SEA-KC recap: Mixed debut for Seahawks rookies Germain Ifedi, Trevone Boykin

Top takeaways and analysis from the Seattle Seahawks' 17-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1 of the preseason.

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(Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

(Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

SEA-KC recap: Mixed debut for Seahawks rookies Germain Ifedi, Trevone Boykin


Here are the top takeaways and analysis from the Seattle Seahawks’ 17-16 preseason win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday:

Kansas City Chiefs

Quarterbacks: Alex Smith saw only one drive, but he was able to lead the team down the field for the opening touchdown. His one real play of note was a 20-yard pass on the run that set up the touchdown. After Smith called it a day, Nick Foles made his first appearance as a Chief, and while the stat line doesn’t wow, he did earn the highest grade among the team’s quarterbacks.

Offense: Tackle Jah Reid and guard Garrick Mayweather played well, earning positive grades in the run game. Reid saw extensive action, logging 31 snaps as the Chiefs gave their second-string line a good workout. Rookie Parker Ehinger (University of Cincinnati), a fourth-round selection, started at left guard and held his own, with just one QB hurry marring his scorecard. Running back Spencer Ware didn’t see much action, but he did make an impression, forcing two missed tackles from just five carries. Among the wide receivers, De’Anthony Thomas forced two missed tackles from three receptions, and Rod Streater had a nice sideline catch for a 21-yard gain.

Defense: All eyes were on the Chief’s top selection from the 2016 NFL draft, second-round pick Chris Jones (Mississippi State), and he didn’t disappoint. Jones racked up three QB hurries for an impressive 13.2 pass-rushing productivity mark, a measure of per-snap productivity as a pass-rusher. Outside linebackers Dezman Moses and Jonathan Massaquoi enjoyed considerable success against the Seahawks’ backup offensive linemen, recording three QB hits and eight total pressures between them. Corner D.J. White earned a team-high coverage grade, with two passes defensed from the six thrown into his coverage. Rookie corner KeiVarae Russell (Notre Dame) fared less fortunate, allowing all three passes into his coverage to be completed.

Seattle Seahawks

Quarterbacks: Russell Wilson wasn’t in the game for long, and didn’t have a lot to do prior to throwing the interception that ended the Seahawks’ opening drive; a better-placed ball might have resulted in a touchdown. Rookie QB Trevone Boykin (TCU) took over for Wilson and got an extended look, playing 42 snaps. He had a mixed outing, with a few errant throws bringing his grade down. However, he saved the best for last, making his best throw of the night in the game-winning drive. He also showcased his impressive athleticism late in the fourth quarter, when he evaded a pass-rusher and then took off for a 15-yard gain, dancing past two Kansas City defenders in the open field.

Offense: Center Justin Britt and right guard Germain Ifedi (Texas A&M) had positive outings in the run game. However, Ifedi, a first-round rookie, had some rough moments in pass protection, though his struggles paled in comparison to those of George Fant and Rees Odhiambo, who were given a torrid time by the Chiefs’ pass-rushers. Rookie wide receiver Tanner McEvoy (Wisconsin), the former safety and converted quarterback, had a good outing, despite recording a drop.

Defense: Just as he did last offseason, defensive end Frank Clark made a positive impression, with a pair of pressures and the highest run-defense grade on the team. Defensive tackle Jarran Reed, a second-round rookie out of Alabama, also had a solid game, grading positively as a run-defender and a pass-rusher, as well as snuffing out a screen pass. A pair of undrafted rookie linebackers, Kache Palacio and Steve Longa, made notable cameos late in the game, with each recording two defensive stops in limited action. Star free safety Earl Thomas also made his presence felt when he rocked Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris with a drive-ending hit.

| Analyst

Kevin has been an analyst at Pro Football Focus since 2014, with a particular focus on college football.

  • Shoutout to all the guest

    mccevoy is a beast – they should get the ball to him in space/screens

  • Brandon Chester

    KC’s ones did great against Seattle’s. Alex Smith scoring a TD on the opening drive. We had enough time to rotate in 5 QB’s. Our kicker deserves recognition for kicking a 58 yard field goal like it was easy. Marcus Peters pick just assures me he’s the real deal when it comes to grabbing INT’s. He won’t be the most targeted corner this year. If he is he’ll have a lot more INT’s than last year because he’s definitely improved. He’s made at least one interception per practice. Tho kc’s 3’s and 4’s messed up the ending I’m still pleased with the out come. Knowing our starters looked solid.

    • Shoutout to all the guest

      bennett and chancellor werent playing

      • tomjefferson77

        Neither were Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Eric Berry, or Jamaal Charles.

        • Brandon Chester

          Or Phillip Gaines, or Josh Mauga, that’s like almost 50 percent of our defensive starters. 5 out of 11 players.

        • Esthermpollack2

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        • Shoutout to all the guest

          but you were talking about how your offense performed against our defense… so im saying chancellor and bennett werent playing on defense in the 1 series that you’re offense played on

          • Brandon Chester

            We we’re missing pieces on offense as well so it ends up all the same. Jamaal Charles on offense for the Chiefs would of made as much of an impact that Bennett and Chancellor had on your defense. Tho KC’s offense looked good, they still would of looked the part with those players on defense.

          • Shoutout to all the guest

            Please dude, if this was a regular season game you really think you guys would’ve stood a chance?

          • Brandon Chester

            Idk you tell me? Where is it played? In Seattle? In KC? You do know we beat you in 2014 with a WR named Dwayne Bowe. Now we got Jmac and he’s 10x the player Bowe was. Oh yeah and of course now we have Marcus Peters. Russell Wilson knows about him already.

          • Shoutout to all the guest

            Hopefully our teams meet in the playoffs….if the chiefs even make it of course

          • Brandon Chester

            Hopefully, that’s if the seahawks benefit from a bad kicker in the first round again.

          • Shoutout to all the guest

            you motherfucker….

          • Brandon Chester

            Lol just some friendly trash talk. Na I respect the seahawks. Wilson has the opportunity to be the best QB to ever play. Lockett went to K state and he’s a fantastic WR. In a lot of ways the 12th man is a lot like chiefs kingdom except KC is a tad bit louder.

  • Andrew Gill

    Wasn’t that Tyvis “rocking the TE”?

    • Elizabethjbly

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      • tomjefferson77

        Yes, but isn’t prostitution illegal??

    • Shoutout to all the guest

      nope it was earl…in the 1st quarter

      • Andrew Gill

        Fair enough. I didn’t watch the game; just the highlights.

  • Larry

    Nothing about the greatest running back of all time, Christine Michael?

    • crosseyedlemon

      Your own assessment or did you consult with Curly and Moe?

  • Billy Macias

    Foles had the highest grade? He had a horrible stat line and so many of his passes were over thrown… heck Tyreek Hill made a catch on a ball that was high and behind…