In June, the Seattle Seahawks chose to pass on signing Colin Kaepernick to be their backup quarterback. Head coach Pete Carroll said at the time that the former 49ers signal caller was too talented to be a backup.
On Thursday against the Oakland Raiders, it appeared the Hawks could use a solid reserve as Trevone Boykin struggled against a defensive group comprised of backups. His shaky performance followed an 0-for-6 game in Seattle’s third preseason game.
The Raiders picked off Boykin twice and sacked him once in the first half.
The Seahawks won the exhibition, 17-13.
Austin Davis. Kenny Lawler. Touchdown!
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Oakland has a playoff-caliber team so there weren’t many roster spots up for grabs. More than 40 players didn’t dress for the fourth and final preseason game.
Shalom Luani, former CCSF standout, made an impressive play to pick off Boykin and made one solo tackle.
EJ Manuel scored another win in the battle to be the Raiders backup quarterback. By going 8-for-12 for 77 yards and a score, he significantly outperformed Connor Cook — who completed just five of his 15 attempts.
Manuel had the play of the game by connecting with Keon Hatcher for an 18-yard touchdown.
The game was tied through three quarters before Giorgio Tavecchio broke the tie with a 28-yard field goal. The backup kicker badly missed a 36-yarder earlier in the second half.
But, it was the Seahawks’ Kenny Lawler — former standout wide receiver for the Cal Bears — who delivered the win. With 1:10 remaining in the contest, Austin Davis — signed after the team passed on Kaepernick — hit Lawler for a 16-yard strike to ensure the Raiders went winless in the preseason.