2019 Dynasty-Fantasy Preseason Analysis Wk1 Seahawks 24, Broncos 14
Seattle bested Denver in their Week 1 preseason affair, but really, what I saw was the 1st-teams(ish) of these two teams was ‘advantage’ Denver (and to be fair Denver had more 1st-team guys going than Seattle). The Broncos moved the ball right down the field and settled for a short FG in the end, and the Broncos defense was pretty stifling versus Seattle’s 1s (with Geno not Russell, so that was a factor).
A lot of players to get to for notes in this one…
-- The first thing that stood out to me was Denver having the ball first. Several ‘tells’ may have occurred because this looked like the Broncos real #1 offense on the field getting a series in…
1) Phillip Lindsay (4-10-0, 1-9-0/1) took the first few carries and then was spelled by Royce Freeman (3-49-0, 1-1-0/1), who promptly ripped off a 50-yard run.
Vic Fangio could’ve sent a message or just randomly started Freeman, but he didn’t. However, there was a Lindsay-Freeman balance…but note that Lindsay was the lead/starter here.
2) The Broncos ran their first three or so plays in a two-WR set. The starters – Courtland Sutton (0-0-0/1) and Tim Patrick (1-9-0/2). DaeSean Hamilton (1-13-0/1) came in for Patrick on play #3. Not sure if that means anything but it’s not nothing/not delightful if you’re into Hamilton for fantasy.
When the Broncos got into 3rd & goal, they went alley oop to Sutton, but Flacco way overthrew it. It was there. Likely a lot of ‘jump ball’ TDs coming for Sutton this season.
3) The starting tight end…Noah Fant (2-13-0/3). No message sent to the rookie on Fant, he was with the starters on snap #1+. It would have been logical for him not to be there yet, get a rookie treatment, but he was. I think he’s starting from snap #1 this season for Denver.
-- One additional skill position note on Denver. If you ever wondered what it would be like to set a pile of money, a million-dollars total, on fire for no reason – see Theo Riddick (1-0-0, 0-0-0/2) 2019. Why Denver spent money to grab his is the most befuddling thing of the week, perhaps.
Denver seems to be doing everything right that I see – Lindsay/Freeman split, starting Fant, leaning on Sutton…I don’t get the Riddick signing at all, though. Good hands, slow as death…and, now, hurt.
-- Seattle sent its own messages as well, in this game…
Rashaad Penny (6-15-0, 1-27-09/2) started and played a decent amount. He could barely get going early because the Denver defense was consuming Seattle blockers.
Later, former Alabama ‘name’ RB Bo Scarborough (7-22-0) took some touches and looked like a plausible short yardage guy for the NFL. He won’t make the Seattle roster.
Rookie UDFA RB Xavier Turner took the bulk of the work and looked fine, but nothing special.
-- Seattle’s wide receiver viewing was very interesting…
1) D.K. Metcalf (1-8-0/4) is a physical monster out there…a tight end playing WR with 4.3+ speed. It’s awe-inspiring just looking at him on the field. However, he doesn’t really look like he’s a 4.3+ speed on the field and he doesn’t look totally comfortable working regular routes…as is his knock. He quickly went back to his ‘go-deep’ ways, which is what they should do a lot with him but the DBs know it too, just like in college. So, he hardly gets open going deep. No ‘wow’ moments from DKM.
2) The more ‘wow’ WR for Seattle all training camp, and in this game – UDFA rookie WR Jazz Ferguson (4-54-1/4). He used to be a top name from high school and into LSU, but off-field activities got him booted from LSU and then not even drafted. However, he’s been the talk of Seattle camp and he made the plays in this game…not Metcalf. A running theme in Seattle this summer.
3) Rookie 7th-round pick WR John Ursua (1-23-0/2) looks terrific as a Tyler Lockett understudy in the slot. Small, speedy, aggressive, knows what he’s doing. Nice debut for Ursua.
4) The rise of Jazz is not helping Gary Jennings (0-0-0/2). He quietly slipped into the background of this game. He’s a talent, but his aggressiveness has been a question…and he was barely noticeable in this game.
-- I was watching Denver ILBs UDFA rookie Joe Dineen (8 tackles) and 5th-round rookie Justin Hollins (4 tackles) in this game. Neither started. Hollins came into the game quickly and was fine, good again…playing mostly ILB. Dineen came in after and was very active but not ‘wow’. He’s solid.
Josey Jewell was out hurt I believe, and he’s at risk of losing his spot if Hollins or Dineen steps up.
-- On the Seattle IDP side, 2nd-round pick rookie safety Marqise Blair (6 tackles) had a nice debut. He’s a strong tackler and aggressive player, and showed it here…too aggressive a few times.
3rd-round pick LB Cody Barton (5 tackles) started in the middle (mostly a 2nd-team defense for Seattle) and was solid but did not radically catch my attention.
-- Let’s end on a sour note, if you’re a Broncos fan…but good for me and my scouting of such things pre-draft – Drew Lock (17-28 for 180 yards, 1 TD/1 INT) was outplayed by Paxton Lynch (11-15 for 109 yards, 1 TD/0 INT) and Lynch is terrible…so, you do the math on how Lock looked.
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