What we're still trying to figure out about these Seattle Seahawks
After summarizing what we learned from Seattle's exhibition opener, it's time to ponder those things I'm still trying to figure out.
1. Can Terrell Owens and Braylon Edwards both make this roster?
Of course, it's possible, and don't expect coach Pete Carroll to say anything other than that. They're playing different positions with Owens at flanker, Edwards at split end, and both have looked good in practice. But the reality is that if what started as a search for a big, physical wide receiver to fill the role Mike Williams ends up landing two veterans, it puts a crimp on special-teams personnel. Neither Owens nor Edwards will play special teams. Nor will Sidney Rice, and are you really going to ask Golden Tate - who very well might start at split end - to play on coverage units? Probably not. So if Seattle does keep both - and Edwards looked very much like someone you don't want to let go - could the Seahawks perform some roster calisthenics and stretch to add one by, oh, I don't know, carrying two quarterbacks into the regular season?
2. Just how the heck J.R. Sweezy has progressed this fast?
Seriously, it's incredible the way he's moving up the depth chart at guard consider he's not only a rookie from North Carolina State, but he's a rookie who hasn't played on the offensive line since before high school. And there he was, stepping in for Deuce Lutui at right guard to play alongside Seattle's first-unit line in the first quarter and acquitting himself. Then he went and played left guard in the second half. He was a defensive tackle in college, whom Seattle drafted in the seventh round as a project. Four months later, he looks like someone who is projecting to play sooner rather than later.
3. Who starts at quarterback on Saturday in Denver?
Carroll kept mum on this subject, from the question of who would start to whether Tarvaris Jackson or Josh Portis would play at all after Flynn and Wilson split all the time in opener. When Carroll named Flynn the starter for the exhibition opener, he said he wanted to see how the team would look with him in that role for an entire week. If Wilson remains a viable candidate to be the regular-season starter, it would make sense to give him that same opportunity this week heading into Saturday's game against Denver.