Crawford on converting 4-point plays

Crawford on converting 4-point plays

By Chris Haynes, Trail Blazer Insider (@ChrisBHaynes)

Its no secret that the Portland Trail Blazers guard, JamalCrawford, has the NBA record for the most 4-point plays converted with 34. Thesurprising aspect about that achievement is that hes tallied that amountwithout using any trickery or gimmicks.

Crawford surpassed Reggie Miller -- who held the record with23 -- and was known for sticking his leg out when he saw defenders closingout on him and deceived the refs into blowing the whistle.

To his credit, Crawford uses no manipulation to get a call and says he gets the whistle due to the way in which he shoots the ball.

Guys just havent figured out my release, Crawford When I get ready to shoot, guys react late to it and they end upclosing out and bumping me while Im already in my shooting motion. I get fouled a lot justshooting, period.

Crawford does have a two-step hitch in his jump shot andapparently, its extremely difficult for opposing defenses to get their timingdown while contesting. Crawford said hes learned how to focus on nailing thejumper despite knowing when a defender is going to make contact.

When Im shooting, Im zoned in even when I know I'm going to get hit, Crawford said. I gotabout 3 or 4 of those 4-pointers left in me this season. Its not somethingthat I go out and try to do, it just happens from time to time.

Scoring in bunches is what Crawford brings to the Blazerbench. If he can add some more of those 4-point plays to his all-time careerleading total, the Blazers will be in great position to shock the league.

Ducks will rotate up to 10 DBs in the secondary

Ducks will rotate up to 10 DBs in the secondary

EUGENE - Oregon defensive backs coach John Neal said Tuesday to expect to see a heavy rotation of defensive backs this season as he works to develop depth while keeping starters fresh in hopes of improving the overall performance of a secondary that struggled most of last season. 

"I'm going to play a lot more guys from the beginning to the end which gives me a chance to evaluate some critical guys that haven't played as much," Neal said. "If we continue that through the season with the amount of plays we play, having more guys playing is going to really help us, make us faster and better obviously in the fourth quarter."

No. 24 Oregon's season begins Saturday against UC Davis at Autzen Stadium. 

Neal said he has confidence in five cornerbacks and six safeties, which includes starting safety Tyree Robinson spending time at cornerback. 

Starting at cornerback will be sophomores Arrion Springs and Ugo Amadi. They will be backed up by redshirt freshman Malik Lovette and freshman Brenden Schooler. 

Robinson, a redshirt junior, and fellow starting safety, redshirt junior Juwaan Williams, will be backed up by redshirt senior Reggie Daniels, a former two-year starter, and redshirt sophomore Khalil Oliver.  

Also potentially in the mix will be redshirt freshman safety Jhet Janis, redshirt junior corner back Ty Griffin, who played some last season, and sophomore Fotu Leiato II.

Injuries and a lack of depth hurt Oregon's secondary last season when the Ducks allowed 35 touchdown passes and ranked 116th in the nation in total defense. Former No. 1 cornerback Chris Seisay missed eight games due to injury putting more pressure on Amadi and Springs. Injuries also hit the safety position, namely Daniels, leading to wide receiver Charles Nelson moving to free safety as a starter. 

Aside from protecting against injuries, increased depth is expected to help the starters play better game to game. 

"We don't have to play like 85 snaps a game like we did last year," Springs said. "If I get tired I can ask to come out so I'm always fresh and not getting lazy and sloppy how we were last year trying to stay in the game and play a lot of snaps. I feel like if we have more depth we can play faster because we won't be as tired."

Of course, playing young players in order to keep the starters fresher can backfire if the younger players aren't ready to perform at a high level. 

"It's such a long season. to stay healthy we have to play more people," Neal said. "But they have to earn it. We have to be able to trust them to."

Was Tebow trying out for a team or modeling workout gear for a commercial?

Was Tebow trying out for a team or modeling workout gear for a commercial?

Tim Tebow, in case you didn't know, tried out for major-league baseball teams yesterday. The best review I saw of his performance was that he "looked like an actor trying to portray a baseball player."

And the most ironic thing to come out of the workout is that, just like in football, nobody thought much of the former quarterback's arm strength. Overall, though, he can run and hit batting-practice pitches with power. I would assume someone will give him a minor-league chance. But he's 29 yearss old and has a lot to learn in a short amount of time.

Be that as it may, Tebow may have accomplished what he was after during the workout. I thought it was curious that several people joked about how many times he changed his attire during the workout and if you scroll through some highlights you see possibly three different "costumes" during one workout -- which may be a world record for one tryout.

The cynic in me would suggest that had a lot to do with the deal he had signed the previous day with Adidas, which is probably looking for a version of multi-sport star Bo Jackson. Why else would a company sign Tebow, an original Nike guy, who has all but exhausted his options in football?

I wonder how long it will take for that company to turn around a commercial spot based on that tryout? And it's likely to bring you to tears, you know? The story of a solitary, driven man chasing a dream against all odds... But that's just the cynic in me, I'm sure.

Dance competition breaks out at Beavers practice


Dance competition breaks out at Beavers practice

Stretching and plyometrics may be the tried and true methods to warm up before a game, but down in Corvallis, Gary Andersen may have found a new method.

Before practice began on Monday, Andersen had his guy let loose instead of loosen up.

In a friendly competition of offense versus defense, the Beavers lined up and showed off their best dance moves.

For the Beavers, it was great way to relax before getting hunkered down and prepping for Minnesota. Fitness experts have yet to weigh in on this new warm up strategy, but you don’t need to be a fitness guru to know this entertaining.

With the dancing behind them, it's time to turn to football. The Beavers kick off the season on Thursday in Minnesota against the Golden Gophers. Kickoff is set for 6:00 PM.

Oregon State is going to ambush Minnesota Thursday night

Oregon State is going to ambush Minnesota Thursday night

It's very difficult to predict the outcome of season-opening games in football. So much happens in the off-season, when changes are made to the coaching staff that often leads to changes in the style of play, new players are added and players mature.

Things change.

That's part of the reason, I suppose, that I feel strongly that Oregon State is going to come out of Thursday night's opener at Minnesota with a victory, in spite of the fact that just about all the oddsmakers have them as 13-point underdogs.

The Beavers have new coordinators on both sides of the ball, a lot of new players and a new quarterback. How in the world can anybody know exactly what to expect from this Oregon State team? But there's one thing OSU must do: protect the new quarterback.

Darell Garretson had 11 career starts at quarterback for Utah State and the Beavers believe he's just the right guy to operate their offense. I hope that's true but they better take good care of him. Quarterbacks have never been more important than they are in today's football and in this case, with no proven depth at the position, the Beavers must treat Garretson like a precious commodity.

The last time I saw the Beavers I liked what I saw. They battled Oregon in the Civil War behind 174 yards on 19 carries from Ryan Nall. I liked Nall from the moment I saw him at Central Catholic -- he's a battering ram with stamina. I'm just happy he found his way to the running back position after thoughts about linebacker, tight end and H-back.

I'm saying right now OSU will be ready for opening night. Gary Andersen knows what he's doing. This isn't going to be a great season for the Beavers -- their schedule is too difficult. But I think they've got that thing in Corvallis headed in the right direction.

And that direction is to protect Garretson, get Nall a lot of carries, spread the ball out to an impressive group of receivers and play defense with ferocity. And oh yes, they aren't playing Michigan, they're playing Minnesota.

No. 24 Oregon's Prukop has dominated UC Davis before

No. 24 Oregon's Prukop has dominated UC Davis before

Oregon starting quarterback Dakota Prukop has felt the excitement of opening day surging through his body before. But this Saturday's opener might trump all past experiences for the senior transfer from Montana State. 

“You could say this is the most excited I’ve been for a season,” Prukop said. “I’m really excited to go out and play in Autzen.”

Prukop will make his Oregon debut at 2 p.m., Saturday. It just so happens he will do so against a familiar foe in UC Davis, a team Prukop lit up while playing in the Big Sky Conference. 

In 2014 Prukop led the Bobcats to a 77-37 win at UC Davis by accumulating 509 total yards of offense. He completed 17-of-22 passes for 361 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions. He also rushed for 148 yards and two scores (highlights below). 

"I just did my job, trusted my teammates and the coaches made good calls," Prukop said. 

Prukop, however, said he isn't thinking about putting up similar numbers on Saturday. He simply doesn't approach the game that way. 

“I’ll just focus on doing my job and making sure I can just take what the defense gives me, and taking the easy plays," he said. "I’m not going to be looking to have an eight-touchdown game.”

Such maturity and attention to detail helped Prukop win the starting job over a trio of freshmen.  Prukop entered fall camp in a battle with redshirt freshman Travis Jonsen who ultimately fell to No. 4 behind true freshmen, Justin Herbert and Terry Wilson Jr. 

Prukop said he began to excel within the offense after shifting from competition mode to simply working on bettering himself. 

“A couple of days into camp I started just forgetting about the competition," Prukop said. "I was more just working on progressing each day and working on not making the same mistake on a certain play that I made the day prior.”

If that approach continues Prukop could be in for a big year. 

"I'm really fortunate to play quarterback here with all the weapons," he said. 

Montana State vs. UC Davis, 2014

Here is a quick look at UC Davis:

No. 24 Oregon vs. UC Davis. 

When: 2 p.m., Saturday, Autzen Stadium.  

T.V.: ABC.   

Betting line: Off

Records: First game for both, Oregon last season went 9-4. The Aggies went 2-9.

Coaches: Oregon's Mark Helfrich (33-8); UC Davis' Ron Gould (9-25).

Last season: The Aggies went 2-9 for the second consecutive season to finish tied for 8th in the Big Sky Conference. UC Davis averaged 22.3 points per game while allowing 34.2. 

Aggies impact players: UC Davis' offense is led by senior running back Manusamoa Luuga, who last season led the team in carries (166), rushing yards (613), rushing touchdowns (six) and receptions (51). Sophomore running back Joshua Kelley gained 530 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns. 

Senior quarterback Ben Scott passed for 1,598 yards and 11 touchdowns with seven interceptions over eight games before getting injured. 

Junior defensive back Darryl Graham led the team last season with 76 tackles. 

Fear factor (five-point scale): LOL. Watch this game only because it's the opener, you want to see the new defense, and witness Prukop and backup Justin Herbert in action for the first time in an Oregon uniform. The game will be a snooze. If it isn't, the Ducks will be in trouble the rest of the season. 

Preliminary pick: Oregon, 66-13. 

Oregon's RB depth of Benoit, Griffin and Brooks-James ready for action

Oregon's RB depth of Benoit, Griffin and Brooks-James ready for action

EUGENE - Oregon running back Royce Freeman will get most of the carries, gain most of the rushing yardage, score the most rushing touchdowns and receive the most attention from the media and opposing defenses. 

But it would be unwise to sleep on his supporting cast.  The trio of redshirt junior Kani Benoit, sophomore Taj Griffin and redshirt sophomore Tony Brooks-James should be considered starting-caliber backs that are simply stuck playing behind te 235-pound force of nature that is Freeman. Still, they plan to be heard. 

“We want to be one of the best RB groups in the country and we’re going to show it this year,” Griffin said.

While Freeman, a potential Heisman Trophy candidate, will be chasing LaMichael James' career rushing record of 5,802 yards (Freeman needs 1,880) the backup trio will be looking to make individual marks of their own on the season for No. 24 Oregon. 

Each got their feet wet last season with Griffin darting his way to 570 yards on 7.4 yards per carry, Benoit, the primary backup then and now, gaining 364, and Brooks-James going for 288. That's 1,222 yards from the backup running backs. 

Such depth contributed to Oregon not signing a running back for the 2016 recruiting class, and it led to what running backs coach Gary Campbell called a relatively easy fall camp for his group. Something Benoit agrees, stating that the backs, now veterans, know what they are doing allowing Campbell "to spend less time in the meeting room with us.”

Knowing what to do and doing it with high efficiency are two different things, so the backs, Benoit said, have focused mostly on fine-tuning what they all learned last season in what for all three was their first taste of real college action.

Repeatedly, there have been reports out of practices of these three backs making the defense look silly. 

“Everybody at this level is talented and can make plays," Griffin (5-10, 175) said. "But it’s more so about who can be reliable and go out there and make the least amount of mistakes.”

Beniot (6-0, 210 pounds), a two-star recruit in 2013, has been a great story given that he developed from being somewhat of an overlooked recruit to becoming Oregon's No. 2 back. 

“I think I’ve improved a lot, especially when it comes to game time, being out there and just reacting to a lot of plays,” Benoit said. “I think I thought a lot before and now it’s just reacting.” Brooks-James (5-9, 185) said similar things about himself. That last year he learned how to be a college football player. This year, he is also more comfortable and ready to go.

As backups, each brings something different to the field. 

“Me and Tony are both fast,” Griffin said. “Kani and Royce are both strong.”

At the same time, Griffin and Brooks-James do pack some power while Benoit and Freeman are hardly slow. The versatility gives Oregon options.

“There’s obviously some special plays that we have in there for certain situations, certain teams and different schemes,” Benoit said.

All three believe they could be starters, and plan to play like one when their name is called. 

“Everyone is competing to always be that guy," Benoit said. 

Oregon has three men ready to be next at running back, a luxury most teams only dream of. 

Colt Lyerla's fall from grace: A man who couldn't get out of his own way.

Colt Lyerla's fall from grace: A man who couldn't get out of his own way.

The troubling story of Colt Lyerla added another chapter on Sunday, as Tigard police arrested the former Oregon star for heroin possession.

The news was first reported by Tim Brown of the Oregonian, and according to the Washington County Sheriff, he is being held on $2,000 bail.

Lyerla starred at Hillsboro High School, becoming one of the top recruits in the country, before eventually taking his talents to the University of Oregon. Expectations for Lyerla were sky high while he was in Eugene, and while he showed glimpses of his star power, off the field issues derailed his career.

Lyerla played in 15 games his first two seasons at Oregon, amassing 469 yards from scrimmage to go with seven touchdowns. He was expected to see an expanded role and be a key cog for the Ducks his junior year, but that is where the wheels started to fall off.

After playing poorly in the first two games of 2013, Lyerla missed a key game vs. Tennessee due to “circumstances.” The circumstances weren’t clear, but it was clear that Lyerla was falling out of favor within the Oregon program. He was later suspended for a violation of team rules, and shortly thereafter announced he was leaving the program for “personal reasons.”

Just weeks after leaving the program Lyerla was arrested on charges of cocaine possession, a charge he would plead guilty to in order to pursue his NFL dream.

However, the cocaine charge was in the forefront of the minds of every NFL GM as the 2014 draft approached.

Prior to the draft, Lyerla discussed his past with Chase Goodbread of College Football 24/7:

            Lyerla's troubled timeline is a lengthy one. He was dismissed from the Oregon football team in October for an unspecified team rules violation. On Thursday, he left it unspecified, but let               on that it was no small matter to him personally.

            "I can't really say too much about that, but it's something I deeply, deeply regret and it's a mistake I'll have to live with the rest of my life," he said.

            That wasn't the only issue Lyerla has dealt with. Weeks after his dismissal, Lyerla was arrested for cocaine possession when police witnessed him using the drug in his car. He later ran                   from police, compounding his troubles, when they attempted to continue the investigation at his residence. Lyerla spent a day in jail and another nine days working on a road crew.

           "That was huge for me," he said. "It gave me a lot of time to self-reflect and realize that's a place I never want to be again."

Lyerla sounded remorsefull, but his past was too much to overcome. Lyerla went undrafted, but was eventually signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent. Lyerla impressed during Packers camp, drawing comparisons to Rob Gronkowski, but it all came crumbling down. During a team practice Lyerla tore his PCL and MCL, and later reached a settlement for his release in August of 2014. Many experts thought the move was just a hiccup. A chance for the Packers to free up cap space and a roster spot, then bring Lyerla back when he was healthy. These thoughts never materialized. Due in large part to his off the field issues, Lyerla would never wear an NFL uniform again. 

Lyerla was arrested on suspicion of DUI in September of that same year, as his off the field struggled continued.

Lyerla stayed out of the news until November of 2015, but this time it was good news, and it looked like the troubled star had finally found the right path.

The Arena Football League came knocking on his door, and his hometown Portland Steel signed him to a contract. The first game of the season saw an electric Moda Center crowd cheering on the former hometown hero, and Lyerla himself said “it feels good to be the hometown kid.” But this feeling, too, was short lived. In week two against the Orlando Predators Lyerla injured his shoulder, and was subsequently put on the IR.

As Lyerla said in 2014, he never wanted to be in a bad place again. Unfortunately, he didn’t listen to his own advice. Another lost football job resulted in another run in with the law for Lyerla. The story has grown dull. Lyerla has been arrested enough time now that it is almost non-news. But for some reason, he resonates with us. Maybe it is because he was the hometown kid we all rooted for. Maybe it is because he was the Oregon Duck we all wanted to see at the next level. Or maybe we continue to pay attention because of how sad the story is: A man with the talent to be the best couldn't get out of his own way.

The heroin arrest last Sunday may be the final nail in the coffin for Lyerla. If it wasn’t already, the NFL dream is certainly dead. With cocaine and heroin on his record, he will probably never see the AFL again, either.  The only career he has sustained up to this point is that of a career criminal. 

For the sake of Lyerla and all those who love and root for him, let’s hope this career fizzles out like the rest.

Colt Lyerla arrested in Washington County for heroin possession

Washington County Police

Colt Lyerla arrested in Washington County for heroin possession

Former Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla was for heroin possession in Washington Country on Sunday. 

According to the Washington County Police website, Lylera is still in custody and his bail is set at $2,000. 

A former standout at Hillsboro High School, Lyerla joined the Oregon Ducks in 2011. After a stellar first season in which Lyerla scored five touchdowns for the Ducks, his fall from grace was swift.

In 2013, Lyerla missed Oregon's game against Tennessee and was suspended by newly appointed head coach Mark Helfrich for the Ducks following game against Colorado before he quit football team. Shortly after his departure, Lyerla was arrested for unlawful possession of cocaine. He later plead guilty and served ten days in jail. 

Lyerla got his shot in the NFL when joined the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent. His tenure there was short, however, after the troubled athlete was diagnosed with a torn MCL and PCL in his right knee. He was waived and never saw the field in an NFL uniform again.

After a brief stint in which he played rugby in France, Lyerla joined the Portland Steel this past March. A month later, Lyerla was placed on the inactive reserve after sustaining a shoulder injury. 

Check back for further updates soon.




The Portland Timbers came into Sunday’s game against the Seattle Sounders staggering. Losers of their previous two, including a road loss to hated Seattle, Portland rudely welcomed their northern neighbors, scoring three goals in the opening 29 minutes and four in the opening half en route to a final score of 4-2. It was the first time in the 41-year rivalry between the two clubs that a team scored four goals in the first half.

Portland came out playing like their season was on the line, pressuring Seattle right from the opening kick. The persistence was finally rewarded in the 16th minute when Vytautas Andriuskevicius (Vytas to us mere mortals) whipped in a venomous header off a Jack Jewsbury corner kick. Portland would double the lead just five minutes later when beautiful link up play between Lucas Melano and Diego Valeri led to Fanendo Adi poking in a rebound. Nine minutes later, the floodgates were officially opened when Melano got on the scoresheet himself. New Timbers center back Steven Taylor completed the magical first half for Portland by heading in a second corner kick in the 44th minute for the Timbers’ fourth goal of the half.

Unfortunately for Portland, they were not able to keep that momentum coming out of halftime. Seattle came out of the locker room looking to make a game of it succeeded, scoring twice in the opening five minutes of the half off headers by Andreas Ivanschitz and Jordan Morris, to cut the Timbers lead in half. Portland was able to calm down after the second Seattle goal, and effectively killed off the remainder of the game to earn an invaluable three points, much to the delight of the home crowd.

This was a badly needed win, coming on the heels of two difficult and deflating road losses to D.C. United and Seattle, the latter seeing their rivals creep within a single point of Portland in the playoff race. Seattle was unbeaten in their last four since signing Uruguayan international Nicolas Lodeiro, but missed Clint Dempsey who is undergoing testing for an irregular heartbeat. Portland now sits a full three points above the red line, and four points ahead of Seattle with seven games left to play.

Outside of a team that finally looks relatively healthy, the biggest x-factor moving down the stretch may be the development and deployment of fullbacks Alvas Powell and Vytas.

Portland has struggled all season long with consistency in the fullback positions. Since the departure of Jorge Villafana to Liga MX this past offseason, the Portland fullbacks have been the equivalent to the Spinal Tap drummer – a rotating cast of characters that meet with often unfortunate results.

Powell, who was the returning starter at right back, tore a ligament in his wrist in mid-April and proceeded to miss nearly three months. Chris Klute, who was signed in the offseason ostensibly to replace Villafana, struggled with a lingering offseason injury and eventually fell out of favor with coach Caleb Porter. Zarek Valentin performed well enough, but is not nearly the attacking presence needed and was injured himself in early August. Finally, there’s Jermaine Taylor, a natural center back, who has played extensively for Portland at fullback this season.

Enter Vytas, who was signed in mid-July as a natural left back. He entered the lineup just a few weeks ago, and has quickly made the position his own. He has not been free of mistakes, but has improved game-by-game and is much more dangerous on the attack than any of Portland’s other options at the position. Meanwhile, Powell has returned to full health and has re-assumed his regular duties at right back. Powell is prone to the occasional heart-attack inducing play, but is also Portland’s most attack-minded defender who creates match-up nightmares with his speed and overlapping runs.

Vytas and Powell give Portland’s attack a different dimension. With the overlapping runs and first-time crosses, it’s another avenue of potential service for Adi and another pair of players to partner with for Valeri, Nagbe, and Melano. It gives additional options and opens up space for Portland’s playmakers, which is when they are at their best.

In his 3+ years as head coach, Caleb Porter has the best record in all of MLS in September and October. He has a reputation for making the right adjustments and pushing the right buttons to get his team playing their best at the most critical of times. If Vytas and Powell are at their best for the Timbers as the season winds down, Porter may once again be able to find that magic combination that puts Portland back in position to defend its MLS Cup championship.




Patrick Lewis gets no respect. Which sucks for Patrick Lewis and those that depend on him, but is great news for the Seattle Seahawks’ sixth-round draft pick, center Joey Hunt. While statistically speaking most teams’ sixth-round picks are usually given no more leeway than undrafted free agents and veteran retreads when it comes to roster cuts, Hunt is a pretty safe bet to survive Tuesdays cut to 75 players and final cuts to 53 on Saturday.

Because the Seahawks have been trying to replace the well-traveled Lewis (Green Bay, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Seattle) ever since they first brought him into the Seahawks fold for his ongoing ping-pong existence. Despite ending the 2015 season as the one guy that could stabilize the Seahawks’ center position, it looks like another “pong” for Lewis before the Seahawks square off against the Miami Dolphins in week one.

The Seahawks will not be keeping three centers (newly relocated Justin Britt is Seattle’s new starting center du jour), so Lewis goes and Hunt stays … although probably not until final cuts.

Here is how the rest of the 2016 draft class is faring to date, in draft order.

Germain Ifedi (guard, first round)

Ifedi is the Seahawks’ starting right guard. Only an injury stops him from retaining his starting role. Pass.

Jarran Reed (defensive tackle, second round)

Reed appears to have found a home in the Seahawks’ starting defensive line. At the very least, he has wrapped up a prominent spot in the defensive line rotation — a very welcome outcome for a player the Seahawks traded up for. Pass.

C.J. Prosise (running back, third round)

Despite a slow start due to a hip flexor injury and then a subsequent hamstring injury, Prosise is still anticipated to be a third-down back for Seattle. Plus, third-rounders don’t get cut. Pass.

Nick Vannett (tight end, third round)

Vannett’s spot on the roster is helped not only by his third-round status but also by the ongoing questions about preferred starter Jimmy Graham’s readiness to resume playing. His status is also hurt by having suffered the dreaded “high ankle sprain” against Minnesota. At worst, they stash him on injured reserve; they won’t cut him outright. Pass.

Rees Odhiambo (offensive line, third round)

Odhiambo’s calling card is versatility, which makes him the perfect backup offensive lineman no doubt the Seahawks envisioned when they drafted him out of Boise State. Another third-rounder they won’t be quick to part with, particularly given how iffy the Seahawks’ offensive line remains. Pass.

Quinton Jefferson (defensive line, fifth round)

Jefferson notched four assisted tackles against the Minnesota Vikings and three more against the Dallas Cowboys — pretty good productivity for a rookie asked to play all over the defensive line, part-time. Pass.

Alex Collins (running back fifth round)

Despite the expected return of Thomas Rawls, the reemergence of Christine Michael and the higher draft status of C.J. Prosise, there appears to still be room on this team for Collins. Hasn’t shown up much lately but earned high praise in the offseason program. Unlikely to make the game day 46. Pass.

Joey Hunt (center, sixth round)

See opening paragraphs. Pass.

Kenny Lawler (wide receiver, seventh round)

Up-and-down would be a fair way to characterize Lawler’s preseason performance so far. It seems unlikely the Seahawks would cut him on Tuesday, but in all likelihood he’s headed for the practice squad on Sept. 4 in a stacked Seahawks’ receiver corps of Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Tyler Lockett, Paul Richardson and one or two of Kevin Smith, Kasen Williams, Tanner McEvoy or a waiver pick up. Fail.

Zac Brooks (running back, seventh round)

Brooks hasn’t shown enough to warrant keeping an extra extra (fifth) running back on the squad. Likely practice squad candidate. Fail.