Seattle Seahawks fans saw their team live at Lumen Field for the first time since 2019 on Sunday, when the team took the field for their mock game. The game was not available to stream online, and filming/photographing the game was strictly policed, but a number of the media were in attendance to give updates.
Ugo Amadi was given the honor of carrying the 12s flag out on to the field before the game.
About 1/5 of the stadium was full Sunday, meaning there was some crowd noise, but nothing like the team would hear at a typical home game.
Official Lumen Field attendance for today's mock game: 15, 758— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) August 8, 2021
There weren’t a ton of highlights from the game, but one you’ve probably seen all over social media and on Field Gulls was Poona Ford’s scoop-and-score, which came off of a fumbled exchange between Geno Smith and Josh Johnson.
Ford was in good spirits after his highlight-reel play.
The starters defeated the second team by a score of 22-3, and the highlight of the day on the offensive side was a long play-action pass from Russell Wilson to D.K. Metcalf.
Russell Wilson had an early 45-yard completion to DK Metcalf to highlight the offense and lead to an early TD. Jason Myers made all 4 of his field goal attempts.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 8, 2021
Thankfully, there were no major injuries from the game, but training camp standout Penny Hart did come down with a slight ankle injury. D.J. Reed and Rashaad Penny both sat out with minor issues.
As noted later, Carroll said Penny Hart turned his ankle. So, that was the one injury that came out of it today.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 8, 2021
Carroll said Rashaad Penny (thigh) and D.J. Reed (groin) were held out as a precaution. Doesn't sound like their injuries are serious.— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) August 8, 2021
Of course, two other notable absences from the game were Jamal Adams and Duane Brown, who are both currently looking for new deals.
Jamal Adams and Duane Brown were among the Seahawks who didn’t take part in today’s mock game as they continue their hold-ins. That’s Adams in the sunglasses afterward. This is what his demeanor has looked like all camp — upbeat and engaged despite not yet having a new deal. pic.twitter.com/BQp8FUVFUN— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) August 8, 2021
More personnel/positioning notes from the game:
With Duane Brown still watching instead of practicing, and Jamarco Jones hurting, rookie Stone Forsythe is the starting left tackle as #Seahawks warm up at the stadium for their mock game. @thenewstribune— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) August 8, 2021
Rookie CB Tre Brown returned the opening kickoff of the #Seahawks' mock game at the stadium— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) August 8, 2021
D.J. Reed not on the field. Tre Flowers starting mock game at right CB.— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) August 8, 2021
Left CB Ahkello Witherspoon got away with not turning his head back to the ball, grabbing and bodying WR Cody Thompson breaking up a pass on third down during starting defense's opening series #Seahawks
Notably, Sean Mannion was not in action today, but all three of the other quarterbacks had some snaps.
Official mock game stats for QBs today: Wilson 13-20 for 196 yards on 5 drives, which led to one TD, 3 FGs and the end of game; Geno Smith 9-13 for 72, 4 drives which led to one field goal, a turnover, downs and a punt. And McGough 0-2.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 8, 2021
The biggest news of the day came at the post-game press conferences, where Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll discussed Duane Brown’s contract situation. The were very frank when talking about the situation, much more frank than they usually are discussing such situations:
Pete Carroll says he has no update on Duane Brown but says Brown will not play in the preseason. Says Brown is making a statement right now.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 8, 2021
Pete Carroll, is Duane Brown unhappy? “Duane and I are doing great.— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) August 8, 2021
“He’s making a statement (by not practicing). He’s making a statement about what he thinks needs to happen.”
Says Brown won’t play any preseason games, wasn’t going to anyway #Seahawks @thenewstribune
Asked if Duane Brown's "statement" about wanting a new contract will lead to him missing any games, Pete Carroll says: "I don't know. I don't know that."— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) August 8, 2021
Russell Wilson says: "We've got to figure that out, because we need Duane Brown." #Seahawks @thenewstribune
Finally, here are a few things to say about their takeaways from the game:
Russell Wilson says he’s got all Shane Waldron’s new, quicker #Seahawks offense down, wishes he could play for real “tomorrow.”— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) August 8, 2021
“I feel like, ready to win. That’s my job.” @thenewstribune pic.twitter.com/lAtRmNVN4M