Seahawks-Vikings Preseason Primer

The Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings will meet in the preseason for the 12th time. Seattle won last year's meeting 30-13 in Qwest Field to take a 6-5 preseason series lead. Tonight will be the Seahawks first preseason game in Minnesota since 1993.

Notable Newcomers

Minnesota

Jared Allen, DE (Trade w/Chiefs)

Bernard Berrian, WR (Bears)

Madieu Williams, S (Bengals)

Thomas Tapeh, FB (Eagles)

Gus Frerotte, QB (Rams)

Seattle

Julius Jones, RB (Cowboys)

T.J. Duckett, RB (Lions)

Mike Wahle, G (Panthers)

D.D. Lewis, LB (Texans)

Olindo Mare, K (Saints)

2008 Draft Classes

Minnesota

Tyrell Johnson, S, Arkansas State (2nd round, 43rd overall)

John David Booty, QB, USC (5th round, 137th overall)

Letroy Guion, DT, Florida State (5th round, 152nd overall)

John Sullivan, C, Notre Dame (6th round, 187th overall)

Jaymar Johnson, WR, Jackson State (6th round, 193rd overall)

Seattle

Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC (1st round, 28th overall)

John Carlson, TE, Notre Dame (2nd round, 38th overall)

Red Bryant, DT, Texas A&M (4th round, 121st overall)

Owen Schmitt, FB, West Virginia (5th round, 163rd overall)

Tyler Schmitt, LS, San Diego State (6th round, 189th overall)

Justin Forsett, RB, California (7th round, 233rd overall)

Brandon Coutu, K, Georgia (7th round, 235th overall)

Hey, Aren't You…?

Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson was a 1st round draft choice (17th overall) by Seattle in 2001, and spent 2001-2005 with the Seahawks…Vikings safety Michael Boulware was a 2nd round draft choice by Seattle (53rd overall) and was traded by the Seahawks to the Houston Texans before the 2007 season began…Vikings punter Chris Kluwe entered the NFL with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2005…Vikings defensive end Ellis Wyms played 15 games for the Seahawks in 2007, including two post-season games, registering 13 tackles and 2.0 quarterback sacks.

Seahawks wide receiver Nate Burleson was a 3rd round draft choice (71st overall) by Minnesota in 2003, and spent 2003-2005 with the Vikings…Seahawks safety Brian Russell entered the NFL with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2001.

Five to Watch

The most anticipated sight for Seahawks fans tonight will be when the camera pans the Seahawks sidelines and shows Matt Hasselbeck with his hat on backwards, listening to the plays being sent into Seneca Wallace and Charlie Frye.

Below are five items worth focusing on after Hasselbeck is removed from the game:

"The Young Guys" – The most-watched battle in Seahawks camp is the one taking place between wide receivers Ben Obomanu, Courtney Taylor, Logan Payne and Jordan Kent for the final two-to-three spots on the 53-man roster. Payne will likely miss the preseason opener with a cracked rib, which means Obomanu, Taylor and Kent will get more opportunities tonight to state their cases.

John Carlson – The rookie from Notre Dame has shown to be a quick learner, which is good since the Seahawks want to get him ready to start immediately. Carlson, who grew up approximately 60 miles west of Minneapolis, will be making his professional debut in front of a hometown crowd.

Justin Forsett – The Seahawks backfield is a crowded house, but Forsett, a 5-foot-8 seventh-round pick from Cal, has impressed coaches with his speed and toughness during practices and last Saturday's scrimmage in Qwest Field. Tonight we'll see if Forsett can do it in a real game.

Charlie Frye – The last time Frye was spotted in an NFL game, he was in a Cleveland Browns uniform and the Pittsburgh Steelers were trying to plant him in Paul Brown stadium's turf. Two days later, Frye was traded to Seattle where he spent the rest of 2007 as Seattle's 3rd quarterback. Frye has a lock on the #3 quarterback job again this year, but the Seahawks would like Frye to show enough this summer to where they'd feel comfortable using #2 quarterback Seneca Wallace in other areas.

Josh Wilson-Kevin Hobbs – Wilson and Hobbs are battling for the team's 4th cornerback job. With Jordan Babineaux's knee injury leaving the ‘Hawks with just four healthy corners tonight, Wilson and Hobbs figure to get plenty of playing time.

"Get on up for the down stroke"

Kevin Calabro, the longtime voice of the Seattle SuperSonics, will call the action on KONG-TV, filling in for Verne Lundquist. Warren Moon will serve as color analyst.

For the non-local viewer relying on the NFL Network rebroadcasts for your summertime ‘Hawks fix, you'll get Calabro and Moon for one half, with Ari Wolfe and Mike Mayock calling the other half from the Vikings perspective.

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