I realize that we had a recent discussion regarding the entire roster and what it could look like as the Seahawks enter the regular season. That is several days old at this point and wanted to make a dedicated post about a specific player that many (including Danny) think is going to make the roster: Jeremy Lane.
Now I realize that Lane has a major advantage over his main competitor in Byron Maxwell, and that is club control. Lane was a product of the 6th round in the 2012 draft, while Maxwell was a part of the 2011 class. Naturally, this means that Lane has three more years under contract with the Hawks while Maxwell only has two. Lane really has that going in his favor.
For kicks and giggles I decided to watch the Week 17 bout against the Rams last night and today. Lane gets the start at LCB over Maxwell but there are some pretty big mistakes made by Lane during the game. In the first half, Lane's poor coverage and poor tackling skills enable Danny Amendola to make a catch that sets up a St. Louis touchdown. Who is the DB covering Austin Pettis, the Rams WR to score that touchdown. It just so happens to be Jeremy Lane. Even though Kam Chancellor is able to tip the ball at the line of scrimmage, Lane isn't able to recover from the move Pettis puts on him and can't dive in front of the WR for the pick.
Now these are pretty large mistakes. Pete Carroll probably realized this and following that touchdown, I didn't see Lane on the field until the end of the 3rd quarter. Byron Maxwell took over during that time period and, while he certainly wasn't perfect, seemed to do pretty well to my untrained eye. Following Lane's return in the 3rd, it doesn't take long for the mistakes to surface. After a couple of running plays, Bradford throws the ball to Brandon Gibson after Lane makes illegal contact and sips to the ground. Gibson makes the catch and is then brought down by Lane. A penalty flag is declined because the result of the play is a first down with quite a few extra yards beyond what the flag would give. Lane does stay in the game though...
Lane goes on to play in both of the postseason games while Maxwell does not play in one of them, so it's not as if the mistakes made in this game put him in Carroll's doghouse. I'm not saying that Lane isn't going to make the team when it comes time to trim the roster down to the final 53. But I thought I would give a few personal notes regarding what I saw in the game. Food for thought.