Vikings 21 Seahawks 20: What we learned in Seattle’s third game of the preseason The third game of the preseason saw the Seattle Seahawks put together several clean scoring drives Womens Jaron Brown Jersey , but ultimately, it ended in another loss.Thankfully, it’s preseason football, and the result is irrelevant. However, there are still things to glean from preseason football. How a specific player performs, whether certain traits look improved, or when a player gets into the game are all things worth following in the preseason. All three of those things and more come into play for what we learned on Friday night against the Minnesota Vikings:The competition at right tackle is realHeading into the Seahawks matchup against the Vikings, Pete Carroll announced they would “Get a good look” at George Fant at right tackle. Whether that good look would include first team reps would be telling. Although Germain Ifedi started the game, Fant did end up entering with the starters, for two drives to end the first half. Ifedi then re-entered to begin the second half, with Fant seeing the rest of his playing time with the second string. In a short stint with the starters, Fant had a combo block to the second level, pulled out in front on a run and had pass sets at varying depths. He looked comfortable in his movement. Ifedi’s starting spot isn’t at an immediate risk following Seattle’s loss in Minnesota, but if Fant can put together another steady display on the right against the Oakland Raiders, the Seahawks won’t hesitate to turn to him early in the regular season. Mike Davis is the third down backJ.D. McKissic was lost for the foreseeable future this week, further opening up the competition for Seattle’s passing down back. In a crowded backfield against the L.A. Chargers, Davis was on the field for the two-minute drill, and his first team snaps continued against the Vikings.Davis split wide multiple times, was solid in pass protection and carried the football well in Minnesota. Tellingly, C.J. Prosise’s first snaps on offense came only after Davis hobbled off the field. While Davis was consistently a part of the first team offense, Prosise was running down the field on kickoffs. Both player’s roster spots should be secure with McKissic injured, but as of now, it appears Davis will be the one to start the season as the primary back on passing downs. Jacob Martin will make the 53-man rosterIn the first game of the season, Martin burst onto the scene with an excellent first step and encouraging play on the edge against the run. He seemed to be far ahead of Jake Pugh in the backup SAM linebacker competition. Against the Chargers, their roles were reserved, with Martin playing just seven snaps on defense.Ahead of Friday’s game in Minnesota, Carroll said Martin would have a big role http://www.seahawkslockerroom.com/authentic-tre-madden-jersey , and he did. Martin saw snaps at defensive end on the opening series, and continued to come in on passing downs with the starters. Martin added a strip-sack for good measure, as his spot on the roster seems secure. The backup quarterback competition is going to come down to the wireWith the starters playing into the third quarter against the Vikings, the biggest takeaway we could have from the third game was the number of drives given to Austin Davis and Alex McGough. In the end, McGough led four drives, while Davis led two. More importantly, McGough again looked improved from the previous week. He threw the ball with tremendous velocity, making several difficult throws to the boundary. McGough’s one glaring mistake, an interception, will fall on his shoulders as he threw behind Tanner McEvoy. However, it still hit the third year receiver in the hands and McEvoy should’ve done better. McGough has the arm talent, the similar play style to Wilson and the upside. He comes with some nervy moments, but with such a durable starter ahead of him, McGough has to be given the edge in the backup competition. Keenan Reynolds is making things interestingPrior to Friday’s loss, there seemed to be a logjam behind the top-five receivers on the Seahawks’ roster. Reynolds, Damore’ea Stringfellow and Marcus Johnson have all had moments, while Amara Darboh has to remain in consideration as well. After the third game of the preseason, Reynolds has gained some separation. The former Navy quarterback started the game and was involved with the starters throughout the first half. Reynolds popped up for three catches for 25 yards, including finding the soft spot against zone coverage to convert a big third down.It remains to be seen if Seattle will keep six wide receivers, but if they do, Reynolds firmly placed his name into the conversation on Friday. Helping his case is his play on special teams, where he made a tackle on a kickoff against Minnesota. Quinton Jefferson is going to be heavily involvedNot only is Jefferson going to make the roster, not only will he be a part of the rotation, but he might just start Week 1 in Denver against the Broncos. Jefferson has been so active inside for the Seahawks, making a stop at the line of scrimmage on all three opening drives of the preseason. In recent weeks, Jefferson has begun to see snaps at defensive end, as well as inside. He provides a physical presence on the edge that Seattle has lacked since Red Bryant’s departure. If Dion Jordan does miss time into the regular season http://www.seahawkslockerroom.com/authentic-dontae-johnson-jersey , Jefferson should be the favorite to start opposite Frank Clark. The Seahawks’ loss in Minnesota was the final chance to take anything off substance away during the preseason, as next week’s finale will see players on the bubble and obvious cut candidates get a heavy workload. The Seattle Seahawks must trade down in the 2019 NFL Draft. Multiple times. Taking a player with the 21st pick of the draft would ignore the fact that a needy Seattle only have four picks: Round 1..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections VideosCoffee and CigarettesGame AnalysisThe Numbers GameCigar Thoughts2019 NFL DraftNFL Draft 2019: 5 trade down scenarios for the Seahawks New,7commentsPSTShareTweetShareShareNFL Draft 2019: 5 trade down scenarios for the Seahawks Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY SportsThe Seattle Seahawks must trade down in the 2019 NFL Draft. Multiple times. Taking a player with the 21st pick of the draft would ignore the fact that a needy Seattle only have four picks: Round 1 Pick 21; Round 3 Pick 84; Round 4 Pick 116; and Round 5 Pick 148. Multiple trade backs will happen, ignoring that it’s now a customary first-round trade down from John Schneider anyway.Teams will be aware the Seahawks are wanting to trade down. They’re a regular “trade down” franchise and this year it’s even more obvious. At events like the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine, where all the big personnel influencers are present, the Seahawks will have put out the “we are trading down” feelers. There isn’t some manic 10-minute period of draft-day scrambling to find a trade partner. Teams know.Let’s look at five possible trade down scenarios for Seattle then. Free Agency will influence what teams do, but experience of past drafts and previous trade downs from the Seahawks give us a solid chance of predicting how Seattle will move down in the draft and gain more picks. There will always be “types” open to cooperation (exploitation):1. The quarterback-needyRemember in 2016 when the Seahawks found a trade partner in the Denver Broncos? The Broncos, concerned that the Dallas Cowboys were going to take Paxton Lynch, gave up a third-round pick to move up just five spots from 31 to 26. (Seattle took Germain Ifedi and Nick Vannett with the pair of selections)Lynch is now a Seahawk, evidence of how well Denver’s first-round pick panned out. The desperation of quarterback needy teams to grab their guy, or sometimes any passer at all, must not be underestimated. In 2019 the quarterback class is dreadful. That won’t stop there being a late first-round quarterback taken though. A first-round rookie deal features the added team-friendliness of a fifth-year option, which makes taking a quarterback in the first preferable. It’s not just teams needing an immediate upgrade to their QB1; franchise quarterback successors for the aging Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers will, eventually, be required.The league is likely to be lower on the electric playmaking talents of Kyler Murray. (He’s getting top 10 talk from draftniks) There are numerous, valid concerns surrounding the Heisman Trophy winner. He’s listed at 5ft 8 on Oklahoma’s website. His release is “baseball-style,” as Sports Info Solutions scout Bryce Rossler writes. It features “a false pump and an occasional looping motion from the hip which, when combined with his body composition, will result in some batted balls and pass deflections at the pro level.”Murray’s recent interview on the Dan Patrick show was bizarre and made it look like he was treating the NFL as leverage for his baseball career. Murray might be the player teams rush to trade back into the first round for though. Or Daniel Jones and Ryan Finley feel like passers who the league is higher on than #drafttwitter. Quarterbacks provide the Seahawks with the best and most lucrative opportunities.2. The fear of missing outIn the draft, positions have tiers. General Managers will talk about the “shelves” of each positional group. What keeps a GM up at night is the fear of plummeting off the ledge. This is especially true for a position of need. Finding what point a tier ends and avoiding being left out are massive parts of drafting well.A 2019 draft example would be the Mariana Trench-deep tight end group. Despite the plethora of talent, there is a consensus top three tight ends who are above the rest. If a team wants a premium tight end; T.J. Hockenson, Noah Fant and Irv Smith Jr. are the trio that will be taken.3. The positional runA run on a certain position is linked to the above. Terrified of being left out of that “tier”, a certain position will start flying off the board one after the other. If a team has a certain need at a position, they will grow especially terrified of being left out of the rush.Of the last nine picks in the 2015 fourth round, five were interior offensive linemen. (The order: guard, linebacker Womens 12th Fan Jersey , guard, center, wide receiver, center, guard, defensive end, cornerback) Seattle took Mark Glowinski in the m锚l茅e. Or teams will look to kick off the next tier. This draft that could be Washington State offensive tackle Andre Dillard, who is receiving late first round consideration. Offensive tackles have hovered around this spot in the past: In 2018 the Patriots started the next level of OTs taking Isaiah Wynn at #23 and the year before Garrett Bolles landed with the Broncos at #20. 4. The sniper Sometimes a team will be concerned that a team above them likes the exact same player—it doesn’t have to be a quarterback. Therefore, they will snipe that player from the team.In 2010, when the Kansas City Chiefs took Eric Berry #5 overall, many pondered if that was who the Seahawks wanted at #6. As it was, Seattle got Russel Okung and then later Earl Thomas at #14. In 2012, the Seahawks traded down from #43 to #47 with the New York Jets, picking up 5th- and 7th-round selections. Questions were raised. The Philadelphia Eagles took linebacker Mychal Kendricks at #46. At that point in the draft, there were only two linebackers worth taking at that spot. The Seahawks were left with no choice and picked Bobby Wagner at #47. Did they want Kendricks? Whatever the case, it worked out. 2016 resulted in the Houston Texans swapping their #22 pick and sixth-rounder for Washington’s #21 selection. The Texans, aware the Minnesota Vikings at #23 were likely going wide receiver, didn’t want to miss out on Will Fuller. They got Fuller, Washington got Josh Doctson and the Vikings—who could have leapfrogged Houston—settled for Laquon Treadwell. The Eagles were pesky last year, jumping above the Dallas Cowboys to take Dallas Goedert:By moving down, Seattle can facilitate the metaphorical hit.5. The meddling ownerYou know the scene. The NFL Network cameras cut to a Dallas Cowboys war-room. Jerry Jones is desperately clawing for the phone as his draft crush falls. The rest of the Front Office looks anxious as the seconds tick by, hoping Jones heads for a restroom break so they can lock him in the bathroom. The Cowboys managed to stop him from going rogue and taking Johnny Manziel—per Jim Dent.That task was left to the meddling of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. According to Seth Wickersham, Haslam wanted Manziel over Teddy Bridgewater after a dodgy handshake from the latter. The Browns were going to take Brandin Cooks. Instead they selected Manziel with their second first-round pick. Owners can get wild. Plenty of opportunitiesCome April 25th, the Seahawks will have plenty of opportunities to move back. They are unlikely to pick in the first round. Honestly, with how deep the 2019 draft is, that’s fine. Individual player value will become clearer after the NFL combine and pro days—combine begins February 26th.Yet little clarity is needed on the immense quality of this class. Its main strengths—the trenches—suits Seattle’s situation perfectly. Now they must capitalize on the trade partner-types.