mock game as if he was playing an actual opponent, making several big plays for the blue team. Thompson broke out with a snag over the middle with rookie corner Coby Bryant in pursuit. In the second quarter, Thompson made the catch of the day against rookie corner Tariq Woolen. Quarterback Drew Lock’s bomb to the back of the endzone to Thompson was tipped in the air by Woolen, with Thompson making a diving catch on the ground for the score. Thompson caught three receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown in the contest.
While defensive stats weren’t kept in the mock game, second-year Seahawks edge-rusher Darrell Taylor was more than noticeable. Taylor was a constant disruptor Saturday, both penetrating in the passing game and blowing up screen plays. In coverage, Taylor played well in zone concepts, taking away the flats and keeping the Seahawks running backs from being effective in the passing game.
Taylor showcased his quick get-off and violent hands, getting into the backfield nearly at will for coordinator Clint Hurtt’s defense. In 2021, Taylor recorded 37 combined tackles, 6.5 sacks and 7 tackles for loss in five starts for Seattle. Following the mock game, Coach Pete Carroll discussed Taylor’s performance Saturday and in camp.
“He’s flying off the football and he’s so much more at ease and comfortable with what we’re asking him to do” said Coach Carroll “He’s grown up.”
Darrell Taylor as left outside LB continues to be a problem for 1st and 2nd-team RTs, TEs during this Seahawks training camp. Just faster off the edge, flying into the backfield with relative ease onto the QB
Seahawks rookie running back Kenneth Walker III did a little bit of everything for the blue team Saturday; rushing, catching and blocking. While there was no tackling to the ground, Walker III showed off his ability to cut-on-a-dime and make plays in open field on the ground. In the second quarter, Walker took a hand-off from the 4-yard line and bounced it outside for the second score of the contest.
In the passing game, Walker made several solid chip blocks to protect quarterback Drew Lock from incoming pressure. On special teams, Walker gained over 25 yards on a kickoff return. In the passing game, Walker made several catches in the flats and across the middle of the field, showcasing his hands.
Seahawks wideout DK Metcalf came out Saturday with a blaze for the blue team, making several plays in the opening period. Metcalf showed no mercy to his teammates, making several catches in traffic and between defenders for chunk yardage. On the first drive of the contest with quarterback Geno Smith, Metcalf caught three of Smith’s eight passes.
The fourth-year wideout made one of the best catches of the day, initially bobbling a pass from quarterback Drew Lock between two defenders before coming down with the ball. Metcalf showcased his quickness in the open-field and ability to get separation, catching several passes across the field against the defense, and he finished with a team-high 63 yards on four catches.
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