Seahawks-Chargers Preseason Primer
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Posted Aug 25, 2008


Monday night will be the ninth time the Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers have met in the preseason, with Seattle holding a 5-3 edge in the series. The teams last meeting in the preseason occurred last August, with Seattle beating the Chargers 24-16 in the preseason opener.

Notable Newcomers

San Diego
Jeremy Newberry, C (Oakland)
Derek M. Smith, LB (San Francisco)

Seattle
Julius Jones, RB (Cowboys)
T.J. Duckett, RB (Lions)
Mike Wahle, G (Panthers)
Olindo Mare, K (Saints)

2008 Draft Class

San Diego
Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona (1st round, 27th overall)
Jacob Hester, RB, LSU (3rd round, 69th overall)
Marcus Thomas, RB, Texas-El Paso (5th round, 166th overall)
DeJuan Tribble, CB, Boston College (6th round, 192nd overall)
Corey Clark, OT, Texas A&M (7th round, 234th overall)

Seattle

Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC (1st round, 28th overall)
John Carlson, TE, Notre Dame (2nd round, 38th overall)
Red Bryant, DT, Texas A&M (4th round, 121st overall)
Owen Schmitt, FB, West Virginia (5th round, 163rd overall)
Tyler Schmitt, LS, San Diego State (6th round, 189th overall)
Justin Forsett, RB, California (7th round, 233rd overall)
Brandon Coutu, K, Georgia (7th round, 235th overall)

Hey, Aren’t You…?

As former AFC West rivals, the Seahawks and Chargers have met 47 times in the regular season. Seattle has a 25-22 edge in the all-time regular season series…Seahawks safety Brian Russell, tackle Will Robinson and long-snapper Tyler Schmitt attended San Diego State University…Chargers center Cory Withrow is from Spokane, WA and attended Washington State University…Chargers defensive end Keith Grennan is an Edmonds, WA native and attended Eastern Washington University.

Five to Watch

Here are a few things to focus on when the Seahawks face the Chargers on Monday Night Football:

Justin Forsett – Forsett has been the talk of camp ever since he stole the show during the Seahawks’ scrimmage in early August,. He’s performed well in the first two preseason games, and another solid performance would guarantee a spot on the 53-man roster for the diminutive running back from Cal.

T.J. Duckett – The Seahawks signed Duckett to a four-year contract that included a $2 million dollar signing bonus, but Duckett isn’t guaranteed a roster spot. He was brought in to improve Seattle's short-yardage offense, and Duckett has gone 5-for-7 on those carries. However, he has just 11 yards on 12 non-short-yardage carries and roster limitations may require that he be more than just a one-trick pony to stick around.

The Young Receivers – When the regular season begins, and Deion Branch and Bobby Engram are sidelined with injuries, the Seahawks are going to be looking for Courtney Taylor and Ben Obomanu to produce. Neither has a reception thus far in the preseason, and it’ll be interesting to see if Taylor and Obomanu can get open and make plays against a Chargers secondary that has three cornerbacks who were drafted in the 1st round.

Lawrence Jackson/Darryl Tapp – This position battle isn’t just about who gets to run out the tunnel on gamedays. Jackson can earn the starting right defensive end job by showing he can be stout against the run. Getting both defensive ends playing time during the regular season won’t be a problem. Jackson will slide to defensive tackle in the nickel package and Seattle plans to rotate their defensive ends in base packages throughout the regular season to keep their ends fresh.

Ryan PlackemeierReggie Hodges, Ryan Plackemeier’s competition, had a pair of punts blocked last week against Chicago and has a net average of 19.2 yards per punt this preseason. Plackemeier is coming off a pectoral injury and will be making his preseason debut in San Diego. Expect Plackemeier to handle the bulk of the punting duties.

Programming Notes

ESPN's cast of thousands will be on the scene, with Mike Tirico handling the play-by-play duties and Ron Jaworski providing the analysis. Michele Tafoya will work the sidelines. Tony Kornheiser is undergoing a minor medical procedure and will skip ESPN's preseason finale.

If you can’t be in front of a TV, the game can be heard on KIRO (710-AM) with Steve Raible and Warren Moon in the booth, and Akemi Takei providing reports from the sideline.


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