CARSON, Calif. Pete Carroll won’t say -- he never does -- but expect the Seahawks’ starters to play a series or two in Sunday’s preseason opener at the Los Angeles Chargers here inside the soccer home of the L.A. Galaxy.
Those starters will include rookie third-round draft choice Shaquill Griffin at right cornerback. Of course it will, as I wrote in Sunday’s News Tribune.
Backup quarterbacks Trevone Boykin and Austin Davis are likely to play the final three-plus quarters. They need better showings Sunday than they’ve had behind Russell Wilson so far through 12 practices of training camp.
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Enjoy Seattle’s first football Sunday in 211 days, as my TNT colleague John McGrath pointed out in Sunday’s paper.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
5 p.m. Sunday, StubHub Center, Carson, California
TV: Channel 13 Radio: 710-AM, 97.3-FM
The series: This is the 14th preseason meeting between former AFC West rivals. Seattle leads the exhibition series 9-4. The last preseason meeting was the Seahawks’ 16-15 win in San Diego on Aug. 29, 2015.
The latest O-line du jour: So far in training camp it’s had a new lineup almost every day. Expect George Fant to start at left tackle, new Seahawk Luke Joeckel at left guard, Justin Britt at center, offseason acquisition Oday Aboushi at right guard and Germain Ifedi at right tackle. Mark Glowinski at right guard and Rees Odhiambo at left guard are likely to also play with the starting offense. Long way to go to settle this lineup.
Welcome back 29: Earl Thomas will be starting back at his free-safety spot for the first time since Dec. 4, when he broke his leg crashing into teammate Kam Chancellor in pursuit of a pass. That night Thomas thought about retirement. No one was thinking the three-time All-Pro would be back starting the first preseason game eight months later.
Hype vs. reality: Is Shaquill Griffin as good in an NFL game as he’s been in practices at right cornerback? Does fellow rookie Chris Carson run as decisively when real opponents are trying to wallop and tackle him as he does against teammates in no-tackling practices? Those are two of the bigger curiosities for Seattle.
26 Shaquill Griffin CB 6-0 198 rookie
Jeremy Lane’s injury gives the impressive third-round pick chance to seize a starting job
14 J.D. McKissic WR 5-10 195 second
Officially listed at RB, but ATL waiver pickup keeps making WR plays with Wilson in camp
2 Trevone Boykin QB 6-0 213 second
Needs to look far better than he has in camp to be Wilson’s backup again this season
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year
76 Russell Okung LT 6-5 310 eighth
Former Seahawk’s 3rd team in 3 yrs. Starts his Chargers time as NFL’s richest LT ($53M)
92 Brandon Mebane NT 6-1 311 11th
Ex-Seahawks says "it will be good to see a lot of the dudes I haven’t seen in a while
27,000 StubHub Center
That’s how people soccer stadium usually holds for MLS’ Galaxy. Expanded some to be Chargers’ temporary home until their shared palace with the Rams gets built.